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Showing posts with label travel accessories. Show all posts

Aug 24, 2015

Multi-Functioning Travel Bags

Multi-Functioning Travel Bags

It is an essential for travel. You can travel without one or wrap your belongings in newspaper. Though you would be able to travel further and with more stuff if you take a travel bag with you. And while a satchel or plain bag or suitcase would do, a bag that is multi-functioning would do a lot more on your next trip.

We love our LowePro Sling Bag. It is a day pack, camera bag, travel bag, and backpack.
I have written about it on several occasions:
15 Essentials to have with you when traveling
12 travel gadgets to bring on your summer vacation
Family Weekend Getaway for the First Time

Lowepro Passport Sling DSLR Camera Bag

Olympia Deluxe Fashion Rolling Overnighter

Vera Bradley Grand Traveler in Indigo Pop
Travel tote that fits onto your carry-on, and has 4 compartments to thrown in and manage all of your necessities

Under Armour Undeniable Duffel Bag
Going to the game, traveling, gym, these bag will fit it all

Dakine Prom Laptop Backpack
You can fit your laptop in here and then some, and conveniently carry it on your back

Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Luggage

Cabin Max Bear Childrens Luggage Carry on Trolley Suitcase

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Jun 19, 2015

The Winner of Our Travel & Gadget Giveaway Is....

The Winner of Our Travel & Gadget Giveaway Is....

We have a winner for our Travel Adventures With Philanthropist Mindset (Travel & Gadget Giveaway)...

And it is

Lennette DeLisle Daniels

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May 11, 2015

Travel Adventures With Philanthropist Mindset (Travel & Gadget Giveaway)

Travel Stories Book and Tugo Cup Holder Giveaway

Erin Michelson traveled to countries that tourist would not go to, some travelers might. Traveling through some of the lesser known parts of South America, Africa, and Middle East, Erin describes living, economic, social and other conditions in these areas. And how there are folks in each part of this world doing a small part to help their local communities by building communities, empowering groups, and providing education.
While she is on a mission to contribute a bit to the underlying issues, the book overall opens and places in front of you civilizations that could possibly benefit from some assistance from developing countries to improve some of the standards of living. Moreover, most of the organizations visited and promoted within the stores is related to women empowerment, which is a very strong point for the author.
The starting premise of the book is how unprepared Erin was when she started out on her journeys. She went into it head first without much back up nor essential travel gadgets. As she states here:
"I would become a world nomad. I would travel the world for two years and explore to my heart's content. ... Living life in the now"
Though I suspect she might have had some type of computer and definitely a smartphone with her. She mentions communicating with family back home via phone and e-mail and getting Internet access cards at some of the locations.
Update: from Erin - "And yes, I traveled with a laptop, iPhone, Flip (until it died), SLR camera, and point-and-shoot camera – all with adapters, chargers, etc. Pretty the-heavy actually."

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The other prize in this bundle is the Tugo Cup Holder. It keeps your drink upright while suspended between the handles of your rolling bag. This way your hands are free to get to your wallet, documents, and boarding pass. Tugo collapses to make it compact and fit in any pocket of your carry-on luggage for easy transport.

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Apr 21, 2015

Cruise Travel: TTG in South America - Packing and Other Travel Tips

Travel Tips From Our Trips

cruise travel tips packing tips

Packing tips:

Diversify - it is not just for stock investing.
Pack essentials in check-in bag as well as some in carry-on to ensure at least some of your essentials make it 100% to your destination.

1 suitcase and 2 carry-ons for 2 weeks for 2 people
Need to save or create more space in your suitcase? Instead of taking more clothes, bring Tide Travel packets. You can quick launder and refresh your clothes and extend their use for duration of the trip. For more space in our luggage, we use Space Saver Bags. We use the the kind that let out air when rolling them up. This way your stack becomes more compact, leaving more space in luggage for gadgets and accessories. The bags can be used on the way to and back and reused on multiple trips.

Make Copies of All of Your Travel Documents
At least three copies of all your travel documents including your passport, itinerary, plane tickets, identification cards, driver’s license, and credit cards. Make sure to copy them back to back and make copies of any info on the back of any documents. It will be easier for you to recover all of your documents, especially if some go missing for one reason or another. Keep each copies in different places to be safe. Here as well, diversification is key.

A Money Belt is great for organizing your money and documents and keeping them secure
Other Top Travel Documents Organizers

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Esquina Homero Manzi restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina is a place I would recommend for a dinner and a show. It is a further than most from the port, though it was well worth it. It has a lot more of a local flavor. The food and the service was great, and the show was very good. They had plenty of tango dancing interlaced with some singing

Dress warmly in Ushuaia. It is the southern most point of the continent which brings it very close to Antartica. The highest average temperature is in mid 50s. It is mostly cloudy with snowy mountains over looking the city.

Do not get a lot of pesos in the beginning when arriving to South America. Exchange rate is often better in stores. The store owners usually round off the rate that they are aware off, and a lot of the time it would work in your favor. The only places where local currency is best, is within the touristy spots like the Plaza Muñoz Gamero in Port Arenas. The vendors know exactly who they are dealing with and they will hike up prices in US dollars. Bargaining with pesos, you have a slightly better chance of walking away with a good deal. Also withdrawing money from an ATM, even with the fees for using a machine that is not your bank's one, comes out better than exchanging dollars ahead of time.

Chile wines, not Uruguayan
While we are not wine aficionados, we have had a great many tastings of variety of wines. Uruguayan wine did not taste good to us no matter how much the wine maker tried to build it up. And it seems that others support that as well as one of the facts the guy mentioned is that 80% of the wine is drank by Uruguayans. I would recommend Argentinean or Chilean wines. These were very good, especially the reds.

Translation - best thing to have on this type of cruise
It is great to have someone translate and communicate everything when in South America. Though not going to find that person on every trip in every country. Translation gadgets and apps come in very handy. One of the best apps recently released is the Google Translate, which works by putting a sign to be translated within your phone's viewfinder and the app will automatically translate to the preset language.
If you would rather not use nor have to pull out your smartphone each time to look up words, there are dedicated translation devices for multiple languages: Top Electronic Dictiories

Travel Insurance
We never travel anywhere that is further than staycation without travel insurance. When you fly or cruise, it provides a great peace of mind. Travel insurance will cover you on your way to the destination, during your trip, and on your way home. It guards you against delays, health and weather related issues, and much more. Don't forget travel insurance next time you pack

Bring a portable power strip
With all of the electronics we bring on board with us these days, most people find cruise ship outlets to be insufficient. You can bring your own charging station or power strip, such as the Belkin 3-Outlet Mini Travel Surge Protector, just check to make sure if these are legal on your cruise line beforehand. Also most of the TVs in the staterooms are now flat screen and these almost always have extra USB outlet either in the back or on the side.

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