If you seek to discover the more unique, odd, rare things about any place you visit, visit the Atlas Obscura website. Search for any place in the world. People are adding to this site daily and you never know what you’ll discover there.
Safety pins are small items that can do much for you as you travel. As they take up so little space, there are no-brainers to bring along on your trip.
Here are some real ways they might help you out as you travel.
When staying someplace for a few days or more, it can be really nice to get some of your clothes out of your backpack or wheelie bag and let them breathe.
These two tips may help.
As I have traveled outside of the USA, I noticed that eggs are not sold in the refrigerator section of any market and that people didn’t tend to put eggs into their fridge when the get them home.
Have you noticed this and wondered why? Or wondered if you have to refrigerate your eggs? Here’s the answer.
Marina Del Rey, a man-made place of beauty and boating, is one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. Burton Chace Park is a great place to enjoy its air and views.
If you’re traveling to Los Angeles and have the time I highly recommend Marina Del Rey as a place to spend an afternoon.
if you’re traveling light you can now take an inexpensive bus — 16NIS ($4) — from near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem to Ben-Gurion Airport airport, the international airport of Israel. This makes travel a lot easier for those who wish to start or end their trip in Jerusalem rather than Tel Aviv. (Tel Aviv has a train that goes directly to the airport.)
Either Vicks VapoRub or Tiger Balm should be in your bag as you travel, especially when you travel long-term. Either will likely turn out to be one of the best values for its weight and size.
Both of these similar ointments are helpful for a wide range of medical conditions.
Both are available in my counties.
Did you know that you can enjoy the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, then a hike in Southern Califonia’s nature, and then return to Hollywood Boulevard — easily in just a day?
If you happen to be in Los Angeles, that is!
It can be difficult to leave luxuries behind. Fortunately, in some cases, you don’t have to. There are often alternates to those nice things.
I’ve already written about how many things a sarong can do.
Here are some more of my substitutes. My goal is to take up very little space and weight.
Don’t worry: I am not going to tell you to cut a neck and arm holes in a plastic garbage bag to make a rain coat.
A visit to the Korean Friendship Bell, located in Angels Gate Park in San Pedro, CA.
I’m back to living in my adopted hometown for a while, so you might not call that traveling. But LA is a major travel destination — and I am traveling within it this weekend! From Friday – Tuesday, I’ll be a guest of a friend in Redondo Beach. I get to show her all the tricks of the iPhone, see friends, and enjoy the beach air and all that Redondo Beach and the Redondo Beach Marina and Pier have to offer.
Wondering how I packed?
When you’d like a great priced grass-fed burger in Santa Monica, CA, visit Shaka Shack Burgers. The Shaka burger is $6.95. The $2.95 fries will compliment 2-3 people’s burgers.
In the forest about an hour north of Venice, Italy, is a 100% people-powered amusement (theme) park built by one local restaurant owner named Bruno. The story, images, and video is inspiring and amazing.
I certainly don’t want to visit Italy again without dining at Pioppi and trying some of his 40 electric-free rides amongst the trees. I think it must be one of the most unique restaurant/theme park experiences!
If you’re ever stuck and need to start a fire, this trick may help. I didn’t come up with it. You’ll find it all over YouTube, as I did. But I’m sharing it here to help you know about it.
As a guest in people’s homes, it’s a given that I bring food or a gift for my hosts. But for the longer-term visits, I typically try to contribute to the home in some way as a special thank you. Sometimes my host/hostess knows. Other times they have no idea unless they notice the difference later on.
Sometimes it’s just cleaning floor molding and cabinet doors. Once I recaulked a bathroom. Once I repaired a large hole in the wall…
The Crystal Body Deodorant Stick is the perfect deodorant to take traveling! It is small, pure, long-lasting and doesn’t contain anything that can clog or otherwise damage your body.
Images of my Crystal Body Deodorant Stick over time shows this is a top choice for deodorant for travel.
On this warm, sunny Jerusalem afternoon, my friend Debora and I took a walk to the King David Hotel area. We visited a windmill built by the British, enjoyed views, and relaxed in the lobby of the King David hotel after exploring some of its rooms.
I was lucky enough to meet Chana Mason and be invited on her unique “Machane Yehuda Shuk & Nachalot Experience” here in Jerusalem. The one and only Machane Yehuda Shuk (outdoor and covered) is THE market in the center of Jerusalem. Nachalot is one of the original areas built outside the city walls as Jerusalem expanded in the late 1800s.
I’ve traveled so many years, for years at a time, that you’d think I knew the best packing. I think I do — but we all make mistakes…
These shoes were not a good travel item.
While a nice sandal, the Columbia gave me no ankle support, so they were not a good choice. They were also very heavy. Heavy in my backpack — and heavy to lift on my foot with every step so walking in them made me tired.
The Taj Mahal restaurant is a very welcome change from the hotels that line the Ein Bokek area of the Dead Sea. It is outside! You have the Bedouin-inspired benefit of cover without walls so you can feel the air and see the Dead Sea. You can choose from a range of seating styles: tables with comfy cushioned seats, benches and metal-backed chairs, cushion seating at low tables, and thick-cushioned lounge chairs around low tables. The decor is unique, fun and a bit eclectic. And, the food is fantastic! As are the owners.