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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Traveler

Monday November 19, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 1 Comment

Stocking Stuffers


Give the gift of peace of mind with MedjetAssist medical transport

MedjetAssist – because accidents happen. This is a gift to give yourself, a family member or loved one. My husband would sleep better during my travels if I had MedjetAssist.

If a Medjet member is hospitalized more than 150 miles from home – virtually anywhere in the world – MedjetAssist reviews his or her condition and arranges medical transfer to the hospital of their choice. There are no health restrictions, co-pays or cost limitations – no additional charges after paid membership fee.

Time travel

I recommend the eco-friendly Sprout watch, for those of us who prefer watches to smartphones for keeping track of time. $80.

If you are a frequent traveler, particularly for those of us who fly out of SFO International Airport, the Clear Card not only makes you feel like a VIP – with its own special security line entrance it saves time.  The card is a life saver if you are chronically late to the airport or time challenged. (only available at certain airports – check website for locations.)

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Eco-friendly Sprout watch

Jet-set traveler

For the jet-set traveler, college student studying abroad or space challenged apartment or condo-dweller, Biaggi foldable luggage is durable and sexy with a unique space-saving design. $269  www.biaggi.com

Comfort travel

I review plenty of shoes on the What a Trip blog. If I have happy feet, I am a happy traveler. Wet feet do not make a happy traveler. That’s why I love my Ara shoes with Gore-Tex.   $184.95

The BPA and toxin free Pura Stainless Steel Water Bottle


The Pura stainless steel water bottle is BPA and toxin free, so it won’t leave a nasty taste in your drink. The wide mouth is easy to drink from and is large enough for ice cubes, and the bottle is backed by a lifetime guarantee.  $17.99


Road Trip

For those who do a lot of driving, a reliable GPS system is imperative. The Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB, with its seven inch touch screen display, is easy to read and use. It comes equipped with bluetooth technology and real-time traffic updates, and uses landmarks in its directions. The voice speaks loudly and clearly, and should prevent even those with the worst sense of direction from getting lost.   $229.99

Travel gifts for kids

Not For Parents Extreme Planet $19.99 Lonely Planet

Not For Parents Extreme Planet is a whirlwind tour of the globe, seeking out the highest, deepest, wildest, narrowest, coolest, hottest, scariest, smelliest things on the planet. What’s the longest place name? The oldest fossil? Most treacherous road in the world? Each page is dedicated to a theme (e.g. Animal Extremes, Deadly and Dangerous, Big Things) and includes imaginative graphics, illustrations, and photographs to capture these themes from a child’s point of view.

Giving While Giving Back


Biaggi luggage for the space challenged

Passports with a Purpose is an organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to as many people as possible around the world. For $10, you get a raffle ticket that enters you in a drawing for some cool trips. Each $10 donation gets you another entry in the raffle, and all the money goes to clean water in places such as Haiti. Giving a donation on someone’s behalf and a chance for a fun getaway is a great gift idea for someone on a budget.


What are your favorite gifts for the traveler?

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Sprout Watch Review

Thursday November 15, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

The first thing I noticed when I tried on the Sprout ST/6500MPDP watch was how light it was. The Sprout wrist watch had a large face and strong band, and looked like it should be heavy and cumbersome. I was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong.

The mother of pearl face was large and readable without being bulky. The butterfly closure made the watch easy to get on and off, while still holding the watch secure, and the light up dial allowed me to see the time even in poorly lit places.

Sprout ST/6500MPDP watch travel gear review

Being Green

One of the best things about Sprout wrist watches is that the company strives to be eco-friendly, without lowering the quality of their products. The Sprout watch came in recycled packaging, and it felt just a little better knowing that the watch was made with complete consideration for the environment. Many eco-friendly products end up being dull and muted in color, but the Sprout watch came in a variety of vibrant hues.

At least 80% of the materials used to make Sprout watches are natural, low-impact, biodegradable, recyclable or renewable. Sprout also uses mercury free batteries.

The Sprout watch didn’t have any spectacular features, but it performed the basic functions of a watch admirably. Sprout’s commitment to the environment is what sets it apart from other similar products. That, along with the light weight and easy to read face, makes the Sprout watch an excellent choice for anyone in the market for a new timepiece.


If You Go:

Sprout Wrist Watches

Price: $80

Sprout Watches supplied me with this travel gear for review.

Biaggi Foldable Suitcase – Travel Gear Review

Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

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Biaggi Tecno Spinner Upright Luggage Review.

Most people do not have unlimited storage space for luggage when they travel. Small hotel rooms, cruise ships, and train compartments can provide a challenge when it comes to stowing luggage. Biaggi has a solution for this problem with its new line of foldable luggage collections:  The Contempo, Volo and Tecno. The pieces in these collections fold down into a much more compact form, while still retaining solid construction for traveling.

College students will love Biaggi foldable luggage

Another group of people who should appreciate this new line’s folding capabilities? College students, who consistently must figure out notoriously small living spaces. Dorm rooms don’t have a lot of extra space for anything, so a suitcase that can fold up and fit under beds or between desks is definitely a bonus.

Biaggi Tecno Large Spinner Upright

The fact that the Biaggi suitcases can fold does not detract from the structural strength of the piece. It is just as sturdy as any other modern suitcase. The Biaggi Tecno Large Spinner Upright (27″) comes in several colors, (brown and black for the Techno) and includes a storage bag to keep it free from dust and dirt.

The suitcase includes standard features such as an adjustable titanium handle for people of all heights, and side mesh pockets inside for cosmetics and other small items. The exterior features zip pockets for further storage. In keeping with today’s trends in luggage, the new Biaggi suitcases feature four spinning wheels for maximum maneuverability.

Function and fashion go hand in hand with Biaggi’s innovative new line of luggage, a must for anyone who has ever had to deal with less than ideal storage space.

This new collection ranges in price from $79 for smaller pieces to $399 for a full-size 30” suitcase. The Tecno 27″ Expandable Spinner Upright with Suiter retails for a suggested price of $299.

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If You Go:

Biaggi Luggage


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Biaggi provided me with this travel gear for review.