We’ve teamed up with sustainable accessories brand Kovered to give you the chance to win a bag from their stylish collection. To help you choose, we spoke to co-founder Matt Cawley to find out his top luggage picks for all types of holidays. (If you can’t wait to enter, scroll down!)

The weekend escape

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The bag: Humber duffle bag

Matt says: ‘Short escapes call for something portable. Made from waxed canvas and reclaimed leather, the Humber duffle bag is a durable and stylish travel companion’.

The destination: The holy grail of weekend trips: a stylish coastal or countryside base two hours or less from London. We’ve done the hard work for you: these fabulous weekend breaks are all within two hours of The Big Smoke, including Cotswolds retreat The Rectory, just 75 mins from London by train.



The city break

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The bag: Lundy Rollover Backpack

Matt says: For a city break, opt for the Lundy Rollover Backpack. The double-stitched zipper and internal compartments offer plenty of space and protection without weighing you down.

The destination: Lisbon is a year-round city break destination, where every neighbourhood has a unique personality. Hop on a rickety yellow tram and rattle through the narrow streets; visit one of the many galleries or museums or take in the views of the city from the Sao Jorge castle.



The short-haul adventure

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The bag: Humber Travel Weekend Duffle

Matt says: ‘If you’re venturing further afield, the Humber Travel Weekend Duffle is a great option. Wheels make for easy transportation, and the natural wax protection is reassuringly durable.’

The destination: Morocco is a perennial i-escape favourite. Year-round sunshine, an intoxicating mixture of cultures and spectacular landscapes, all within four hours of northern Europe. Explore Marrakech’s labyrinthine souks, Essaouira’s Atlantic coastline and imposing fortifications or the spellbinding beauty of the High Atlas.



The long-haul adventure

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The bag: Tamar Macpack

Matt says:  ‘The Tamar Macpack is the perfect adventure companion. Lightweight waterproofing keeps your belongings dry, and full waxing protects from bumps and scratches’

The destination: Costa Rica is a mecca for adventurous travellers. It’s just two thirds the size of Scotland, but packs in world-famous beaches, live volcanoes, tropical rainforest and 5% of all the world’s plant and animal species. Adventurous activities range from whitewater rafting to zip lining through the forest canopy, and the native Ticos welcome you warmly wherever you go.


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