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Giveaway: Empire Builder Bag from Tom Bihn

Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win!

Sometimes people ask about my travel gear. At least in this regard, I’m very basic and minimalist. I’ve been using the same laptop bag for more than three years. It’s served me well and if it ever wears out, I’ll probably just order another of the same kind.

That bag comes from Tom Bihn, a small business I featured in The $100 Startup (and who was a big part of the original Empire Building Kit from long ago).

Since those days I’ve become friends with Tom and the other great folks at his factory. In fact, on a trip to Seattle, he even gave me a private tour.

What you need to know:

  • All of Tom’s products are made in Seattle, Washington
  • This giveaway is global: Tom & co. have offered to ship it anywhere!
  • If you’re the winner, you’ll even get to select your choice of colors (What! Yes. Based on availability, of course.)

To win your own Empire Builder bag, tell us where you’ll take it!

Our cats and biased judges will pick someone on Sunday night at 6pm PST.

Update: Comments are now closed. Congrats to Tammie Wood, selected by cats and a random number generator to win this great bag! Everyone else, thanks for entering. We’ll have another giveaway next week.


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  • Todd LaRoche says:

    I’d take it with me to Seattle on my next train trip north.
    I love that one of my home town businesses is a $100.00 start up.
    I hope their doing well. 🙂

  • Jennifer T says:

    I’d take it to work every day!

  • Scott says:

    Into the northern Michigan woods to keep up my journaling / coding (for fun) while enjoying a vacation with the family and fighting the mighty menace of the mosquito.

  • Alex says:

    I would take the bag with me all over the place for work. Chicago, DC, Seattle, AZ, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, infinity and beyond!

  • Tracy U says:

    I’d take it on my next working trip to South Africa.

  • Marvin says:

    I’d take it as far around the world as both it and I could endure. 193 countries sounds about right. 🙂

  • Peter says:

    I would take it everywhere. Since I use a tablet computer, it’s with me all the time. Thanks Chris

  • Katie says:

    Oh, the places I could go! Where would I NOT take this bag?! I’d first take it with me from Isla Mujeres, Mexico to San Antonio, Texas in Aug. From there it would be with me on a trip to Denver, Boulder, and Allenspark, CO in Sept. Then, Minnesota in December…. The list goes on. 🙂


  • Bob Lang says:

    I’m traveling to a conference in Denver Colorado in September. I would love to take that bag with me.

  • Richard says:

    To work and for traveling anywhere!

  • Julia says:

    Would take on next trip to LA; thanks!

  • I’d take it on a pilgrimage to the 88 temples of Shikoku.

  • Filomena Mourinho says:

    I’ll take it to school every day. I teach English at a Portuguese high school and, being a Little Person, I use IT as teaching aids. I don’t write on the blackboard – I use a presentation like Powerpoint or Prezi. So, this will come very handy to travel (I travel 65km everyday to work and back another 65km) with my laptop.

  • JT says:

    Our next trip is either Tokyo or Berlin this fall. Complete with a 6 and 8 year old.

  • Nick says:

    I travel regularly for to report on conferences, but like to carry-on only, and this would really help with that. When not traveling for work purposes, I’m going diving, so most of my carry on is filled with dive gear (I hate to check anything if I can avoid it), and this would allow me to bring my technology and enough clothes to get me through a trip. To be specific on locations though: Portland, Seattle, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago, Playa del Carmen, all over Florida, Hawaii, Fiji, Belize, Honduras, Bahamas, USVI…at least for the first year or two 🙂

  • Noel Scheaffer says:

    With brains in my head, feet in my shoes and a Tom Bihn bag in my hand the places I go will be GRAND!

  • Orion says:

    I will take it to China!

  • Ismael says:

    To the world and back.

  • Mike says:

    I’d take it on my upcoming year long trip to asia!

  • Erik says:

    I would start out by taking it to work on a daily basis, then on to London for my first real trip out of North America in August and see where it takes me

  • Michael Armentrout says:

    I would take it to Mexico with me in August!

  • Sean Gabriel says:

    My gf and I are about to begin implementing your travel hacking method (that I purchased from CreativeLive) so we can plan a big trip to Scotland! The bag also has a chance of making it to Burning Man. Oh, and it would travel to/from work with me on the training every morning in San Francisco, ha.

  • Alice says:

    I would take it to every micronation of Europe, and then on around the world.

  • James Dzvova says:

    Will take it to San Diego. Have to travel for a conference.

  • Taina says:

    We would travel to Italy together! It has been so cold June in Finland, that I need some Mediterranian warmth!

  • Maggie says:

    Into the future!

  • Abbas Jaffer says:

    I would take the Empire Builder along to conduct my 9-month ethnography of Pakistani rock bands and digital tech starting in September, and then I’d take it to teach my classes and travel to present on my research!

  • Judy says:

    To class. All day, everyday

  • Kayla Waldorff says:

    I want to start traveling to far away places and this bag would be pretty helpful to carry my laptop in, expecially because you’ve said it’s durable! I know from previous traveling that you need durable, good quality stuff to last for a long time.

  • Rob says:

    I’d take it with us every time my wife and I go on the road. She telecommutes and, as a result, doesn’t really get any vacations… even when we’re on vacation, she still has to work. So, since that is unavoidable, we might as well travel in style!

  • Jon says:

    To break it in, I’ll just take it to work. And hospitals and a couple leadership conferences and retreats and work projects. (I’m an associate pastor.) And then, when the bag and I are comfortable with each other, we’ll go to Nepal in early 2015. As my first major trip across water, I need a reliable friend.

  • Lindsey says:

    The better questions is where wouldn’t I take it?

  • Kevin says:

    I’d take it with me on my move from Toronto to Mexico City, and then all throughout the Americas as I explore latin culture and go on the greatest adventure of my life with my partner!

  • Calder says:

    I’m a public defender, so the bag would be taking quite a tour of courthouses, police precincts and prisons in my area.

  • Susan Herper says:

    I would take it on my next goal trip to Scotland or Singapore. I am new to travel hacking but I am learning! Thanks, all!

  • I have been travelling the world and running a freelancing business (thanks to your inspiration) for over 3 years now. I am getting ready to tackle Central and South America and my travel gear is worn out! I would take it with me to Mexico and beyond as I explore this amazing planet.

  • Jim OGrady says:

    I would take my new Tom Bin bag on my 50/50 trip next year. In April/May of 2015 both my wife and I are going to turn 50 and to celebrate we are planing a 50 day trip. We’re still struggling with the notion of a trip around the world in 50 days verses a trip from Ireland to Italy visiting every possible place in between.

  • Jennifer Beyer says:

    I’m road tripping to British Columbia, Canada in September for some sea kayaking in Haida Gwaii – I’d bring it there 🙂

  • Dare says:

    In this bag, I would pack my $100 Startup book, my journal, my planner and my dreams and sit pretentiously in Starbucks while plotting my escape from the cubicle. I would then pack up my personal belongings from said cubicle (and a stolen pen or 10) and pack my life out of there into my future….

    apparently it’s been a long week at work

  • Bev Melven says:

    Oh, that’s a beautiful bag. I’m quitting my ‘real’ job next year to travel the world and I’m hoping to that that bag ALL OVER!

  • Lenin says:

    I would take my new Tom Bin bag to India, Asia and Singapore in some weeks. I would also take it to Italy, France and one of the Greek islands next year.

  • Sandro Glasius says:

    I’ll taken it with me on my first day selling my time machine.

  • Linda Ledbury says:

    Looks like exactly what I am looking for – I would use it as a daily briefcase to transport my files and tablet for business – as well as use it for my travel – on my vacation trips to be able to include all my needed files etc. Linda

  • Anthony says:

    I’d take it with me to South America!

  • I’d bring it to Cairns, Australia. I need a bag that can get my computer there in one piece, so I can edit dive videos from the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Andrea says:

    First place I’d take it is to Barcelona with me in August. It would travel all around Spain with me in the months that follow 🙂

  • Len says:

    I’d love to take this bag with me to Japan in September 🙂

  • Pat Dowling says:

    To pack up my old corporate life and start mt new unconventional life

  • Gail M. says:

    I would take this lovely bag with me to Isla Isabella, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, when I go to visit my daughter, who has unexpectedly taken up residence there. She married a local man; I missed the wedding but I hope to go and meet the new son-in-law.

  • Nailah says:

    This bag will accompany me to Singapore to see my very first Forumula 1 race in September. I’ll even buy it a glass of champagne to celebrate!

  • Jenn says:

    With me to WDS in a a couple weeks 🙂

    I travel with a 25L Synapse as my only bag for most trips! Prior to that, I was using the 19L version- the 25L lets me pack more yarn though!

  • Helgi Thor Jonsson says:

    I’ll take it my parents cabin in the countryside here in Iceland, to write and create videos and other course material for the courses I’ll be teaching next winter for family-run tour operators.

    And I’ll also take it to New Jersey when I go visiting my relatives for Thanksgiving!

  • Walt says:

    I would take it on the next trip I’m asked to take in order to go make a difference in the world !

  • noelle says:

    I’d take it to work everyday. Then I would also take it on my lone travel adventure to Australia!

  • Andy says:

    Love Tom Bihn – fantastic bags, and a great company! I’ve been eyeing the Empire Builder; I would take it on an upcoming trip to Singapore to help organize my various entrepreneurial projects. And then of course afterward it’d come along with me to Portland for the World Domination Summit!

  • Roger benson says:

    I would take the bag on the walk, pilgrimage, called el camino de Santiago de compostelo. The walk is across the beautiful country of Spain. I walked el camino 6 years ago. My sister who rarely travels and I were planning on walking this walk this year. My sister passed recently and I will now walk and sprinkle her remains on the way to Santiago de Compostelo.

  • Rod says:

    Where would I take my Tom Bihn bag? That’s easy … I would take it everywhere!

    My wife and I live, work, and travel full time in an RV (starting our 5th year now). We run a website that makes it easy for people to travel with their pets. We’re on the road in the US and Canada researching places to go and things to do, always adding content to the website.

  • Ashley F. says:

    I would take this bag with me to the hospital when I’m ready to deliver my 2nd little one in August. And, since I work on my laptop, it’s likely that it would go everywhere with me anyway 🙂

  • Kathy Gould says:

    On upcoming trips to Washington/British Columbia and to the Galapagos

  • I was recently accepted as a writer at my first ever writer’s festival. This bag and I would rock, showing up to Open Book in Cape Town in September – looks big enough to hold all my insecurities, hastily scribbled answers to questions no one will ask, with space left over for all the books I will buy as I fangirl over the amazing authors who will be there!

  • Sarah says:

    I would take this bag everywhere I go. Upcoming trips to Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Canada. I would also use it when I travel for my consulting practice and also to conferences. Looks like a great bag! I’m impressed.

  • Tom says:

    I’ll take it with us to AQHA horse shows in the midwest to show english horses in Working Hunter (horses jumping fences) and Hunter Under Saddle classes. #AQHAProud

  • Kathleen says:

    I’ll take it to the library.

  • Darcy says:

    I’d take it wherever my next adventure takes me.

  • Erin says:

    I would take it on the train to Seattle!

  • Jen says:

    I love that bag!
    I’d take it to Paris. I’m taking my girlfriend there as a surprise for her 30th birthday!

  • jr cline says:

    I would like to take it on my strange and wonderful epic adventure to elsewhere.

  • David says:

    I would take it on my trip to Israel this summer so I can follow your blog even from abroad 😉

    After a whole year of travelling I will start studying in October, so I would take the bag everyday with me to Uni as well.

  • That looks like an incredible bag. I would love one!

  • Larry says:

    I will take it with me from Vancouver to WDS in Portland and then on to California. I’d even be happy to stop in Seattle on the way and pick it up, and save Tom the shipping!

  • Scott Barr says:

    To California! My mom’s health is deteriorating, and I’m on the plane all of the time and need something that’s a decent size, but still portable.

  • Jodie says:

    I can see me using this bag daily for work. I’d also love to take it travelling with me to help with organization etc.

  • I’m taking this bag on the road to finish up my writing and recording project. This will not leave my side as I work on taking over my part of the world.

  • Kevin says:

    I would take it to Jamaica. I was born in JA and my grandmother still lives there. The bag represents my journey to freedom into entrepreneurship. I want her to see what her love and sacrifices have led to. I am a country boy from JA that made his way to Texas to create a life

  • Sharon Abar says:

    I would take it everywhere! I have several bags, but none of them seem right for my current configuration of devices. I think this is the one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Cindy says:

    Greece, yes, Greece. Sailing among the islands, stopping for a cooking class, savoring the local cuisines, walking the beaches. What could be more appropriate than the Empire Builder Bag. I cannot wait to see the blues and whites of these islands—-along with a blue bag?

  • Eric Turner says:

    I would take it to work to get familiar with its many fine qualities, then I’d take it sailing, and on road trips. After that, I’d take wherever I go.

  • Abel says:

    I’d take it with me all over the country to work with students and teachers on hands on electronics and engineering projects.

  • Sandra says:

    I would take it around the world in 80 days!

  • Marc says:

    I would take it in a boat
    And I would take it with a goat…
    And I would take it in the rain.
    And in the dark. And on a train.
    And in a car. And in a tree.
    It looks so good so good you see!

  • Daniel ONeil says:

    As I recall, you received that bag just before your trip and were going to return it when you arrived. I guess it quickly grew on you!

    I’ve been using a backpack for lugging my laptop around the world, but the old backpack is looking tattered. I’ve just moved to a new position that will send me back to Africa. Somehow bringing an Empire Builder to Liberia just seems right.

  • Kim says:

    My Tom Bihn Empire Builder will carry everything I need to win over marketing clients and write books, and then it will travel with me to the Netherlands, Belgium & the U.K. in the fall. Thanks, Chris – and my greetings to the cats.

  • Steve says:

    First, to Honolulu to meet my fiancée as she finishes her 2,400-mile row from California. Then on the crazy non-conforming bicycle, foot, hitching and hammock-camping world tour we have planned.

    Thanks for your awesome work Chris – loving the new site (not just for the freebies!)

  • Denis says:

    I’d take it with me to Iceland, get in touch with my Viking roots while still holding onto all my gadgets.

  • Nancy Kelly says:

    I’ll take this bag to Guatemala in three weeks when I go for a social and spiritual justice class. I will give the bag away there to one of the workers for justice. Check out their documentary, Reparando.

  • Missy says:

    I’d take it everyday to my second grade classroom in WV. This bag seems perfect for a teacher!

  • mike kurrus says:

    I’d love to take that on my next trip to Portland Oregon – Powells Books (reading some of Chris’ writing of course) then to grab a Voodoo donut on the way back to the hotel!

  • Matt says:


  • Rich says:

    I’d take it on my next trip to Europe. (I live in Valparaiso, Indiana, about an hour outside Chicago, Illinois.) I’m in the middle of my current one, typing this from our hotel room in Innsbruck, Austria. Tomorrow, on to Lucerne, Switzerland!

  • I will take the bag with in my “Americas Expedition” – a massive road trip visiting every country in the continental Americas. On the trip we will meet and interview entrepreneurs from each of those countries.

  • Shawna Landers says:

    I will take this everywhere! No matter where I go, I can see this going with me!!

  • Kelly O says:

    I’d take that awesome bag to Chiang Mai.

  • Becky says:

    A great bag like that, I’d take everywhere but first on my list would on my next trip to Detroit (and a million places would follow).

  • T. Chang says:

    I would take it to work where it can hang out with my Tom Bihn Co-Pilot.

  • Rob says:

    As a regular business traveler covering ground from Los Angeles to Asia as well as to the most southern parts of South America and places in between, the empire builder would make an excellent travel companion on these journeys.

  • Wendyk says:

    I’ll take it everywhere!

  • Frank Galang says:

    I’d take it to my next planned adventures in Japan. Before the summer’s end, I am taking a trip to Mount Fuji, and have another year of adventures to follow.

  • Daniel says:

    Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin… and that’s just in the next few months!

  • Christopher Hunter says:

    I would take this to my Internship which I’m trying my hardest to turn into a job next year. A solid brief case means a lot to appearances, and appearances mean a lot to employers. While I love my Bihn Backpack, it’s no brief case haha\

  • Steve Turrisi says:

    I travel quite often for work and I would love this bag to compliment my TriStar bag that I use for my regular items. I need a day to day bag and this is perfect. Tom Bihn is a great company and their products are top notch.

  • Suzanne says:

    I would take it first to Budapest in August! Then, I’d use it regularly for work and other travel.

  • Rowan says:

    I too have a trusty bag that has travelled far and wide – it would take a lot to give that up. But this bag may just do it. The competition is tough though – my bag has travelled in California, EU, S.Africa, and is now in the Blue Mountains, Australia. This ‘other’ bag, I think I’d take to Sydney. Let it prove itself.

  • Cheryl says:

    Everywhere. Isn’t that the point of a laptop briefcase? It will go back and forth in the boot of my car, live in my desk drawer, travel across my office campus or in overhead anywhere across the world. I work for a global company and need to be ready for my “office” to be Jakarta, London, Anchorage, Perth, Baku, etc.

  • Dave Paola says:

    I will take this bag with my company from 15 people today, with 600+ students, to thousands by next year. Stylishly and pragmatically, of course.

  • JJ says:

    Oh my goodness! I would take this puppy EVERYWHERE I ever went! But it would be especially heavenly on business trips!

  • John says:

    To work as I build my Empire 🙂

  • Alex says:

    I would take it with me to work everyday and then on my trip to Uganda, Rwanda, and South Africa in August. I will be working in refugee camps for four months.

  • Julie says:

    Every day to work and then on our 21 plus day adventure in England, Ireland , Scotland, and Wales 🙂

  • Shelly Flores says:

    I would take it to the gas station and beyond.

  • Steven says:


  • Andrew Flynn says:

    I’d take mine on my frequent business trips to San Jose, and definitely to SXSW – big enough for some BBQ sauce.

  • Lara says:

    This is the bag that I’ve been eyeing for my husband for his coaching duties, so it would travel with him up and down Vancouver Island, with occasional side-trips to the mainland. If I wasn’t so obsessed with Tom Bihn bags myself, I would have purchased it for him by now. Unfortunately for him, it’s just never been “his turn” yet….

  • Fernando says:

    This July to the bar exam and starting august to work everyday, it will be perfect for carrying my 15inch computer and files to the office and court.

  • Amanda says:

    I will take this to work. I’m not planning any crazy expeditions, but I wouldn’t say no with a bag like this.

  • Alexa says:

    Take it to Amsterdam on business, back to the midwest for family trips, and anywhere else the wind takes us!

  • Yuki Fortner says:

    I would give it it my husband to take it to New York, Canada, Tennessee, Florida , Vegas , and where ever else the refinery sends it.

  • David says:

    I’ll be totin’ my Empire Builder along a dusty Wanganui road,
    Then I’ll sling it o’re my shoulder when I’m totin’ a Taranki load
    If you’ve got gear for Rotorua, it’ll surely fit inside,
    ‘Cause this Empire Builder bag’s versatility can’t be denied!
    And when someone asks, “Where did you get that bangin’ bag?”
    I’ll tell ‘em Chris Guillebeau hooked me up, while tryin’ not to brag.

    I’d take it everywhere, man.
    Take it everywhere.
    Cross the Cook Strait bare, man
    Up to the Queenstown air, man
    Of travel I’ve had my share, man
    I’d take it everywhere!

  • Nick D. says:

    Traveling full-time right now, so this bag would literally go with me EVERYWHERE! Currently in China, but will be heading through Southeast Asia toward Australia as the year goes on.

  • Natalie M says:

    My future independent massage business as my on the go office

  • Doreen says:

    I’d take it on my trip to Alaska in two weeks.

  • Donna Mosser says:

    I love Tom Bihn gear and have a Western Flyer. An Empire Builder would pair nicely with that for my very frequent business trips. I fly all over the southeastern US and would take this bag all over from FL to VA, MS, and any place in between.

  • Melissa says:


  • Matt Munnell says:

    I would take it to Ethiopia. My wife is from Ethiopia and is there right now with my 5 year old and 11 month old. I am leaving in 15 days…I can’t wait to see them…it’s been 32 days!

  • Kelsey says:

    I’d give it to my husband, who could definitely use it for work (he’s currently using a reusable grocery bag – sad but true) and for travel (Ireland next year).

  • Jay Catral says:

    I would take it everywhere I had to travel and take my laptop/work so other people get to know about Tom Bihn bags. The word needs to go out that these bags are awesome!!!

  • Jeff Runyon says:

    I’d take it to the 156 countries I haven’t been to yet.

  • Jeremy says:

    I will bring it to work. Everyday.

  • David Greene says:

    I am already in Seattle… I will start by taking it on my next trip, which wil be to Vancouver, BC. After that, who knows!

  • Chris says:

    Chris I will use this bag to help me change the world. Keep the MacAir safe and allow me to continually be available and ready for life. Energy I save with this bag will be invested in helping people wake up to their potential and ride their own ride. Chris Pautler

    website will be coming soon.

  • Sharon Howard says:

    I would give this great bag to my son he just finished his Masters Degree and he can use this bag on his search for a job and then when he gets a job he can use it everyday on his new job. Thank You for the chance.

  • M. A. Stowe says:

    To the World Domonation Summitt, if the bag arrives in time!

  • Alan says:

    As it is difficult to get Tom Bihn products, here in Australia, I’ll take it around the country first before taking it to the Qantas First Class Lounge at Sydney airport for my fellow flyers to see

  • Shaun says:

    To New Hamsphire and to work.

  • Nick says:

    I would take it to New Zealand and give it to Kids Can, a charity that helps schools and kids in poorer areas. But on the way it would go via Mt Fuji 🙂

  • Michael Kennedy says:

    I’ll be grateful to use it on my trip to Jakarta and Bali when I bring home my fiance’!!!!!

  • I’d take it to Bali for my 50th birthday party. It would contain the legal documents of an eco-house i built there last year.

  • Derek says:

    Hawaii, then on to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur in August.

  • Sean Meyer says:

    I’d love to take that beautiful bag with me flying all around every major city in North America. As a professional aerial mapping pilot I go everywhere. I was just in Portland, OR earlier this week and I’m heading to Vancouver, BC next week.

  • Tom Owens says:

    To the public library. The library takes me to any country I choose. Name the year, past or the future, and the library transports me through time.

  • Dan Haire says:

    I will take mine to Thailand and Brazil. Will be doing medical missions to Thailand again next year, and will be teaching Brazilian pastors theological education on a seperate trip.

  • Ramsey says:

    To my next meeting in Africa – love an indestructible laptop bag!

  • Oh wow! Where wouldn’t I take it?!! It would go with me to all my classes and wherever else I go (Colorado is my next big adventure)!

  • Rob says:

    To Croatia! Still planning our dream trip there – hopefully next spring!

  • Dave Danielson says:

    I will take it on work trips for the benefit of kids and families involved with foster care – to D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Missoula, and more! I love Tom Bihn products.

  • Mary Bast says:

    I actually would not be using this bag for myself. I’d like to surprise my dad with this bag for his job teaching data programming at a high school in St. Louis, Missouri. I’d like to show him how much I love and respect the years of work he has put into raising myself and my siblings, and how he has set an example everyday to work and love life and your job with all your heart. I wouldn’t be anywhere without him, and, quite simply, he is my hero. I’d like to give him this laptop bag so he can have something both durable and dashing to take his laptop/teaching supplies into work. (He’s had the same laptop bag ever since I can remember, and he never buys anything new for himself, so I think this would be the perfect useful surprise for him.)

    Whoever wins, just wanted to say I’ve loved reading the comments on here! What an exquisite bunch of stories and hearts. 🙂

  • Andrea says:

    To the ends of the earth and back—because it’s so durable, it’ll survive the wear and tear. But seriously, it’d be my go-to bag for trips north to see the fam!

  • Stephanie A says:

    I would take it to Korea next year!

  • Bob Rogen says:

    I’d take it…to someone else. To someone who is using a less-than-Tom- Bihn-quality bag to haul their daily goods and would appear to not know about these great products and appear perhaps to be unable to afford one. So I’d up their world, raise the bar for them, and give them this bag to make the daily grind a little softer, and fun, and more enjoyable. So they’ll be more enthused to do it again the next day, and the next, and the next…and use this bag to do it.

  • Angela Williams says:

    I would give it to my husband – he is job hunting right now and it would be perfect for out of town interviews – it would hold his laptop, his iPad, his paper files, AND a change of clothes, and on top of all of that it would look professional. When not in active use, our Lynx-point Siamese would probably sleep on it. It would make the whole family happy.

  • Brian says:


  • I'd says:

    I’d pack my laptop in it and bring it to work.

  • Sara S. says:

    I’d take it all over the United States!

  • Aimee says:

    I will take that awesome bag on my train trips into the Sydney CBD twice a week and it will go home to Canada with me as well as to Italy, England and all over Europe when I finally make it over there.

  • Jason says:

    Just started a new job in Public Affairs as an IT advisor. I will travel to DC, NYC, and Austin and need to shed my old IT image – upgrade my presentation.

  • The first place I would take it is to my favorite coffee place, hoping people will notice. Then, to the office, where as I stop in and greet each and every employee at their office door, I would be wearing it over my shoulder, hoping they notice. Then, I would wear it to my client meeting at The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (my present client), wear I would carry it from office to office, casually, of course, hoping people will notice. When they do notice, I will casually reply, “Oh, this old thing…”

  • Jason says:

    Given that Tom Bihn hasn’t made bicycle panniers, yet, I’d mount it on my touring bicycle as a pannier to (a) commute to work everyday, and (b) bicycle tour from Canada to Mexico.

  • Jen says:

    I’ll take this with me to school for the next year and THEN I’ll bring it when I cash in my miles next summer and head to Europe!

  • Steve Johnson says:

    California in October and then Warsaw in April!

  • CG says:

    Ooooh, this looks like the perfect mobile office! I’d break it in in Brazil. This is not World Cup-related BTW – I’ll be visiting my folks and working remotely 😉

  • Scott H says:

    I’d love to take it on a road/train/backpacking trip through British Columbia and the Northwest US. Then, I’d catch a flight to Thailand with bag in tow!

  • Gail Andrews says:

    I’s take it to church. It would hold my Bible, cause I still like to hold my bible instead of the app.
    It would hold my journal, Kleenex, etc. Then I would not have to carry a purse and my Bible. I would be organized.

  • Thomas Lee says:

    I would take it on a trip though time – for many decades wherever I go – to work, on business trips, on adventures, on vacations, wherever life takes me. There bags are that good and I know they will stand the test of time. It would be my excuse to travel places! Buying quality Tom BIhn products also saves the environment by reducing the waste of having to throw away badly made bags every few years.

  • Colleen says:

    I would take it to work everyday and make all my coworkers envious.

  • Jessica says:

    I just started my own business so I’d take it with me to meetings and coffee shops where I do most of my work these days!

  • Steve Maio says:

    Well, seeing as I take my current Empire Builder to work every single day, I suppose THIS bag would be handed off to my wife, and both Empire Builders would take us to Japan again! We’ve done Nagasaki to Tokyo over to weeks by bullet train before, and I KNOW the Empire Builder is a great bag for Shinkansen travel. With us both toting one each for laptop and day bag duty, I’m sure we’ll navigate Tokyo to Sapporo easily! 🙂

  • Kat says:

    I will take it to frequent two-day work trips in secluded areas in the philippines where we often give trainings!

  • Janice says:

    I think Tom Bihn is pretty fantastic and this bag would become my everyday work bag. Thank you so much for the chance!

  • Brian says:

    I’ll take it to Istanbul.

  • Bec Tilley says:

    I’d take it on the trip I’m planning next year – from my home in Tasmania, Australia to the USA, to pursue my passion – the evolution of contemporary music; starting in the south and moving upwards, through the important historical musical locations, researching the evolution of spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, soul, funk, and hip-hop music. Hopefully meeting with many important people who can teach me along the way. I’m in the process of planning, applying for grants, and being extremely nervous about this!

  • Andrea says:

    I would take it to South Pole with me because I need something that can handle the long haul for my laptop & files.

  • Brendon Carr says:

    I’d take it on the Seoul-to-Hong Kong shuttle runs.

  • Gabriel says:

    How does Atlanta, SanJuan, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Kiel, Lübeck and Switzerland sound? Me and my wife do this or a similar route every year as part of our role in our organization and our laptop could definitely use a more comfy bag.

  • Bill Florence says:

    After being out of work for three years, I will take my new Empire Builder to my new job I begin July 7. Because my job is in travel technology, the Empire Builder will be the perfect companion for my daily commute and for my domestic and international travel. Empire Builder+me+fate=Awesome!

  • Maia says:

    I would take this bag to the moon and back! Short of that I would take it to Thailand… And everywhere else that I travel.

  • Tammy says:

    I’d fill it with popcorn and take it to the movies.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’d take it to Portland on a trip with my family and hopefully to Hawaii next year.

  • Marvin Ng says:

    I’ll pack my iPad and book/magazine I’m reading into this Empire Builder Bag.
    I’d like to check-in while I hustle to build my business/career anywhere in Malaysia and Singapore. Love to extend unconventional trails worldwide – especially in Asia!
    Cheers to all!

  • Ted H. says:

    I would happily take this bag with me on the regular trips I do as a fine arts courier, which means long days, no sleep, and a need for self sufficiency. My Synapse needs a good partner like this one!

  • Eric says:

    China. I’m making plans to go this December! 🙂

  • Victoria says:

    I’d take it to work everyday and everywhere I travel. Already have an Aeronaut. Ristretto, and 2 Shop Bags. An Empire Builder would fit right in. Love Tom Bihn!

  • Dominic says:

    I would take it to work, and for my travels around the world.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Ian says:

    If I had to pick one place; I couldn’t.
    If I had to leave it behind; I wouldn’t.
    So to do all the things I shouldn’t,
    I would take it with me.

  • Renate says:

    I’ll take it to the moon and back. And also to work, and to Rome in fall…

  • Doris says:

    I am currently attending training to become a teacher, so this bag would carry all my notebooks and laptop!

  • J Thomas says:

    I’d use it for work travel, so round Europe to Rome, Düsseldorf, Essen, Hanover, Malmo, London. I’d also use it for lesuire trips – I’d love to go back to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, but also see more of New Mexico and Santa Fe. Travel with a bag like this is so much easier, so much nicer.

  • David Beach says:

    I’m an actor… I would take it to every audition.. and every gig. Director’s would cast me just to see where that bag came from. And when the acting gig isnt happening.. I’d take it to the locations of any other job I have. Sub teaching, standardized patient, juggler, ventriloquist, comic magician, host, photographer, executive director of Chorale Bel Canto, hypnotherapist, drummer, producer, writer, director, combat choreographer, cat wrangler, singer… ummm probably a few more. Does it come in a bigger size ?

  • Mark says:

    I’d take it on a trip to Florence, Italy.

  • Ivan Prasodjo says:

    I shall take it to jungle of Borneo on my next trip

  • Pete Maskovich says:

    I would use to haul my laptop and all of my snacks on my weekly ferry ride back and forth between Spain and Morocco.

  • Cynthia Manzo says:

    I’m a full-time student (trying to make ends meet) who would take it to school everyday and freelance jobs. It is definitely exactly what I need to hold my daily essentials. I know… it’s not as exciting as a trip to Hawaii or whatever else people are saying but hey…it’s the truth.

  • Rachel Johnson says:

    Where would I NOT take this bag?! Working in service improvement & process efficiency, the empire builder is my job in work bag form! I’m gonna make it compulsory to have one 🙂

  • Keith Souza says:

    I would fly from Illinois to pick it up at the Tom Bihn factory, so I could see where all there cool stuff is made! I would then fill it with cool stuff there and enjoy the area for a couple days with my new bag!

  • tim powell says:

    i’d love a new briefcase

  • Becca says:

    Everywhere and then some! Plus I just started traveling for work and need a nice bag that fits my computer and all of my travel essentials

  • Jeremy says:

    I’d take it to work, of course.

  • Leonardo says:

    I will take it with me on a trip to the end of the world city, Ushuaia, and to Antartica.

  • Scott says:

    I’d take it to follow my 2 year old on our adventures together.

  • Mike says:

    It would accompany me all over the world.

  • Dave Levy says:

    I’d take it wherever life takes me. I’ve been fortunate to get back healthy after a bit of a health scare, and to be able to get in a bit of traveling – and Tom’s luggage has been my faithful companions for ages. There’s always room for one of Tom’s finest for my electronic buddy 🙂

  • Grace says:

    Wherever I go…Virginia, Maryland, California, Hawaii… It holds so much.

  • Alex Scott says:

    Everywhere, of course.

  • H.E. Parker says:

    I would travel with this bag from the top of the Empire State building, down to Inkwood Books in Tampa, where I’ll say, “HELLO” and “Thank you”, for choosing to bless me with this bag! This bag will also accompany me to many, many “ports of call” over the next year. Trips I have lined-up: Dominican Republic, Cuba, Africa, USA (Pittsburgh, Asheville, Columbus) and more to come! Love the AONC attitude!

  • Jana says:

    I would take it everywhere! What a great way to take all my essential gear.

  • Asha Francis says:

    I would take it with me to my trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • Andrzej says:

    Uuuh, I love the story behind it.

    I’d take this bag with me to the US. On my first trip ever. I hope it’s going to be a trip regarding some nice publishing houses wanting to meet me and discuss publishing opportunities, because all of my fiction books had proved themselves 🙂 That’s a dream worth pursuing!

  • To America! And then back to Norway.

  • Michelle says:

    I’ll take it on dirt roads throughout South Africa and on a special trip to stay in a real ox-wagon! 🙂

  • Michael Schwartz says:

    I’d enjoy bringing it with me on my travels to Tanzania, Zanzibar, Puerto Vallarta, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia during the next nine months. And, of course, Ventura CA and Redmond WA to visit family in between.

  • Margaret says:

    My bag would go all over the world, starting with a trip to North Italy/Switzerland, then a week later to British Columbia, then to Africa (all before the end of the year!).

  • Eliza says:

    I’ll bring the bag along on my next adventure – riding the rails to NOLA on the City of New Orleans, a cruise to the Caribbean, and then back to the city for Mardi Gras. The bag could have SO much fun!

  • Nancy says:

    I’d take it to mean I should include my laptop in more of my trips.

    I tend to travel with IPad only, as I’ve yet to find a laptop bag that really works for me.

  • Robert says:

    I’d take it everywhere! It would become my carry on and carry around companion. For work, for pleasure. Long haul and short haul. It’s versatile, spacious, accommodating and all done stylishly. A great bag.

  • nushechka says:

    I would take it everywhere !

  • Dawn Muench says:

    Well to the WDS of course! 🙂

  • Marné Bateson says:

    I would take it on CASAT (Cousins Annual Same Age Trip) – a very special experience :o) . . .

  • I’d take it on a trip to L.A.!

  • Chris Peck says:

    I’d take it to Alaska, except I leave tomorrow. Then it would go on Amtrak to DC, then San Francisco in September, Las Vegas in November, from there to Seattle (hope to stop by and say Hi to Tom). Back to Williamsburg, VA, and then to the Carribean for a vacation.
    After that… Most likely Europe, but, not sure where yet…

  • Leslie says:

    I’ll take it to college this fall. I’ll be attending with all three of my kids! (I’m 50 and scared to death!)

  • Rocco Petrunti says:

    Yes, I’m looking forward to taking that bag on the TGV to the south of France, Aix en Provence, Nice, Marsellies, and back to Paris.

  • I would take it to Vegas while working on an upcoming Nicolas Cage movie.

  • Amanda says:

    The real question is: where *wouldn’t* I take this bag? My four-year-old and I are currently dreaming up trips from Australia to Pennsylvania (he wants to visit a miniature railway village I accidentally showed him on Pinterest) and to Egypt (he has a weird obsession with dead mummies) and my personal choice, if he ever lets me have one, is to go back to Hong Kong, the first place I ever went abroad, at age 9. Of course to afford any of this I need to keep working while we’re travelling so the laptop has to come too.

  • Heather says:

    I have friends living in Shanghai & Barcelona so I would take it to those places first as they’re on top of my list!

  • Ryan McRae says:

    This bag so precious.
    Ethiopia we’ll go.
    Wells dug with haikus.


  • Chris says:

    I’ll take around the world to jiu-jitsu seminars I teach and on vacations with my 3 ladies.

  • Matt Brown says:

    It would become my office, my business in a bag, I’m just at the beginning of my startup journey, but as my business grows I will take it in the road, leaving Australia, exploring the world and living the mobile lifestyle I’ve dreamt of. A good quantity bag like this will be key to keeping my laptop safe, my ‘office’ organised and my lifestyle secure.

  • Phil Wolff says:

    The streets and cyberspaces of Oakland, California. The hills and mines of Middle Earth.

  • I’d take it with on video shoots around Minnesota/Wisconsin and the occasion jaunt to Chicago.


  • Faisal says:

    would take it pretty much everywhere.

  • Vinicius says:

    I’d take it to my camping trips! My laptop is a tough road warrior, and it needs a proper tough bag

  • Tina says:

    I would take that perfect traveling companion to Spain in the Autumn.

  • Robb says:

    My next trip is to WDS. Then a tour of Asia, and who knows where I’ll settle after that. The world is a big place, and you never know where the universe is going to send you. But it is best to be prepared for the getting there. 🙂

  • Marissa says:

    I will take it to every space in the world where I sit and write my memoir.

  • Chris Mick says:

    I would take mine on my first trip to NYC, this fall. My reward to myself for regaining the ability to walk.

  • Heather says:

    I’d take it to my next art show in Honolulu, HI!!

  • Marissa says:

    I will take it to every space in this world where I sit and write my memoir.

  • I’m a writer, so this would be my everyday bag – to the coffee shop in Todos Santos, Mexico, where I live, then down to Oaxaca where my fiance and I are starting our mezcal business, and to Zihuatanejo, where we’re getting married. Then (hopefully)….India, Nepal, Papau New Guinea, and Europe! Oh, and of course to NYC when I go to sign my book contract. 😉

  • Robert Cox says:

    Everywhere I go.

  • I would take it to my travel to Germany in October! Will be my first time in one of most exciting countries of the world!

  • Stefni says:


  • Bryan says:

    I would take this bag to work but, also Hawaii which is my next trip. I would hope to eventually be like Chris and take it all over the world!

  • Kevin Penner says:

    I’d take this bag with me to school to work with my students each day.

  • Carol Saha says:

    I’d take it to college when the fall semester starts.

  • Jennifer Johnson says:

    My bag would travel with me all the way from Maine back to Seattle, moving hem from the East Coast to the West (Best) Coast.

  • Josh says:

    Traveling cross country!!

  • Susan M Hall says:

    I would take it to the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Antigua, Guatemala July 20-26, 2014, as well as, the EarthLodge Mountain Lodge and avocado farm.

  • Kathy says:

    I’d take it to Germany with me and lug all my radio gear along 🙂

  • Kevin W says:

    I’d take the bag with me on every business trip to every client and brag I have the best bag made in the USA. Also to Def Con and hide my pineapple wifi

  • Tanya K says:

    To the coffee shop so I can do some planning and reach out to friends and colleagues so I can finally get out of the rut I’m in with my current job and find something that re-ignites my passion for the work I do.

  • less says:

    I’ve started to to take the bus for traveling and I’m really loving it. So I’d take it on my next bus trip to Maine or NY.

  • Tracey says:

    I’d take it wherever life leads me; the adventure’s still unfolding.

  • Hammad says:

    Wow. What a timing. I got a job in Dubai and I am moving next month over there. It will definitely be my new companion.

  • Brooke says:

    I would take toms laptop bag with me on any adventure I would be on , weather that be Traveling in the Pacific Northwest, to work, or overseas

  • David K. says:

    I‘ll take it with me to an meeting in Austria

  • Takki says:

    I am taking it from the Black Forest to Nunavut

  • Kent Houar says:

    I would take the bag on my trip to outer space on the Space-X. I would carry all the gadgets I would need to blog every minute of the trip, including photos of all my new friends from the ship and of the moon and earth. I can’t wait to pack my new bag!

  • Rashed says:

    I’ll take it home. 🙂

  • Ian Cole says:

    That is a nice looking bag. I would take it with me on my first trip to Japan

  • Ben says:

    I would take it to my local wifi enabled coffee shop until my $100 startup is a sustainable income stream… and then I’d keep taking it to coffee shops, but occasionally in different countries.

  • John Morton says:

    I’d strap that bag to the back of my motorcycle on a trip to Nashville this fall where I hope to record a couple songs at the record booth at Third Man Records.

  • Tara says:

    This bag would go with me to the hospital where I teach nursing students as an adjunct instructor. I currently use a variety of hospital tote bags (super classy, I know), so this bag would be a definite upgrade. When not used for work, it would be my personal item or carry-on for air travel (I currently use the previously mentioned classy hospital tote bags for this as well).

  • nicholas says:

    Ill take it to israel

  • Stuart says:

    Starting a journey into a new world – the world of Front End Web Development after a 17year career in corporate…. My aim is to build dynamic customer conversation platforms specifically for small creative organizations who don’t ‘get’ the technology and are missing out on the revolution – individual artists primarily. That is the journey that this bag should join me on…..

  • Jonathon says:

    Well, I’m moving from Belgium to Ireland next month, so that will be the first trip I would get to take it on. Then after that, i’d take it with me everyday to my new job and look like the cat who stole the cream!

  • Jason says:

    I’d take it on a trip from Taipei to Cape Town in September, which is my first trip to Africa!!

  • Travis says:

    I just got back from a month in Uganda adopting a refugee baby so I’ll have to take it on my next journey…looks like it’ll be a few domestic trips…philly and CA!

  • Isabelle Dore says:

    I would take it to the UK, where my husband is from, to Northern Quebec where we live.

  • Martin says:

    I would use it as my “bag for everything” when i’m travelling to projects within Europe.

  • Tammie Wood says:

    Everywhere in the world since that is where I plan to visit.

  • Raffy says:

    I’d take it to Antarctica- going in November and would live to carry my gear in style! Maybe even get a black and white one to match the penguins?

  • Joshua says:

    Where will I take it? To the top, of course!

  • Dot McQueen says:

    I’d take it everywhere! Afterall, that’s what you saying isn’t it? That it can be used non-stop!

  • Winifred van Veen-Miller says:

    Would take it on all my travels. I am a newbie to the Blog world.

  • Tom Bakalis says:

    Tuscany. I promised my wife I would take her there when her chemo is done.

  • Tim Hirtle says:

    The bag will go where I go. And probably a few places I can’t, like overhead storage.

  • Susan says:

    I’d take the bag with me on an upcoming trip trip to the Central African Republic (I work in humanitarian response).

  • Margaret says:

    I would take it to my sister’s place, which is not far from mine. We’re preparing to start our own online business, so we are always photographing, tagging, and blogging! This would be amazing…plus one of our mantras is to support small businesses.

  • Marcy Criner says:

    I would take it to Thailand!

  • Aytch Lim says:

    I’ll take it everywhere I go! Simple and sturdy looking 😀

  • Anne Burner says:

    That looks lovely! First it would go to Indiana at Christmas, and then on to Ireland next year! And after that…all points everywhere!

  • Katie Viren says:

    I would take it with when I need a “writing vacation”. From where I sit that would mostly be Duluth, MN or Thunder Bay, Ontario. For other getaways I need a backpack because I am surrounded by forest and trails. I have my ‘travel in the woods” gear. I do not have my “travel in urban environments” gear. It would be marvelous.

  • John Xavier says:

    Costa Rica – 2015 – Thanks!

  • Becky says:

    The Empire Builder will accompany me and my husband on our epic tour of the open roads of the lower 48, RV in tow.

  • Russell Hay says:

    I’ll take it with me to my makerspace, to my family home near New Orleans, to Germany for my delayed honeymoon, and to Iceland to take pictures of beautiful things.

  • Adam L. says:

    I travel for a living so this would make for an excellent upgrade.

  • Dan Conrad says:

    A week trip from the east coast exploring the Pacific Northwest! Of course, stop by Tom Bihn headquarters to show how the bag is holding up on the trip.

  • Bryan says:

    I’d take it with me to work. As a teacher it would be nice to carry a bag that still looks professional without being the same boring case everybody else has.

  • Bryant Durrell says:

    That’s a great question and there are a lot of great answers here. I’m 44 years old and distinctly out of shape, so I have to acknowledge that my plan for the Empire Builder is unlikely at best — but you’ve got to dream, don’t you?

    Thus: if, when this contest is complete, I wake up with a brand new Empire Builder in my hands, I will begin exploring what it would take to get into a space program. Public or private, I’m not picky. If it’s plausible, I’ll do it, and when I have…

    I will take my Empire Builder to the moon. Or Mars. Whichever comes first.

  • Ben says:

    I’ll be taking it to Hawaii!

  • Susan says:

    This bag is going to be a world traveller. I mean it’s going to take a long haul flight just to get to me. Then, it will get to accompany me to the best coffee shops in Bangkok, seriously under populated beaches in eastern Thailand, and in a couple of months time up to Nakhon Phanom in the northeast, over the Mekong river to Thakek in Laos and into the Phou Hin Boun National Park. After that, tbc…

  • Cole Monroe says:

    I would use it as my daily briefcase, and use it as my day bag in London and Paris when I go there in October!

  • Massimiliano moretto says:

    I love tom bihn bags. I’ll give it to my sister, that has been fired from work, to push her to learn to use a portable pc, starting from a cool bag. Thanks

  • Pallav Singh says:

    Where ever I go. Isn’t it? Well practically peaking. A bag this useful, it will carry my paraphernalia to office, meetings, cafes, maybe even dates, who knows. I’ll be using it in my home country India, but will definitely be using it on all my trips.

  • Valerie says:

    This will go with me from diaper bag to computer bag as I make my way up and down the East Coast from home to visiting family!

  • I’d take it with me to the courthouse where I volunteer to mediate disputes in small claims court. The bag will hold my clipboard and papers as well as my laptop, and if I can get people to agree to work out their differences together, someone may be saved a 7-year ding on their credit record from a judgment. Part of the task is about professionalism, and this bag makes the mediator look the part.

  • Nancy Levenson says:

    The first place I’ll take it is to Paris, where my man and I will be for my next birthday. Other spots on our must-go list are: Turkey, Vietnam and Argentina.

  • Daisy says:

    I would take this with me on work travel, pleasure travel, and just to the corner coffee shop when working at home becomes unwieldy. What a great bag!

  • Gary Burkhardt says:

    I would take it with me everywhere but especially to Disney World.

  • Sierra says:

    To the moon and back!

  • Brian says:

    Great bag to take with me on trip to Shanghai.

  • Dee says:

    I would take it and my daughter home to Hawaii as a big surprise after she graduates from undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at Northeastern University in Boston next April Woo hoo!

  • Jen says:

    Ooh, I know. I’d pack my laptop and Wacom tablet and return to Ireland– I lived in Galway for two years during 6th and 7th grade, but want to reconnect with friends and re-experience the country with older, more appreciative eyes. The art tools would be for capturing the journey through drawing, painting, and animation. I’d gain the flexibility to go places without worrying about damage or wear to the equipment. (how cool would that be!)

  • Faisal says:

    Sweet looking bag. Will love to take it to South Asia next month and see how it holds up. By the way, the new blog design is fantastic…I might have to steal it from you 🙂

  • Peter says:

    I would take this on a trip on Virgin Galactic and then to China and then to Mars when they let us go there.

  • alan minto says:

    Wherever I go…the bag goes with me!

  • Kimberly Wiggin says:

    If I am VERY lucky, I would be able to take this bag along in December to meet up with my daughter at the end of her four months of travel through Europe, working on organic farms!

  • Steve says:

    I think it would be perfect to accompany on my upcoming trip to Scandinavia…cheers!

  • Rachel says:

    From the plains of Wyoming to the savannas of Africa and back again!

  • Carrie Ure says:

    I’d love to win this bag for my husband!

  • Sophia Mitchell says:

    I’ll take it to PDX for WDS and then on future work trips through out California!

  • Kristen Miller says:

    I would take it back and forth to work, vacations and all my business trips!

  • Nick says:

    Would love a rugged and well-designed bag to travel with, off to Germany and the UK for 6 weeks soon, and it would be a great asset!

  • Walden Hudson says:

    I’ll be taking that bag with me to Nepal and Thailand next year!

  • Mailande says:

    I’ll take it to Kyrgyzstan in September, when I go to research traditional textiles and help some awesome students prepare for the TOEFL exam!

  • sheila says:

    I’ll take the bag to the school where I work, to hold my art gear and my lesson plans.

  • Ellen Berg says:

    I’d take this bag on my next big trip, Vietnam. My father always wanted to return–he loved the country and its people–but since he passed away from cancer last year, I’m going in his place. I sense I’ll find him there.

  • Matthew Hauler says:

    I will take the bag wherever the contents of the inside allow me to be taken. Whether it’s on a quick trip or someplace new and exciting for business, I would love to make this bag a new travel companion.

  • This beautiful bag will go to Seattle in September & next April, on to the wilds of Idaho next year. From there it’ll stroll down to Cajun country and enjoy early summer in Louisiana followed by an Amtrak ride up the eastern seaboard.

  • Colleen says:

    I would show off my new Tom Bihn bag on my week-long camping trip at Olympic National Park that I am going on with my two brothers in August. I’m traveling 3,200 miles to get there!

  • I’d love to take it with me down to Tennessee in a month. Perfect for walking around town with in order to grab some food, then work a few hours, then grab more food!

  • Todd Henion says:

    I Love this bag. Perfect for the medium trip. Love the company too.

  • Gary Kirk says:

    I’ll take the bag anywhere you would like to send me. Or if I have to send myself, I guess around the block.

  • Rose says:

    I’d take it to Utah this fall for for a conference on equine-assisted psychotherapy.

  • Gordon Cox says:

    I am leaving to travel in Central and South America for a year and this bag would be ideal for my adventure.

  • Kelii says:

    Hana Maui

    The bag would make the drive in more comfortable for my computer.

  • I would give this great bag to my youngest son who works in Denver and swing dances all over the U.S. and hopefully abroad next year. Whether he travels to work [with computer] by car or by bicycle, I’m sure he would be proud to use this on his way.

  • Chimae says:

    Hmm, since an Empire isn’t built in a day, this bag (my future bag) would serve as my portable reminder of exciting things to come. I would love it, take it with me everywhere and probably need to name it. Thinking…Felix the Cat 😉 AND this bag (my soon-to-be bag) would show others I work with of the limitless possibilities within!

  • Stacy says:

    I think I’d take it everywhere! To work, my softball games, church, community meetings, court hearings, and of course on all my free trips to visit family and friends in the US and abroad.

  • rox says:

    I love Tom Bihn bags and need a new one. I’d take it into work, pack all my stuff in it and say “Adios!” Then I’d stop by home to grab my Vitamix and juicer, stuffing those in it and head for the West Coast.

    At least that’s what I’ve been dreaming of doing….

  • Tammy says:

    I’ll be taking it to the coffee triangle in Colombia!

  • Aldona Kmiec says:

    If this bag has not yet been to Regional Victoria Australia, then it’s time!

  • Barbara Peter says:

    I’ll take it with me on my first trip to Germany in 36 years!

  • Laura says:

    Since I plan to become the world’s greatest expert on building sustainable lifestyles across the planet (but “first we take Manhattan”), the bag will go with me everywhere, holding my cherished laptop. Thanks for your time, cats and biased judges!

  • Rowan Hartin says:

    I would use it to work while traveling all over South America!

  • Annie says:

    I’m taking my kids on their first plane ride soon and this looks like the perfect carry-on bag!

  • Eric says:

    San Diego this summer, then east Asia! I would *love* this bag.

  • lilli says:

    I’d take this back and forth (and everywhere I go) as I work on being a writer and artist and cello player with a day job. (Yes, I know the word cellist, but I’ve only been playing the cello for a little over a year, so right now I consider myself a cello player, not a cellist.)

  • I’d take it to WDS 2014 of course! Then the sky’s the limit.

  • filio says:

    I might be late for this contest, but I’d like to say that I’ve had my eye on Tom’s products for about a year now. I wanted to take a trip to his factory in Seattle…. and I will, one day. I live north of the border in Canada. About a 4 hr car ride from a Tom Bihn outlet. I love hitting the road, so if I had a Tom Bihn bag, it would travel with me in my car. On the road. Sometimes Pablo comes along for the ride too. He’s my cat, and we once took a trip together across Canada. From Montreal, Quebec to Abbotsford, BC. That was back in 2012 and I think I’m due for another trip soon. This time it will be just me, because I don’t want to bring Pablo across the border to the Oregon Coast, but I’ll bring back lots of pictures and stories.

  • Mark Williams says:

    You asked, “Where would you take your Tom Bihn bag?”
    Well here is what I’d say:
    I’d really take it everywhere! I’d use it every day!
    I’d take it on the airplane – and fly two-fifty-K (250K)
    To Jakarta, & Columbia, and maybe just L.A.
    It’d hold all my precious things, like Apples, cords, and gear.
    And help me stay real organized through the entire year.
    I’d use it as I build my business, and move from place to place.
    Sticking to my principles instead of stuck in the “rat race.”
    So regardless if I’m here or there, my bag will see me through!
    And I can move to Brisbane & learn to play the Didgeridoo!
    But seriously, it would be awesome to have some brand new gear.
    So thank you, in advance for being my “bag financier!”

  • Merry Cox says:

    I’m going on a trip and I’m going to take (in my new bag that you are going to give me):
    An Awesome Adventure
    Boat load of maps
    Dictionary (spanish)
    Excitement et cetera
    Fistful of festivities
    Goodness of heart plus gratitude for my new bag
    Hello in ten languages
    Longing to learn
    Mindfulness of manners
    No bad temper
    Only my best friend
    Paint, pens, pencils (colored)
    Quiver of ideas
    Too many clothes
    Useful items (all those things one must have, like a toothbrush)
    Wishes, good ones
    X- marking the spot I’m going to
    You for guidance and encouragement
    Z WTF is Z going to be?????

  • Awesome new theme and content Chris. What theme is it mate?

  • Jack Hamlett says:

    Very cool bag ready to take wherever we go

  • Seb De Jesus says:

    I’ll use it bring not only my Mac but also my sketchbook and pocket watercolors. Surely it will be at my side each time me, my wife and my kids will go on a road trip in the Philippines. Eager to show my kids that the Philippines is not just about Manila but more about the other people and places outside of Manila.

  • Jennifer says:

    First I’d take it to Olympia, WA (not so exciting). Then it would travel with me back to Seattle. Then to Austin, TX and then to San Pedro, Belize. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Aprille Byam says:

    I would take it “in the field” w me as I gather stories across my city and further as the project grows! Plus, I’d have it on my back as I explore curious places that might lead to all kinds of adventures.

  • Duncan says:

    That would be awesome for my commute!

  • Calvin Szeto says:

    I’m taking it to bed with me and sleeping with it every night!!

  • Jeananne says:

    I’ll take it with me on my first ever trip to New York in coming up in September!

  • Mayank says:

    I will take it with me through my life’s journey and take inspiration from it everytime I slip back in the rat race

  • Daven Rosener says:

    We’re planning a trip to Europe! I’d use it on the trip. I’ve been a fan of the company’s bags for quite a while! Totally agree with you — they are definitely an unconventional company!

  • Lee says:

    I would take it with me as I meet new prospects, go to video shoots, collaborate with my partner, and other trips I will take as I work to grow my business.

  • Tim Grover says:

    I will take it on my successful book tour for the collection I plan to write based on my blog posts. it will also accompany me in the career I’m currently training for: to help others profit from their passions.

  • Gretchen Howell says:

    What perfect timing. After 7 years and many many countries, my old laptop bag is ready to retire. It sat happily on the back of my bicycle as I toured through India, SE Asia and New Zealand. I would do the same with a new bag, starting with my next tour from Alaska to Argentina.

  • tim says:

    I would take it everywhere I go. What a great looking bag and a nice endorsement from you, must be good. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Becky Gillespie says:

    My what empires you could build with that bag! I would first take that bag right back from whence it came to Seattle, where I will be taking my first cruise ever in August with parents to Alaska! When I return to my current city of Tokyo, I would take it to work with me every day, as I continue to work on my thesis. Next year, I would give it to Jack, the 10 year-old that I sponsor in Haiti, and tell him to go and build his own empire with it some day.

  • Aurora says:

    I would take it to a big ultramarathon overseas. Western States, Comrades etc.

  • beth says:

    I’d take it with me on my lifelong journey of growth. From day to day work, I tutor and teach science, currently to any other adventures life brings and I create. I have plans to build an online business as a coach to older women wanting to make a shift in their lives.

  • Sarah says:

    I hope I win Tom Bihn’s bag because I can take it to Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam when I go this October!! Fingers crossed.

  • Whitney Echols says:

    I would take my Tom Bihn laptop bag with me on an extended vacation to Asia.

  • Chris Guillebeau says:

    Thanks – everything is custom!

  • TTN says:

    Never enough of a good thing.

  • Antony Caraffa says:

    I’m quitting my job in Australia and starting from scratch in New Zealand, so I’d take it there to begin with. Who knows where it will go after that!

  • Lise says:

    I’d take this bag with me to Portland next month! Looks like a great bag, and from my home town!

  • Sean says:

    Back to Iceland for sure, and got a list o places after that (Japan, Argentina, Greece, to name a few).

  • Ellie says:

    Looks perfect for my career transition from government desk junkie to laptop in tow, global communicable disease epidemiology consultant. Bring on the infected world!

  • Meghan says:

    My fiance and I just quit our jobs, finished 5 months of travel and are starting a new life in Hawaii! I’d use it as a daily laptop bag as I start to cobble together my new existence as a freelancer, and on long flights home to visit friends and family.

  • Dan says:

    Crete. Then Wales and Scotland. Allons-y!

  • Leah says:

    I’d take it to visit my friends all over Asia — Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, India, Nepal, and Bhutan! (I’ve been a closet Tom Bihn fan for a while now, but only recently got to see one in the, um, fabric. It was an Aeronaut, nordic with a solar interior, and its owner was VERY happy with it.)

  • Kris M. says:

    I’m headed to Sri Lanka in mid-July. I’d be that bag would come in quite handy! Here’s hoping. *fingers crossed*

  • Bonnie Blewitt says:

    I will take my Tom Bihn bag with me to Sierra Leone in September. My partner and I are returning to our beloved West African country for the third time to volunteer for one month with OrphFund, an incredible volunteer based charity that helps orphaned and abandoned children.
    Why would we need a laptop bag for this venture? Well we like to make videos of the kids and the work we are doing and edit them to keep everyone back home who donated in the know with what they we are doing. Being a hip hop artist my partner will also be using a laptop to record music collaborations with local artists.The Tom Bihn bag would be perfect for protecting our laptop and this would be the first of many journeys it will make with us.

  • Andrea Williams says:

    July 1, I am officially launching my coaching business as I simultaneously begin 12 months of “learning adventures.” I’m modeling what is possible for other midlife women by challenging myself to try new things and go places I’ve never been. Fun stuff planned each and every month with a few months already notched. Great fun as I move into my lifestyle business and showcase amazing products and locations. Your bag is just perfect for this “trip”!

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