7 Best baby products for travel

Let’s dispel one myth right away: that you can’t travel with your baby.

When I announced my pregnancy, the second thing people said after “congratulations” was, “better get all your traveling out of the way now. Once your baby comes, you won’t be able to go on so many trips.”

That’s a viewpoint based entirely on your mindset and attitude.

Sure, traveling with a baby will be a challenge. But traveling already presents a challenge … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | May 11, 2016
Category: Family Travel, Travel Gear

Icebreaker vs. EMU merino wool for travel – 2 months into traveling

434943498_e8e3b10e78_zMerino wool has been touted as an ideal travel clothing material thanks especially to its breathability, odor resistance and fast-drying abilities. I stocked up on a few lightweight merino wool items before leaving for my trip two months ago, and I quickly gained a favorite among the brands and also learned some other benefits of the material.

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Posted by | Comments (0)  | January 27, 2016
Category: General, Travel Gear

Review: Osprey Kestrel 48 backpack and how to choose a great backpack

backpack thumbA good backpack can make or break a trip. Drenching rain, language barriers, delayed flights — you can weather all with humor and go-get-’em attitude.

But a good backpack is the foundation upon which your trip rests. It holds your entire life in one place. It protects it. Sometimes you wear it so often it feels like another … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 25, 2015
Category: Backpacking, Travel Gear

Review on Tortuga Backpacks’ daypack

Our flat-bottomed boat hit another large ocean swell. I was hung onto the seats in front of me, my knees cushioning each bone-shattering impact.

The boat was air-borne for a split second. I was flying, anchored only by my white-knuckled hands gripping the seats.

The boat hit the bottom of the next swell flat-on and rocked. Overhead waves splashed the boat’s clear plastic roof.

A second later, the boat was air-borne again, face-planted into the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 5, 2015
Category: Travel Gear

Review on Tortuga Air carry on backpack

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The seat belts sign flashed off. Immediately the aisle filled with people, reaching overhead for bags, hauling suitcases from the ceiling. Slowly the plane emptied. Finally, it was my turn to step into the aisle to freedom.

I reached below the seat in front of me, pulled free my bag, slung it over a shoulder and jogged … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | May 3, 2015
Category: Travel Gear

How to choose and use packing cubes

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I opened my backpack, reached a hand into its dark depths and frowned. It was going to take forever to find the black shirt I was looking for. The clock next to the bed said I had to leave in five minutes.

My hand fished, searching for the black shirt. It kept coming up grasping other … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 26, 2015
Category: Travel Gear

Top 5 language translation apps

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You’re standing in a train station, staring at two signs. Back and forth your head swivels. Likely the words on these signs are the end destination points of the train line.

But they could be anything. The language printed on the signs is complete gibberish to your eyes. In fact, it doesn’t even look like a language — these swooping, artistic curves and flat-topped characters.

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Posted by | Comments (1)  | March 1, 2015
Category: Travel Gear

A gift guide: top 10 gifts for travel-lovers

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Christmas is right around the corner. But what do you get someone who loves travel’s intangible thrill, feeling of a plane taking flight, or adventuring into distant worlds and getting to know themselves deeper?

How do you shop for someone like that?

Answer: you give them gifts to further their travels. Or remove some pesky hurdle in their travel. The greatest gift you can give … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | December 7, 2014
Category: Travel Gear

Packing for a longterm trip in a warm climate

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Packing for long-term travel is unique because you have to consider what you may need over a long period of time rather than what you can do without for a few weeks. Questions arise, like Will I need allergy meds? How many books should I bring? How many tank tops do I really need? Is it worth bringing my laptop? Here are some … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | November 30, 2014
Category: On The Road, Travel Gear

Review of new Grayl Quest cup

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What if you could filter water in 15 seconds or less by simply pressing down? What if that motion also purified your water so it was delicious enough to drink?

Water’s a big deal when you’re traveling. In a matter of a few gulps, you could jeopardize your health. That’s why purifying water on the road is so important. But shaking, pumping, waiting, squeezing … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 9, 2014
Category: Travel Gear