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Best Travel Packing Organizers

Best Travel Packing Organizers

The best travel packing organizers for your next trip. These are clever gadgets to help you maximize the space in your suitcase. Let’s face it packing is not fun so why not make it easier on ourselves. Save yourself some time and energy with the latest clever storage gadgets.


packing cubes

1. Pro Lightweight Travel Packing Cubes Set 

Fit more into your carry on & backpack.  Show airline security your contents quickly and discreetly.

underwear storage

2. Portable Travel Drawer Divider Organizer Bra Underwear Storage

Perfect for organizing clothes or other small belongings. Convenient foldable design for space saving.

travel storage

3. Travel Bathroom Hanging Organizer for Toiletry, Cosmetic, Makeup with Bonus Reusable Bag

Travel with all of your toiletry, cosmetic, and makeup essentials in this large double-sided travel toiletry bag.  The bag is designed to be hung up for convenience and easy storage.

shoe storage

4. WalterDrake Shoe Storage Travel Bag

A zipper on 3 sides lets the shoe storage travel case open to hang full length in a closet; folds flat to store. A shoe travel case means no need to wrap each pair; no more messing up a suitcase to find mates!

travel bottle

5. humangear Gotoob Travel Bottles 

The award-winning and patented GoToob is made from soft yet rugged silicone, so it’s easy to squeeze down to the last drop. A large opening makes it easy to fill and clean, and an ID-window on the collar helps your remember what’s inside. Airplane carry-on approved, food-safe (FDA) and 100% BPA and PC-free. 2.0 size is great for short trips and features an integrated suction cup for occasional hands-free use.

boarding pass id holder

6. Travelon Id and Boarding Pass Holder

Simplify airport security clearance with the ID and Boarding Pass Holder. It hangs securely around your neck or over your shoulder and features slots for your ID, passport, and boarding pass. Your documents are ready for presentation and check-in is just that much easier. A hidden rear pocket offers extra space for currency, receipts, or other travel essentials and the mini pen is ready when you need it.

toiletry bag

7. Fishers Finery Expert Traveler Hanging Toiletry Bag 

“Our hanging toiletry bag is a must have for travel. After years of looking for the perfect toiletry bag we decided to design our own. All pouches expand to fit all the necessities. The bag hangs securely from the rubber tipped hook which is sewn securely to the inside of the bag. This eliminates “twisting” while hanging. We added a nylon loop on the bottom to make packing easier, it also allows the bag to be folded closed while hanging. Simply the best value in a hanging toiletry bag available.”

roll up organizer

8. Roll-Up Organizer

Secure cosmetics, toiletries, jewelry and more. This handy space-saving travel case rolls up for easy compact storage. Features four spacious zippered compartments and secure button and loop closure.

tech organizer

9. ButterFox Universal Electronics Accessories Travel Organizer / Hard Drive Case / Cable organizer 

Organise your electronics accessories the easy way. This Universal Electronics Accessories Travel Organizer provides a flexible organisation solution for your electronics and computer accessories. It helps make you better organized with all the small electronics items and gadgets.

packing envelopes

10. TRAVELON 0214 Travel Packing Envelopes

This set of rugged see-through PVC zipper envelopes keep small items from getting lost in your luggage and allows airport security to quickly scan your belongings. With 7 different sizes, these water-resistant and washable envelopes organize a host of travel items and prevent spills in your luggage. Perfect for organizing personal, household, travel and easy-to-lose items.

travel portfolio

11. Portfolio Style Travel Organizer with Zipper, Mesh Pocket Dividers and Bonus Reusable Storage Bag

This travel organizer with zippered mesh pockets organizes and stores your travel essentials such as travel documents, electronics, clothing items, cosmetic and toiletry essentials all into one place. This double zippered travel organizer has 3 zippered mesh pockets, 1 wall zippered mesh pocket. And the back features buckle straps that can be used for your eReader or tablet. The travel organizer stores and organizes various travel essentials all together into one place. The travel organizer is also great to use for work, school, and home. Use the travel organizer with zippered mesh pockets to consolidate your travel essentials all into one place.

jewelry organizer

12. Pink Hard Tube Shaped Rollup Jewelry Box 

This portable and compact 3 tiered travel jewelry case is the perfect travel accessory for your jewelry. The cylinder shaped jewelry box is snapped shut by a snap button. When unbuttoned the box reveals 3 different circle shaped storage compartments. Designed to be compact and portable this 3 tiered jewelry case is the perfect choice for travel.

pill vitamin storage

13. Gasketed VitaCarry 8 Compartment Pill Box

“Keeping pills fresh, secure, and organized – it’s what we do best. This vitamin organizer is the direct result of consumer demand. The Gasketed VitaCarry pillbox has a full gasket which makes it airtight and watertight and therefore effective against moisture and oxidation concerns. The pill dispenser can be locked securely, but the spring-loaded mechanism assures simple release.”

travel bottles

14. Miamica CLR TSA Compliant Security Case with 11 AST Bottles and Label Stickers

The plane to see travel case is a see-through toiletry bag with a fashionable flair and sturdy zipper. This bag meets the latest tsa regulations to make packing for your next flight comfortable, efficient, and fun.

lay and go

15. Layngo TRAVELER Dopp Kit

The Lay-n-Go Traveler is a 20″ diameter patent pending tioletries mat that converts into an easily transportable handled clutch, allowing for quick and effortless clean-up of your cosmetics. No more dumping your toiletries onto a towel or having to worry about your grooming items rolling off the counter and onto the floor!

shirt protector

16. Patrona – Shirt Shuttle 

British Design at its Best. The Shirt Shuttle works on a very simple principle. If you wrap a piece of fabric around a curved edge it cannot crease. The pack contains the outer carry case & the folding board with a collar stiffener & hanging hook. Ideal companion for Business Travel.

tie shirt organizer

17. Multi-functional Travel Shirt Tie Pouch Organizer

Great for keeping shirts and ties together.

tie storage

18.  Black Leatherette Tie Storage and For Travel

Crafted in black with red stitching and an easy to use silver clasp this excellent leatherette gift roll makes for the perfect container to store and ship your neckwear in style. Great for both gifts and personal use.

manicure set

19. Steve Madden Men’s Deluxe Manicure Set

This manicure set includes everything including a mirror.

drink carrier

20. Tugo Luggage Drink Holder 

Simplify getting through the airport with your rolling luggage and a drink. Tugo is an amazingly simple travel tool for people on the move.

packing tips book

Bonus: For even more help with packing.

21. Fodor’s How to Pack (Travel Guide)

Fodor’s How to Pack is a must-have to helps you get organized. Packed with info and advice on everything from foolproof pre-trip to-do lists; travel kits; how to arrive wrinkle-free; tips for packing tricky items; help for moms and dads; carry-on packing; all the secrets; how to pack for the way back; and what to take no matter where you’re going.  Plus how to avoid the overpacking trap; clothing checklists for men, women, and kids; packing checklists for every kind of trip; and how to buy luggage.


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Road Trip Emergency Essentials Checklist

Get ready for your next trip with this list of road trip emergency  essentials.

Road Trip Emergency Essentials Checklist

Taking road trips is one of the most common ways to vacation.  It’s more affordable and a great way to explore new places, relax and have some fun making new memories.  Make sure your car is ready to go with this checklist.

1. Spare tire
2. Tire jack
3. Tire iron
4. Tire inflator and sealer
5. Jumper cables
6. Your car’s manual
7. Car emergency kit
8. Tire pressure gauge
9. Duct tape
10. WD-40
11. First aid kit
12. Flashlight
13. Multi-tool
14. Matches or other fire starter
15. Energy bars
16. Water bottles
17. Weather radio
18. Seat belt cutter
19. Window breaker
20. Flares
21. Maps / Atlas
22. Ice scraper
23. Mylar space blanket
24. Paper towels
25. Tissues
26. Toilet paper
27. Wet wipes
28. Pencil and paper
29. Umbrella
30. Spare change/emergency money
31. Blanket
32. Change of clothes
33. USB mobile device charger


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Popular Electronic Travel Games For All Ages

Popular Electronic Travel Games For All Ages

This is a curated list of popular electronic travel games for all ages.  Games are sure to make the time fly and make the journey more pleasant.  Some journeys can be long or sometimes get delayed.  I tried to chose a variety of games.  Some of these games are educational, build your memory or are just plain classics.



1. Akira Electronic Sudoku Number Puzzle Handheld Travel Game 

Sudoku is a logic-based number placement puzzle. The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 boxes (also called blocks or regions) contains the digits from 1 to 9 only one time each. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid.


2.Mega Screen Solitaire

Mega Screen Solitaire. Two games in one! Plays Draw 1 or Draw 3 Klondike Solitaire. Have fun with large screen for easy viewing and an auto shut off.


3. Handheld Pocket Arcade Electronic Hangman Game

The classic handheld Hangman game with over 6,000 word vocabulary. Includes 6 Categories: Sports, Science, History, Art & Literature, Geography, And Entertainment.


4. WOLSEN Handheld Game Tetris

The classic Tetris game,Featuring many variations of the addictive Tetris game with radio function, can search multiple FM channels.

game console

5. My Arcade Portable Gaming System 

Soar the skies, solve puzzles, play golf or tennis and much more. My Arcade Portable Gaming System is loaded with 140 fun and easy to play video games! Simply power on the system and start playing, anywhere, anytime!

donkey kong

6. LCD Portable Game Console w/ Speaker – Bulit-in 152 Games 

Great for fans of Mario Bros, Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter and Ninja Gaiden!
This handheld portable video game console comes loaded with 150 classic 8-Bit vintage games and comes in a convenient pocket size so you can play anywhere on the go!

simon says

7. Simon Electronic Carabiner Hand-Held Memory Game

The classic electronic game of memory is back in take everywhere carabineer format. Ever-increasing sequences of lights and sounds command your response. Keep the pattern and you just might beat Simon!

brain games

8. Electronic Brain Trainer Video Game with 10 Games 

Perform basic training for attention, memory, computation, analysis, response and other important skills with this go anywhere Electronic Brain Trainer.

handheld games

9. I’m Game 180 Games Handheld Player 

The GP 180 Handheld Game Player provides a fantastic variety of exciting and challenging games for children of all ages. Bundling 180 Games into one convenient player that fits in your pocket, this is an ideal choice for entertainment on-the-go. The player includes sports, adventure and puzzle games as well as thinking and learning games involving memory, math, and logic.


10. Electronic Chess Travel Game

The unit has 3 Levels of play and Take-back of 2 Half Moves.

mr potato head

11. 1997 Hasbro MR POTATO HEAD Handheld Learning Electronic Travel Game

Mr Potato Head Learning Electronic talking toy with 5 different learning games on it.


12. Operation Electronic Carabiner

It takes a sharp eye and quick hand! The Operation electronic carabiner allows you to test your operating skills anywhere and anytime. Follow the path; up, down, left or right, just donメt cross over the path or youメll get a time penalty. Remove all thirteen ailments from Cavity Sam, before the time runs out and youメll move onto the next level. Youメll have less time with each new level. Be fast, be precise ヨ beat all 30 levels ad become the new operating expert!


13. Electronic Baseball Handheld Game

Retro Style Electronic Handheld Baseball Game with Improved Sound Effects – updated from earlier Basic Fun version. Great Retro fun!!

space invaders

14. Space Invaders Electronic Carabiner

Space Invaders – Beware of the invasion – with the Space Invaders electronic carabiner! Use the laser cannon by moving it horizontally across the bottom of the screen, while firing at the descending aliens to earn points. The more aliens defeated the faster they attack. You must defeat the aliens through all 10 levels to stop the invasion before the aliens destroy your cannon and take control. Good luck and good shooting.


15.  Pocket Blackjack 21

The pocket-size portability and casino-style of Pocket Blackjack 21 will provide hours of fun anytime, anywhere. Test your blackjack skills. See if you can beat the dealer without going over 21 to win big!


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The Latest Pet Travel Products

the latest pet travel products

A curated list of the latest pet travel products because family vacations include furry babies too.  According to a study by AAA more than half of U.S. pet owners take their cats and dogs with them when they travel.  The safest way for your dog or cat to travel is in the car.  If traveling by air or ship contact the airline or cruise directly to find out what their policies are.

If you’re looking to hit the road, cruise or fly the skies with your canine companion or feline friend here are pet travel solutions to make getting around with your pet easy.   Keep your pet comfortable, safe and stylish no matter where you go.



pet carrier

1. Water & Wood Foldable Pet Dog Cat Booster Travel Messenger Carrier

Waterproof coating & Oxford & Wool-like lining The wool-like lining can be removed to wash. Equipped with safety clasp inside to leash your cute pet. A stylish, useful and portable tool to take your pet with you wherever you go.

pet carrier

2. Bergan Wheeled Comfort Pet Carrier

Bergan’s Wheeled Comfort Carrier is a stylish, convenient solution for pets and pet owners on the go. This ingenious travel carrier includes all the features of Bergan’s popular Comfort Carrier with the addition of removable wheels to lighten the load. The patented pull strap converts instantly into a handy padded shoulder strap. The Comfort Carrier features a washable fleece travel bed and light tan interior that combine to provide a cushioned, cool and comfortable ride for your pet.

pet stroller

3. Petego Sport Trike Pet Stroller with Wagon

The Petego Sport Trike Stroller (STS) is an easily-collapsible stroller that features an adjustable handle and detachable wheels for easy storage. The STS is designed by Emanuele Bianchi for use with the Sport Wagon Bag (included).

cat stroller

4. Cat Solution Improve Approve Travel Strollers

You can now stroll with your pet in comfort and style with the standard of luxury in our Pet Stroller line. With a durable high end patterned fabric and solid frame and fittings, plus a rugged cup holder, this stylish stroller will turn heads as you enjoy on outing with your cat(s) or dog.

dog carrier

5. DoggyRide Novel Dog Bike Trailer

Dutch Dog Design puts your beloved pets first. The Dutch Dog Design DoggyRide Novel Trailer is a premium mode of transportation for your best friend when he or she can’t run alongside you anymore. The Novel Trailer ensures that your dog can still enjoy the outdoors with you. It’s incredibly light aluminum alloy frame is eight pounds lighter than other models, meaning it’s super easy for you to tow pets up to 100 pounds.


6.  Pet Gear Tan 4 Door Folding Dog Cat Kennel Steel Crate

The Other Door Steel Crate by Pet Gear Includes Reversible Pad and Carry Bag!  Fits in the back of many SUV’S and Minivans. Product Features The ONLY crate with an overhead door- Gives you and your pet more room. Top, front, and 2 side doors (4 doors in all). Built in wheels- Make cleaning or moving easy! Folds flat / No tools required Sets up in seconds Carry bag included Rounded corners to help protect walls Comfort pad included! Great for travel.

pet food supplies

7. PetZen ChowPal Portable Pet Food and Water Storage

Dog-To-Go Portable Standard ChowPal Kit. Entirely self-contained and constructed of durable plastic the ChowPal makes traveling with your best friend a breeze. A virtual bistro on-the-go for the canine set. Pack it all up and hit the road. Great for spontaneous getaways, camping, pet emergency preparedness, visiting relatives, friends, hotels, beaches and even doggy day cares. Keeps food clean, bugs out and because it is dishwasher safe, there is no messy clean up.

collapsable bowls

8. Dragonpad® Set of 3 Healthy Diet Ros Silicone Pet Expandable/collapsible Travel Bowl 

Healthy Diet Expandable/Collapsible Travel Bowl offers the ideal solution for pet parents on the go.  This handy bowl is perfect for a long hike, a lake side stroll or a gentle walk around the neighborhood.  The pop-it design lets the bowl collapse down for compact storage in your glove box or day pack.  When your pet is thirsty or hungry, expand the bowl and fill it with water or dog food.  When you get home, just slip the travel cup in the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning.

dog hammock

9. Waterproof Microfiber Zippered Pet Hammock Seat Cover

The Waterproof Zippered Microfiber Pet Hammock provides the very best in luxury, design, and performance to keep your vehicle clean and stylish.

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10. Snoozer Pet Dog Cat Luxury High Back Console Car SUV Secure Safety Seat

Take your pet with you in Luxury and Style. The Luxury High-Back Console Pet Car Seat lets your pet sit comfortably up front with you, even when you have another passenger The foam form and luxurious Microfiber cover create an exquisitely comfortable perch. A safety strap helps secure your pet to the seat. The high back also prevents your pet from jumping out. Snoozer Luxury High Back Console Dog Car Seat with its patented design allows your pet to have the comfort and security of riding next to you in the car.

pet bike seat

11. Snoozer Dog Cat Travel Bicycle Basket Seat With Safety Rain Cover

Bring your pet along on a leisurely bike ride. This patented bike basket provides a safe and comfortable place for your pet to enjoy the company of their owner while biking. A mesh water bottle pocket gives pet owners a perfect place to store some water for long rides.

pet travel kit

12. Treksafe Pet Travel Kit

Kit includes: Canvas car seat protector with pockets.  Collapsible water bowl and water bottle.  Food bowl with zip lid and Pet First Aid Kit.

car water bowl

13. Flydog Spill Proof Pet Travel Bowl

The Flydog spill-proof suspended travel bowl is the last pet bowl you’ll ever need. Mount it on the back of your seat or on a pet divider. It is fully adjustable to stay level regardless of the position of the seat, and the spill-proof design keeps the water in the bowl instead of on the seat or floor. Your dog always has fresh water and your car stays dry.

pet travel kit

14. In Cabin Pet Airline Travel Accessory Kit

Our NEW In Cabin Pet Airline Kit include all the handy travel accessories to make pet airline travel easy and convenient. Featuring the metal free TSA Fast Pass Leash & Harness for faster, hassle free airport checkpoint inspections.

pet tote kit

15.  Solvit HomeAway Pet Travel Organizer Kit

For the pet that’s going places, Solvit’s new HomeAway Travel Organizer Kit holds all their essentials while they are away from home. Whether going on a trip and bringing Fido along, or leaving your best friend with a sitter while you’re out of town the HomeAway Travel Kit will simplify your life and make your pet feel right at home wherever they are. Makes an excellent emergency/evacuation kit and is perfect for “Take Your Dog to Work” days. Fully loaded.

dog blanket

16. Orvis Reversible Dog Blanket / Only Reversible Dog-proof Throw

An easy-care, yet supremely soft and cuddly reversible throw blanket: fine corduroy on one side and bonded Berber fleece on the other. Place it on a couch, over a chair, at the end of your bed, or anywhere your dog likes to snuggle that warrants a little protection from pet hair, dirt, and moisture. A special water-resistant material helps protect your furniture and bedding.

dog exercising kit

17. Fusion Pets K9 Hands Free Fitness Pack

The fusion pets k9 fitness pack is a combo pack designed to create a hands free environment for the pet owner. The fusion pets k9 fitness pack contains the: tempo harness: x-tender leash: hands free freedom belt + a water bowl + carabiner.  The fusion pets k9 tempo harness is designed to eliminate choking action.

dog grooming kit

18. cuteNfuzzy® Ultimate Large Pet 6 Item Grooming Kit with Free Groomers Bag 

Finally all your pet grooming needs in one kit! Perfect for new pet owners or those who want to upgrade their grooming supplies!  Small set is perfect for cats and small dogs.  Features a Self cleaning slicker, Flea comb, Double sided grooming brush, Dematting comb, Deshedding comb, Nail clippers with bent blade.  Free grooming tote bag to carry and hold all your supplies!  Soft handle is made of TPE and PP which are environmentally friendly materials. This protects you and your pet from allergies.

pet toy kit

19. PET LIFE Duffle Pet Toy Set, Pink

The Pet Life Pink Themed PVC Duffle Bag Pet Toy Gift Set comes with 1 Tennis Ball and Rope Combination, 1 Pet Rope, 4 Rubberized Chew Toys, 1 Sherpa Slipper Chew Toy. This product comes packaged in a presentable Gift Ready packaging kit.

pet sling

20. Water & Wood Pet Dog Cat Sling Carrier Shoulder Bag

Carrier is made of Oxford cloth with good breathability Fabulous exterior design This bag can hold the whole dog/cat and just keep the head outside.


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Movies that will make you want to Travel

A curated list of Movies that will make you want to Travel.  I’m a huge movie junky.  Whenever I have time to relax you can find me watching movies if I’m not reading.  I love stories and can’t get enough of them.  Believe it or not I’ve actually watched all of these films and they made me want to travel.

lampoons vacation

1. National Lampoon’s Vacation Boxset 

The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

under the tuscan sun

2. Under the Tuscan Sun

While on an Italian vacation, a woman buy a villa and decides to stay.

train to lisbon

3. Night Train to Lisbon

Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius (Irons) finds a book by Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado (Huston) and his life is irrevocably changed. Determined to learn more about the author, Gregorius boards the night train to Lisbon and begins to piece together an epic story of oppression and revolution, loyalty and betrayal, love and jealousy, played out against the backdrop of a brutal fascist di ctatorship. In his exploration of Amadeu de Prado’s life, Gregorius finds that life can change in an instant.

before sunset

4. Before Sunrise/Before Sunset 

One of my favorites.  A sequel to “Before Sunrise,” this film starts nine years later as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine (Julie Delpy). After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. They are both in relationships now, and Jesse has a son, but as their strong feelings for each other start to return, both confess a longing for more.

motorcycle diaries

5. The Motorcycle Diaries 

Based on a true story, this inspiring adventure traces the youthful road trip of two revolutionary friends: “Che” Guevara (Gael García Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna).

dr zhivago

6. Doctor Zhivago

Omar Sharif stars in the title role as an orphaned youth who grows up to marry the daughter of his adoptive parents, but falls in love with a beautiful dressmaker.

sleepless in seatle

7. Sleepless In Seattle

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call.


8. The Holiday 

From writer/director Nancy Meyers comes a romantic comedy about two women on opposite sides of the globe who swap houses only to discover that a change of address can really change their lives.

last holiday

9. The Last Holiday

After she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.

grand budapest hotel

10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

life aquatic

11. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston. Famous oceanographer Steve Zissou sets sail with a crew that includes a journalist, a pilot, a man who may actually be his son and his ex-wife in order to seek revenge on a mythical shark for causing the death of his partner.

travel movie

12. The Darjeeling Limited

Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman star as three brothers who have drifted apart over the years and try to re-forge their sibling bonds on a hilarious adventure across India. The Royal Tennenbaums meets Lost in Translation.

everything is illuminated

13. Everything Is Illuminated

Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated stars Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) as Jonathan Safran Foer, a young Jewish man who wants to learn how his grandfather escaped from the Nazi incursions into Russia. From the U.S., he hires the hip-hop loving Alex (Eugene Hutz, leader of the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello) and his surly grandfather (Boris Leskin, Men in Black) as tour guides–only to discover, when he arrives in Odessa, that they are perhaps less than dependable. Thus begins a curious, almost metaphysical road trip that carries Foer into the past of his grandfather’s village and the present of his own compulsive habits.


14. Australia

A romantic action-adventure epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centers on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a large ranch.Out of Africa

bridges of madisson county

15. The Bridges of Madison County

While passing through a small Iowa town, a photojournalist meets a farmer’s wife and they share a brief, secret, romantic interlude that profoundly shapes the rest of their lives.

nights in rodanthe

16. Nights in Rodanthe

Two strangers meet at an inn, each planning to deal with troubling circumstances in their lives. Sparks fly and a relationship begins that may open up new possibilities for both.

movies that make you want to travel

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Best Travel Quotes

For excitement and inspiration is a curated list of the best travel quotes.

explore dream discover

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

changing horizon

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”  Christopher McCandless

along the way

“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!” Penelope Riley

be a traveler

“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” Andrew Zimmern

better to travel

“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.” Robert M. Pirsig


“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” Wendell Berry

ravel for romance

“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” Ray Bradbury

wise traveler

“A wise man travels to discover himself.” James Russell Lowell

like cities

“This was how it was with travel: one city gives you gifts, another robs you. One gives you the heart’s affections, the other destroys your soul. Cities and countries are as alive and feeling, as fickle and uncertain as people. Their degrees of love and devotion are as varying as with any human relation. Just as one is good, another is bad.” Roman Payne


“You must go on adventures to find out where you belong.” Sue Fitzmaurice


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Travel Food Recommendations Where to Eat in Chicago 2015


Food Recommendations Where to Eat in Chicago 2015

Best food recommendations from locals and travel pros on where to eat in Chicago. I’m planning a trip to Chicago, Ilinois and have asked the experts where I should go to eat. These are their recommendations.

Orgullo de Mexico’s recommendations:

Puerto Rican Food

La Bomba located at 3221 W Armitage is a casual neighborhood eatery serving Puerto Rican fare & soft drinks amid colorful murals & TVs.

La Plena located at 2617 W Division in Humboldt Park is an upbeat eatery offering homestyle Puerto Rican cooking amid tropical murals & a thatched-roof patio.

Mexican Food

If you are in Chicago on Sunday visit Maxwell St Market, outdoors, 6am-2pm, Desplaines & Roosevelt Rd’s for great Mexican. Maxwell Street Market is located at 800 S. Desplaines St.

Cemitas Puebla located 3619 W North Ave in Humboldt Park/West Loop is inspired by the food made by cemiteros & taqueros of Puebla, Mexico.

Carnitas Uruapan is a Foodie Favorite serving up the best authentic Carnitas in Chicago since 1975 located at 1725 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 in Pilson.

In May of 2008, Chef Carlos Gaytan opened his own restaurant Mexique on Chicago Avenue in Chicago. With great creativity, love, and dedication he applies his knowledge of French cooking techniques and ingredients to his roots of traditional Mexican cuisine, creating a revolution of Mexican gastronomy.  1529 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Mezcalina Restaurant is upscale Mexican Dining in the Lakeshore East area of Chicago. Come experience the authentic flavors of Mexico and a Mosaic of Ingredients from its regions.

Xoco Chicago by Chef Rick Bayless. Order Online! Pick-Up and Delivery. Open early and closing late, this quick-service café from Rick and Deann Bayless proffers contemporary expressions of Mexico’s most beloved street food and snacks: flaky empanadas, hot-from-the-fryer churros, frothy Mexican hot chocolate, crusty tortas and meal-in-a-bowl caldos. Located at 449 N Clark St in  Wicker Park.

Frontera_Grill The place to savor authentic and scrumptious regional dishes and stellar margaritas.” 445 North Clark Street.

@ELSanPatricio  recommends

Latin Fusion

Carnivale located at702 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60661.  Engages colors, glamour, wild design, global flavors, Latin Music, and savory aromas in each dish.



Gulliver’s located at 2727 Howard St. is an established venue for deep-dish pizza & Italian grub, with antiques, Tiffany-style lamps & a patio.

Lou Malnati’s Pizza is considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Malnati’s has been serving slices of delicious deep dish for 44 years in 41 Chicagoland locations.

Gino’s East Pizza The Gino’s East story began in 1966 when two taxi drivers and a friend, frustrated with rush hour traffic, decided to open a pizzeria just off Michigan Ave. and Superior St. in Chicago.

Nancy’s Pizza is the official inventor of stuffed pizza in Chicago. Started in 1972, now we’re here. Inspired in Italy, perfected in America!


Choose Chicago’s recommends I do some patio dinning and check out the outdoor festivals.

Patio Dinning

IO Godgrey is a Chicago rooftop lounge offering state-of-the-art retractable roof which allows the outdoor space to evoke a unique in-is-out and out-is-in vibe. Enjoy the day, revel the night, and discover your element in the rooftop bar. Dress to impress. I|O Late Night requires upscale casual attire as it is located inside a 4 star luxury hotel. I|O in The Godfrey Hotel Chicago 4th Floor 127 W Huron and LaSalle.

Three Aces where the Italian countryside meets the American farm house… in Keith Richard’s basement bar located at 1321 W Taylor St.

Big Star Chicago Tacos, Whiskey, Hillbilly Music.  Big Star is a bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging, late-night honky-tonk in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood located at 1531 N Damen.


Chicago Blues Festival at Grant Park. June 12 to 14 2015. Enjoy the largest free blues festival in the world!

Ribfest – It’s no wonder that Ribfest Chicago has been recognized as Chicago’s “Best Food Fest” for the past three years. This festival remains one of the city’s best summer attractions. At the intersection of Lincoln Avenue / Irving Park Road / Damen Avenue  Friday 5-10 PM, Saturday Noon-10 PM, Sunday Noon-10 PM

Andersonville Midsommarfest  Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, now entering its 50th year! Each year, nearly 50,000 people throng Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passers-by, while ethnic dance troupes and cutting-edge bands keep the party going.


Have you eaten at any of these places?

What was the best thing you ate there?

Do you have any recommendations for me?



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Things to do in Florida at Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

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Here’s an insider tip for things to do in Florida.  One of my very favorite hometown hangouts is the Hollywood Broadwalk.  No, that’s not a typo. The city named the boardwalk The Hollywood Broadwalk.

Did you know there is a city in Florida named Hollywood?

Not very many people do.  It’s the complete opposite of the one out in California.  Located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale this small beach town is very diverse receiving visitors from all over the world. It’s relaxed, laid back and family friendly.

Hollywood Boulevard ends at A1A where you can access Surf Road and the Hollywood Broadwalk. The Broadwalk stretches for about two and half miles.  On one side of the Broadwalk are seven miles of sand with the view of the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean, which changes from jade to turquoise depending on the light.  The other side of the Hollywood Broadwalk is lined with shops, cafes, ice cream shops, restaurants, hotels, inns and other businesses.

Experience South Florida the way the locals do.

Hollywood Broadwalk Collage


If you park at the north end at Sheridan Street there is a viewing deck where you can climb up a few stories to take in the beautiful beach view from above.


The Hollywood Broadwalk gives you the opportunity to have a seaside meal. At the north end of the Hollywood Broadwalk, just off of Sheridan Street you will find plenty of parking, shade and picnic tables.  You can use the grills or bring your own.

On the weekends there is a fresh market at the south end of the Broadwalk where you can find organic produce and drink a refreshing smoothie made from locally grown fruits and vegetables.

And in between you will find a great variety of restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, pizza joint and just about any type of food you’re in the mood for.

Sleep / Stay

You will find various types of accommodations along the Broadwalk from large chain hotels, small mom and pop hotels. If renting is your thing you can find anything from luxury to casual beach house.


Just off of Garfield Street you can find a playground, ball courts and even an interactive dolphin fountain for the kids to splash and play.  Charnow Park features shaded seating areas and picnic pavilions.


While on the sand you’ll see all types of boats out on the water.  On weekends you might see a group of twenty small sailboats bobbing along during sail school.  At night you’ll see large cruise ships and their twinkling lights as they head deep into the ocean.  The port of Ft. Lauderdale is only about eight miles away.


The Broadwalk is always bustling with skaters, joggers and bike riders.  There are at least two places I know of where you can rent wheels.  You can pick up a racket and play ball at the ball courts off Garfield Street.


In the water you can swim, float, fish. If you want to play in the water you can also rent jet skis.


You will find various entertainments at the different bars and restaurants. For free entertainment you can find live music performances at the band shell located off Johnson Street. The Hollywood Beach Theater hosts live music five nights a week and a variety of cultural performances just 25 steps from sand to center stage.

You can see what’s happening at the beach now via this live webcam or view a map to plan your next trip here.

Have you been to the Hollywood Broadwalk?

What was your favorite thing to do there?

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Best Travel Inspired Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Today’s post is a specially curated list of the best travel inspired Father’s Day gift ideas.  This holiday is observed on the third Sunday of June.   Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in our lives.


1. For the man in your life who appreciates a good drink. This Picnic Time Manhattan portable cocktail case has everything needed for your cocktail party on the go. Fully-insulated and made of rich premium leatherette, the Manhattan has a beautiful velveteen interior lining that helps to showcase all its amenities.

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Picnic Time Manhattan Insulated Two-Bottle Cocktail Case/Bar Tool Kit in Mahogany

2. For the man who loves to grill.  Take this baby anywhere.  Features a removable cooler, portable BBQ, and 3 BBQ tools in team colors with digital print team logo.

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NCAA South Carolina Gamecocks Vulcan Tailgating Cooler/Grill

3. Protect his camera gear with this great looking canvas camera bag.

camera bag travel gift idea

Polare Canvas Cowhide Leather DSLR SLR Camera Shoulder Messenger Bag 

4. Allow the man in your life to keep time in various time zones with this gorgeous watch.

watch gift idea

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive “Skyhawk A-T” Titanium Watch

5. If your guy is into gadgets and tech this bag is large and even has a place to store a camera tripod.

backpack gift idea

Koolertron Waterproof Canvas DSLR SLR Camera Laptop Backpack Bag Rucksack 

6. The majority of people I know in Florida are very into golf.  Here’s a real nice golf club set.

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Callaway Men’s Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Club Set with Bag

7.  For the man who loves to read give him the gift of not having to carry around all those books.


Kindle Voyage 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi

8. Get Dad the best and the latest suitcases with this extremely lightweight and durable spinner set.

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Samsonite Luggage Winfield 2 Fashion HS 3 Piece Set

9. The perfect gift for the outdoorsman. The Sport Fisher is the ultimate fishing kayak. The tunnel hull design makes it possible to stand up and fish, or to sit side-saddle without tipping over. It seats up to three people, providing comfortable, balanced seating for solo, tandem or family fun.


10. For the fisherman in your life. The Quantum Accurist Spin Reel 30SZ allows you to fish with ease and success. The Spin Reel has a lightweight graphite body and a one-piece rigid metal-alloy side cover.

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Quantum Accurist Spin Reel 30SZ Gander Mountain Vortex Spinning Rod 66-45989

11. For the man who loves to camp. Modified dome structure, simple to set up, electrical access port and reverse angle windows. Great for family car campers, scout leaders, extended camping trips and easy to transport.

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Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent

12. For the man who loves selfies. Flexible, grippy legs, there are no limits to your creativity! Shoot from a new perspective, give night photography a go, capture shots with a macro lens, or make a timelapse video-the GripTight GorillaPod Stand provides the flexibility to create any shot you can think of.

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Joby GripTight XL Gorillapod Stand for Smartphones 

13. This digital camera is for the rugged. It has a waterproof build quality for you to enjoy taking it where other cameras can’t go.

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Pentax Optio WG-2 Waterproof Digital Camera

14. The da Vinci Refillable Leather Journal features an enthralling design inspired by Renaissance aesthetics. Within the leather cover is a replaceable 208-page hard-cover blank book of heavy bond acid-free pages, perfect for recording sketches, notes, diaries, dreams, travels, poetry, musings or his personal works of literature.

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Da Vinci Refillable Embossed Leather Journal, 6 x 9-inch


portable speaker

Bluetooth EXO Portable Wireless NFC Speaker, Powerful Sound with built-in Microphone

16.  For the Dad who loves to fly. Whimsical vintage body style airplane and helicopter with clock faces.

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Expedition Set of 2 Lindbergh Aviation Clocks, Bronze

17. Connect to an existing wifi network, share hotspot access and boost Wi-Fi range and external battery: built-in 6000 mAh power bank (5V/1A) for charging smartphones.

gadget gift idea
RAVPower All-In-One FileHub Wireless Travel Router portable charger 


Which gifts would the Dad’s in your life enjoy?



“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” Umberto Eco

“There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.” George R.R. Martin



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11 Cool New Types of Picnic Baskets

11 Cool New Types of Picnic Baskets

A curated list of 11 cool new types of picnic baskets.  Picnicking is something we do almost every weekend.  Living in South Florida allows us to enjoy the outdoors all year long.  We visit beaches and parks.  We hold our celebrations and events in the outdoors.   Since I spend so much time picnicking I’ve come to learn about the different types of baskets.  In addition to the classic wicker baskets there are now baskets made from a variety of fabrics, plastics, and wood and come in all shapes and sizes.

1. Here is a modern looking collapsible basket. Instead of wicker, the basket is made out of durable polyester and comes in an array of colors and fashions. What makes these so convenient is that they can double as a reusable grocery bag, because they your food at the right temperature.

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Blue Collapsible Insulated Basket

2. Now a days we can find picnic baskets in all new kinds of funky shapes.

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Household Essentials Woven Willow Picnic Basket, Square Shaped, Fully Lined, Service for 4

3. The exquisitely handcrafted Verona picnic basket was designed for those who love to picnic on a casual level. The Verona is a two-lid willow basket with deluxe wine and cheese service for two.

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Picnic Time Verona Insulated Wine Basket with Wine/Cheese Service for Two

4. Enjoy the classic look while fully insulated. The Classic Wicker Picnic Basket is an upscale design and has full willow construction with spacious built-in food compartment.

classic picnic basket

Classic Wicker Picnic Basket With Built-in Food Compartment Corduroy Lining, Upscale Service for 4 With Fleece Blanket 

5. Backpacks are perfect for excursions because of the way it distributes the weight.

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Hamptons Backpack with Blanket and Two Place Settings

6. Fully equipped picnic cooler for two. Unique, divided Thermal Shield insulated cooler with separate sections for wine and food.

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Picnic at Ascot Eco Picnic Cooler for 2

7. Fully equipped picnic cooler for four with removable wheeled cart.

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Picnic at Ascot Bold Picnic Cooler For 4 with Removable Wheeled Cart

8. The ultimate, all-in-one, insulated tailgating cooler with gas grill, three-piece BBQ tools, and fully-removable waterproof cooler section.

picnic cooler bbq

Vulcan Cooler with BBQ Tools and Grill Barbecue

9. This Picnic Time Manhattan portable cocktail case has everything needed for your cocktail party on the go. Fully-insulated and made of rich premium leatherette, the Manhattan has a beautiful velveteen interior lining that helps to showcase all its amenities.

picnic wine basket


Picnic Time Manhattan Insulated Two-Bottle Cocktail Case/Bar Tool Kit, Mahogany

10. We have the classic look except larger and on wheels. Great for family picnics anywhere.

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Exeter 4-Person Insulated Wicker Picnic Basket Set with Accessories on Wheels

11. These beautiful totes are insulated and can carry anything.

picnic tote

Sachi Insulated Fashion Speed Tote


We usually picnic in large groups so we use the wheeled picnic baskets.  

How about you, what style of picnic basket do you prefer?



“Forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can pull over and have picnic with a pig. And if you can help it never fly as cargo.” Jim Henson

“Picnics are very dear to those who are in the first stage of the tender passion.” Arthur Conan Doyle

“I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors.” Enid Blyton

“Give me Pablo Neruda, picnic beneath a full moon & iridescent stars, black olives, cherries, dark things, canoe on a river…that’s romance.” Brandi L. Bates


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10 Fun Things to do in South Beach Miami Florida

Best Things to do in South Beach

South Beach is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida.  Located due east of Miami city between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean it is known for being trendy and attracting rich, famous and beautiful people.   This place is always bustling with locals, visitors and things to do.  Sobe is high energy and attracts large crowds especially on holidays.  I would describe it as stylish, extravagant and luxurious.  At night it is the hottest club scene I’ve ever been to.  Fashion and music merge on the beach with influences from Latin and European cultures.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you bumped into a celebrity or two during your visit.

South Beach is also known as the historic Art Deco District.  A trip to Miami is not complete until you visit and experience this area for yourself. You will be transported to another time surrounded by the interesting architecture, which dates back to the 1920’s.  Everywhere you look you will find fancy details from that long ago era.  Today there are over 800 Art Deco Structures lighting up South Beach in a rainbow of neon and pastel.

What is art deco you might ask?  The Miami Design Preservation League defines art deco as:

“Art Deco was a product of new ideas and movements and found its inspirations in many distinct early 20th Century European design styles such as Cubism, French Art Deco, German Bauhaus and Expressionism, Dutch de Stijl and Amsterdam School, Vienna Secession and others.”

They offer a free historic district sites map on their site.  You can take a guided tour or do it yourself.

South Beach Miami Beach Florida

Ocean Drive

When visiting South Beach I highly recommend both driving and walking Ocean Drive.  This street has served as the backdrop of countless movies.  You will see grand hotels, interesting art deco architecture, the gorgeous beach and when the sun sets the famous neon lights come on.  There are plenty of shops, restaurants and places to stay.  Most restaurants offer outdoor seating.  A great way to do some people watching or just enjoy the ambience and beautiful weather.

Be warned shopping here is more expensive than other spots.  A mixed cocktail can easily cost over $20.00.

A few famous places on the strip are Casa Casaurina, also known as the Gianni Versace Mansion, the Clevelander, Park Central, the Tides Hotel, the Cordozo Hotel and the Waldorf Towers.

Be sure to park your car and hit the beach.  Lummus Park Beach is on the list of world’s most beautiful beaches.  On the boardwalk you can skate, bike, run or take a stroll.  There are places for the kids to play as well as places to exercise and work out.  Out on the sand you will see Miami’s iconic colorful lifeguard stands, soft white sand and gorgeous blue and jade waters.

Lincoln Road Mall South Beach

Stroll along Lincoln mall which built in 1912 as a sophisticated retail spot is also one of the county’s first outdoor malls.  Today you will find casual restaurants, fine dining, high end designers, book stores, bars, theater and a Star Bucks on every corner.  There are art galleries and artist studios which open up for tours, movie theaters, street vendors and all types of street performers.  You can spend hours here.  I suggest having a seat, it’s a great spot for people watching.  You never know what rich and famous person you might bump into.

Head to the beach.  It usually rains in the afternoon during Florida summers.  I recommend heading out early.  I was able to beat the rain on Sunday and enjoy some beach time.  This beach has vendors for just about everything including snacks.  Be sure to get a peek of the famous lifeguard stands.  No two are alike.

Walk down Ocean Drive and see many familiar historic art deco hotels.  This street appears in numerous films and television shows.  There are lots of places to pick up souvenirs.

espanola way

Visit Espanola Way an often overlooked bohemian spot for shopping, dining and art galleries.  The area was modeled after the Mediterranean villages of Spain and France and was originally built as a meeting place by Miami Beach’s wealthiest citizens.  It’s very pretty at night it’s lit up by strings of light bulbs.

If you like music check out the New World Symphony schedule.  Some performances are projected on the buildings huge wall facing the park.  On certain nights they present free outdoor movie screenings.

Visit the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater for live entertainment, concerts, comedy tours and private events.

If you love to dance some of Miami’s most famous nightclubs are on Washington Avenue, Collins and Ocean Drive.

Best Things to do in South Florida Sunset


My favorite thing to do at South Beach is to try and catch the sunset.  This photo was taken on the beautiful romantic rooftop of the Tudor as the sun was setting.

You can find more things to do, news and deals by reading my specially curated Florida twitter list.


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What was your favorite thing to do here?


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More Weird Travel Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed

Weird Travel Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed

While doing a little online shopping I came across these weird travel accessories you didn’t know you needed.  I couldn’t stop laughing so I just had to share these with you.  I came across so many I had to create this follow up post.


1. Allows you to do laundry down by the river.

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Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag

2. Keep other peoples germs away with this airplane seat cover. As a bonus you can also use it at the movie theater.

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Seat Covers for Movie Theaters and Airlines 

3. Breathe peacefully with your personal air purifier.

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New Improved Airtamer Travel Air Purifier Rechargeable Personal Necklace

4. Always stay connected with this cool looking Wi-fi sensing shirt.

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Wi-Fi Detector shirt with a built-in Wi-Fi signal detector

5. Your favorite Star Wars fan will be ultra happy with this cute R2D2 car charger that fits in the cup holder.

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R2D2 USB Car Charger That Whistles & Beeps in Your Cup Holder – Animated Star Wars Car Accessory – With Rotating Head and Lightup Eye USB Ports For iPhones, Smartphones, iPads, Tablets, GPS etc 

6.  I had no idea this was a thing but there are tons of gadgets to allow you to discreetly carry your wine around.

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Menu Baggy Winecoat

7. When you must have your wine run.

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The Wine Rack

8. Woah you can carry around two different drinks the next time you go bird watching.

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Double Sided Binocular Flask :: Looks Like real Binoculars

9.  Take as many drinks as you need with you with this kit.

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According to the seller: “Smuggle Alcohol Bottle Flask Kit are the best and easiest way to get alcohol on a Cruise. Disguised as Shampoo, Conditioner, Sunscreen and Body Lotion. Real Labels Fool Them and Four Self-Stick Peal-Off Safe-Seals Keep Them Out. Bring your own rum runner, mojitos, martinis, wine or vodka. 100% Guaranteed! Save money, Its Fun and Its Easy!

10. For the Ultimate Foodie. Eat well wherever you go.

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20 Spice Large Travel Spice Kit

11. A really affordable safe place for your stash.

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The Stash Safe Wearable Hidden Contents Travel Wallet

12. Who needs a bag when you can carry every single gadget on you with this jacket.

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AyeGear MultiPocket Zip Up Hoodie with 13 Pockets (iPad Pocket) Fleece Jacket

13. This cool looking jacket has even more pockets for more stuff.

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AyeGear J25 Pocket Jacket / Vest – 25 Concealed Pockets

14. How could any pick pocket possibly steal with this?

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Phubby Unisex Spandex Sport Wrist Cubby and Arm Wallet

16. Only the fashion forward fashionable could pull off this look.

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Wrist Cell Phone Carrier – Black Neoprene – Size – Large

17. Look ma no hands!  This is a best seller too.

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LED Book Light Hands Free Adjustable for Bed Reading, Crafting, Grilling, Night Walking, Camping

18. Handy cap for travel to hot places.

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Solaration Fan Hat, Solar Powered White Baseball Cap

19. If you want to look stylish while keeping cool this is for you.

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Kool Breeze Solar Hat Male Palm Leaf Cowboy Hat

20. Never endure the suffering of an uncomfortable seat again.

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GSeat Ultra ~ Portable Ergonomic Gel Seat Cushion


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Weird Travel Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed

Weird Travel Gadgets Collage

While doing a little online shopping I came across these weird travel accessories you didn’t know you needed.  I couldn’t stop laughing so I just had to share these with you.

1. A funky travel themed backpack to carry your things in.  From the manufacturer:

“Animal Backpacks are fashionable and cool. The printed animals are vivid that they also want to enjoy life or even a nice plane travel as human do. Specially equiped with laptop linings, provide fully protection for your laptop or tablet while on the move. You can use them for school, camping, overnight, work and more!”


For U Designs Cute Giraffe Cow Horse Sitting in the Plane Backpacks

2. In case you need some light. From the manufacturer:

“This nose LED is definitely a bold way to show your geek attitude! Imagine your nostril glows every time you exhale. Weird but fun? Then buy one to surprise your friends!”

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SeeedStudio Nose LED Kit 

3. Because you need a comfortable nap without worrying about neck pain.  He’s not even asleep and he’s having a great time.

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Embrace Sleep Collar Travel Pillow Black

4. For a relaxing and cozy nap. Look how happy she is.

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Travelrest – The Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow

5. For when you REALLY need to take a good nap. He can’t wait to get to his destination refreshed.

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Skyrest Travel Pillow

6.  For when you need privacy and support.


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Little Cloud Nine Travel Pillow (Small)

7. For when you need privacy and darkness.

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Novelty Round Linen Blue Ostrich Pillow

8. For when you absolutely need support for sleeping upright.  She looks at peace.

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Slumbervoo Travel Pillow Head Support

9. When you need help with circulation.

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Portable Airplane Travel Footrest

10.  Because comfort is your number one goal.  This guy fell asleep one man and woke up to be a completely different person.

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Travel Halo – Compact Travel Pillow – Head Stabilizer – Restful Sleep At Last!

11. She’s elated the neck cord won’t let the hood slip over her head.

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Grand Trunk Blackout Hooded Neck Pillow

12. Stay warm in style like a true fanboy.

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Star Wars Chewbacca Han Solo Reversible Hoodie

13.  Jet lag glasses because you want to start partying as soon as possible. Nobody has time for that.

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Re-Timer Light Therapy for SAD

14. Because nobody has time for that we need to look cool and speed up recovery.

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Luminette Visor Light Glasses

15. Because not looking fabulous is NOT an option.

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 LED Skin Rejuvenation Therapy Mask

16. Because nobody has time for chikungunya.

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Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net

17. For superior bug protection.

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Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts

18. For those who have been to the Everglades and know about the swarms of mosquitoes that come out at sunset.  We don’t play.

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Sea to Summit Bug Jacket/Mitts or Pants/Socks with Insect Shield

19. Because we always need juice for all of our electronics and we might as well get in a workout while we crank away.

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10 Watt Hand Crank Generator Charges All Portable Electronics

20. Because UV Face protection is a must.

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Ever soft Facekini , face-kini UV Sun Protection 


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My Best Travel Photography Tips

travel photography tips

Today’s post is filled with travel photography tips to help you capture the best vacation memories.  When we take a photo not only are we preserving precious memories but we are also documenting a place.  We are capturing the essence of a place at a particular time in history.



Just a slight shift in position can dramatically alter a photo.

Unusual angles can add impact and different perspectives.  They can bring out point of views we normally don’t see. How to get different perspectives:

  • Shoot from the side.
  • Kneel down.
  • Shoot up.
  • Hold your camera high.
  • Lie down.
  • Sit down.
  • Climb up.



Lighting is everything when it comes to photography. Tudor South Beach
The hardest time to get a good picture is during the bright middle of the day.  The best times to shoot are early morning and early evenings.  An added benefit to being out and about so early is avoiding large crowds.



Framing is the technique of drawing attention to the subject of your image by blocking other parts of the image with something in the scene.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Framing gives the image depth and layers while leading the eye to your focal point.


Zoom In

Zooming in can bring texture to your photos. French Toast Muffins


Zooming out can be awe inspiring.



Don’t center your subject.


Sblue shack


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Travel Inspired Bedroom Decor Ideas

Travel Inspired Bedroom Decor Ideas

I’ve curated photos of 26 different travel inspired bedroom ideas for bedroom decor inspiration.  I’ve been wanting to redecorate my room but I don’t want to do anything major.  I saw these on Amazon and think they look amazing.  I could spend the entire afternoon perusing for inspiration.

A splash of color.

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DENY Designs Bianca Green Its Your World Duvet Cover

Inspiration from your favorite city.

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Le Vele Bedding Duvet Cover Set Paris Map

A classic look and it even has matching curtains.

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New York Map Print Duvet Quilt Cover Black and White

Road trippers will love this map of Route 66.  Cool colors too.

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LOVO Luxury Route 66 100% Cotton 300-Thread-Count Bedding Duvet Cover Sheet Set 4 pcs With 2 Pillowcases Multi-Colored

This set is so beautiful and features the Caribbean Islands.

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Tommy Bahama Map Quilt Set

Inspiration from your favorite travel quote.

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Kess InHouse Libertad Leal “What a Wonderful World” Woven Duvet Cover Map

Inspiration from another popular travel quote.

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Kess InHouse Catherine Holcombe “Journey” Cotton Duvet Cover World Map

This gorgeous set features the London skyline.

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Kess InHouse Alison Coxon “City of London” Map Queen Fleece Duvet Cover

Inspiration from famous London landmarks.

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Cliab London Bedding Collection Red Bus Big Ben Duvet Cover Set 100 Percent Cotton 4 Pieces

Who isn’t inspired by Paris.  This is beautiful.

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Bed Lam passport london paris black white queen full duvet cover set

This is so pretty.  The flowers give the room a beautiful pop of color.

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100% Turkish Cotton 4 Pcs ! Paris Eiffel Tower Theme Themed Pink Butterfly  Quilt Duvet Cover Set 

Here’s a very feminine touch.

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100% Cotton 3pcs Paris Soft Pink Duvet Cover Set Eiffel Theme Bedding Linens

Seeing the map makes me want to travel for sure.

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Kess InHouse Sylvia Cook “Travel Map” Fleece Duvet Cover World

This is a really great look.

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Cliab World Map Bedding 100% Cotton Duvet Cover set 4 Pieces

This set works with any headboard.

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Dream Home Fashion Creative 3D World Map  

This set is elegant and masculine.

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Anlye the Gifts for Boyfriend Bedding Set Plane Diagram of Globe Antique Maps Bed Duvet Covers

These are fantastic colors inspired by a street map.

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DENY Designs Holli Zollinger Paris Map Duvet Cover

Inspiration from your favorite state.

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Thumbprintz Duvet Cover New York City

This one is so cool.  I haven’t seen anything like this before.

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Cotton 3pcs New York Manhattan Single Twin Size Duvet Cover Set City Taxi Theme Bedding Linens

Inspiration from your favorite skyline.

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Duvet Cover Brushed Twill from DiaNoche Designs by Monika Strigel Home Decor and Bedding Ideas – New York Skyline

The lights look like they’re really twinkling.

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Dolce Mela DM457Q NYC at Night City Themed Duvet Cover Set, Queen

This is a funky look inspired by a street map.

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Kess InHouse Alison Coxon “City of London” Map King Woven Duvet Cover

Here’s a cool map inspired set.

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Kess InHouse Ann Barnes “Roam II” World Map Cotton Duvet

A great way to add lots of color to a room.

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Kess InHouse Agnes Schugardt “Geo Map” Abstract Fleece Duvet Cover

Here’s a really creative one for wanderlusters.

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DENY Designs Bianca Green a Travelers Heart Lightweight Duvet Cover

I love everything about this, especially the colors.

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Kess InHouse Catherine Holcombe “Voyage” Fleece Duvet Cover Teal Map


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