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Guideline Prescription Sunglasses Eyewear for Travel, Fishing

Wednesday June 12, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 1 Comment

Nancy D. Brown fish

Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown fishing Alaska’s Yetna River

I remember fishing with my husband for king salmon on Alaska’s Yetna River with our fishing guide Zak Greenwood back in 2007. I called him the steely eyed guide because he could spot fish moving underwater faster than a hummingbird in flight. I don’t know if his laser eye ability was due to his polarized sunglasses, or the fact that he grew up fishing the rivers of Idaho and Washington. Whatever the case, I remember thinking that I wanted to be able to spot fish like Zak. Fast forward six years and my first purchase of Guideline sunglasses.  These are not just any sunglasses, mind you, they are prescription sunglasses from Guideline, a Hollister, California-based company that specialize in eyegear for the fisherman and woman.


Guideline sunglasses

Nancy D. Brown reviews Guideline prescription sunglasses

Guideline prescription sunglasses

I’m not thrilled to admit that I need prescription glasses, or that I wear bifocals. But the truth is, I like being able to see a fish gliding under the water and I like being able to kick back on a boat, or cruise ship, and read a book with the same pair of sunglasses. In fact, I feel quite blessed to be out in nature and see so much beauty above and below the water.


Guideline eyewear protection

Some of you know that I specialize in equestrian travel. It is just as important to wear good eye protection out on the trail as it is on the water. I selected the Current Rx frame due to its aggressive wrap design, offering eye protection from the sun, dust and wind. With its modified square, wrap style frame, these ultra-light sunglasses are sure to stay put riding the waves, or riding horseback.


Sunglasses with polarized lenses

Nancy D. Brown sunglasses

Nancy Brown wearing Guideline prescription sunglasses

As anyone who spends time on the water knows, the sun’s rays dance on the water’s surface. Polarized lenses may cost a bit more, $20. in this instance, but they cut the glare and protect your eyes from harmful sun rays. With the Guideline Current Rx bifocals, the lens tints are offered in gray, brown or Spring Creek Cooper tint.  I opted for deep water gray tint and am happy with my selection.

Not all Guideline sunglasses frames accommodate bifocals, but the folks at Guideline are very friendly and, for a deposit, they’ll ship you the different frames to try before you buy.

With a base price of  $169.00, my Guideline Current Rx prescription bifocal sunglasses are an excellent investment in eyegear.


Guideline sunglasses review

Guideline sunglasses for travel, fishing and riding

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Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Guideline supplied me with these prescription sunglasses for review.

SlotFlops Sandal Travel Gear Review

Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM | 0 Comments


SlotFlops sandal review

As a mother, beach-goer, swimmer and traveler, I’m always on the look out for products that offer good value and serve a functional purpose – in other words, I’m a value shopper.

Recently, I came across a clever new product that is affordable and the ideal Mother’s Day present under $25.  SlotFlops are flip flops with slots designed to carry credit cards, hotel keys and identification at the beach or pool.



SlotFlops for the traveler


SlotFlops at the beach, pool or on a cruise ship

As a world traveler, I have learned to pack and travel light. Nothing goes in my suitcase unless it serves a need. Flip flops are ideal to wear at the beach and at the pool. Unfortunately, credit cards, identification, money and hotel keys are often needed during trips to the beach and pool, but who wants to carry a purse, wallet or backpack with money and ID left behind when you venture into the water? SlotFlops are the answer to this travel dilemma.


SlotFlops for the security conscious

SlotFlops are an innovative and secure way to carry credit cards and ID in the sole of the sandal.  SlotFlops can be warn at the bar, on a cruise ship, at the swimming pool or on the beach. They are also good to carry in your purse, suitcase or backpack when those cute high heels are killing your feet.


SlotFlops sandal

SlotFlops, affordable footwear for security-minded travelers

SlotFlops for men

My husband thought the SlotFlops were a cool idea. He did ask if the SlotFlops included a bottle opener on the bottom of the sole.  I gave him a mini-opener that is able to fit in the slot!  Problem solved. SlotFlops come in several colors and sizes for both men and women and may be purchased on the website or at Brookstone.com.

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SlotFlops retail for $24.95. Check the website for details.

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SlotFlops shoe review written and pool photos by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. SlotFlops flexible sole photo courtesy of ArchPort. ArchPort supplied me with these SlotFlops sandals for review.




Guideline Sunglasses Travel Gear Review

Wednesday April 10, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

Have you ever had the misfortune to have been on the water or skiing on a sunny day without proper eyewear protection? If you have, you know that too much sun is bad for the skin and the eyes. Blood shot eyes are not very attractive. Any opthalmologist will tell you that it is important to protect your eyes from harmful UVA rays. With that in mind, I always travel with good quality sunglasses.

Guideline sunglasses are ideal for all conditions, from overcast to sunny.

The folks at GuideLine asked me to review the Marysol sunglasses. I brought them with me to Mazatlan, but the weather didn’t merit wearing sunglasses. Instead, I traveled with them to Maui, Hawaii and tested them on a Hana Bay ocean kayak adventure. The glasses performed well under bright  sunshine conditions, as well as a cloudy overcast day. The sunglasses cut the glare off the water and allowed me to see fish swimming below the kayak, in the coral reef.

Guideline Sunglasses

Featuring a polarized and light weight Polycarbonate lens, the Guideline Marysol is a graceful alternative to the over-sized sunglasses that are popular with many women. The wrap style frame is constructed from ultra-light and durable TR-55 nylon with spring hinges. It comes with its own soft, lightweight protective case with a Velcro closure for easy travel.

Priced at $52.46, these sunglasses offer good eye protection at a reasonable price. Guideline sunglasses are a worthwhile travel gear investment.

Guideline sunglasses are light weight and protect your eyes from harmful UVA rays.


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GuideLine supplied me with these sunglasses for review