• elements of a good road trip travel advice
    PLANNING

    Elements of a good road trip

    I love a good road trip. The 12-day, 10-state road trip we took through the Southern U.S. is one we talk about (fondly) often. And I still dream about the three-day road trip I took down the Oregon Coast. Road tripping is a great way to see this country as well as many others. In my opinion, there are four elements of a good road trip: planning, entertainment, sustenance and safety. (Looking for a checklist? Download my Road Trip Checklist and get planning your next road trip!) Road trip planning I am all for spontaneity, but too much of it could result in running out of gas or missing an important…

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    PACKING

    10 Small but Useful Things to Pack for Every Vacation

    Without a good small item packing checklist, you may well forget something super useful on your next trip. When it comes to packing, I am not a big supporter of “just in case” or “what if.” That is the fastest way to over pack. Plus, you end up hauling around a bunch of stuff you do not need and/or want. There are stores all over the world and it is easy enough to pick up the things you have forgotten or the things you did not realize you would need. That said, there are a few exceptions. Below is a list of 10 items that I take on nearly every…

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    DESTINATIONS

    Checking the Pendleton Round-Up off my bucket list

    The Pendleton Round-Up has been on my bucket list for years and I have finally checked it off! I am going to tell you all about it, but first, let’s talk for a minute about bucket lists. Now you may not be quite as obsessed with lists as I am, but still, a bucket list plays an important part in planning travel and adventures. To my way of thinking, there are three types of bucket lists: Big trips or adventures (typically international) that require planning, time off work and money. Medium-sized efforts or weekend getaways that require some planning, but not as much time and money. Small, local-ish items such…