Category Archives: Travel Products & Services

FIG Clothing: Women’s Travel Clothing Review

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Finding travel clothing that is both comfortable and stylish can be difficult, and this last year I found both of these qualities in FIG Clothing. FIG Clothing is a Canadian company that specializes in clothing for active women that is appropriate for travel and outdoor activities but is at the same time also stylish, versatile, and comfortable. I was a FIG Clothing ambassador in 2016, mostly sharing photos of me wearing FIG Clothing during my travels on my social media channels. I was not asked to write a blog post as part of my ambassadorship but decided to do so as I really love their clothing as well as the brand and people behind the company. I’ll share some information about FIG Clothing, where you can find their clothing, my thoughts about the clothing I’ve worn, and lots of photos of me wearing the pieces that have traveled around the Read the Rest…

Where to Book Apartments Online: 24 Websites Like Airbnb

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Looking for websites like Airbnb? Here is our guide to booking apartments online that provides a list of over 20 websites where you can search and book apartments and vacation rentals online. Getting a great place to stay is key to a good travel experience and if you are looking beyond hotels and hostels, renting an apartment, a house, or a private room can be a great alternative. Staying at an apartment versus a hotel can be great way to save money, have more autonomy, and connect with the local people. Most of these apartment booking websites also allow you to list your own property so that you can earn money while you travel or rent out a spare room or second home. Airbnb may be the best known vacation rental website, but there are a lot of Airbnb alternatives out there, and many have been on the scene for a Read the Rest…

Travel Jewelry: Handmade Travel Themed Jewelry for Travelers

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If you love travel and jewelry you’re probably going to love this article on handmade travel jewelry. I fell in love with travel themed jewelry while searching for wedding rings last year and Laurence and I purchased custom travel themed wedding rings. I have since acquired more travel jewelry pieces and love using jewelry as a way of expressing my passion for travel. We’ve put together a list of a wide range of handmade travel jewelry items in this article for those looking for a way to express their own love for travel, searching for a gift for a special traveler, or just looking for inspiration about what types of travel themed jewelry are out there. We’ve put together a list of dozens of items that span the range of jewelry types, budgets, and fashion tastes. We’ve even included a few travel jewelry items designed for men and some products designed Read the Rest…

All your Essential Travel Photography Questions Answered by Photographer Laurence Norah

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Laurence is a professional award-winning travel photographer (and my husband!) and today he is going to answer some of those essential travel photography questions that we are often asked. If you have ever looked at other people’s photographs of a travel spot you’ve been to and wondered why their photographs were so much better that yours, this post will give you some helpful tips as well as point you to further resources if you are interested in taking your photography to the next level. This Q & A post is designed to share some of the basics on travel photography, including things like how a camera works, advice on camera gear, how to protect your gear while traveling, the essential basics of composition you should know, tips for mobile photography, best photography editing software, and even tips on how to take a better selfie! Laurence has been traveling as a Read the Rest…

A High Quality Wireless Router: Netgear Nighthawk X4 Review

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As an ambassador for Netgear, I recently was sent the Netgear Nighthawk X4 wireless router to review. It was perfect timing as Laurence and I had just moved into our new apartment in Scotland and just had the previous owners’ very basic wireless router that was not designed for multiple devices or working for home on a daily basis as we do as travel bloggers. The Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 WiFi Router is a 1.4GHz dual core processor router designed for people who want to use their wireless connections for high-speed gaming, streaming videos and music, and/or connecting multiple devices, as well as those who want to maximize their Wi-Fi signal in large homes. It is also well-designed for those who want simple access to their network storage. This high-end wireless router also comes with features such as security protection, Dynamic QoS, and USB ports. Also, the device has a Read the Rest…

Secret Sweater Shawl & Travel Blanket: A Review

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The Secret Sweater shawl and travel blanket is the newest in a line of travel-worthy fashion products by San Francisco native Katherine Noyes Arnemann. This new product doubles as both a full-sized shawl and a travel blanket but is compact enough to fold up and store in a purse or backpack. The great thing is that the travel pouch is attached within the neckline area of the sweater so it folds up into itself! The shawl helps add an extra layer of warmth while also being stylish and versatile, and works well whether you are watching a sporting event, walking around an air-conditioned art museum, watching the sunset from a beach, or having a drink at a trendy bar. I loved the original Secret Sweater cardigan and was very excited to try out this new product. I’ll share my experiences of wearing the shawl over the past couple of months Read the Rest…

Internet while Traveling: A Review of the Netgear Trek Travel Router

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Netgear sent us their Netgear Trek N300 Travel Router and Range Extender for us to try out on our travels. These days most travelers want to be able to get online regularly while traveling to check email, get directions, check hotel and restaurant reviews, upload photos, update social media, and stay in touch with those back home. It is definitely easier to stay connected as wireless Internet is now widely available in most parts of the world but there are still a number of situations when it can be tricky (or expensive) to connect. As travel bloggers, it is often even more important to be able to get online on a regular basis while traveling and it can be very frustrating when you are in a hotel with weak Wi-Fi, you are being restricted from using multiple devices on one Internet connection, or you would like more security when using an unsecured Read the Rest…

Fashionable Camera Straps from iMo

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Ethan and I just invested in our first DSLR camera this summer in preparation for our trip to Africa, and I loved having the opportunity to accessorize it with a fashionable camera strap from iMo. This Hong Kong based company sells cotton tape, neoprene, jacquard, and leather camera straps that can be used for a variety of cameras, including mirrorless cameras and DSLR cameras. The most unique aspect of the company is the large variety of available camera strap designs offered at affordable prices. Far from the boring logo-imprinted black and brown nylon straps that accompany most camera purchases, these straps are colorful, bold, fun, and unique. Interested in a new camera strap that fits your personality? Read on for our review of our iMO camera strap that was field-tested on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, in the back of a Land Cruiser traversing the rough dirt roads of the Serengeti, Read the Rest…

Dreaming of Turkey: Colorful Turkish Hammam Towels from sorbet ltd

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These colorful handwoven Turkish hammam towels from sorbet ltd have us dreaming of Turkey! Ethan and I have been thinking about visiting Turkey within the next year and we were very delighted to have the opportunity to review a set of sorbet-colored hammam towel hand-woven in rural Turkey. These towels, also called peshtemal towels, have a long and important history in Turkish social life and have been worn as clothing, used in ceremonial bathing of brides to be, and today are mainly associated with their use in traditional Turkish baths or hammams. Recently, Turkish hammam towels have also been popping up on beaches, pool lounge chairs, yachts, and in travelers’ suitcases as these towels are not only beautiful but lightweight, quick-drying, and made of natural absorbent fibers. We’ve used ours mainly as beach towels, but one of the problems we have with all beach towels is them blowing away in the Read the Rest…

Enjoy your Beach Vacation in Style with UjENA Swimwear Swimsuits

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Like many women, I have struggled to find a swimsuit that fits me well. Several years ago, I spent one entire summer going through stores’ swimwear racks trying to find a one-piece swimsuit that would fit me. I finally gave up as they were all too long for me or just didn’t fit my body properly. However, when packing for our recent trip to Southeast Asia, I wanted to have a swimsuit that would allow me to move around a bit more and would be more conservative than my bikini. So I decided to give my search for a one-piece swimsuit another try, but I started my search online this time. An online search brought me to UjENA Swimwear. UjENA offers a large array of swimwear, including custom swimsuits and an exclusive size assurance policy. The family-owned brand sells and ships swimwear internationally, but all swimwear is manufactured in the Read the Rest…

Win a Free Hotel Stay of Your Choice in the TravelPony Contest

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Want to use your travel knowledge to win a free hotel stay in the new TravelPony contest? All you have to do is guess the location in the photo and each week you’ll have the chance to win a free hotel stay of your choice valued up to $250!! In case you don’t happen to know about TravelPony, it is a new hotel booking website and you can read our prior review of TravelPony. We had a really good experience booking a hotel on TravelPony and are happy to present this contest to all our readers. Enter the TravelPony Contest to Win a Free Hotel Stay by Guessing Where in the World the TravelPony is! While The Big Travel Sites spend Billions on TV commercials and traditional advertising, TravelPony offers way better prices on hotels when you share them with your friends. Just tell one of your social networks about TravelPony.com and save Read the Rest…

indeegear: Unique Collectible Travel Accessories

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Looking for a unique travel accessory? I was really excited when I first heard about the indeegear luggage belt sleeves on Twitter, and am pleased to now have the opportunity to review these unique travel accessories. The sleeves provide an innovative and creative way to not only make your luggage stand out, but they can also serve as fun collectible souvenirs of your travels. The travel sleeves remind me of a fabulous mix between charm bracelets and those old-fashioned travel labels that are evocative of luxurious steam ship and train travel from the Golden Age of Travel. Adding these individually designed embroidered sleeves to your suitcase, camera case, laptop bag, or backpack is a great way to make a statement and express your individuality. Keep reading for our full review of indeegear luggage belt sleeves, an exclusive reader-only discount code, and even the chance to win a travel sleeve yourself! Read the Rest…

Grab N Go Band: Using your Cell Phone for Storage?

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How often do you wish that you didn’t have to take your wallet or purse with you when leaving the house? If you’re like me, this happens quite a bit as I really don’t enjoy carrying a purse, but the problem for me is that I often need to take along my cell phone, IDs, and money. Enter Grab N Go Band rubber storage bands. These colorful bands fit around your mobile phone and allow you to store things like credit cards, IDs, cash, and business cards without the need for a wallet or purse. Best of all, the bands are designed to fit so that they do not interfere with the functioning of your phone, allowing you to call, text, or surf the Internet even with the Grab N Go Band storage bands in place. Ideal for traveling, hiking, exercising, or just running errands. Interested? Read on to hear Read the Rest…

Lettr: The New Digital Way to Send Custom Postcards

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As frequent travelers, we love buying and sending postcards and we were very excited to hear about a new service called Lettr. Lettr allows you to create custom postcards online that are then mailed to anyone worldwide. While traveling, we love sending postcards from awesome locations with short notes to people back home to let them know we are thinking about them. But as much as we love the perfect photos on the front of postcards, we have wished before that postcards could be a bit more personalized. Lettr is a new online service that solves this issue by allowing you to take and use your own photo for the postcard. So instead of sending your mom a postcard of the Eiffel Tower, you can send your mom a custom postcard with you in front of the Eiffel Tower! While you customize the postcard online, a printed postcard is still Read the Rest…