Lonely Planet Book Review: “You Only Live Once”

Looking for a great gift for someone who needs a little inspiration? Or maybe that someone is you. “You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in All of Us” is a new publication from Lonely Planet. It’s not a traditional travel guide. Instead, through a series of photographs, brief essays, and infographics, it introduces readers to a world of enriching experiences. It should come with a warning because you’ll want to walk out your front door and never look back.


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The book features stunning photographs of people, places, and things to stimulate your wanderlust. Photo: You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in All of Us. © Lonely Planet 2016

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Traveling with a Crowd? Here’s the One Thing You Must Pack.

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The Giverny gardens were lovely. But what if my camera battery died!

If you’ve got wine, a baguette straight out of the oven, cheese, and a rooftop terrace in Montmartre, what else could you possibly need?

Outlets.

Traveling with a family of 5 adults means you’re packing a lot of devices. Finding places to plug them all in is a challenge. Continue reading

Bag O’ My Dreams

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The ladies of Downton know how to accessorize. Hats. Parasols. Jewelry. If only I had a lady’s maid…

Lady Mary would carry an embroidered clutch. Edith? A sensible rucksack. And Lady Sybil? A lace reticule. Me? I’ve been known to resort to reuseable tote bags rather than commit to a day bag purchase.

It didn’t used to be so hard. In college we all carried JanSport backpacks. Everything you needed fit inside: calculus text-book, roller blades, a six-pack. My current work tote is a flannel number from Acme Made. It’s sleek and huge. My sister gave it to me. She’s routinely embarrassed by my handbag choices and gives me her cast-offs.

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Holiday in the Hospital (Review)

This post is sponsored by Exeter Science and Entertainment (ESE), who provided me with a pair of CoolStream Bluetooth Headphones. I gave them a road test but only after they were pressed into urgent and unusual service…

The 4th of July brings to mind bbqs, fireworks, the ER. The ER? Yes, when your sister requires an emergency appendectomy. I survived the 6-hour pre-surgery wait thanks in large part to my CoolStream Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. If you haven’t visited an ER lately, my advice is…don’t.

Despite signs requesting No Cell Phone Use and One Visitor Per Patient, there were whole families in each curtained cubicle, loudly conducting business, berating one another and, next door to us, holding a picnic. If you know an ER employee, hug them pronto. Continue reading

Calling All Wannabe Winos

Author’s Note: This post includes a giveaway; details in the final paragraph.

Can you really enjoy something if you’re utterly ignorant about it?

I think you can. I like playoff hockey even though I don’t know what icing is. I often go to museums with only one Intro to Art History class in my arsenal. And I enjoy wine. I know for sure that I prefer red to white and don’t like ones that cause you to smack your tongue against your lips. That’s the extent of my oenology.

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