I love to travel, and I hope you do too! Chances are, if you’re visiting my blog, you do! I often get asked for recommendations from people on all things travel related. This page serves as a resource list of travel-related products and services I’ve either enjoyed or found useful or inspirational over the years. You can click on any of the underlined items to go to the link to learn more about each item. I hope you find it useful!
GoPro HERO4 BLACK: My GoPro goes everywhere with me. For the price, it really is a great camera that does it all. It’s waterproof, so you can take it snorkeling or scuba diving with you. It’s also great for kayaking trips, snowboarding, hiking through the mud, or any other adventurous pursuit you might have in mind. What I like about it is that there are also tons of accessories you can get for GoPro to fit your unique situation. They have attachments to mount your GoPro (such as on a surfboard or snowboard), attach it to a helmet, strap it to your chest, or just a float so you won’t lose it if you drop it while snorkeling.
eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible (Solid Black): I’ve had this backpack since 2005 and I can tell you it’s the best thing in the world. It’s a large backpack designed to be used as carry-on luggage. I use it as my sole luggage for short trips, and pair it with a roller suitcase on longer trips where I’m packing heavier. This bag has been with me on weekends to Vegas, and jaunts across the world to Europe and Australia and it has never let me down. It’s durable, roomy, and if I ever wear it out (which after 11 years of heavy use I still haven’t done), you can be sure this is the exact bag I’ll be buying again. If I sound like a walking commercial for this thing, it’s because I am. If you get one carry-on bag for your travels, make it this one.
Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones – Apple devices, Black – Wired: Noise cancelling headphones are, in my opinion, an essential travel item. How else are you going to drown out airplane noises of people coughing, babies crying, and even the hum of the airplane? These headphones are really, really good at shutting out noises, leaving you with the blissful sounds of either nothingness, or whatever it is that you’re listening to.
Vapur Outdoor Eclipse Water Bottle, 0.7-Liter, Olive: This water bottle is great for travel because when it’s not in use, it flattens out and can be packed really small in your carry-on. When you get through airport security, you can fill it up and stay hydrated during your flight (I’m a huge advocate of staying hydrated on flights). It’s also great if you’re planning on traveling somewhere that you plan to be active, such as a hiking trip, or even for a day at the beach or a theme park. Even if you’ll just be walking around the city, it’s good to have water with you. My rule of thumb is hydration, hydration, hydration, and this water bottle is great for travel.
I love to read, and travelogues are some of my favorites. If you’re looking for a good book to read, I have a few suggestions…
Anything by Bill Bryson.
Seriously, the man is one of the best travel writers out there, and always hilarious. If you haven’t read any of his books, you’re missing out. These ones are my favorites:
- In a Sunburned Country: This book is a hilarious romp that follows Bryson as he travels through Australia.
- Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe: This one is one of Bryon’s earlier books. In it, he travels around Europe with his hilarious friend. Guaranteed to give you a few laughs.
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail: They recently made a movie out of this one, but I do suggest you read the book. An older Bryson reunites with his friend from his European travel days to hike the Appalachian Trail. Hilarity ensues.
- Notes from a Small Island: This was the first book of Bryson’s that I read, and it’s still one of the best, in my opinion. A younger Bryson discovers the United Kingdom.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Everybody and their mother has read Eat, Pray, Love. However, if you’re one of the people out there in the minority who hasn’t read it yet, I highly suggest that you do. It’s the story of a woman whose life took a turn for the worse and she went off traveling around Italy, India, and Indonesia seeking to find herself. Not only was it highly enjoyable, but it was also highly inspiring to so many women out there to get out and travel and pursue their dreams in life. This one might not appeal to men as much (says my husband) but I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin.
This book was not only a great insight into the world of expat life in Paris, but it was also seriously funny. This is the story of a man who took a job at an ad agency in Paris because he had always dreamed of living in France―only it wasn’t quite the life of romance he and his wife had envisioned. This is a hilarious and refreshingly honest book about one man’s experience living in one of the most awesome cities in the world. It’s laugh out loud funny at times, but it will also leave you yearning for your own Parisian story when it’s over.