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Jan 5, 2015

New Year's Resolutions in Travel And Gadgets

New Year's Resolutions in Travel And Gadgets

Jump start your New Year with Wearable Technology


Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband


Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch


Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses


GoPro HERO3+: Silver Edition


JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones


LeapFrog LeapBand

Tech Accessories Deals

Pack Light, ie Don't Over Pack
Packing light makes travel easier, cheaper, and more convenient. But without the proper gear, traveling light is much more difficult. Invest in gear that is designed to help you travel with less before your trip, which can make a big difference


Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale


eBags Large Packing Cubes

Reusable, collapsible water bottle/container
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/252975704043542007


Panasonic DMC-TS25D Waterproof Digital Camera - does double duty and weighs only 0.8 pounds


Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
iPad and other tablets has helped lighten the load of the traveler considerably by providing an alternative to bulkier laptops. This one comes in at only 0.69 pounds

Opt for layers instead of a bulky coat. Your luggage will weigh less and more layers mean more options for more outfit combinations

Columbia Men's Watertight Packable Rain Jacket - I am a big fan of Columbia jackets. I have had one for 15 years and its still has good form and function

Take Great Shots

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP


Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS

Travel Bucket List
Follow Travel's board Bucket List on Pinterest.

A few of my resolutions for '14 (My New Year Travel Gadgets Resolutions) have materialized. I now have a charging powerpack back by Mophie and we are booked and will be taking off for South America in 2015.

New Year’s Travel Resolutions on TravelandLeisure.com

What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?

9 Apps to Help Keep Your Resolutions:
Fitocracy - Exercise log and online personal trainer
iTunes U - access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools
Khan Academy - learn almost anything for free
Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free
Lose It! – Easy to use Weight Loss Program and Calorie Counter
Restaurant Nutrition
Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker
MoneyPad√ - Personal finance manager
Mint Personal Finance

5 Reasons to Travel More in 2015

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Sep 16, 2014

Family Weekend Getaway for the First Time

family getaway vacation
Family Weekend Getaway for the First Time
To finish off a great summer with lots of first, we took our first family road trip as our little one turned 6 months. We drove up to Pocono Mountains region in Pennsylvania where we enjoyed local fair and stayed overnight. It was an inexpensive family mini vacation.

First stop on our kiddos first road trip, was a winery. Of course.
We went to Mountain View Vineyard to sample some of their wines. They also have a distillery with flavored vodkas. We arrived there early, before the place even opened as we were planning to feed the baby before hand so she would be nice and full and less fussy. It worked at least for half of the visit. While waiting for the place to open and getting some food, we met a big dog that turned out to be quite friendly. And also met a rooster, which turned out to be the bad-ass of the place and we were warned, after the fact, to not let him get to close to us.

dog chasing chickens

There was good wine at this winery but no phone service. We have Verizon as the provider, and we barely had any bars. This rarely happened in many of our travel. We were trying to look up the address of the next winery and could not get to it. Since we were not too far from our home base, I didn't even think about doing the Google Maps offline ahead of time. We did get pointed to correct way by some of the locals and were on our way.
Next stop was the (Sorrenti) Cherry Valley Vineyard. Unfortunately, on their site and other marketing they chose to exclude Sorrenti from the name, hence why it was so hard to find.
The food there was great, we enjoyed our pizza with some sangria and bread sticks. The property is spread out and has a fountain, gazebo, and lots of sitting areas.
The wines are ok, though well made. Though the wine servers were impersonal and standoffish. Which dampened the experience quite a bit.


While in the car we had some kids gadgets along. A very helpful one that I use even on shorter trips around the town is the mirror that you can view in your rear-view to see your kin in a back facing carseat. The one we have, BRICA In-Sight Magical Firefly Mirror, also has entertainment for the little one with music lights and shapes. It comes with a remote, so that I can easily turn it on from the front seat. One caveat, is that it has to be manually turned on before starting the drive, which is actual an OK feature, though would have like on/off button on the remote.

Overnight we stayed at the Holiday Inn. At check-in we were able to upgrade to a Jacuzzi room for less than $10. The room looked great. It was huge, see picture below. Just enough room for 3 of us :)


holiday inn hotel room

The bathroom could have been cleaner. There were some hairs around it and some small stains left over. Overall, the place looked clean

The phone chargers came in handy. I was charging my phone throughout the trip via the Griffin Dual USB Car Charger in the car and my wife powered up hers with Pebble Smartstick 2200mAh Portable Charger and with the Griffin USB AC Adaptor in the room. It saved a lot of time and worry while traveling and not having to look out for the power remain percentage.

While those are great, I have updated our mobile charger just recently. We got the Mophie Powerstation that has 4000mAh

The next day, our first stop was a butterfly farm. I have never been to one of these, and we were both wondering what the kiddo's reaction is going to be since she is so little. It was quite an experience. There were a whole lot of pretty free flying butterflies. She loved every moment of it. It was fun for an entire family


The following stop was the Largest County Store. That was also an experience. A whole lot of space filled with all kinds of stuff






We had one more stop afterwards at a winery. This time at The Big Creek Vineyard, where we met one of the owners and had a nice sampling of their wines as well as a chat. We ended up getting a couple of bottles for the road home as their wine was good and their atmosphere was pleasant.

Other gadgets that we had with us in our trusted Lowepro Passport bag:
Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera
TP-LINK Wi-Fi Range Extender
iPhone cable
iPhone
Blue Panasonic Lumix waterproof camera for selfies and just quick shots

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