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Smartwool NTS Micro 150 Baselayer

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Adventure Travel, Clothing | 0 comments

smartwoolbaselayerNeed an awesome light weight base layer?  Smartwool’s Next To Skin Micro 150 Base Layer is perfect for fall and winter.  And it’s cute enough to stand on its own as a top.  Its’ a good year round piece, even in summer when you need something light in the evening.   I love this cobalt blue (called “liberty”) that brightens up a gray day and pairs will with my travel wardrobe staple color–black.

Wool regulates your body temperature and doesn’t hold stink making it great for travel when you can’t do laundry for extended periods.  And if you need to wash it in a hotel sink, it’s pretty thin and dries quickly.  It’s kind of a must have travel piece, both in Liberty and Black.  Find it HERE.

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Best Cowgirl Boots for Travel: Ariat FatBaby

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Adventure Travel, Clothing | 0 comments


Going somewhere you know you’ll be horseback riding?  You want to pack some decent riding boots, but still want to look cute and maximize space in your bag?  Check out Ariat’s Fatbaby Original Boots.  Boy are they cute!  Look at the turqoise stitching.  But the best thing about them is their comfort level and versatility.  These boots were made for walking–they’re padded on the sole and feel great on your feet and the rounded toe offers plenty of space than the more pointy variety.   I never knew cowgirl boots could be so comfortable.

They also look great with a dress or skirt, so you can wear them for a variety of activities.  I like this short version for travel because they’re lighter and take up less space.  If you want to wear them on the plane, go for it; they’re easy to slip on and off to get through security.  The only caveat is the stitching on the inside is a little scratchy to me, so I just put on some thick wool socks and scrunched them down.  If  you’re wearing them tucked into skinny jeans, that’s a non-issue. If you thought you couldn’t travel with cowgirl boots, or that it was too much trouble, think again, because these Ariats are perfect for that.  Find them HERE.

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Best Travel MacBook Charger: ChugPlug

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Adventure Travel, Business Travel, Family Travel, In-Flight, Technology | 0 comments


Going on a long flight and need to rely on your MacBook to get some work done without worrying it’s going to run out of juice?  Here’s your answer:  The ChugPlug by Lenmar.  This little guy will give your computer enough of a charge to keep on working (or surfing, playing, etc), you just plug the Apple brick into one end and the plug into the other end of  the ChugPlug and it will power you up, just like that.  You’ll get 3-4 hours charge on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro (more on the Air).  No more scrounging around for an outlet and the aesthetics are nice with the white matching Apples plugs.  Find it HERE.

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Adventure Medical Kits: World Travel

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Adventure Travel, Body Care | 0 comments


Going somewhere remote, where you may not have access to medical care?  If you’re headed out for adventure travel in developing countries or the backcountry, this World Travel medical kit by Adventure Medical Kits has what you need to deal with everything from fractures and sprains to stomach ailments, allergies, dehydration, pain and inflammation and even blisters.

A visual communication card with pictures of various ailments will help you communicate the problem to a medical professional that speaks another language.  A booklet offers advice on how to handle various situations.  It’s like a portable medicine cabinet, and a little bulky, but worth the space in your bag to  maintain health while far from home.  Find it HERE.

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BOSE QuietComfort 20i Noise Cancelling Ear Bud Headphones

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Adventure Travel, Business Travel, Gifts for Travelers, In-Flight, Technology | 0 comments

QuietComfort 20, the Bose’s first in-ear headphones  are impressive in terms of noise-cancellation, featuring a special processing chip, that totally isolates you from the “sound of the crowd”

Are you a fan of Bose’s QuietComfort 15 Headphones?  I am.  They sound like a dream and do an excellent job blocking out the world.  The only thing is, as great as they are on the plane, they are not ideal for travel if you like to travel light.  They’re bulky and take up a good chunk of space in your bag.

Enter the most awesome headphones I’ve ever experienced:  the QuietComfort 20i Noise Cancelling in-ear Headphones.  Wow.  I was skeptical that the noise canceling technology would work with the ear bud style, but it does, and they are small enough to fit in your hand.

They block out surrounding noise so well that they feature an “aware” mode, for safety, so you can hear what’s going on around you.  They stay comfortably in your ear without falling out when you turn your head. A control module is on the cord to access the aware mode, on/off, and for charging via USB.  It takes about two hours to get a full charge and from there you have up to 16 hours of play time.  These are not dependent on battery life to play like the QC15s, they will play, but without noise canceling capability.  A green battery life indicator light will let you know when it’s time for a charge. Volume control and inline mic is further up and compatible with iPhones (the QC20 model is for use with other cell phone brands).  A USB cord and case are included, the case is just about the size of a deck of cards.

For noise canceling, I would probably go for the QC15 over-the-ear headphones, as they do seem to block the world out a little better.  Putting on headphones for me is a little like putting on a helmet, there is a physiological component to that.  Having said that, I would choose the QC20i in-ear headphones over the others.  The minimalist nature is hands-down more important to me and the sound quality is so similar that any sacrifice is negligible.  These are my favorite headphones for travel and to keep with me in my bag when I’m not traveling for momentary escapes and entertainment in daily life.  Find them HERE.

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Patagonia Better Clog Ankle Shoe

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Business Travel, Clothing | 0 comments



This is Patagonia’s last year to offer shoes, so if you’ve had your eye on any of their styles, better snatch them up while you still can.  Check out this versatile Better Clog Ankle Shoe.  It’s part clog, part loafer, and has a little bit of boot-vibe going on too.  Wear with jeans, dresses, skirts or dress pants–there’s some nice versatility here taking you from a business meeting to dinner and a walk through the park.  Made with eco friendly materials, it’s a great travel shoe for fall.  Find it HERE.

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ULTRA Light Weight Jacket for Travel: First Ascent MicroTherm StormDown

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Adventure Travel, Clothing | 0 comments


First Ascent’s MicroTherm StormDown Jacket takes light weight to a new level.  This thing is like a feather.  It’s warm too, and I’m not sure how something so light can be so warm, but it is and it’s perfect for travel and made for men and women.  An 800 StormDown fill with proprietary Downtek to repel water gives you that versatility to get caught in the rain without your down turning into globby balls of yuk.  Stretch panels help with mobility make it a good piece for activity.

It’s also a great layering piece.  Wear it under a shell or over a fleece.  First Ascent has a wonderful layering system that gives you options for different looks on the go, as well as being able to adjust for climate changes.  It’s comfortable, functional, and packs down tiny.  Find it HERE.

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