E-readers are old news, I know. Until now, I had managed to avoid the phenomenon entirely, as the thought of having one more device scared me away from even considering one. Sadly, I also haven't been reading as much, despite having made the effort to download books to my iPad. I was ready to embrace the digital reading experience, but found that I could never get lost in a book there, with e-mail, twitter, or a game just a button's press away. Recently, I had the opportunity to check out Sony's line consumer electronics (full disclaimer, they sent me one to test out), including the Sony Reader WiFi. It didn't take long for me to realize that this tiny device deserved a home in my day bag AND travel bag. Easy to pack, distraction free and just the right size. I just may be an e-reader fan, after all.
Netrobe is a fashion app for cataloging, styling and expanding your wardrobe. It's also an awesome travel application, making packing a visual experience.
I think the biggest problem with packing, particularly among us ladies, is not making enough tough decisions ahead of time. Will you actually wear the heels? Does that shirt match anything else in your suitcase? Decisions not made at home lead to overpacking and Netrobe helps you solve this problem by giving you the tools to plan out your wardrobe ahead of time and create a visual packing list to help you make sure not to forget a single thing. It's not without hard work, however, but once you've cataloged your wardrobe, I envision this as an indispensable travel aid. Curious how it would work for the traveler? I'll walk you through the process.
The WhatchyaGot bag suits its name perfectly. Regardless of what you've got, there's a spot for it in this bag designed by Julie Gallegos. As she watched her father battle cancer, she saw a need that traditional bags did not meet. As Julie designed a bag to hold his medications, vitamins and other personal supplies, all while keeping them organized, she realized that she had stumbled upon something. She's decided to share this act of love with the world and the WhatchyaGot bag was born. Keep on reading to see what I thought about the bag.
Usually when I take shoes with me on my travels, I've broken them in, gotten to know them, and have an idea what to expect when I'm traipsing around. But not so with my recent trip to New York, where I ran my new pair of Sanuk Shunamis through the gauntlet. I broke them in at the airport, wandered for miles around New York City, and then had to dress up a little more formally at a seminar. Did we get along? I'll share with you my experiences and let you know if they were up to the tasks I threw at them.
I'm always on the hunt for the perfect travel shoe. One that's comfy, easily packed and doesn't look like its sole function in life is orthopedic. Recently, Sanuk contacted me to see if we wanted to test out the travel heartiness of a few pairs of their shoes that are "as much about funk as function." I headed straight over to their website to see a wide range of casual and fun shoes that I was surprised were not already living in my closet.
They arrived just in time for both Austin and I to test them out on two separate trips out of town. I was headed to warm and sunny St. Croix, the perfect weather for testing out their flip flops and sidewalk surfers. Austin, however, was heading to the chillier locales of upstate New York and had just the pair of heartier shoes to bring with him. I'll let Austin share you his thoughts on the guys shoes tomorrow and jump right into my warm weather experiences.
I hate cords at home and I hate them in my suitcase. So, when Black Box offered to send over their Retractable Cable Kit to try out, I welcomed the opportunity to see if they could cut down on my travel cable clutter. I gave the kit a thorough at home testing and toted it along with me on my last trip to Hawaii. I found a few things in the kit indispensable and a few not worthy of the space in my bag. If you hate cords as much as I do, check out my review.
I hate being burdened by a traditional wallet. When I'm at home, I'm always looking for something small to stash my cards and cash in. This doesn't change when I travel, in fact I tend to opt for something even lighter. Less to carry and less to lose. Recently, Paperwallet offered to send me one of their lightweight, Tyvek wallets for review. It's rare that a product pops up in my inbox that I'd actually consider buying, so I encouraged them to send one along.
I gave it a thorough review and one lucky reader can try one out for themselves, keep on reading to learn how to be entered to win.
The first stop on our Hawaii trip was Waikiki, where we stayed at the Aqua Waikiki Pearl. I was interested to check out this local chain, who prides itself on their hip, budget-friendly properties that won't break the bank. Before we left, I spotted great promotional deals online for the Pearl. With rates as low as $79 a night, we knew this was the kind of place we'd seek out on our own. (Our stay, however, was complimentary.)
As you might have noticed, my recent trip to Aruba was sponsored by the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino. As such, I thought it only fitting to give you my thoughts and experiences on the resort itself. When I travel, I don't discriminate against any kind of establishment (although admittedly, cost is usually my deciding factor.) Sometimes I stay in a "mom and pop" B&B and sometimes it's the chain hotel. It all depends on my travel needs and desires for the trip. Price might be my deciding vote, but there are many other factors that come into play when choosing a hotel, and as such, I've chosen a few things to discuss about the Aruba Marriott. I'll break it down, as follows: the room (cause you're sleeping there), the amenities (they can often rationalize the added cost), check-in (it's a good barometer for how your stay will be), and problems (problems, always give you insight, on the hotel or the traveler).