Best binoculars for travel (and home!)

I'm a birder and a nature enthusiast and thus never travel without binoculars. Unfortunately I also enjoy photography and dislike checking luggage. So I'm left with the dilemma of what to bring - gear or clothing? I began birding with a pair of binos from my mother, ca. 1940. They were a bit scratched and … Continue reading Best binoculars for travel (and home!)

Packing for Safari in a Carry-On

… lessons learned Five years ago we traveled on what we expected to be THE once-in-a-lifetime trip – an African Safari! But safaris are addictive, and with retirement and a big birthday to celebrate we decided to splurge on a second trip. We contacted Rhino Africa again [see review: Rhino Africa - our Choice for … Continue reading Packing for Safari in a Carry-On

Gear and Gadgets – Safari packing

A safari adventure presents the ultimate packing challenge. A trip to Africa is a big investment in time and money. Long overseas flights, short flights on bush planes, and no convenience stores in the bush. All clothing, gear, and essentials must fit into what's basically a carry-on bag. And as a wildlife safari is a … Continue reading Gear and Gadgets – Safari packing

Egypt and Jordan: What to Pack

Traveling to Egypt or Jordan is a dream for many. Seeing the pyramids - the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing. Cruising the Nile. Exploring the incredible, multicultural city of Cairo. There's so much culture and history to absorb! Then, if you're really lucky, you visit Kingdom of Jordan where you walk in … Continue reading Egypt and Jordan: What to Pack

Capsule Wardrobe for the ‘Mature’ Woman Traveler

Instagram and Pinterest are filled with beautiful travel pictures - gorgeous young women in flowing gowns that coordinate with the scenery. We all want to look like these women, but the reality of travel, for us ..um, more mature women, is not as glamorous as these images portray. Travel involves a lot of walking... and … Continue reading Capsule Wardrobe for the ‘Mature’ Woman Traveler

Essentials for Surviving a Long Flight in Coach

A long flight is at once boring and exhausting. A First or Business Class seat allows you to stretch out, eat good food and generally use the time as a spa day. And you get a pretty little bag full of goodies - everything from breath mints to shoe polish! Unfortunately most of us walk … Continue reading Essentials for Surviving a Long Flight in Coach

Osprey Trailkit, designed for cyclists

We purchased the Osprey Trailkit for an overseas cycling trip. Osprey has a great reputation for making quality bags for adventures so we were excited to see a duffel designed with the cyclist in mind. The Trailkit is a 40 liter duffel/backpack weighing 1.93 lbs and easily fits most carry-on size restrictions. (bag is 22 … Continue reading Osprey Trailkit, designed for cyclists