TomTom has long been known for their ridiculously simple (and awesome) GPS devices. Once I finally ditched my printed Mapquest driving directions back in the dark days of the 1990s [shudder], my first foray into “high-tech” mapping was a TomTom GPS. So, I’ve always been fond of them. It’s no […]

TomTom Spark 3: A Next-level Fitness Tracker for Adventurous Travelers


Everyone knows we’re huge car camping fans. But, sometimes packing and planning a car camping trip can become too much about the logistics and essentials. So much that it’s easy to forget about the fun stuff. The entry-level Luminoodle Light Rope is intended to be functional because, well, light is […]

Baby, Baby, Baby, Light My Way: Car Camping With the ...


All of Egypt in just one week? It seemed like an ambitious plan — maybe too ambitious. But, that’s essentially what Lady Egypt Tours promised us on our recent luxury tour of Egypt. While our idea of vagabonding doesn’t usually involve organized tours, we knew that Egypt could prove difficult […]

Best of Egypt: How to Explore 5,000 Years of Egyptian ...




I spend half my life in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. So, I’m somewhat of an expert on how to eat and drink in questionable places without getting sick. In particular, I’ve learned the best ways to purify water while traveling. If you’re heading anywhere with questionable tap water, […]

Best Ways to Purify Water While Traveling: Filters, Purifiers, and ...




Bus and train trips, flights, delays in airports and train stations, hostels without TV or much light; the list of situations where a traveler has time to kill is long. That’s right — travel is not always exciting. There will be dull downtimes, and you may not always be able […]

5 Travel Games for the Road, the Flight, and Beyond


Subscription box services are all the rage right now. There are boxes for cosmetics, cooking, craft beer, doomsday preppers. I admit that I’ve been intrigued by all of them. But, the most practical for my purposes — the one that really caught my eye — was Cairn (as this seems […]

Cairn Subscription Box: Like a Monthly Surprise Basket of Killer ...


I overnight in up to 20 different hotel rooms each month. So I’ve become something of an expert in “hotel stay-ology”. (That’s a real degree. University of Phoenix confirmed it.) According to a prominent study that I just made up for this post, we know travelers (want to) spend up […]

Can’t Sleep in Hotel Rooms? Here’s How to Turn Yours ...



I hear the word “disruptive” bandied about these days in reference to new (or supposedly new) gadgets and gear that manufacturers think will somehow revolutionize whatever industry they happen to be in. A lot of these PR pitches find their way into my inbox … and subsequently into my ever-expanding […]

Hylete 6-in-1 Backpack Is a Jack-of-all-trades … and Master of ...