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Camsafe v17: Perfect for the Photographer on the Go

Camsafe v17: Perfect for the Photographer on the Go

When I’m looking for a bag to take minimal gear to shoot with, I often look to my Pacsafe Camsafe® V17 anti-theft camera backpack. If I’m travelling, I often pack this inside a roller. The Camsafe v17 is perfect for those day trips where I’m only going to be using […]

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7 Ways to Save Money at the Airport

For many of us, it’s hard not to go a little overboard spending money at the airport. You’re held captive, there’s not much to do, you’re desperate for distraction—and that key chain/bag of chips/paperback is looking very tempting right about now. Stop! Before you hit the airport, check out these […]

Yes I’ve Been to Hell and Back: Funny-Named Places You Really Should Visit

Yes I’ve Been to Hell and Back: Funny-Named Places You Really Should Visit

There are quite a few places that, while they may not be on most travel brochures, just their name makes a stop worthwhile. Yes There is a Hell Hell, Oregon; Hell, Michigan; Hell, Grand Cayman There’s three Hells I can find: one in Oregon, one in Michigan, and the other […]

The Squeaky Clean Beach

The Squeaky Clean Beach

‘ “Squeaky Beach” in Australia is named after the sound the sand makes when you run across it. The white sand is made up of quartz that are very clean, fine, and spherical. So yes the beach literally is squeaky clean!

Packing for 7 Days in 1 Bag in 5 Minutes

Packing for 7 Days in 1 Bag in 5 Minutes

I have watched in wonder as families wheel large luggage carts around in the airport. They seemed to have packed as if their cross country trip were by wagon train instead of by airplane. Similarly, I have watched as people board cruise ships with suitcases and trunks large enough to […]

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7 Things to Know About Montpellier, France

The problem with France is that there are too many glorious places to visit. Marvels like Paris and Provence take the spotlight, but there are so many other extraordinary regions and cities to see. Or maybe that’s one of France’s advantages—those who wander are rewarded with lively, historical, and culturally […]

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Checking in by Phone: The Card Key May be History

Though it hasn’t become the norm yet, hotel companies have either started or are making plans to let you use your smartphone to not just check in, avoiding the front desk but unlock your hotel room as well. No Waiting in Line Again Several chains already allow you to check […]

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Celebrating Carnival: 6 of the Best Carnival Parties in the World

Though its history is based in Christian, and mainly Catholic overtones, Carnival today is known for parades, parties and beads. Practically the whole world celebrates Carnival in one form or another and here are just a few of the best. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – February 13-17 This is the grand-daddy […]

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10 Tips for Taking Better Point-and-Shoot Pictures

In some situations, large digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras are just too bulky to be practical. Digital point-and-shoot cameras are small, affordable alternatives, and many have added durability features including being waterproof to 10 feet. Before you ditch your DSLR in favor of your high-resolution cell phone camera, consider that smartphones are […]

8 Essentials to Carry in Your Travel Handbag

8 Essentials to Carry in Your Travel Handbag

You know what to pack in your luggage. You know what to pack in your carry-on. Now, it’s time to decide what to pack in your travel handbag—you know, the carry-all that you take with you when you step out of your hotel or when you’re off on a day […]