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A Desert Hiking Tip You Probably Haven’t Considered

 A Desert Hiking Tip You Probably Havent Considered

A desert hike through Joshua Tree National Park is a must-do while visiting Palm Springs. But hikers must take extra precautions to make sure they return safely. Sure the standard rules of staying hydrated and letting loved ones know where you’re going and when you’ll return is important, but another, is having a safe place to store your keys.

Many of the hikes in the park travel to remote locations. Cell phone service is non-existent and in many instances, you may not encounter any other people. So if you lose your car keys, you’ll be sitting out in the desert until another traveler wanders your way. And in the oppressive heat, this small frustration can quickly escalate to a serious emergency.

7 Tips for Taking Kids to a Music Festival

 7 Tips for Taking Kids to a Music Festival

I used to be a frequent music-festival attendee. Once I got married and had kids the festivals faded from my life. Recently my four-year-old son started taking guitar lessons and I thought he might be ready to appreciate a music festival.

My willing husband, my enthusiastic four-year-old and I descended upon the Winnipeg Folk Festival in early July. We had a great time and I learned a lot about how to enjoy a music festival with kids in tow. Here are my tips for making your own kid-inclusive music festival experience a great one for everyone.

I Just Traveled With 0 Pieces of Luggage – Here’s How You Can Too

 I Just Traveled With 0 Pieces of Luggage   Heres How You Can Too

You may recall, the SCOTTEVEST made the list of my top Travel Gifts for 2011 - and with good reason. It’s a versatile travel vest that looks great but has 22 different pockets to store virtually anything you need to travel. Seriously, their vest has so many pockets you don’t need to travel with any luggage. They even have promoted their vest through a No Baggage Challenge - where travelers have literally crossed the globe with nothing but their SCOTTEVEST apparel.

Is it really possible to do this? I decided to discover for myself over my weekend trip to Philadelphia.

The Most Important Tip for a Traveling Home Owner, Seriously Read This

 The Most Important Tip for a Traveling Home Owner, Seriously Read This

Hey Adventurers,

Today’s post is wildly off-topic, but it’s something I’m very passionate about AND in some ways, it is travel-related. Bear with me, I promise. And if you don’t care about a post about home ownership, read about drinking toe cocktails instead. For everyone else who owns a home – there is help for you and your financial frustrations. As a warning, I do use some salty language today as the topic deserves it.

19 Surprises I Learned About RV Travel Crammed Into One Post

 19 Surprises I Learned About RV Travel Crammed Into One Post

6 people

1 32″ RV

11 Days

That was my Great Alaskan Adventure. We traveled from Anchorage to Denali National Park to Fairbanks to Dawson City, Canada to Girdwood and back to Anchorage (with many stops in between). Here’s everything I learned about traveling through Alaska and Canada by RV crammed into one massive RV-size post!

GENERAL TRAVEL

1. Yes, You CAN Drive an RV

 19 Surprises I Learned About RV Travel Crammed Into One Post

Travel Tip: Eat The Way You Want

 Travel Tip: Eat The Way You Want

One of my favorite sandwiches is the Monte Cristo. In fact, that one sandwich saved me from a terrible food-week in Malaysia a few years ago. What is a Monte Cristo sandwich you may be wondering? It’s typically turkey, ham and cheese deep fried, covered in powdered sugar with a side of raspberry jam. It’s delicious.

On a recent trip to Disneyland in California, I indulged in a Three Cheese Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans. In this twist on a classic, swiss, mozzarella and brie cheeses are combined instead of the traditional meats. It’s the ultimate grilled cheese!

Why Yelp! is Great For Travelers

 Why Yelp! is Great For Travelers

That my friends, was one delicious sandwich; Grilled cheese with Tomato and Bacon. I enjoyed it street-side with a glass of wine at Big Pink in Miami. And I never would have found it, had it not have been for Yelp.

What is Yelp?

Yelp is an online community that reviews restaurants, shops, attractions and other businesses in your hometown and around the world. Users (like you and I) can log on online, search for a place of interest and learn what others thought about it. It’s a bit like trip advisor, but with a much, broader focus.

Travel Tip: When Renting a Car Abroad – Buy the Extra Insurance

 Travel Tip: When Renting a Car Abroad   Buy the Extra Insurance

The Accident

I’ve had a pristine driving record (knock on wood), with few exceptions. And last week’s trip to England was one of those exceptions.

Now the damage you see in today’s post is not a result of driving on the left, lest you worry about doing that abroad. Besides, it’s really not a big deal and is much easier than you think. Instead, the accident I was involved in was really a result of my inability to negotiate the very narrow parking garages that are scattered throughout England.

Self Control when Eating Out: I Have None. Please Help Me

 Self Control when Eating Out: I Have None. Please Help Me

I have a problem. A big problem. I can’t control myself when I eat out. My food pyramid looks like this: steaks, anything with cheese, bread and butter, desserts and of course, a nice glass of red wine. If I’m fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to be traveling on business, the problem is even worse because I order everything I see (since I’m not paying for it), and end up cleaning my plate.

 Self Control when Eating Out: I Have None. Please Help Me

I over indulge, so not to waste anything. And I order everything because I want to try new foods. It’s a vicious cycle. And when I’m on a long, traveling stretch. I’m dining out 2-3 times a day, which is not healthy in the long run.

What To Expect On Your First Liveaboard Dive Trip

 What To Expect On Your First Liveaboard Dive Trip

As part of my Epic Trip to Australia I wanted to cross another item off my adventure list – SCUBA Diving in the Great Barrier Reef. I got SCUBA Certified especially for this trip, and booked a 3-day  liveaboard cruise with Pro Dive Cairns. If you’re considering doing something like this on your next trip, here’s what you can expect. As this was my first liveaboard cruise, I had no idea what it would be like, what to expect, how to prepare and how this novice diver with only 4 dives (post-training) under my belt would fare.