Gifts for Family Travelers

gifts for family travelers

It’s Christmas season and that means it’s gift time. And with the big day less than a week away if you’re still looking for ideas for presents, you might be in trouble. Well, unless you’re a guy, or at least a typical guy. If that’s the case, you’ve still got a few days before you even realize it’s Christmas and that you have a significant other and three kids who would appreciate opening a gift on Christmas morning. These gifts for family travelers aren’t really the type one “opens,” per se, but they might be appreciated more than the latest gadget.

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Shopping Road Trips to Ikea

Shopping road trip

The proposed Ikea Memphis store (Image Courtesy of Ikea)

Big news happened in my hometown of Memphis, Tenn., when the improbable announcement was made this week that the Swedish-based retailer Ikea will open in the city. I’m not much of a shopper, but as I sit at my Ikea desk next to my Ikea bookshelf with an Ikea lamp lighting my home office, I’m very familiar with making shopping road trips to Ikea.

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US Travel Values in 2015

US travel values

Macon, Ga., Third Street Park (Photo Courtesy of Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau)

On the lookout for a good travel value? There are plenty of good deals in travel in the United States, and this list of U.S. travel values in 2015 has plenty of options. Many of these cities are off the radar, while others are near major destinations. The Best Value City index highlighting 50 undiscovered U.S. cities was compiled by, and is based on a combination of consumer ratings and average hotel prices. If you’re looking for a value in travel in the U.S. then read on.

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Practical Gifts for Guys

The Gift of Stanleyness

This post is sponsored by Stanley Brand, but the enjoyment of these three products and their practical use for me is 100 percent authentic.

Creating a Christmas list is one of my biggest challenges every year. I don’t desire or need much. Travel is a big part of who I am, and I’ve tried asking for airline gift certificates before. I have received cash for travel, and in theory that’s nice. I’m a practical person and practical gifts are enjoyed the most. And as a frequent road tripper and sometimes outdoors adventurer one of my biggest needs is a reliable travel coffee mug. So when the opportunity to review a Stanley travel coffee mug, along with a couple of other beverage products came up, I jumped at the opportunity to review these practical gifts for guys and road trippers from Stanley.

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How to Handle Holiday Road Trip With Children

holiday road trip with children

He won’t stop crying! Please God, make him stop crying. We were an hour into a four-hour drive, the first with our 6-week-old son and he was already crying. Hungry, yes, he must be hungry. And dirty. He’s a baby, of course he’s dirty. Changing the diaper is easy, but how do we warm a bottle of formula on a road trip? Sometimes people wonder why we stopped at one child. The story of Colby’s first road trip might provide a clue. And maybe it will offer a few tips on how to handle a holiday road trip with children, or at least figure out how to handle it better than we did.

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Traverse City Wine and Beer Fun

Traverse City wine and beer

There are many things that make Traverse City, Mich., unique, but the main one is possibly geography. Its location near the 45th Parallel makes it a great spot for produce, particularly of the grape variety. Just north of the city at the tip of the Mission Peninsula is the 45th Parallel, halfway between the North Pole and the Equator and a perfect spot for wine. Yes, Traverse City wine and beer are some of the highlights of a visit.

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When is the Best Day to Book Airfare?

best day to book airfare

I’ve heard this question asked so many times, and it’s something I used to wonder about, especially when booking flights for major trips when saving $100 here or there can make a big difference. My personal experience as well as what I’ve read over and over is that Tuesday is the best day to book airfare. But what if that time-tested truth is actually false? I recently read that Sunday is the best day to book airfare.

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Five Reasons to Visit San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico, probably isn’t at the top of lists for travelers looking for a beach destination. But ever since some friends honeymooned in Puerto Rico several years ago, the island has been in the back of my mind as a place I wanted to visit. This summer, when trying to decide on a family beach destination, it seemed like the right time to give Puerto Rico a try. These five reasons to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico might have you considering it, too.

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Travel in Books: Finding Inspiration on Page

travel in books

A schooner like this one in the West Traverse Bay at Traverse City is one of the main characters in Dennis’ book.

Many things have changed for our family through the years when we travel, but one constant that has remained from our pre-kid days to today when we travel with an energetic 8-year-old boy is our desire to visit bookstores. We love bookstores when we travel about as much as we enjoy sampling local food. And the more crowded the shelves are with rare books or locally set stories the better. I’ve always enjoyed finding travel in books, especially when it’s a destination I’ve just discovered or one I dream about visiting one day.

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In Pictures: Discovering Old San Juan

Old San Juan

Puerto Rico is a little bit of the Caribbean, a dash of old Spain, a little bit of America and lots of salsa goodness. Yes, Puerto Rico is technically part of the United States, but it’s also a world away. On one hand walking the streets of Old San Juan you feel like you’re in a different country, a place where the Caribbean rules in all its color. But on the other hand, it felt so close to home. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a world that is alive with color and fun.

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