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Best Travel Gifts

Saturday December 6, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 2 Comments

I live, eat and breath travel. I could travel 24/7 if the opportunity presented itself. Seven days a week I think about and write about travel. Travel is as affordable or as expensive as you make it. The same may be said for travel gifts. With that in mind, I give you my seven best gifts for the traveler.

Tieks, travel shoes, ballet flats

Tieks wool ballet flats are great travel shoes.

Good things come in small packages; small blue packages from Beverly Hills, California to be exact. I first discovered Tieks ballet flats in 2012 when beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist Kerry Walsh wore her Starstruck Tieks while showing off her medals. This year I discovered Tieks for winter. New to their Vegan collection, the greystone non-leather Tieks add warmth to my wardrobe. I’m looking forward to wearing these on my Viking River Cruise down the Danube. They will be perfect to slip into after a day of exploring Christmas Markets in rubber rain boots. These travel shoes are priced at $175 – as with all items listed here, check the website for current prices.

Nancy D. Brown, Royal Robbins, Carmel, California, travel

I can go everywhere in these travel clothes.

What’s a great pair of travel shoes without travel clothes to match? I was introduced to the Royal Robbins brand from fellow travel bloggers Deb and Dave of the Planet D. They, too, were looking to dress up their wardrobe while still looking good on the road. You’ll be seeing a lot more of me dressed in Royal Robbins go everywhere clothing.

luggage tag, Your Bag Tag, travel

Luggage tags from Your Bag Tag. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

 

Stocking stuffer

For children looking for affordable gift ideas for the traveler, or anyone with limited holiday budgets, custom luggage tags are the ideal gift for people on the go. These personalized luggage tags from YourBagTag will also work well for locating sports, fishing, scuba, skiing, tack and golf bags in a hurry. The carabiner bag tags are perfect for camera gear bags and backpacks. Prices start at $12.99.

luggage, Ugobags, travel

Ugobags custom luggage. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

 

For the traveler who has everything, custom luggage from Ugobags is perfect. Successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign, Ugobags offers travelers the opportunity to customize their luggage online! With free delivery and a two year warranty, this lightweight luggage is a sure bet from a California-based company. Carryon luggage starts at $189.

Glacier Bay, Alaska, experiential travel

Experiential travel in Alaska. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

Travel experiences

Some of us prefer travel experiences over collecting things. The term experiential travel is popular with parents and grandparents because many of us are looking for memorable or teachable moments that we can share with family members or close friends. A memorable travel experience for me was a trip to Alaska’s Glacier Bay with UnCruise Adventures – what a trip! All inclusive Alaska rates start at $4,195.

Creekside Farms, wreaths, California

Bring California indoors with Creekside Farms wreath. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

 

California grown

The herb wreaths from California-based Creekside Farms not only look pretty, they will make your house, apartment or dorm room smell simply divine. If you want to bring a bit of country into your home, these wreaths are certainly cheaper than a trip to the lavender fields of Provence, France. These California-grown gifts start at $29.
An Innocent Abroad, travel, bookTravel books

Last year I recommended the book Wild by Portland, Oregon-based author Cheryl Strayed. A book for the adventurous explorer, hiker or armchair traveler about her wanderings From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. I still recommend this book and look forward to watching Reese Witherspoon play Strayed in Wild, the movie. Suggested retail price $16.43.

A book I’m taking with me on the airplane to Europe this winter is An Innocent Abroad Life-changing trips from 35 great writers. Published by Oakland, California-based Lonely Planet, this book includes travel tales from Tim Cahill, Pico Iyer, Ann Patchett, Jane Smiley and Cheryl Strayed, among others. Suggested retail is $15.99 for this book.
I hope you found these gift ideas helpful. What are your favorite holiday gifts for the traveler in your life?
Companies often reach out to me to review their products, travel apparel and gear. Many of the above items have been reviewed on the What a Trip blog. I wouldn’t recommend these 7 best gifts for the traveler if I didn’t personally use and approve of them.

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Stella and Dot for Travel

Monday June 2, 2014 at 2:02 PM | 2 Comments

"Nancy D. Brown" travel

Nancy D. Brown wearing Stella & Dot Wild Hearts scarf with gold Somervell necklace and Soiree gold stud earrings.

It’s not often that I’m dressed up wearing makeup, jewelry and fancy clothes. I’m more comfortable wearing a sensible pair of travel shoes, clothes that won’t wrinkle on an airplane and simple earrings. My idea of dressing up an outfit is adding a gorgeous scarf. Scarves keep me warm, allow me to be appropriately and respectfully dressed when traveling abroad and add color to an otherwise basic wardrobe. My new best friend is Stella and Dot for travel. While the San Francisco-based company specializes in jewelry, they offer colorful print scarves and great totes and travel bags.

Stella & Dot Personal Stylist

My friend and Stella & Dot Personal Stylist, Jane Reid, is coordinating a Stella & Dot Online Trunk Show.  Shopping online is easier for those of us who opt for travel over shopping at the mall. If you need help finding the perfect accessory or have questions about the travel apparel, Jane will give you a complimentary style session.
 

"Stella & Dot" bag

Stella & Dot Getaway bag with Briggs & Riley carryon.

Stella & Dot travel apparel

As travel is a large part of my job as a freelance writer, I have mastered the art of packing light. I tend to travel with solid colored outfits and accentuate with scarves and just the right piece of jewelry or pair of earrings. Jane let me borrow her Stella & Dot “Hang on” travel organizer, perfect for holding my cosmetics and earrings – it even comes with a built in hanger (yep, that’s why they call it the Hang On) for hanging on the hotel towel bar.

I packed a couple of Stella & Dot scarves, the red & black Luxembourg scarf – Wild Hearts and the black and blue Luxembourg scarf  – Cerulean Tiger. Both scarves are 100% Rayon for a wrinkle-free look day and night.
 

"Stella & Dot" tote

Stella & Dot Avalon Tote

Stella & Dot travel gear

I typically travel with my laptop computer and absolutely love the Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer bag because I don’t need to remove my computer from the bag during airport security screenings.
 
This trip, I brought Stella & Dot’s multistripe getaway bag with me to The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. With top zip closure, one exterior slip pocket and one interior zip pocket, my laptop fit easily in the travel bag and I sailed through the airport. (I also got a lot of compliments on the bag, as it served as my pool bag and spa bag, with its interior spill resistant material.)

An added bonus for this travel-savvy gal, I brought Stella & Dot’s Avalon Tote with me to Colorado and slid the geranium-colored tote (I call it a purse) inside my Getaway bag. Once in my hotel room, I stashed the Getaway bag and used the tote as my purse. Again, lots of compliments on my cute red bag!

"Stella & Dot" Elephant Pouf

Stella & Dot Elephant Pouf

The Elephant pouf held my charging cords, although it would serve perfectly as a cosmetics bag, too. Whether you are looking for travel scarves, travel bags or fashionable and reasonably priced jewelry, you might want to check out my online Stella & Dot trunk show. The online show is only open during the month of June, so check it out and let me know your favorite Stella and Dot for travel!

Where to buy online

Stella & Dot www.stelladot.com

Traveling: What Not to Wear

Friday December 20, 2013 at 7:07 AM | 15 Comments

Style Feen shorts

What not to wear when you travel

It’s easy to spot Americans when we travel. Typically, we wear logo baseball caps, logo t-shirts, jeans or shorts and white tennis shoes. Sometimes in churches, museums or religious ceremonies, Americans are inappropriately dressed; revealing too much skin. This is also the case when traveling in religious countries.

“As someone who has traveled solo, I think dressing provocatively is generally a bad idea,” said Kayt Sukel, frequent traveler and author of This is Your Brain on Sex.   “You’ll get more attention than you want in some places wearing baggy jeans, combat boots and a sweater.”

Your clothing style

Clothing can be used as a fashion statement or to keep your body warm in cold climates and protect your skin from bug bites or the harsh UVA rays of the sun. People can dress to impress, dress for a date, dress for travel, dress for sex or dress for success.

As I am a freelance writer, I often receive shirts, shoes, suitcases and such to review on my travel blog. Imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail pitch asking me to review a women’s clothing line that degrades women. But it gets better, this online clothing store was founded by a woman. Her name is Hortencia Caires Casazola. I hesitate to give her or the company any publicity, but I am outraged enough to shine a spotlight on this woman and the message she is sending to young women…and men.

Style Feen

What not to wear when you travel

Clothing degrading women

I respect that Style Feen is not targeting my demographic; female, college-educated, baby boomers who enjoy travel. What I don’t respect is the message this fashion statement sends to our young women.

Since when did slang, degrading language to women become “edgy clothing pieces?” Is this woman’s top truly a young girls craving to express her individual style? Is this piece of clothing designed to capture the attention and imagination of young men or sexual predators?

“I thought about the use of the word “cxxt” and how it always seemed to me that the most vulnerable/least loved girls wore the raunchiest clothes,” noted Dana Yzurdiaga, California middle school teacher. “Fashion makers are so totally taking advantage of the most vulnerable. Shame on them!”

I guess the bottom line is what do your clothes say about you? Do you give special thought to your clothing style when you travel abroad? Have you ever felt uncomfortable with your clothing choice when traveling in other countries?

Article by Nancy D. Brown. Photos courtesy of Style Feen.