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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Which pet travel accessories did you find most helpful?

 

 

 

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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 w.band

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

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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!”

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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.

 

Angles

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

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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

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

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.

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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.

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Subject

Don’t center your subject.

 

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Travel Inspired Wall Murals Room Decor ideas

Travel inspired wall murals to give you home decor ideas.   I’m a big fan of all of those diy and home decor shows.  I can watch them for hours at a time. Especially during the weekend. I’m always looking for new ideas.  I’ve decided to curate some specifically travel inspired photos to give you some home design inspiration.

Be inspired by your favorite city.

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Eiffel Tower DIY Removable Art Vinyl Wall Sticker Decor Mural Decal

Paris in the perfect shade of Pink.

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Love in Paris Eiffel Tower Sticker Decal Home Decor

Beautiful cityscape and typography.

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Paris Floral wall mural art home decor

World Map inspired. Where have you been?  Where will you go?

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World Map Wall Mural – Colorful 

Inspire you family to travel.

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World Map Peel and Stick Wall Print 

Classy bedroom.

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Mercator World Topographic Map Wall Mural

Create a colorful space to entertain.

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World Political Map Wall Mural

Perfect for the person who loves bright happy colors.

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White Oceans World Political Map Wall Mural

Elegant black and white countries with typography.

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World Map with Countries Black wall saying vinyl lettering home decor decal quotes

Perfectly inspiring.

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Global World Map Atlas Vinyl Wall Art

For the typography fan.

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English Words World Map Wall Art 

Removable and perfect to inspire the young ones.

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Big Size World Map Removable Nursery Wall Art Decor

This is really cool color combination.

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Style & Apply – Detailed World Map – wall art home decor

Proudly displaying the country flags.

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World Map Banners Flag Countries

Creatively country inspired.

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Rome Coliseum Travel Ancient World Italy Europe

Gorgeous skyline silhouette.

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Rome Italy Skyline City Silhouette Home Decor 

Map of your favorite city.

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Londoner Map Wall Mural

Inspiration from a classic landmark.

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London Tower Bridge Wall Mural

Colorful artistic interpretation of your favorite city.

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Graphic Art London Cityscape

Inspired by urban landscapes.

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Urban Modern Mural 

Wake up to your favorite view everyday.

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Window Style Easy to Apply & Remove New York City Urban Cityscape Skyline View)

Inspired by Broadway and its glimmering lights.

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Wall Mural Radio City Hall New York 

Inspiration from your favorite City

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New York Map Wall Mural Decal 

Inspiration from your favorite city skyline.

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New York City Manhattan 

Inspiration from your favorite landmark.

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Vinyl Wall Decal NYC Brooklyn Bridge

The details that make things so fabulous.

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Vinyl Wall Decal Brooklyn Bridge

Inspiration from your favorite view.

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Vinyl Wall Decal New York City

Let the entire world inspire you.

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World Map Decal w/ Countries Borders

Cure your wanderlust.

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Leah Flores “Wanderlust”

Turn your headboard into your ideal scenic view.

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Mountain Landscape Adhesive Headboard Wall Decal

 

I really like the headboard idea.  Which did you like best?

 

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Really Cool Travel Inspired Mother’s Day Gifts

Today I’ve compiled some really cool travel inspired Mother’s Day Gifts.  It’s not always easy to find something special to gift.  What better way to show your love and appreciation with a present as unique as she is.  I worked hard to find a variety of items from entertaining to decor for the different types of women in our lives. Here are my recommendations.

travel inspired mothers day gifts for entertaining

Entertaining

Subway Sign Food Safe Canisters 

Vintage Style Travel Themed Decorative Nesting Trays

Cute map inspired coasters

Central Paris’ Square Glass Coasters

Vintage European Map Tile Coasters

“Journey” World Map Coasters, 4 by 4-Inch

Vintage World Map South America Ceramic Tile Coasters

For Coffee & Tea Lovers

Road Trip Suitcase Motif Teapot

Ceramic Global Teapot with Polar Bear

Map of Modern South American Countries Travel Mug Stainless Steel

Map of The World Ceramic Mug

Map of the World Coffee Gift Mug

Hawaiian Coffee Mugs 4 Pack Islands Map Blue

Cocktail Platter Texas Flag Texas Shaped

Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, Florida State

Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, Mexico

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

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Gifts for the Office

Old World Map Two Drawer Console Table

Aleco Design Series Chair Mat  World Map 

Riverside Latitudes Suitcase Writing Desk with Optional Chair 

Pulaski Amelia Accent Chest

Screen Gems Postal Stamp Traveler Room Divider 

British Red Telephone Box Photo Pen Holder

World Map Clock 17th Century

“Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.” William S. Burroughs

globe

Gorgeous Pearl Ocean Gold Stand Gem Gemstone World Map Globe

Gorgeous Paperweight 

Decoratively Striking World Map Suitcase Clock Home Table Clocks Décor

“Life is short and we never have enough time for the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.” Henri-Frédéric Amiel

wall art

Wall Art

World Map Wall Mural 

Subway Sign Wall Art Chicago Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Paris and NYC Typography and Scenes Set of 4 Wood Sign

Tokyo Subways Metal Sign

Stretched Canvas Art Navigation Map of Restoring Ancient Ways Set 

“If I’d learnt one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”  Alex Garland

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Accessories and Decor

Message In A Bottle Personalized Gift for Her

The Original Oceangram Message in a Bottle

Decoratively Elegant Mason Map Book Boxes Set

GONGXI Set of 3 Modern Map Decorative Pillow 

Atlas We’re Here Collection – Decorative Pillow 

USA Lumbar Cotton Pillow with United States Map

Vintage Colorful World Map Patterned Cushion Linen Pillow 

DENY Designs Bianca Green Its Your World Duvet Cover

Le Vele Bedding Duvet Cover Set Paris Map

New York Map Print Duvet Quilt Cover Black and White

CafePress Vintage World Map Beach Towel 

World Map Color Bath Shower Curtain

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“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.” J. Maarten Troost

 

 

 

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Brand New Travel Apps Inspire You to Travel

I never leave home without my phone and thanks to technology it has become one of my greatest resources. The Development of phone apps have turned our phones into powerful travel tools. We can do anything from making reservation, finding the right directions and even tabulate expenses. Here are a few travel apps who all just happen to be developed in Massachusetts to inspire you to get traveling.

 

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Hopper
Flight Tonight is Hopper’s iPhone app to help you get out of town in a hurry. Flight Tonight helps you be spontaneous. Find and book the best available roundtrip flights leaving from your location tonight and tomorrow morning.

Wanderu
Wanderu is the simplest way for you to find and book inter-city buses and trains between any two points. We are expanding quickly across the U.S and Canada to help you find cheap bus tickets and the perfect trip to any destination!

Veer
Veer helps drivers find the closest & cheapest garage parking spot via real time GPS search, direct navigation to the garage, saved car location, and running rate & time.

Spotlight Parking
Spotlight is a mobile application that allows users to request valet service at the push of a button. When you simply want to just get where you need to be without a hassle, drop a “pin” to request valet service, and if in range of a Spotlight ‘Hotspot’, a Spotlight Parker will arrive and pick up your car within minutes. When you want your car returned, simply tap ‘pick up’ and your car will be delivered to the nearest ‘Hotspot’. Spotlight will revolutionize the way we think about parking.

Villy
“Like you, here at Villy we love to travel to new places. But every time we wanted to plan a trip and book a hotel we found ourselves spending hours searching dozens of websites to find where to stay. We built Villy to simplify the process. We established unique knowledge of each of the cities we cover to match you with the the best neighborhoods for your trip. We then partnered with leading travel experts to bring you the best hotel deals out there.”

Buggl
Buggl is a marketplace connecting travelers with unique and inspiring travel guides created by top insiders worldwide.

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Travel Tips Round Up From Flying to Packing and More

I’m going through my travel tips articles getting ready to start planning my summer vacation.  I enjoy researching new places and going on new adventures.  Sometimes planning can be fun but sometimes it can be tedious since there are so many things to do before we get to leave and have fun.  Here’s my round up of travel tips articles to help you out.

 


 

Long List of Things to do Before You Leave on Your Trip

There are lots of details to be wrapped up before leaving on your next trip.  Here’s a long list you can use to check things off and not worry you’ve missed something.

What You Need to Know Before Flying

We do a lot of road tripping and sometimes we fly out to do even more road tripping.  Here are some tips to get you ready for your flight.

inside my carry on bag

Packing is actually fun for me.  I enjoy finding all the perfect little items that will make me and my family feel comfortable during our commute.  Here’s what I have inside my carry on.

9 Best Ways to Prepare Your Cell Phone Before Traveling

I never leave the house without my phone.  These tips will help when you’re out on the road.

 

World's Most Helpful Types of Travel Apps

Continuing on the phone theme here are some very useful travel apps.

 

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Things I Loved About 2014 Travel Books Movies

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Before moving forward into the adventures 2015 will bring I wanted to look back at the things that brought me joy in 2014. I’m an avid reader and movie watcher making me a diehard lover of stories. So here I’ll share my favorites. If you want to see what I’m reading you can connect with me on Goodreads. It’s what I use to keep track of all the books I read.

One thing that has helped me read more is the Overdrive app which allows you to borrow books, audio and movies from your library. My favorite feature is that is syncs up with all of my devices so I can listen while I’m driving or read while I’m waiting anywhere. I actually try to arrive early so I can have some extra reading time. It’s a wonderful boredom reliever while traveling.

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Books

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld                        Mystery

Interesting setting and character.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn     Suspense

Great storytelling.

 

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin    Mystery

Not your regular fiction it’s written as a journalists report. Great story.

 

Bully by Penelope Douglas  Romance

Perfect story pacing.

 

Instructions by Neil Gaiman                        Horror

I enjoy Gaiman’s story telling. As one of my favorite writers it’s a treat to read the specific words he choses to bring his tales to life.

 

Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) by Rosie Pérez  Memoir

An amazing true story.

 

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller          Non Fiction

Great self help book. This is great for peeps like me who have trouble focusing.

 

Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business by Bruce Poon Tip         Non Fiction / Business / Travel

Inspiring read about how this entrepreneur in the travel industry became successful.

 

Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole                   Non Fiction / Writing

One of the best books on writing I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this if you’re serious about becoming a great writer.

 

Movies

I watch the majority of films on Netflix so I watch many movies that may have been released in previous years but am just now getting around to watch. These are the movies I enjoyed the most this year and I highly recommend you add them to your must watch list if you haven’t seen them yet.

Littlerock 2010          Drama   Interesting story and characters.

 

The Motel Life 2012             Drama    Awesome story.

 

At Middleton 2013               Romantic Comedy   Loved this romantic comedy very much.

 

Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious             Comedy   Cracks me up.

 

The One I Love 2014                        Sci-Fi   Great story!

 

Begin Again 2014                 Romance   Cute!

 

Sex Tape 2014                      Comedy   Lmao

 

6 Souls (Shelter) 2010         Horror   I love being creeped out.

 

Después de Lucía 2012        Mexican Drama   Heavy

 

Twice Born (Venuto al mondo) 2012         Drama / Romance   Emotional

 

Cafe de Flore (Café de Flore) 2011                        French Drama   Emotional

 

In Secret 2013          Horror   Very Edgar Allen Poe like

 

Zero Dark Thirty 2012         War Drama   Great storytelling. Study this screenplay if you want to learn how to write a good story.

 

The Punk Singer 2013         Documentary   Because punk girls rock forever!

 

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 2014       Horror  My absolute favorite horror movie of the year. Originally creepy.

 

Disconnect 2012       Drama   Because I love heavy drama.

 

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest 2011                       Documentary   Because I grew up with Hip Hop that was good.

 

Mud 2012      Coming of Age Thriller   Great story set in the swamps. Loved it.

 

Quotes

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10 Quotes to Inspire You to Travel 

“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” George Carlin

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”  Plato

Travel

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Massachusetts

One of my favorite things is to explore new places. This summer I had an amazing road trip exploring the state of Massachusetts. I hit up Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston, Springfield and Salem. I’ve written over a handful of posts detailing my adventures along with my best tips. There is still so much more to share with you. You will see more of the Massachusetts road trip posts in 2015.

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Florida

I’m always roadtripping my home state of Florida. One of my most popular posts is a big round up with hundreds of ideas for your next trip to Florida. 

Here are some recent places and tips full of information on what to do and see.

Lincoln Road Mall South Beach

South Beach

 

Cross Collage

St. Augustine

Bridge of Lions

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Fort Matanzas

Crescent Beach

Rainbow Springs Florida State Park

Central Florida

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins

Sculptures

Rainbow Springs

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Key Largo Round Up

The Garden District in Uptown New Orleans

One of the blogs most popular posts feature my trip to New Orleans, Louisiana.  You can expect a big fat round up post in 2015.

 

Now that you’ve read my recommendations share some of yours with me.  What where your favorite places to visit, book to read and movies to watch?

 

 

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Budget and Credit Tips #Sponsored by #WellsFargo

This post is brought to you by a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Wells Fargo. All thoughts and content are my own. (Esta entrada es patrocinada por una campaña compensada en colaboración con Latina Bloggers Connect y Wells Fargo. Todo el contenido y los pensamientos son míos.)

How to Save for Your Next Vacation Tips from me and

Budget & Credit Tips From Wells Fargo

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Wells Fargo is committed to making financial education and in-language resources available to Latino consumers. That includes providing customers with bilingual online tools, Spanish Text Banking, Spanish account statements, Spanish-language call centers, Spanish-speaking bankers in stores across the nation, and more.

As part of that commitment and in order to connect with the Hispanic community in a meaningful way, Wells Fargo recently collaborated with Telemundo for the “Conversemos de Tus Finanzas” campaign. The campaign is focused on empowering Hispanics to enhance their financial knowledge and help them to reach their financial goals. The campaign provides customized content, tools and resources around the important financial topics of money management and credit.

After working hard all year long everyone looks forward to having some fun on vacation whether it be an extravagant all inclusive affair or small road trip. We all deserve a break. The first step in creating financial goals such as saving for your vacation is to prepare a budget.

Prepare a budget

  • Understanding your income sources is one of the starting points towards creating a budget.Your annual gross income represents your total income before any taxes or other deductions. “Take-home pay” represents your net income,specifically your income minus taxes, credits, and deductions.
  • Tracking your expenses will help you spend your money more wisely. If you make a budget.This step-by-step process can be surprisingly easy to find out how you’re spending your money. Here’s how:

Gather your financial statements.

Create a list of monthly expenses.

Examine your expenses. (fixed, flexible & discretionary expenses)

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Create a budget in five easy steps.

Target your savings strategy. Look for an online budgeting tool that helps you identify and track multiple goals at once.

Step 1: Organize.

At its core, a budget is a worksheet with two columns: one for income and one for expenses.

Step 2:Track.

For one month, keep a detailed log of all your spending habits.

Step 3: Analyze.

At the end of the month, total your income and your expenses and then subtract your expenses from your income.

Step 4: React.

After looking at all of your expenses, separate them into categories and set a budget for each.

Step 5: Review:

Make a habit of reviewing your budget every month, particularly in the early stages.

 

Having good credit is very important since most hotels require a credit card for reservations.  The financial experts at Wells Fargo have compiled a list of 28 tips to help you manage your credit.

Click here to read your free Credit Tip Sheet from the experts at Wells Fargo.

You can find many more tips like these on the easy to navigate Wells Fargo website.

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Sailing in Salem an American Coastal Town

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Salem’s history is intertwined with its harbor and surrounding waters.  Even the town’s motto: “To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East” alludes to it.  The very first colonists survived by becoming fishermen.  Salem would grow from a fine fishing village to be known as a major international trading center peaking in the 18th century thanks to the codfish trade with the West Indies and Europe.  The spices these ships brought back would make this town one of the wealthiest in the country.  By the end of the 18th century it was the sixth largest city, wealthiest per capita and home to the US’s first millionaire.

Salem an interesting bustling place buzzing with people from around the world.  Many languages, smells and aromas permeating the air.  Some of the merchandize brought in from around the world was silk, chinaware, paper, coffee, tea, molasses, sugar and rum.  A large variety of spices could be purchased and sold here; nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and pepper.

By mid 19th century Salem’s prosperity as a major seaport winded down as New York and Boston which had deeper harbors to accommodate larger vessels took over.

Pickering Wharf

We can still see the impact of the industry today.  With over 400 years of maritime history many of Salem’s historic buildings, wharves and reconstructed ships are well preserved for you to visit today.

Salem

 

You know how much I love being out on the water.  When visiting Salem I recommend you take a cruise on these historic waters.   I headed to Pickering Wharf located in central Salem with beautiful vistas of the harbor.  It’s a nice place to stroll with shops and restaurants.

I took a late afternoon cruise on a replica of the famous 1812 private schooner Fame.  It was fantastic.  The crew was talkative and friendly sharing tons of boating stories as well as the history of sailing and its impact on Salem.  It was a sunny mid July afternoon at Pickering Wharf but I brought a sweater because the weather changes once you head into deep waters.  Once we set sail the crew served snacks, soda, wine and beer at reasonable prices.

The trip started out on a lovely warm afternoon but before we could reach Salem Sound we ran into a thick wall of fog rolling in from the deep waters. It was really cool especially since I’ve never seen anything like it in person while boating.  We had the contrast of the sun shining brightly on one side of us as we slowly lost visibility of the water, summer houses and homes and other water vessels as the cool fog creeped closer and closer until we were completely engulfed by it.  It was far too dangerous to keep sailing into Salem Sound.  The fog grew so thick there was no way to tell when or where another boat would pop up.

Even though we didn’t get very far it was a pleasant afternoon.  The crew began teaching the children how to make the various knots needed to use on a sailboat while the skipper entertained us with tales of history and piracy.   The sailboat bounced softly and rhythmically in circles completely relaxing me.  It was a very relaxing sail.

Salem

Have you been sailing in Salem?

 

Where to stay: Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina

Centrally located and literally on the wharf near shops and restaurants.

Where to eat: Finz Seafood & Grill

Right on the wharf with beautiful views and really good food.

 

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My Travel Wish List

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I travel to enrich my life with experiences, to expand my capabilities of imagination and to learn.  My career is to travel the world creating memories and sharing useful information.  I’ve been thinking about where I would like to go to next and its really hard to decide.  There are so many places I want to see I’d figure I’d make a list of places in no particular order to see where my wandering heart takes me.

I love the sense of adventure when visiting somewhere new, not being able to imagine all of the curiosities I might see and experience.  I enjoy eating new foods and of course to have lots of fun.

 I want to visit as many US Cities and States as possible. 

Chicago, Illinois

Colorado

California

Seattle, Washington

Washington DC

Hawaii

Nevada

New Mexico

I want to visit National Parks in:

Alaska

Montana

Oregon

Wyoming

Countries, Cities & Places I’d like to visit:

Paris

France

Greece

Italy

Peru ~ Machu Picchu

Australia

Tibet

Canada ~ Niagara Falls

England

Ireland

Norway

Brazil

Cambodia

Russia

Fiji

Iceland

New Zealand

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Places I’ve been:

Puerto Rico

Jamaica ~ Ocho Rios

Turks & Caicos

Mexico: the Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel

New Orleans

Philadelphia

New York

Missouri ~ St. Louis

Alabama ~ Mobile

Georgia ~ Savannah, Amicalola Falls

Most of Florida from the Keys to Orlando

Massachusetts ~ Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston, Springfield, Salem

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The Courtyard Marriott South Beach #FloridaWish #Spons   

Courtyard Marriott Miami Beach South Beach

During my many travels I’ve stayed at various Marriott Hotels all throughout Florida and even Georgia.  I continue to patronize this brand of hotels because I can always rely on the cleanliness and great customer service.  As part of the Florida Wish campaign I stayed at the modern and sleek Courtyard Marriott Miami Beach South Beach.  South Beach is a trendy vacation spot where the stylish and cultured come to relax on the sand or indulge in fun and entertainment.  This hotel fits right into the South Beach ambiance.  Its decor is modern and artsy using en vogue fabrics and textures.

There is indoor and outdoor seating all along the lobby.  Being into photography I really loved seeing the framed vintage black and white photographs of South Beach history all throughout the hotel.  I thought it was a great way to balance the new while giving a nod to the history and art deco style South Beach is known for.  The lounge offers free wifi and beautiful workspaces next to a cafe style bistro.  There’s a big multi use space for casual or business to work on laptops, plug in various devices or watch television.

You know I am very active while traveling and enjoy lots of walking.  This is the main reason I would recommend this hotel is because it is smack in the middle of everything good.  A short walk east takes you to the beach, one block south takes you to Espanola Way and just north is the world famous Lincoln Street Mall.  You have fine dining, shopping and entertainment literally at its doorstep.

Another great amenity is the hotel valet service for your car.  Parking in South Beach can be tricky and expensive.  In addition there is new construction going on the roadways right now and you have to take all sorts of out of the way detours to arrive at your destination.  You can just leave your car with the hotels valet service and not have to worry.  Anything you want to do is within walking distance.

After settling in the first thing I did was head upstairs to the rooftop pool.  Wow, what a gorgeous view.  The space is designed to be a luxurious retreat for hotel guests.  There’s the pool and balconies with plush comfortable seating.  I spent a rainy afternoon up there catching up with some reading and writing.  It was so relaxing.  It was some much needed me time.

Lincoln Road Mall South Beach

After charging my batteries I was ready to hit the town for some fun.  Here are some suggestions for fun things to do.

South Beach Itinerary

August happens to be when Miami Spice takes place.  Fine restaurants around town offer three course meals featuring signature dishes created by world renowned chefs.  I was in the mood for Mexican food so I headed to Lincoln Road Mall.

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.

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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.

All of these activities are within walking distance of the Courtyard Marriott Miami Beach South Beach.  You can find more things to do, news and deals by reading my specially curated Florida twitter list.

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Having a Sandwich in Sandwich MA

One of the places I was curious to explore in Massachusetts is Cape Cod.  Shaped like an arm, Cape Cod is actually made of up of many quaint villages and towns.  During my research I discovered one little town in particular which peaked my curiosity on the Cape named Sandwich.  If you know me well, you know I could live off sandwiches.  I probably eat at least one a day.  So when I found out about this town named Sandwich it became my goal to eat a sandwich in Sandwich.

Sandwich MA

It was a gray rainy day when we landed at BOS sometime around noon but nothing was going to deter me from road tripping in Massachusetts.  After picking up my Chevy Tahoe we headed south toward Cape Cod taking I-93 South and MA-3 to the Mid Cape connector in Bourne.  Although it was raining all I could see was an abundance of lush green trees, bushes and flora enveloping the long stretches of concrete highway.  At times there were large rocks and boulders revealing its mountainous terrain.  It was really coming down hard by the time we reached the bridge entering Cape Cod which was covered in plastic as it was being repaired.

Thankfully by the time we reached Sandwich although the sky remained gray there was barely a sprinkle of rain in the oldest town on the Cape.  Sandwich is named for the town of Sandwich Kent in England.  Now you know what I’m thinking?  Yep new goal.

We parked at Sandwich Village which is the historical part of town.  Beautiful cottage and Victorian homes have been converted to hotels, restaurants and shops.  There are souvenir and antique shops displaying funky wares.   Sandwich is a charming town and very pretty.  Large houses with knotty pine paneling remind me of an old movie.  Victorian houses are the color of ice cream.  Large cottages abound with some of the loveliest manicured gardens I’ve ever seen blooming with color.

a sandwich in Sandwich MA

Every year the town celebrates SandwichFest, a street fair featuring the Best Sandwich in Sandwich competition.  Wanting to taste an award winning sandwich in Sandwich I headed to last year’s winner, Beth’s Bakery and Cafe.  The place looks like a converted cottage home with a welcoming front porch.  If not for the weather I would’ve enjoyed watching the street go by.  The interior is warm, cozy sweet smelling bakery.  Large enough for many tables the place was half full even on this midweek rainy day.  The display cabinet was packed full of yummy looking freshly baked deserts, cakes and pastries.

I tried their grilled cheese sandwich and the Vermouth made with turkey, bacon, sliced apple and cheddar.  Each came in a cute basket with Cape Cod chips and a pickle and were very good.  It’s the first time I had a slice of apple in my sandwich.  The sweetness of the green apple went perfectly with the bacon.  I also tried the award winning smoked salmon and pear on white and it was also very delicious.

a sandwich in Sandwich MA

Sandwich is such a cute town with many historic things to see.  Before we left we made a quick stop at Hoxie House which is believed to be one of the oldest houses on Cape Cod.  The brown saltbox house sits on a gorgeous bluff overlooking Shawme Pond.  It’s colonial style of architecture really stands out.  Take a tour to see what life was like for settlers of this area.

Sandwich MA

There’s plenty to do and see.  My time was limited but here’s a short list of other things to do:  Visit the other sandwich award winning restaurant, Cafe Chew.  Stop by the glass museum which is the industry that saved the town way back when.  Stroll the Heritage Gardens and Museum, Visit Dexter Grist Mill and take a walk down the boardwalk to see the marsh and beach area.

Have you eaten a sandwich in Sandwich, MA?

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New England Whale Watching Tips

I’ve been away having secret adventures which means a brand new series of posts featuring all the fun, wacky and weird experiences I had while road tripping in the grand state of Massachusetts.  I have so much to share with you.  I’m excited to get started.

Whale Watching Collage

I’ve always wanted to see whales up close and I know this is something that is on many people’s travel bucket list.  If you get the chance you should absolutely go.  This is an activity suitable for all ages who enjoy spending hours on the ocean close to nature.  I had an amazing whale watching experience in Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts.  Thanks to the Plymouth County Development Council, Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism for all of their helpful staff, tips and help organizing this trip.

The company I sailed with is Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours of Plymouth. Located on the Town Wharf in the heart of historic Plymouth it’s very easy to find. The company offers whale watching excursions, deep sea fishing trips and private group charters.  There is public parking conveniently located within walking distance.  Just don’t forget to feed the meter.  We saw so much wildlife our trip ran long, not that anyone was in a rush to get back.

There were so many people in the group that day we sailed out in two vessels.  All of the boats help and alert each other to sightings so the more eyes the better.  The large two level vessels sailed out of Plymouth Harbor and into Plymouth Bay.  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect afternoon which is pretty amazing considering July is rainy season.  The sun was shining brightly and the flat waters were like glass reflecting big fluffy clouds.  We found several groups of humpback whales that day including two mothers with calves.  I believe we saw somewhere around 11 whales, a group of seals and several migratory flocks of birds. My one word summary = amazing.

These are my tips to prepare you to have a great time on your next whale watching adventures.  My experience was in New England and while most of the advice works for other locations I would recommend checking your local tour guides website for specific tips.

Did you know World Wildlife Fund ranks Massachusetts as one of the top 10 whale watching spots in the world? 

The best time for whale watching in Massachusetts is during their feeding season which runs from April to October.  The weather and location provide premium feeding locations for a variety of whale species.  Later when the cold weather arrives the whales relocate to warmer weather to mate and give birth.

First things first: Prepare if you suffer motion sickness

If you get seasick be sure to take any motion sickness medication half an hour before boarding.  Thankfully I do not get seasick but friends who do have told me the wrist bands do not work as well as over the counter medications.  Some boats may have some on board but some do not.  I would go prepared ahead of time.

Dress for the experience

Whales are huge creatures therefore found in very deep waters.  In order to reach those deep waters your boat captain may have to drive an hour or more into the ocean.  We were lucky to experience our first encounter only 7 miles out.  As you can imagine everyone was excited and enthusiastic about what we would see as we continued deeper into the ocean to Stellwagen Bank.  The temperature out on the ocean can be anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the dock you sailed out of.  I recommend dressing in layers, wearing jeans, sneakers, a hat, sunglasses, a scarf and towel if you have the space.

Sunscreen

Even on cloudy days the sun will have an effect on your skin.  Protect yourself from sun damage and use sunscreen.  I managed to get a nice tan since it was such a gorgeous day I never wanted to leave the top deck.

Water and Snacks

Expect to be out on the water for at least four hours.  Check to see if your boat provides snacks and water and what their rules are regarding bringing a picnic.  We left after lunch so all we purchased was water to remain hydrated and some tasty chocolate chip muffins as a snack on our trip.

Whale Watching Collage

Choosing a Tour

I travel to learn as well as be entertained.  Our boat had a naturalist on board who entertained us with her extensive knowledge.  She identified different birds and sea life.  We saw some seals from far away.  She also talked to us about whale behavior and migration patterns.  Best of all she was even able to identify the whales we saw by name because of the particular markings on their tails.  I found her love for the ocean and it’s creatures contagious and made me want to know more.  She even keeps a blog documenting all of her finds and trips which is a pretty amazing read.  You can find it here.

Photography: Step Away From the Camera

Yes, most of the time okay always everywhere I go you will find me snapping away with a camera.  One tip I can give you is to remember to put it down and view this incredible experience with your own two eyes instead of worrying about getting the perfect shot.  In this case your subject is wild and unpredictable.  In addition the boat will be maneuvering around to get the best views and everyone will crowd together to block your view.  Make sure to live and take in this miraculous moment where you are face to face with one the planets most magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.  It is a beautiful experience I will remember for the rest of my life.

I watched two sets of humpback whale mothers diving for dinner with their calves.  They were large yet incredibly graceful.  I felt very at peace watching them.  I also witnessed several separate groups of humpback whales socializing, spouting and diving.  We were even close enough to hear the sounds they made while clearing their spouts.  It was amazing.

Whale Conservation

It is beautiful to go into the ocean to peacefully visit some of the largest creatures on Earth.  It is all of our responsibility to care for this planet.  Whales were heavily hunted until the 1970’s and even though there are many laws and restrictions whales are very slowly rebounding.  Simple things you can do to help are donate to whale conservation agencies, volunteer and the easiest one of all do not throw garbage into any body of water.

This was my first whale watching excursion and it is something I will definitely do again.  Have you been whale watching?

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