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My Favorite Travel and Hiking Gear of 2018

November 20, 2018 2 Comments »

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It’s my favorite time of the year – the holiday season! When I was younger I was loco about the holidays, and even though that has subdued as an adult, I still love the smells, sounds, food, family, friends, and love around the holiday season. Each year around this time I write about travel gear […]

Packing for India’s Monsoon Season

September 6, 2018 4 Comments »

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It was as if I had walked into a brick wall. It startled me and I rocked back a couple of steps until I could get my feet underneath me again. The thick wall of heat and humidity that is India in August is real, and it will knock you on your ass. I wondered […]

Extreme Winter Packing List for Alaska

March 16, 2018 2 Comments »

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I went to Fairbanks Alaska in the heart of winter and lived to tell the tale. Ok, so maybe it’s not quite that dramatic, but the fact is most people are scared of Alaska in the winter, especially the interior where the temperatures dip below 0 most nights and you have to plug in your […]

Ottsworld 2017 Eagle Creek Holiday Giveaway

November 28, 2017 2 Comments »

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THE 2017 HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED Get ready to travel in 2018 with this great gear from Ottsworld and Eagle Creek!  It’s easy to enter the giveaway – however you do need to be a resident of the United States and 18 years old or older to enter. The giveaway is open to enter […]

My Best Gear For Travel

November 28, 2017 No Comments »

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If you read my blog then you probably like to travel and likely have a trip or two planned for 2018! Remember how Underdog comes in to save the day? Well that’s what this post is all about. As you plan for your upcoming travels in 2018 this post will give you some great ideas […]

The Essential Camino de Santiago Packing List

May 9, 2017 10 Comments »

The Camino de Santiago is the ultimate epic hike.  It’s an ancient pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  There are dozens of routes that lead from all part of Europe to Santiago de Compostela. However, the most popular route is the Way of Saint […]

How to Pack for an Antarctica Cruise

March 14, 2017 12 Comments »

Antartica Packing List

Are you heading to the land of intrepid explorers, icebergs, and penguins? If you are going to the bottom of the world, one would think you are simply packing the warmest stuff you can find – but there’s much more to an Antarctica packing list than warm clothes! I’ve been to Antarctica twice now and […]

Don’t Leave for New Zealand Without These 4 Things

March 2, 2017 11 Comments »

New Zealand packing essentials

I could hear him talking, but my mind kept going elsewhere. My eyelids felt heavy and locked shut like magnets. Then something about a ozone hole rang through my brain and jolted my eyelids back open. Craig was telling me about why I needed to wear sunscreen in New Zealand, but the only thing on […]

Essential Hiking Gear

February 27, 2017 7 Comments »

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There are many kinds of hiking – day hikes, multi day hikes, long distance hiking, circuit hiking, pilgrimages, tramping, bushwalking, trekking, and more. I’ve done and enjoyed them all. However I do have my favorites mentioned here in my best hikes around the world list. As much as I enjoy a simple day hike, I […]

Flying Tips on How to deal with Long Flights

February 2, 2017 10 Comments »

Tips for long haul flights

The Niece Project 5.0 had a bumpy start. We had no idea that simply getting there would be so hard. Throughout the continuous bad news of delays, lost luggage, and changed itineraries, I thought about the learnings and flying tips we could take away from it. Specifically I thought about the lessons it would teach […]