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Mar 1, 2018

One More Thing To Cross Off the Bucket List

Crossing Experience Off The List

Part of my Bucket List was to make a clay pot. It is #85 on the list. As of this week, I can now cross it off as we did a clay-making class over the weekend and made some pots, bowl, and cups.

Jan 15, 2018

New York Top Ice Skating Rinks Guide

New York Top Ice Skating Rinks Guide

Wintertime is when ice skating becomes top of mind of some of the best activities to do while traveling to New York. There are many outdoor rinks around NYC. There are also quite a few indoor rinks as well where you can enjoy ice skating year round.

Most famous and probably one of the most sought by visitors to New York, is the rink at the Rockefeller Center. It is located right in the heart of Manhattan and in the middle of the Rockefeller Plaza. During the holidays there is a huge Christmas tree that overlooks the rink.

Your Guide to Skating at the Ice Rink in Rockefeller Center

Second most famous ice rink in New York is the outdoor rink at Central Park.

Dec 25, 2017

How To Tips For Making Video Of Your Two-Week Trip

The secret of making 180-sec video travelogues of a two-week trip

This is a guest post by Helen Clark from
A blog post that discusses the best ways to condense your two-week trip into a 180-second travelogue

Sep 26, 2016

We Are Not A Civilized Society, Not Even Close

We Are Not A Civilized Society, Not Even Close

It is the 21st century. We consider ourselves advance. With advancement in technology, transportation, medicine, and science, we are doing a lot of things on tiny gadgets. We are communicating instantaneously from around the globe, traveling vast distances in shorter time, live longer and healthier lives, and know a bit more about the far universe around us.
This is far from the truth when it comes to air transportation.

Sep 8, 2016

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - September

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - September

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This Stroller Charges Your Phone Using Generators In Its Wheels

Aug 29, 2016

Labor Day Weekend Travel Tips and Essentials

Labor Day Weekend Travel Tips and Essentials

Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer.(

The closer we get to the Labor Day weekend the more expensive it is to fly. The best time to fly,

Aug 8, 2016

3 Hurdles That Remain For Long-Distance Automated Travel

This post is by Charles Bell. Our guest contributor this month. The topic for this post is autonomous cars, which is the cool new topic in travel and gadgets world. 

3 Hurdles That Remain For Long-Distance Automated Travel

There are a lot of exciting things about the possibility of fully automated cars, but one thing that people are looking forward to in particular is the idea of long commutes and road trips in these vehicles. Traveling in an ordinary car, while occasionally pleasant in its own way, is a taxing experience. Staying alert for hours on end is demanding, and controlling a vehicle on a highway can be monotonous. The idea of making the same trip in a car that will drive itself, allowing you to kick back and relax, is very appealing

Aug 1, 2016

How To Watch 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

How To Watch 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

Olympic Games are truly a world stage. If there is one thing that represents the world and tourism it is the games. Competitors come to these games from all over the planet.

Did You Know?
For two weeks during the games all wars and other things are stopped. It is called the Olympic Truth. "The Olympic Truce is a tradition originating from Ancient Greece that dates back to 778 BC in the 8th century BC. A Truce was announced before and during the Olympic Games to ensure the host city-state (Elis) was not attacked and athletes and spectators could travel safely to the Games and peacefully return to their respective countries. During the Truce period (lasting up to three months), wars were suspended, armies were prohibited from threatening the Games, legal disputes were stopped, and death penalties were forbidden." Wikipedia

Jul 21, 2016

Travel News - Gadget Related - July

Travel News - Gadget Related - July

Amazon's Kindle Gets Slender for Beach Season
- It is thinner and lighter - 6.7 x 4.7 x 0.35 inches; 5.6 ounces
- Comes in black or white
- Will feature 512MG of RAM (up from 256MG
- Built-in Bluetooth audio support
- All Kindles will get

Jul 20, 2016

Biggest News in Travel Since Luggage Fees

Biggest News in Travel Since Luggage Fees

Newly passed air travel legislation is ‘an amazing win for consumers’

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill has been approved by Congress and this legislation would create:
a rule that directs the transportation secretary to establish a policy to allow children under age 13 “to be seated in a seat adjacent to the seat of an accompanying family member over the age of 13” at no additional cost.
a rule to require airlines to promptly and automatically refund “any ancillary fees” paid for checked baggage if it is delivered later than 12 hours after the arrival of a domestic flight or 15 hours for an international flight.

More information on the Bill here:

Did You Know?:
Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill (pdf)

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Jul 18, 2016

Travel Gadget Review - Large Beach Umbrella

Travel Gadget Review - Large Beach Umbrella

sports beach umbrella

This is not a little sun umbrella that you can stroll around with. It is the kind you can set up and sit under in a chair.

However, it is not as heavy or bulky as you would think. It weighs 9 pounds and folds up into a slick, long, line that is easy to swing on the shoulder with built-in strap on the case.

We have been considering getting an umbrella awhile ago and have been doing research. And in researching beach umbrellas, we can across a beach tent for kids. So instead of an umbrella, we purchased the tent for our kiddo. It has been a hit and life and skin saver for the family. Read here how we have used it on trips to Aruba and Dominican Republic as well as on the local beach.
However, the tent is only for the little one, adults got left out in the scorching sun. Hence for our local trips to the beach, we needed a shade of our own.

Family Trip to DR - What To Pack
What To Pack For Vacation With An Infant

Why good to have on a trip:
- Easy to transport
- Unfolds easily just like a regular umbrella
- Comes with all the accessories and gadgets to keep down in the sand and with wind blowing
- Roomy for a family
- Has ventilation windows
- Can be used as a tent or
- Free standing, mushroom type
- Easy to collapse

Con: It does weight 9 pounds, so while it is the same operation as regular umbrella, you have to make sure to support it and works best with 2 people

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Jul 14, 2016

The Unexpected Side-effects of Pokemon Go

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The Unexpected Side-effects of Pokemon Go

How to get Free Pokémon Go Coins:

Update: Pokemon Go is now available on the Apple Watch. Also coming soon to the game are Pokémon trading and player-versus-player battles, plus several new creatures.

Pokemon Go is nothing like the original game you might remember from the '90s. It's a free mobile game that lets you see Pokemon with your phone via augmented reality in the real world.
It is the hottest game out right now. And it is causing people to travel more. And even, exercise more.
As part of the game you walk around town, the park, the mall, your workplace until you find a Pokemon. Then, you try to catch it. You can get extra PokéBalls and other extras by visiting your local PokéStop. These are tagged using the phone's GPS. Your avatar gets marked in the current position on a simplified version of what is essentially Google Maps. And then you see the locations of the stops and Pokemon within your vicinity.
The players of the game are getting on their skateboards, bikes, buses and trains and getting around their towns and beyond to locate their next Pokemon.
Though all this traveling while playing the game does raise some concerns and as Pokemon Go website says:

"For safety's sake, never play Pokémon GO when you're on your bike, driving a car, riding a hoverboard, or anything else where you should be paying attention, and of course never, wander away from your parents or your group to catch a Pokémon."

By walking around and getting on bikes and such, folks are also getting excercise with some side-effects..soreness:

See more of similar tweets collection on Gizmodo: Sore Legs Become Pandemic As Pokémon Go Players Accidentally Get Exercise

You can't catch 'em all with an old phone. Get one that can:

Travel Gear for Your Pokémon Go Adventure:

Update: Nintendo released Pokémon Go Plus wearable, which is a gadgets that lets you catch Pokemon in the wild with a simple click of a button. You don't even have to take out your phone. It pairs with your phone via Bluetooth and can be attached to belt, pocket or strap, and also comes with a lanyard bracelet. Pokémon Go Plus notifies you of appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration
Because of its constant connection to data and GPS networks, cell service, and camera, Pokémon GO is a major power drainer for your phone. Anker PowerCore Charger is a compact solution to this problem, get one to keep the game going.

While you are doing all the walking might as well keep track of your progress and activity with Fitbit Charge HR

Protect your phone, and your game, from accidental bumps, falls and spills with Lifeproof FRE iPhone 6/6s Waterproof and Shock Proof Case

Essentials for everyone's favorite app

Google Maps now has a ‘Catching Pokémon’ feature in Timeline

Is Pokemon the Coolest New Tour Guide in Town?

Is your phone/tablet/computer open to hacking? Protect the ones you love with a PIA VPN service for safe and secure Web Browsing: VPN for Android VPN for iOS

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Jul 7, 2016

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - July

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - June

Samsung Wireless Headphones that can Store Music - Gear IconX
Image source: Venture Beat
- Truly wireless headphone, no wires connecting the two earbuds
- Can store music, upto 4GB flash memory
- Don’t need to be connected to a phone at all times
- Carrying case charges the headphones
- Will be touch controlled and
- Water resistant

Levi's + Google Jacquard Commuter Trucker Jacket
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- Interactivity is woven into the fabric
- Designed specifically for urban bike commuters
- Control your phone and services such as music or maps, directly from the jacket

Delta is Making In-Flight Entertainment Free to Everyone
"By July 1, almost all travelers flying with Delta can watch Showtime and HBO, or still-in-theaters flicks like The Jungle Book." 
- Best way to watch movies on airplane

A Team Of Japanese Scientists Creates Glass As Strong As Steel And Iron!
glass for smartphones
Image source: Hexapolis
- The potential applications are on electronic screens.
- Which would mean no more cracked screens on your phone or tablet while traveling.

"Olli", Self-driving Vehicle With The Power of IBM Watson Inside
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Local Motors is the company behind the creation of this vehicle with collaboration with IBM.
- Fully electric and connected vehicle
- Can carry up to 12 people
- Utilizes the cloud-based cognitive computing capability - to learn and adapt to transportation needs and preferences

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Jun 27, 2016

Road Trips With Kids - What To Take Along

Road Trips With Kids - What To Take Along

Last weekend, we took a road trip to NJ to pick strawberries. On the way, my daughter got sick all over the car seat. It was all over my arm, herself, the doll - you get the picture. It was not pretty. It made me seriously re-consider what we stash in the car.

Also, now that she’s getting older, she needs something entertaining. (Before she would just zonk out and it was glorious!)

Below is a quick survival kit that you can stash in the car or bring with you:

On the Go Potty - Below are our picks:
Kalenco Potty
Cool Gear Travel Potty
Boy portable Potty 
Folding Seat Cushion
While you are at it, get some toilet covers for older kids and yourself

Disposable wee wee pads - when my little one got sick, these came in handy! The car seat was wet so we padded with this sheet and threw one over her (new) clothes just in case of another accident. They are also great for potty training! These are a good value on amazon: Don't worry that they say Pet or have a picture of a dog, they work great for kids too at the price :)

Hand Wipes - I really wish I stashed more! We needed a ton. I use these: Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizing Wipes

Baby Wipes - You never know what kind of situation may arise but you bet your baby’s bottom you’ll need at least a pack

Change of clothes - Refresh every 1-2 months dependent on child’s age to ensure it will fit. Basic items like leggings, bodysuits or t-shirts, underwear, socks and a change of shoes are a must

Tablet holders - Cars with entertainment packages built-in are overrated and expensive. Make your own unit by getting a tablet holder like this:

Charger - Our car has your standard cigarette lighter so we bought a converter for a USB and can use our regular chargers in the car: Satechi® Smart Converter USB Port Cigarette Adapter

Related articles:
Family Trip to DR - What To Pack
Aruba Vacation - Kids Gadgets and Accessories
Aruba - First Family Trip South - Summer Continued
How To Travel Light With Your Family To the Beach
More below..

Toys and Games - Below are a few of ideas for each age group

2 and under:
Brica Mirror
Pull vibrate toys
Toy Arch
Baby Einstein Musical Toy
Electronic Books

2 and over:
Tin Magnet Puzzles
Melissa and Doug Stickers 
Fisher Price Doodle (LARGE)
Fisher Price Doodle (SMALL)
On the Go Color blast - LOVE this
Portable art studio

Trays and containers - a tray and a few spill proof containers will reduce the mess you’ll need to clean up, plus it gives them space to draw, color and play. Win Win!
This tray has it all:

Spill proof containers are perfect for little hands:

Car protection gear
We outfitted our leased car with several of these items to protect the vehicle:
Kick Mats:
Sun Visor:
Seat protector (works well for rear facing kickers too!):
Car Seat Sun Protector (we didn’t want her to touch hot buckles):

Emergency Medical Kit
When we travel, I bring any necessary meds with us and do NOT leave it in the car. If you have to, put them in a cooler (extreme hot or cold temps can mess with the meds). You should keep a basic First Aid Kit in the car all the time. It is great to have in case of a scraped knee or cut. This one is perfect for any medical emergency: First Aid Kit 115 Piece for Car

And of course, let’s not forget, snacks and drinks! Bring at least 2 bottles per person of water and a variety of snacks in ZipLocks or individual portions. Granola bars, nuts, goldfish, puffs, cheerios, crackers and other dried snacks are always perfect on the go. Grab some peeled and cut bananas, apples, and other fruit as well in a cooler!

Enjoy the trip and let us know where you went!

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Jun 20, 2016

The Future Of Human-Independent Travel Is Almost Here

Autonomous Cars, Trucks and Buses

Not too long ago in a few sci-fi movies, the characters were shown jumping into a vehicle that pulled up next to them sense a driver. They also did not have to get behind the wheel, but could sit back after telling the car their destination. The reality of such commute is very close. Tesla's auto pilot goes beyond just cruise control by taking over the car and not only controlling speed but also distance to the nearest vehicle and has the ability to slowdown, stop, or even switch lanes as necessary. Hence, why the guy above was able to fall asleep while in the driver's seat. Since the technology is very new and, while working well, is not fool-proof yet it is not recommended to leave it unattended 100%.

Volvo S60 - Autonomous driving:

Famous autonomous vehicles:
Kitt (Knight Rider)
Audi Concept (I, Robot)
Minority Report car
The Batmobile
The Fifth Element flying car

Someone made the Lexus 2054 from Minority Report

The Most Ultimate Driving Machine (That You’ll Never Drive) via WIRED

Rolls-Royce Concept Car

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