Magellan’s was founded by two travel professionals to provide a single source of unique and useful travel products, supported by well trained travel gear specialists, and backed by a complete 100% guarantee of satisfaction.
While working for Pan Am Airways, John and Gloria McManus traveled extensively around the world and were frustrated by the inadequate supply of travel products available to consumers. In 1989 they created Magellan’s catalog, starting with a 32 page black and white catalog of hard-to-find travel products. John’s no-nonsense, detailed descriptions of each item made it clear how each addressed a travel problem, from overseas electrical adaptors to third world health and hygiene.
The catalog had inauspicious beginnings from their kitchen table, but the concept took hold, travelers took notice, and sales grew rapidly, prompting a move to larger space, first in a Quonset hut down by the beach, and then to the former Arlington hotel garage that houses the business today, just off State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.
What started with two consummate travelers now employs nearly 100. We still provide hands-on training for our staff on every item in our catalog, stores, and website. From comfort pillows and travel blankets to water purification and insect protection to selecting the best moisture-wicking, wrinkle-resistant travel clothing, we’re prepared to meet your needs.
Our mission is to make your travel more comfortable, safe, and rewarding. And if for any reason you are not completely happy with your purchase, we’ll make it right or cheerfully refund your full purchase price.