Category: Miscellaneous

Indispensable Travel Gadgets – Wet Wipes

When traveling, it’s a good idea to keep a supply of wet wipes on hand. Parents who travel with babies or toddlers already know this. Those with older kids may remember it but have since forgotten or think it’s no longer necessary. When needing to clean sticky hands, a dirty...

Indispensable Travel Gadgets – Document Holder

Whether you travel domestically or internationally, you are going to have documents. Plane tickets, hotel reservations, rental car confirmation, tour itineraries, maps, important numbers… Some of that will be on your smartphone but much of it will be on paper. As you travel, you will accumulate more such papers. One...

Bursting the South African Stereotype

Those who have never been to any part of Africa, probably have some fairly stereotypical ideas of what it’s like. I know I did. Shaped by media, I foolishly expected that the entire continent was a vast savanna sprinkled with exotic wildlife. Where there was civilization, it was in the...

Preparing to Expatriate

I’ve long since accepted that most of my friends and family think I’m insane. My friends and family have long since accepted that I might very well be slightly off my rocker. The first time I ventured more than 50 miles beyond US borders was in January 2014. I didn’t...

How to Rent the Right Camera Lens for your Trip

  If you’re going on a trip that’s special enough to make you think about renting camera gear (our incredible African Safari comes to mind), chances are that you’re thinking of getting one of those monster telephoto lenses like the ones you see on the sidelines at professional sports games....

Mayan sites that are accessible to all

Touring the ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is one of those things that seems to make it onto everyone’s bucket list. Roaming the grounds at one of these sites, you may notice a lot of ramps next to or in place of steps. Or you may not notice...

The Two Activities Rule

“It has too many notes.” -Amadeus (1984) I tend to plan fairly active vacations. Reading my itineraries, some people have commented that they’ll need a vacation after doing all that! Take my planned upcoming Africa trip as an example. Sightseeing tour of Istanbul, Turkey including the famous Blue Mosque Mingling...

Indispensable Travel Gadgets – Brightly Colored Fabric

You might never have thought of a piece or two of brightly colored fabric as being an indispensable travel gadget. At least not until today. During the course of a multi-day trip, especially if you have multiple destinations and must pack and re-pack more than once, you need a way...