Remarkably after 14 years of visiting wineries up and down the Napa Valley and beyond, I've never owned a wine refrigerator. Rather, all wine acquired for aging has been stored under my parent's house in a dark and cold stable temperature environment. I've never kept more then a few bottles on hand at any one time. When NewAir reached out promoting several of their wine refrigerators, I was simultaneously intrigued and excited. And in … [Read more...]
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Stylish, lightweight and functional, the America Shield Granite Series Backpack is an ideal day pack for both urban and rural use. While this is an attractive pack, it certainly is also versatile. We like the fact it has a separate liner inside that one can use to hold either a tablet or a laptop. Made of canvas with leather front straps both for the primary space as well as the smaller front pocket. The primary space is also easily … [Read more...]
Excited to test out my new Vasque hiking boots I headed up state to the northern reaches of California. I stopped in Redding, a town known for outdoor activities and featuring plenty of hiking trails in the surrounding hills. I headed out towards Whiskeytown Lake and then found myself in the back country hiking down several dirt footpaths. The Vasque Snowblime Ultradry™ Hiking Boots are ideal for winter use in the snow but certainly are good … [Read more...]
With a trip to Thailand planned to celebrate Songkran (the Thai New Year's festival, which thankfully involves lots of water fights during the warmest time of the year in Thailand), I grabbed a couple of lightweight clothes to wear in Thailand's notorious intense and oppressive tropical heat and humidity. One day I spotted the heat index at 115F equivalent to 46C. First up was the Craghoppers Bermera travel shirt - created with InsectShield … [Read more...]
After trying a number of roll-aboards and or carry on pieces of luggage over the years - I always gravitate back to the Eagle Creek carry on products. The several non Eagle Creek carry on's I've tried previously - either have an issue with the center of gravity, are only two wheels or fall apart after relatively light use. I've had good luck with the Eagle Creek carry ons for several reasons: 1. Durability, 2. Lightweight and 3. four wheels … [Read more...]
Travel + Phone = $$$ That’s an accurate way to think of HireMyCamera.com! What is HireMyCamera about? Think of it this way: If eBay met YouTube and had a baby, that cuddly creation would be HireMyCamera! This brand new website is a unique platform that lets people bid, buy, and sell videos – which means that it’s a great tool for travelers to make some convenient money. Do you have a passion for travel? Does your passion need … [Read more...]
Rashid Fehmi, the CEO of Minnesota based Travel Health and Wellness LLC recently contacted me to review a traveler's health app that he has been an integral part of creating. 'My Travel Health' is available via the Apple Store. Once the app is downloaded and installed you choose from seven primary informational based categories - organized by the major continents and regions of the world. Theme travel is one of the categories and provides … [Read more...]
I was recently contacted by The TUNG Brush™ to test out their innovative and very useful product. This special brush is meant to be used in conjunction with every time you brush your teeth - to neutralize bad breath. Comes with TUNG Gel - in a tube that is airplane friendly (3 oz) so you don't have to worry about losing it in your carry on luggage. Why clean your tongue? Well, apparently this is where most of the bad breath bacteria in your … [Read more...]
This compact interactive card game recently came across our desk - the directions as listed on the outside of the box seemed simple enough "Predict your opponent's answer and the reason why". It comes with a cool tagline to: "An Absurdly Provocative Game For Thinking People". And always looking for a much needed social activity in a world dominated by screens these days I was immediately intrigued. Three versions of this game can be chosen … [Read more...]
I have been packed for years, at times for an almost perpetual state of motion. This has been especially true in the last 6 months with trips stacked up one after each other. Both my suitcase and backpack remain ready to 'rock and roll' - each one is always in some state of being packed and I can quickly grab either one depending on the type and length of trip. This travel state of limbo has worked well to date, granted nothing is very well … [Read more...]