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Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Travel and Leisure, Travel Tips | 0 comments

Summer Road Trip Tips & Tricks

Summer Road Trip Tips & Tricks

Hitting the road during summer time has become a favorite bonding activity of many. Be it a weekend on-the-road vacation or a short trip down the coast, here are 6 things you should do before starting up that engine.

SUMMER

Tune-up your car.

Florida

Probably the most important (thus first off in our list) thing you should do before embarking on that summer road trip is to have your car checked. From oil changes to ensuring that tire air pressure’s just right, you’ll definitely do your car and your road trip right by giving your vehicle a quick check.

Hawaii

Check the tolls.

Road Trip USA Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways

Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways

Most people think road trips are budget-friendly vacation options, until they deal with toll fees. If you’re on a budget, plot your road trip ahead of time and skip the tolls.

Indiana Tollroad 2012

Indiana Tollroad 2012

It won’t only get you off the highway, it’ll also give you an instant visual treat… mountains and trees, anyone?

If you need to lodge, look for deals ahead of the road trip.

South Carolina

Checking in for the night can be costly, especially if you haven’t done your research ahead of time. Call up inns and hotels way before the trip to book a night. If you’re lucky, they just might give you a discount for booking early!

Arizona

There are also lots of hotel deals online, like those on Endless Vacation Rentals.

But if you want your road trip to be more spontaneous, you can always skip the early booking… just be ready for that extra cost.

Travel light.

Po Campo Midway Weekender

Po Campo Midway Weekender

Packing too much clothes and non-essentials into your bag won’t make your road trip pleasant, believe us! Aside from it’ll cramp up space, it’ll also burn more fuel, which means you’ll have to gas up more often.

summer getaway

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So bring all your summer essentials but leave the others behind. Besides, traveling light gives you extra space for travel gadgets and…

Don’t forget the snacks and the drinks!

Hibiscus & Grapefruit Soda Syrups

Hibiscus & Grapefruit Soda Syrups

Cheddar Cheese Crisps

Cheddar Cheese Crisps

It’s good to keep a few healthy snacks and some drinks available. You’ll never know when you’ll go hungry, or bored. Drinks will also keep you hydrated and if cool, can beat the heat this summer time.

Load up on your favorite tunes and bring a few good titles, too!

Apple iPod nano

Apple iPod nano

Nothing beats music when it comes to setting the mood right on a summer road trip. Before you go, make sure you have all your favorite songs loaded!

The Summer Book

The Summer Book

Those who aren’t driving can also bring a good book or two. Check out breezy summer reads here.

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Travel and Leisure, Luggage | 0 comments

Summer Weekend Bags Under $150

Summer Weekend Bags Under $150

Spending the weekend somewhere sunny? Check out these durable and trendy weekend bags that are all just under $150. Click on the photos to shop great finds!

LeSportsac Weekender - Large

LeSportsac Weekender – Large

Wherever you go, go boldly! LeSportsac’s well-traveled nylon weekender gets a vibrant update in a punchy graffiti print.

TOMS Weekender - Traveler Indigo Ikat Duffle

TOMS Weekender – Traveler Indigo Ikat Duffle

The season’s must-have tribal prints top this TOMS weekender for breezy, bohemian vacation style. An optional crossbody strap and extra inner and outer pockets make it the perfect pick for travel.

Sakroots 'Artist Circle' Rolling Carry-On Duffel Bag

Sakroots ‘Artist Circle’ Rolling Carry-On Duffel Bag

Big enough to fit it all in but compact enough to store in an overhead compartment, this handy rolling duffel goes the distance with durable coated-canvas construction, multiple carrying options and a whimsical, color-forward print.

LeSportsac Large Weekender in Black Shine

LeSportsac Large Weekender in Black Shine

We love this sleek weekender bag in dazzling nylon from LeSportsac!

Topshop Large Leather Sports Bag

Topshop Large Leather Sports Bag

Lightly distressed leather shapes a sports bag ideal for a long trip, a quick getaway or a trek to the gym. End compartments provide additional organization.

TOMS Weekender - Departure Duffle

TOMS Weekender – Departure Duffle

Bright stripes and tribal prints inspire a sense of wanderlust on this spacious TOMS weekender in woven cotton canvas and leather trim.

Longchamp Le Pliage Travel Bag

Longchamp Le Pliage Travel Bag

With durable leather trim and a fold-up body, Longchamp’s top handle tote is a jaunt-setters necessity. Whether tarmac or terminal, carry it for an easy-chic takeoff.

Herschel Supply Co. 'Sutton Mid' Duffel Bag

Herschel Supply Co. ‘Sutton Mid’ Duffel Bag

Durable canvas construction adds to the utilitarian appeal of a perfectly sized duffel bag that serves as an ideal gym or travel companion.

LeSportsac Weekender - Abbey Carry On

LeSportsac Weekender – Abbey Carry On

Sized like a large purse, this super lightweight weekender carries the essentials and just a bit extra in shiny polyvinyl coating.

Sole Society 'Cassidy' Duffel Bag

Sole Society ‘Cassidy’ Duffel Bag

A faux-leather duffel is sized just right for weekends on the go. Adjust the optional strap for a comfortable fit, label the luggage tag, and you’re ready for planes, trains and automobiles.

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Travel and Leisure, Travel Accessories | 0 comments

Travel Gadgets That Are Just Brilliant

Travel Gadgets That Are Just Brilliant

These 10 gadgets bring summer travels to a whole new level. From dining anywhere to speaking in 17 languages, we’ve got you covered! Click on the photos to shop.

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Franklin Electronic Linguist 17-Language Speaking Global Translator

Franklin Electronic Linguist 17-Language Speaking Global Translator

Access translations for 17 languages with the Franklin Linguist EST-7117 speaking translator that features more than 3,000 phrases and 20,000 headwords per language.

RAVPower Luster Mini 3000mAh Portable Charger

RAVPower Luster Mini 3000mAh Portable Charger

This lipstick-shaped and lightweight (2.57 oz) gadget is a powerbank and flashlight in one. It adds more than a full charge or 9 hours of additional talk time to iPhones and other mobile devices. It also has a 3-mode flashlight function.

Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

The eTrex 10 makes a great choice in handheld navigation for the budget savvy outdoor enthusiast. This eTrex model is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, a 2.2-inch monochrome display, and a worldwide basemap making it easier than ever to see where you are and where you have been.

Columbia River Knife And Tool's Eat N Tool

Columbia River Knife & Tool’s Eat N Tool

At first glance it looks like the familiar spoon/fork “spork” combination, but it is actually a high-tech outdoor tool. In addition to an ergonomic spoon and a short-tuned fork, there’s a handy bottle opener on one side. The right side of the handle is ground to provide an emergency screwdriver blade, which will also work as a pry for opening canisters. The large central hole is not only designed for finger gripping, but also keeps the Eat’N Tool weight down. Three metric wrench reliefs are useful for emergency repairs. For easy snap-on carry on D-rings or loops on clothing and packs, there is a non-weight-bearing) carry carabiner.

Belkin 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector

Belkin 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector

Featuring three protected AC outlets, two protected, powered USB outlets, and a unique rotating plug design that lets you work in tight spaces, this compact surge protector lets you plug in and charge all your essential devices wherever you are.

Petcube - Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera

Petcube – Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera

Now you and your pet will always be together — virtually! Watch, talk and play laser games with your pet through Petcube mobile application anytime, anywhere!

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Secure

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Secure

This high performance data storage device not only offers a storage capacity of up to 32 GB for your important files and presentations, but also provides secure data encryption technology – with files accessible via password or your fingerprint. It also has integrated Bluetooth® remote control for your PC/Notebook and a laser pointer. Even with all these extra tools, you won’t have to go without the indispensable pocket knife functions from Victorinox, such as a blade, nail file with screwdriver, scissors and key ring.

Telespial TrackStick - GPS Tracking Logger

Telespial TrackStick – GPS Tracking Logger

With amazing accuracy, this GPS vehicle tracker produces comprehensive reports on all travel activity. Track Stick II can track a vehicle, tells how long the vehicle remained at any given destination, and notes the speed of the vehicle and provide details of suspicious vehicle activities.

Not Just A Gadget Silicone Outdoor Collapsible Travel Drinking Mug

Not Just A Gadget Silicone Outdoor Collapsible Travel Drinking Mug

This mug is collapsible, making it perfect for travelling, camping and hiking. The cup comes with a pill box that enables user to keep pills on-the-go.

10-in-1 Multi-function Survival Wallet Tool

10-in-1 Multi-function Survival Wallet Tool

This tool comes with a saw, knife, can opener, bottle cap opener, 40mm ruler, knife edge, flat screwdriver, nut-bolt wrench, butterfly wrench, direction ancillary indication, 2-position wrench, and a key-ring hole.

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Travel and Leisure, Travel Books | 0 comments

10 Books for a Relaxing Summer Getaway

10 Books for a Relaxing Summer Getaway

Every beach bag needs a good book! So if you’re still on the hunt for easy summer reads, we’re giving you 10 titles you should definitely check out. Click on the photos to shop the books!

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1. “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub

The Vacationers

Enjoy a heartwarming tale about the often-ignored yet unbreakable bonds we have with our relatives as Staub takes you to Mallorca, where the Post family is about to rediscover what family truly is.

2. “Paper Towns” by John Greene

Paper Towns

What do you do when someone you’ve always “loved from afar” is finally within reach… except she magically vanished in the morning? Will Quentin Jacobsen finally find Margo Roth Spiegelman?

3. “Beach Town” by Mary Kay Andrews

Beach Town

A movie location scout and a town mayor clash over the perfect beach getaway destination, Cypress Key. But clashing isn’t the only thing happening between the two as they are clearly overly attracted with each other too.

4. “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun

It’s the 1920s in Kenya and a woman aviator named Beryl Markham is caught up in a love triangle – who will she love?

5. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. But a new case is about to plunge him into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

6. “In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Flashbacking to 35 years ago, Ammerman is about to tell the world a very compelling story – her very own.

7. “Funny Girl” by Nick Hornby

Funny Girl

Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters.

8. “Villa America” by Liza Klaussmann

Villa America

When Sara Wiborg and Gerald Murphy met and married, they set forth to create a beautiful world together-one that they couldn’t find within the confines of society life in New York City, including flamboyant beach parties, fiery debates over the newest ideas, and dinners beneath the stars. Suddenly a handsome man enters the scene and the life in which everything has been considered and exquisitely planned becomes volatile, its safeties breached, the stakes incalculably high.

9. “We Never Asked for Wings” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

We Never Asked for Wings

For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now fifteen, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. One wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for and her family’s fragile hopes for the future… will she make it?

10. “A Window Opens” by Elisabeth Egan

A Window Opens

Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up and her work takes an unexpected turn. Readers will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she―Alice Pearse―really want?

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Travel and Leisure, Travel Tips | 0 comments

What to Pack for a Summer Getaway

What to Pack for a Summer Getaway

Packing for a summer trip can be a bit challenging, that’s why we’re here to help! Find 10 things you should pack for a summer getaway, featuring items from our partners. Click on the photos to shop!

summer getaway

Double-Duty Clothes

Cramming too many clothes in your suitcase is the last thing you’d want to do. Aside from the obvious heavy weight you’ll have to lug around and take with you wherever you go, you’ll also be at risk for excess baggage – meaning goodbye to buying a souvenir or two.

Belted Shirtdress

Glamorous Belted Shirtdress

The secret? Double-duty clothes! Think dresses that you can wear up or down and cover-ups that transform into maxi dresses… that’s 2 outfits from 1 piece of clothing!

Maaji 'Honey Pot' Cover-Up Maxi Dress

Maaji ‘Honey Pot’ Cover-Up Maxi Dress

Swimwear

Beach Riot 'Daphine' Ruffled Plunge Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit

Beach Riot ‘Daphine’ Ruffled Plunge Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit

Pack one or two of this summer staple, and make sure they’re your favorite! It would help to bring different types of swimwear, say a two-piece swimsuit and a rash guard set, just to be safe.

Mara Hoffman Reversible Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit

Mara Hoffman Reversible Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit

Outerwear

Stem Drape Collar Jacket

Stem Drape Collar Jacket

Surprising but a light jacket or a cardigan can come in handy when you travel. From bonfires to airport-to-airport travel, we know you’ll thank us later for the tip!

Free People 'Doiley' Zip Front Cardigan

Free People ‘Doiley’ Zip Front Cardigan

Comfy Yet Stylish Shoes

kate spade new york 'alex' fringe flat sandal

Kate Spade New York ‘Alex’ Fringe Flat Sandal

A good pair of shoes takes you to good places… so make sure to bring your favorite footwear! Since you’ll be walking most of the time, it’s good to pick ones that are comfortable but stylish at the same time.

Jessica Simpson 'Rosina' Sandal

Jessica Simpson ‘Rosina’ Sandal

Sunscreen

Clinique Sun SPF 50 Face Cream

Clinique Sun SPF 50 Face Cream

Keep your skin protected with a good sunscreen. Pick the right sunscreen by keeping in mind the activities you’ll do all throughout your summer get-away. For example, waterproof sunscreen will work best if you intend to go swimming for hours.

Shiseido Ultimate WetForce Sun Set

Shiseido Ultimate WetForce Sun Set

Sun Protection Accessories

BP. Rope Trim Floppy Felt Hat

BP. Rope Trim Floppy Felt Hat

If you have to bring accessories, pick ones that are not only fashionable, but are also functional.

Ray-Ban 'Classic Wayfarer' Sunglasses

Ray-Ban ‘Classic Wayfarer’ Sunglasses

Toiletries

Bliss Lemon + Sage Sinkside Six Pack Travel Set

Bliss Lemon + Sage Sinkside Six Pack Travel Set

You’ll be amazed at what your favorite soap and shampoo can do to revitalize you after having some fun in the sun. It’ll save you the stress of complimentary hotel toiletries, too!

Jack Black First Class Five Travel Set

Jack Black First Class Five Travel Set

Sun-Friendly Makeup with SPF

Juice Beauty Summer Beauty Makeup Age-Defying Color

Juice Beauty Summer Beauty

Go for the good stuff when it comes to picking summer make-up. Hydrating and moisturizing cosmetics with SPF will help you achieve that healthy summer glow.

Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizers

Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizers

First Aid Kit

Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Save Travels First Aid Kit

Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Safe Travels First Aid Kit

You can never be too prepared for an emergency. Travel safer with mini first aid kits!

Coleman All Purpose First Aid Tin

Coleman All Purpose First Aid Tin

Camera

GoPro HERO4 SILVER

GoPro HERO4 Silver

You wouldn’t want to leave all those summer memories behind, right? If you plan on taking a break from cyberlife aka your phone, a good camera will make for a new best friend.

Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Kit

Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Kit

A Good Book or Two

Kindle Voyage

Kindle Voyage

The Rumor A Novel

The Rumor: A Novel

Because we know being idle doesn’t have to be boring, breeze through your favorite titles during downtimes. Want something new? Check out Amazon’s summer reads by clicking here.

Just a disclaimer –  We have partnered with these companies because we use their products and/or proudly trust and endorse them – so we do receive a commission if you make a purchase or sign up for services. Often, we are able to negotiate special discounts and/or bonuses, which we will pass on to you via our links. We often get short notice on sale items available for 24-48 hours, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest as we will pass these savings onto you.

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Travel and Leisure, Cruises Trains and Planes | 0 comments

Cruise the Caribbean for Free With Little Passports!

Cruise the Caribbean for Free With Little Passports!

Embark on a summer cruise for the cost of absolutely nothing with Little Passports’ “Caribbean Sail Away Sweepstakes”!

Amazing water villa in beautiful beach in Maldives

Little Passports is giving away a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Princess Cruises line, complete with airfare vouchers and merchandise worth $500 from the Discovery Store.

sea shells and perls on the beach

The grand winner gets:

(1) 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise, with a quadruple occupancy balcony stateroom

(1) $750 Airfare Voucher

(1) $500 DiscoveryStore.com prize package

(1) Little Passports 12-Month World Edition Subscription

Little Passports is also giving away $50 Discovery Store gift cards to runners up.

How to Enter?

Good news! No purchase is necessary to enter Little Passports’ “Caribbean Sail Away Sweepstakes.” Simply head to the free cruise giveaway page on Little Passports and submit the required details.

Man swimming in a tropical lagoon in front of exotic island

Any U.S. resident (legal resident of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia) who is at least 21 years old, is qualified to enter the contest.

Young woman in white clothes walking on a pier on Maldives

The “Caribbean Sail Away Sweepstakes” runs from June 1 to June 30, 2015. Deadline for submission of entries is June 30, 2015 11:00 pm (US/Pacific).

ENTER THE CARIBBEAN SAIL AWAY SWEEPSTAKES

About Little Passports

Little Passports aims to offer a new type of learning for kids. Founded by two moms, the company offers parents an inspiring and fun way for kids to learn about other countries and the 50 states by tapping on their imagination.

Learning the Little Passports way is as easy as 3 steps:

Little Passports

1. Choosing an adventure – Select from Little Passports’ 3 adventure packages: Early Explorers for ages 3 to 5, World Edition fitting 6 to 10-year-old kids and USA Edition for ages 7 to 12.

2. Waiting for the introductory kit to arrive

3. Discovering and learning in an exciting and new kind of way

Visit the Little Passports website and embark on a one-of-a-kind learning adventure today!

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