Abundant Travel Tips: Vaccines and Tulum, Mexico

Abundant Travel Tips: Vaccines and Tulum, Mexico

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Travel is looking up!

I’m excited to see positive energy building up around travel as more and more people are vaccinated; there’s an excitement and vibration that I haven’t seen in a year.  I am chomping at the bit to use my passport, taste exotic foods, and explore another culture.  Who’s with me?

This week, it’s spring break across the USA, and it will be interesting to see if there’s a spike in COVID in the following weeks.  Fingers crossed that cases don’t spike, and that we keep the positive travel momentum.

For me, this week is all about my real estate work, but last week I was swooshing down the mountain in Park City, Utah.  It was a last minute solo trip that I booked, and although I’m not a fan of skiing alone, I had a great time zooming up and down the mountain by myself.  The snow was great, the weather was very warm, and I was lucky enough to meet someone new every day.  It’s so easy to strike up a conversation with a stranger on a chair lift or ‘sitting socially distanced’ at a bar, and I find ski resorts are one of the best places to meet new people.    It felt good to get out there on my own, and start to work those solo travel muscles again.  Why have I never skied solo before????  

Here are a few of my  favorites from last week in Park City.  My favorite meal was at The Blind Dog; their baked tempura shrimp were gluten free and to die for! 

If you’re looking for an ‘inexpensive’ place to stay close to the lifts, I suggest this little airbnb.  Not fancy, but was a good fit for my last minute needs.  Or, try this Marriott listing.  I like skiing out of the Park City Mountain Resort area, so both of these options are in that area.   You can also stay near Main Street where the nightlife, majority of shopping and restaurants are.  My favorite bars?  No Name Saloon  and High West Distillery.  Both places have delicious burgers!  Other restaurants I suggest are Chimayo for Saanta Fe style faire, 501 Main for casual food, 710 Bodega for tapas and 350 Main for fine dining.  There’s a ton of shopping on Main street, from T-shirt shops to fine art galleries, but I love the Cole Sports and Jans Sport at the corner of Park Ave & Deer Valley Dr.

So, there’s a ton of new snow in Colorado and Utah, so go ahead, book that last minute solo ski trip.  You’ll love it!

Vaccine Passport

Have you been vaccinated yet?  Do you plan on getting the vaccine?  As the world begins to open back up, universal vaccine passports are being discussed by airlines, governments and the travel industry as a whole.  Check out some of the latest articles below.

Vaccine Passports
Will the US Be Ready for Summer Travel?
France’s Digital Passport

What to know before you go to Tulum

This winter, I spent a week in Tulum lounging on the beach, trying new restaurants (high end and budget friendly) and wandering the streets of the town.  Tulum can be confusing as there are 2 district areas, the puebla (town) and the beach.  Hotel pricing varies a lot, and there are so many choices for restaurants and shopping.  Where do you start when booking your first trip?  This video shares tips, tricks and ideas for planning your first trip to Tulum.  Enjoy, and let me know your favorites.

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Abundant Travel Tips: Travel Inspiration

Abundant Travel Tips: Travel Inspiration

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So Inspired by YOU!

Each week when I sit down to write the Tuesday Travels email, I think about the questions I received from you through YouTube comments, Facebook or Instagram DMs.  Your messages inspire me to continue this journey, so please continue to comment, ask questions and share this content!  This week, it’s all about Inspiration, from a 90 year old solo traveler, to creating a travel vision board, to some of the best travel books…This is going to crank up your wanderlust.  This week’s video is all about Portland, Maine and the top 10 things to do.  

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Inspiration: 90yr old traveling the world solo

Are you ready to be inspired?  Check out this article about a 90yr old women traveling the world SOLO!  The article says that she started traveling at age 83 when she received her pension.  Looks like she called her favorite travel agent, and bought 2 round-the-world trips.  Yep, that’s gonna be me, 90 and riding a camel or eating strange foods in Vietnam.  Who’s with me?

Inspiration: Travel Vision Board

By now, you’ve likely heard of vision boards.  From the book The Secret, to Tony Robbins, the world of personal development is showing you how to manifest your dreams by putting images on a cork board. I love my vision board, and I especially love adding beautiful photos of exotic locations. Last year, I had a whale shark and Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre on my board, and I accomplished both! I swam with Whale Sharks in Isla Mujeres, and lounged in Cinque Terre. I recommend taking an hour or two, and printing images from google of all the places your’d love to see. Trim the edges, turn the photos into hearts, write on them with markers as if you were 5 years old, and play while you pin them to a cork board. Make it fun! Your brain wants to lead you to pleasure, and creating a wanderlust vision board will inspire you to pack your bags and buy that plane ticket. You’ve got to keep your wanderlust goals top of mind; you have the right to to travel the world and live the life of your dreams!

Travel Vision Board, Abundant Traveler

Inspiration: Inspiring Travel Books

Are you an avid reader? Do you have an hour commute every day when you can listen to books on tape? If you want to be inspired to travel, below are a few great books to keep wanderlust top of mind.

  1. For inspiring your travel vision board, buy 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.  It’s an incredible book with thousands of adventures all over the world.  I’ve had this book for years, and reference it regularly. 
  2. For the ladies in the tribe, Under The Tuscan Sun AND 
  3. Eat, Pray, Love are always winners; it’s all about food and romance for us.
  4. Gentlemen, I suggest Vagabonding OR 
  5. In a Sunburned Country; these are a bit more scrappy and manly. 

Again, if you really want to travel,  you have to make it a priority and keep it top of mind.

All in all, being able to afford to travel is just a mind shift.  It’s a big world out there, and yes, you can afford to go on that incredible adventure.

 

This week’s YouTube video: Top things to do in Portland, Maine

This weeks video shares my weekend adventures in Portland, Maine….The other Portland :).  If you’re a foodie, you definitely have to put Portland, Maine on your bucket list.

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Holiday Gifts for Men Over $20

Holiday Gifts for Men Over $20

Do you have a traveler in your life that is hard to shop for? Or maybe you are a traveler yourself and looking for some ideas of gifts to ask for? I’ve rounded up the best travel gifts for men that are over $20, and offer great quality and value.  

From items to make you more comfortable on a flight to things that will make your trip easier, I have them all covered as perfect options for gifts for your dad, brother, husband, uncle, or best male friend. Read on for my top 20 gift recommendations! 

Click to watch my Top Men's Travel Gifts Over $20 Youtube video!

Fashion and function meet! This cable organizer has 7 elastic loops to organize cords, small mesh pockets for USBs or adapters, 2 zippered pickets and a spot for your passport. The ultimate in travel organization for the guy in your life. 

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Have a man who likes to stay well manicured, even on the go? Add this travel beard grooming kit to your list! This kit includes beard wash, oil, boar bristle brush, and wood comb. The quality of the beard products make this a great travel gift for men. 

Check it out here

This is a beautiful and high quality lined journal for men. Once all of the pages have been used, they are refillable which makes it the gift that can be used for years! 

Available to purchase here

What man doesn’t need a nice dual purpose wallet? TUMI makes great travel supplies, and this wallet is no exception. With RFID blocking, space for a passport, and made from ballistic nylon and leather trim, it should make it to the top of your list of travel gifts for men. 

Buy it here

YETI’s products are known for quality and durability. This rambler is the perfect size for travel. It keeps water cold, coffee hot, and even holds an entire bottle of wine! Add this Rambler to your travel gift list for just about anyone. 

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Everyone should have a Swiss army knife! Victorinox’s multi-tool version is neat because it offers a few extras like a wine opener, toothpick, and screwdriver. Make sure this one is packed in your man’s checked luggage! 

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A lightweight, wind proof, and water proof rain jacket for men. This is an essential item for any traveler, as you never know when the weather can change. Since it’s lightweight, it folds down easily to fit in any suitcase.  

Order a variety of colors here

Another travel essential, a good quality backpack is a must have travel item for men. Most of us need to travel with a laptop these days, and SWISSGEAR make sit easier with this bag. Featuring lots of organized pockets, durable weather-resistant material, and a padded back panel with ventilation, this backpack has what the man in your life needs. 

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Reef offers a slightly upgraded sandal for men. With arch support, flexibility, and vegan leather that won’t stretch out, these are a great option. 

More colors here

Great for beach days, snorkeling, and scuba diving, this swim shirt is definitely a beach vacation essential. With 50+ SPF it will keep your man protected from the sun. 

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A monocular is great for outdoor activities, hiking, bird watching, concerts and more. This brand offers optical glass for crisp and clear viewing. The retractable eye cup allows for use with out without glasses. 

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Does your man love music? This portable speaker is a great travel gift. The built-in carabiner makes it easy to hang anywhere, and 10 hours of playtime allows for lots of use in between charging. JBL offers a huge selection of colors, click below to pick your favorite! 

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These headphones are my personal favorite for travel! Bose makes a product that fits well and comfortably, with quality performance. You can purchase these for the man in your life to work with either Apple or Samsung/Android devices. 

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The latest and greatest model of the DJI Gimbal. Compact and easy to use, this gimbal will give you great stabilized videos and photos. 

Buy it here

Charge all of your devices at once without taking up more than one outlet! If your man travels with technology, this is a great gift. It’s safe to plug in with an adapter worldwide as well. 

Order one here

GoPro is the ultimate compact and durable travel camera. The man in your life can shoot 5k video and take pictures with the 20MP camera in any condition. 

Buy it here

You never know when you’ll need to charge a device on the go! I love this power bank because it has 2 USB ports for dual charging. Charge your phone up to 5 times and your laptop twice with this device. 

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A sexy, stylish, light and airy shoe for travel. Help your man travel in style and comfort with these Cole Haan shoes. The shoe comes in either magnet (pictured), navy ink, or optic white. 

Check out the color options here

Who doesn’t wonder about heritage and where they came from? 23andMe can give you details on ancestry as well as some health tendencies. This is a great gift for men or even your whole family. 

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A gift card is a great go=to gift for the person who’s hard to shop for! I don’t know about you, but I would love an airline gift card so I can travel more! I bet the man in your life would love it too. 

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Let me know in the comments which travel gifts for men you love to give!

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Holiday Gifts for Men Over $20

Top Men’s Travel Gifts Under $20

Do you have a traveler in your life that is hard to shop for? Or maybe you are a traveler yourself and looking for some ideas of gifts to ask for? I’ve rounded up the best travel gifts for men that fall under the $20 price range. 

From items to make you more comfortable on a flight to things that will make your trip easier, I have them all covered as perfect options for gifts for your dad, brother, husband, uncle, or best male friend. Read on for my top 20 gift recommendations! 

Click to watch my Top Men's Travel Gifts Under $20 Youtube video!

POWRUI Multi Wall Outlet Adapter

This outlet adapter makes it easy to charge multiple devices on the go. 4 USB charger ports and 3 AC outlet plugs will will have you covered. The man in your life will definitely be thankful! 

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Keiby Citom Professional Stainless Steel Nail Clipper

Have a man who likes to stay well manicured, even on the go? Add this travel sized nail clipper kit to your gifts for men list. With tools for not only nails, but also for facial care, all of his needs will be taken care of. 

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RFID Blocking Passport Holder Travel Wallet

A passport holder is a great gift for men, as it’s essential but can also be functional and stylish. This passport holder has built-in RFID blocking, which guards against credit card scanning theft. 

Available to purchase in multiple colors

Bedsure Leather Journal Notebook

For the man in your life who loves to write or sketch this is a great gift. With a quality leather cover that looks better with age, this journal might just become his favorite way to document travel memories. 

Buy it here

Small First Aid Kit

A first aid kit that’s lightweight and compact is another men’s gift option. If the man in your life loves to camp, hike, or road trip, a first aid kit is much needed. Add this one to your gift list! 

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Convenience Kits Men’s Premium 20 Count Necessities Travel Kit

Packing is made simple with this travel toiletry kit. All 20 items are TSA approved and ready for travel. This gift idea is one every man can use! 

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MLVOC Travel Pillow

Give the gift of comfortable travel with this memory foam pillow. The washable cover is sweat resistant and the pillow can compress down to half the size. 

Order in one of four colors here

DUDE Wipes Flushable Wipes Dispenser

Who doesn’t want to feel clean and fresh? These wipes are a great add-on to your gift list for something extra, and maybe a little funny. 

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Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks

Compression socks are one of those items we often forget about for long travel trips. These help your circulation on those long haul flights or even long road trips. Add these to your men’s gift ideas. 

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42 Travel Hanging Toiletry Bag

This toiletry bag is versatile with 17 compartments to help organize, and a sturdy metal hook to hang it by. A perfect gift for men who love camping, RVing, or travel. 

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Patu Roll Up Electronics Accessories Travel Gear Organizer Case

Have you ever been on a trip and spent way too much time hunting for your charging cables? An electronic gear organizer is a great gift not only for the men in your life, but for any traveler! 

See the color options here

Bonaker Universal Travel Adapter Power Converters

A universal travel adapter that can be used in over 150 countries, this is an essential travel gift item. The sleek design and travel case make this a nice option. 

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GENNISSY Silver 18/8 Stainless Steel 12OZ Hip Flask

A nice flask is always an appreciated gift. This leak proof flask also comes with a small filling funnel, and offers three color options. 

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32 oz Motivational Water Bottle with Time Marker & Straw

Staying hydrated while traveling is definitely vital. I love the design of this water bottle with a top that closes, a handle for easy carrying, and motivational markers to get you to drink more! 

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MZOO Sleep Eye Mask

A great sleep mask can help you get some rest on an airplane, in the car, or at your hotel. This mask is a top choice because of its molded and memory foam design for optimal comfort. 

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Alpine Swiss Mens Connor RFID Bifold Wallet Passcase

Another men’s travel gift that is sure to be a hit is a nice leather wallet. This particular wallet is thin, and offers RFID protection – perfect for travel. 

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EverBrite Headlamp

You never know when you’ll need light to see something when traveling! I always travel with a headlamp for reading, looking for things in a bag, or for lighting when I am filming. Your man can use this at home or on the road! 

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62" Phone Tripod Accessory Kits

Getting that perfect shot on vacation can be tough. This tripod makes it easy to take pictures of yourselves, to video, and more. With bluetooth and compatibility with iPhone and Andriod, this is a fun gift idea for the tech lover in your life. 

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CamKix Camera Shutter Remote Control

Let this men’s gift take his photography skills up another level. An easy to use shutter remote makes it easy to snap a picture from far away. Small and compact, this is a helpful travel accessory. 

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JOBY GorillaPod Original Tripod

Another camera gear tool, the GorillaPod is awesome because of its capability to bend and fasten almost anywhere. Easy to use and durable, this is a useful travel gift. 

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Let me know in the comments which travel gifts for men you love!

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Abundant Travel Tips: Travel Shaming & RV Rental

Abundant Travel Tips: Travel Shaming & RV Rental

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Fall has arrived....

The weather has finally turned cooler in Austin, and I’m so excited to start wearing boots and sweaters.  Everyone in Austin has looked a little silly the past couple weeks wearing fun fall clothes when it’s 95 degrees outside.  Today is 40 degrees, and I’m loving it!

This week for travel, I’ve been planning a November trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, with a girlfriend.  We have picked 2 gorgeous traditional hotels, and we are organizing some fun adventures which include eating crickets and sipping mescal…I’ll share more about this trip in the coming weeks.

Random travel tip of the week:  I have an old Patagonia rain jacket (8 years old), and the inside waterproofing is starting to peal away.  I stopped at Patagonia this weekend to buy a new travel rain jacket, and the store clerk said, just bring it in, and we will give you a new one for FREE!  He mentioned the materials they use to use weren’t as good, so the company will just replace my rain coat with a new one.  Yippee!  

Oaxaca, Mexico, The Abundant Traveler

Travel Shaming

I wanted to touch on a subject that has been on my mind lately.  Travel is what lights me up, makes me happy and fills my soul; however, travel shaming has always been part of my life because I travel a lot.  Honestly, I don’t travel as much as someone with a 9-5 job, every weekend off and a 2 week vacation.  If you combine 52 weekends a year, and a 2 week vacation, that’s 118 days a year off work, and I don’t come close to 118 days a year.  I’m lucky because my career has high and low seasons, and some weeks I work 7 days a week, and sometimes I am able to take off a few weeks at one time.  When I travel, I GO BIG!  I go to Nepal and Botswana, and this type of travel tends to be more noticeable on our social channels.   

During COVID many people who are traveling are experiencing travel shaming for the first time….”You shouldn’t be traveling”, “shame on you for getting on a plane”, “how dare you?”.  My request to everyone is to give some grace and understanding to those around you.  This is the first time many have experienced the fear of getting sick.  This is a global pandemic, it’s affecting everyone everyone is freaking out at some point.  Remember, we don’t always know what the other person’s beliefs are, so please give some grace and understanding around their choices and their beliefs.

Yes, I have decided to travel, but I am being as careful as I know how.  I take specific supplements while traveling, I always wear a mask, I sanitize my hands and surfaces, I pay attention to my accommodation’s cleanliness and protocols, and I stay away from large crowds.  I do what I can to stay safe just like I do at home.  Additionally, when I return home from a trip, I tell my friends that I’ve been traveling, and I ask them if they’d prefer to not see me for a week or two.  I am choosing to meet my friends where they are, and not shaming them for their beliefs about traveling right now.  Let’s meet people where THEY are, and show some additional understanding and kindness in these uncertain times.

Ps.  For me, the few trips that I’ve taken have knocked the COVID crazy out of me, and I’ve been able to come back refreshed, rejuvenated, ready to take on the world and healthy.

Travel Shaming, The Abundant Traveler

Goldie The RV

I forgot to mention how you can rent the RV that we took camping last week.  Her name is Goldie the RV, and she can be rented through Outdoorsy.com.  If you are interested in RVing, I definitely recommend this Minnie Winnie,  she’s 31′ long and perfect for 3-4 adult friends, 2 couples, or a family of 4/5.  She’s fully equipped and was the perfect RV for all our needs.  Contact Leah, the owner, and tell her I sent you.

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