Many years ago, I attended the Cranberry Festival in Bala; I had been on the hunt for a beautiful cribbage board for the cottage at the time. Touchdown! But the joy of discovery did not end there. This darling corner stall boasted many beautifully hand-made wooden board games and so began the Dice Poker competition which ended most Saturday night family dinner events…and often was played into the wee hours of the morning.Explore
Good quality sleep is the healthiest and hippest way to dream big. But is it possible to sleep well on an airplane? Airports are filled with people walking around with pillows draped around their necks. For some, hauling their favourite bed pillow along for the trip is the only way. Look for something that would be really supportive. The best pillows keep your head elevated and in alignment with your spine.Explore
I often stay in hotel rooms on my own and feeling safe and secure = a good night’s sleep. Short of jamming a chair under the doorknob, this door-stop alarm does the trick securing any hinged doors.
I must admit to having a variety of toiletry bags for different types of travel, but this hanging toiletry bag with multiple compartments is my ‘go to’ favourite. Occasionally, when traveling, I have to share a bathroom with someone, and this travel bag which hangs on a hook forces me to be a tidy traveler (only when sharing).Explore
Last spring, I fell in love with Cape Breton and all available bugs in the area fell in love with me. An evening at Fort Louisburg had me covered in black fly bites, and I mean everywhere. The next day, after touring the Gaelic College, I visited the gift shop. I always visit gift shops…it’s a weakness of mine. I came across a jar of locally made, natural bug bite remedy that immediately eased the itching. Mosquitos seem to be drawn to me, especially the days I eat bananas, and this salve takes the itchiness away.Explore
When I look for a new suitcase, I thought my needs were simple until I was introduced to “The Barracuda.”
The carry-on suitcase is similar to a friend that cannot do enough to help you, who goes out of his or her way to deliver before you even ask. The suitcase acts as your own personal concierge anticipating your every need.Explore
I never travel without at least one hat. We are a Tilley hat family. Sun protection is essential. A good sun hat has a special lining in the top of it to protect the top of your head and a high SPF factor. Tilley sun hats also look quite stylish, and are hard working. I am the owner of two: one is a natty Raffia large-brimmed one with a wide black ribbon; and, the other is a cream hemp large-brimmed one with wide black band. Explore
I used to take my own food on the plane because I didn’t like anything they offered and refused to pay for snacks when I had already paid so much for my ticket. Now gluten-free and lactose-free, it is out of necessity, but still so much more enjoyable and much healthier.’ When you carry your own, it’s easier to bypass the temptation of fast food at airports.
Many seasoned travelers can share a story about the time they were stuck on a plane for hours with limited water and no snacks. If you travel enough, its best to go prepared in every way.
My Mocreo universal travel adapter travel adapter was a daily essential on a recent trip through the Northwest Passage. My camera needed a charge every night to be ready for the hundreds of photos I was taking, my laptop had to be at the ready for the myriad of notes I typed; and, most importantly, my travel kettle allowed my morning cup of tea in the cabin. Adapters are simple, but they need to be reliable and it’s vital that they “adapt” to the required voltage no matter what, no matter where.
As a tea lover, I dislike making tea using in-room coffee makers. It’s essential for my sanity and those around me that I am able to make tea before I face the public. My favourite travel companion is this tiny little kettle that sets me up for the day, any day, no matter where I am. Explore