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Waterproof Boots: Travel Gear Review

Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 1 Comment

"Kamik" rain boot

Kamik waterproof boot review

Canadian-based Kamik goes green with recyclable, waterproof rain boots.

Kermit the frog may think that it’s not easy being green, but companies like family-owned, Canadian-based Kamik are committed to exercising sustainable practices throughout all lines of their outdoor footwear. In addition to producing a fashionable, waterproof boot, I liked that Kamik offers an environmentally-friendly recycling program. Boots worn out or you’ve moved onto another style? Send them back to the Montreal, Canada or Vermont plant and they’ll recycle your rubber boots.

Jenny waterproof boot

I selected the Jenny waterproof, rubber boot, as they looked sexy in black, (sexy rain boots?) yet offered durability. For my recent trip to Alaska I wanted a no-nonsense rubber boot with good traction that was easy to take on and off and would fit over or under my rain gear. While the boots only weighed 2.22 lbs. I travel using carry-on luggage; with that in mind, I opted to wear the Kamik boots on the airplane to Alaska. My feet were comfortable in regular socks, yet the size I selected allowed for a good fit with thick, moisture-wicking socks.

"Kamik" boots

Wearing my Kamik boots on Chichagof Island in Alaska


"Kamik" rubber boots

Exploring Alaska’s tide pools


"Kamik" boots "Alaska"

Searching for bear tracks in Alaska’s rain forest


Insider Tip

Originally, I thought I wanted the Jennifer boot, as the taller boot looked more stylish to me. But like Goldilocks and the three bears, I tried several pairs of Kamik boots and found the Jenny to be the proper height for my body and outdoor adventure travel plans.

At a height of 8 inches, I’ll be taking the JennyLo boots with me to Quebec, as these rain boots appeal to me for touring the Canadian countryside. Make sure to select the boot height that fits your needs.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter @Nancydbrown and follow @KamikOutdoor on Twitter.

bear tracks "Alaska"

Bear tracks

What style of waterproof boots do you prefer?

Where to Buy

Kamik Boots

Suggested Retail Price: $59.99 check the website

Kamik boot photos and review written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Kamik supplied me with this travel gear for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Travel Shoe Review: Arcopedico

Friday June 13, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 2 Comments

"Arcopedico Shoes"

Arcopedico travel shoe review

If you are a frequent flyer, you know the rules of packing light and probably travel with carry-on luggage so as not to be a victim of lost luggage. Not to get personal, but maybe your feet swell a little during flight? I’ve found a pair of travel shoes that are lightweight, comfortable, fashionable and flexible. The folks who design Arcopédico Shoes asked me to review their LS Shocks travel shoe.

Comfortable travel shoe

We’ve all seen what happens to a half full bottle of liquid shampoo after our luggage has spent time in a non-pressurized airplane compartment. The air expands in the bottle, forcing the liquid out, resulting in a mess of goop in your luggage.

While airplanes transport us in pressurized cabins, our bodies still feel the pressure. As pressure increases with altitude in a plane, our feet tend to swell. The LS Shock Arcopédico Shoe protects feet with flexible, circulation-supporting shoes. With its sock-like fit on the top of the foot, blood-flow is increased, which makes for happy feet.

Made in Portugal

Handmade in Portugal, Arcopédico Shoes feel like you are wearing a bedroom slipper. The knit upper with twin arch-supporting construction helps prevent foot fatigue while traveling. The knit shoes are washing machine friendly – although I have not washed my shoes yet! Arcopédico Shoes have slip-resistant polyurethane soles lined with anti-microbial SanSmell deodorizing technology that won’t leave you with stinky, sweaty feet.

"Arcopédico Shoes"

Arcopédico Shoes review

Family owned Arcopédico Shoes

Arcopédico Shoes is a family owned business that was formed in 1983 by Manuel and Virginia Simas. During a trip to Portugal, the Simas realized that they needed to create a successful travel shoe, one that was flexible, reliable, supportive and ultra-comfortable. After over 30 years in the business of crafting shoes for world traveling women, Arcopédico has created the perfect line of footwear.
Where to Buy

Arcopédico Shoes (LS Shocks)

Suggested Retail Price: $99


Arcopédico shoe photos and review written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Arcopédico Shoes supplied me with this travel gear for review.

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Whobert’s Path — A Traveler’s Treasure

Wednesday June 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM | 0 Comments

Whobert's Path, free from Grio Games, is a great traveling companion.

Whobert’s Path, free from Grio Games, is a great traveling companion.

Parents traveling with kids — picture this scenario: You’re at a crowded airport gate. The flight attendant just announced that your flight is delayed, again. Your kids are bickering over what to play on the iPad. He wants Angry Birds. She wants Candy Crush. You’re sick of them playing these mindless games over and over. You reach for the iPad and open Whobert’s Path. Moments later they are playing the challenging memory/concentration game and your guilt is assuaged.

Whobert’s Path, developed by Grio Games is a free, exciting new memory game with gorgeous graphics and pleasant music (seriously), focuses on matching tiles to help Whobert, a lost wizard, regain his memory and get home.

It’s not just for kids either. Casual gamers bored with gem-swapping and runner games will find Whobert’s Path thrilling, challenging and addictive. Why not give your brain a workout while playing a beautifully designed game.

Whobert's Path develops concentration and memory.

Whobert’s Path develops concentration and memory.

Whobert’s Path has 10 themed episodes (like nautical and mystical adventures) with constantly changing obstacles on 126 increasing levels!  It’s fast-paced, fun, and tricky.

Let’s face it, there’s a lot of downtime when it comes to traveling — long car, train, and plane rides, lines, and delays. And when traveling with kids, wouldn’t it be put to better use feeding those cerebral cells?

It’s a free download at the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android. Check out the rave reviews!

This post was contributed by Lisa Crovo Dion or Friscomama. I work with Grio Games to get the word out on Whobert’s Path (and play it myself!).

Photos courtesy of Grio Games.

Whobert's Path is challenging and beautiful to look at.

Whobert’s Path is challenging and beautiful to look at.