Category Archive for "Travel Tips"

Travel Tips — Ten (Slightly Sarcastic) Steps to Pack Like a Mountain Man

November 6, 2014
Sean

Those friends who are close to Sean and I — and especially those who have been on expeditions with us — know how ridiculous our pre-expedition preparation is. Namely, packing. I (who have improved my packing habits GREATLY over the last four years) am typically nagged for weeks leading up to our departure by Sean about the importance of packing light.  Last year, about this time, we were beginning to actualize our expeditions for the season. Post-Christmas holiday, we would board a plane for China and then Japan and needed to pack efficiently. I found this post Sean saved around…

The Beauty of a Ski Utility Strap

Mollie and I consider ourselves professional travelers.  We travel coast to coast and country to country and have learned many tips and tricks along the way, such as knowing the best airlines for certain routes, how and when to get the best prices, and how to bypass baggage fees and weight restrictions. We rock the Platinum Medallion status and create wild itineraries that would have any well practiced travel agent’s head turning in circles. One nightmare I used to struggle with for big expeditions was transporting multiple bags with large amounts of gear. This is an example of what I…

The Best Travel Apps to Make Life (on-the-go) Easier

Sean and I? We’re seasoned travelers. And on our adventures, I have discovered a few things that make life easier. Today, I will tell you about my top five best travel apps. Lifesaver 1: TripIt Cost: Free with paid option (we paid the extra) Best for: Both frequent and infrequent travelers — who have multi-tier reservations with hotels, flights, rental cars, etc. More detail: TripIt is an app that organizes your itineraries so you don’t have to. Gone are the days of printing off a binder full of driving directions, confirmation numbers, etc. Once you set it up to upload…

Warding off The Great Gombu

It strikes in the blink of an eye; one minute you’re fine, and the next, you’ve got a sore throat worth complaining about. Before you know it, your head feels like it’s being compressed between two bookends and your voice sounds like you’ve been addicted to cigarettes for 30 years. (Or, if you’re a FRIENDS fan, you might be like Phoebe and enjoy having that new, sexy deep voice. Watch that episode here for a good laugh!) The Great Gombu is in full swing, and if you haven’t contracted the common-cold-of-2012, then it’s probably stalking you and waiting for the…

Travel Tips: What to pack for a winter adventure

The winner of Noon earrings will be announced tomorrow—stay tuned! — It’s that time of year again… off to New Zealand! As I was packing, I thought to myself how savvy I’ve become in the past few years. In fact, I think I’ll just pat myself on the back—I’ve (somewhat) smothered my materialistic travel habits and I no longer NEED to bring ten pairs of pants on a 15 day trip. Not only do I feel awesome about everything I packed for this trip, but I’m underweight. Did you hear me? This calls for shouty capitals MY BAGS ARE UNDERWEIGHT….

Travel tips: Obscure items to pack that make life (and traveling) easier

December 13, 2011

I recently signed up for Budget Travel’s e-updates, and I read an article by Sam O’Neill that I absolutely LOVED: “8 Items You Never Pack…But Should.” Especially with our upcoming expedition to Bulgaria/Romania, this article’s timing was impeccable, just as I’m about to packing in earnest. My favorite tip was having the Belkin surge protector (with USB chargers) on hand when I forget to charge my phone and computer and I can only get one outlet in the airport. I promptly ordered the item on Amazon.com, which you can find by clicking here. I just need to remember to pack my outlet…