Suitcase Packing Tips: When Every Pound Counts

Two giraffes at sunset in South Africa, a trip that needs special suitcase packing tips.44 pounds? A soft-sided bag? With no wheels? I was speechless as I read the luggage restrictions for my upcoming bucket list trip to South Africa. I was going to have to teach my inner old dog some new tricks. Following are suitcase packing tips and products to help you travel lighter. Continue reading

Vitamins and Supplements: Manage Your Pills On the Road

It’s time to talk menopause. Men – you’re welcome to stay, but if this kind of conversation makes you uncomfortable, feel free to check out one of my posts about football instead. Last January I missed my period. It happened again in February and I sensed it was the beginning of the end. Rather than proceed with a year of living dangerously, I hightailed it over to a holistic medical center and met with the physicians and counselors to express my fear of a. hot flashes, b. getting fat, and c. cataclysmic mood swings. They reviewed my diet and exercise habits, did some blood and hormone workups, and recommended bioidentical hormones and vitamins and supplements.

One year later, I’m happy to report that I haven’t killed anyone. Continue reading

Leap of Faith

My passport expires in November. With no international trips planned in the next 4-6 weeks, I took a deep breath and completed form DS-82. Then I went down to the Photo Shoppe and had my picture taken. “Does this look like you?” the clerk asked. Yes, sadly, it does. I start humming “Sixteen Tons” and shuffle my ten years’ older and deeper in debt self out of the store.

My first passport photo - starry-eyed, tan, and young.

My first passport photo – starry-eyed, tan, and very young. A bit of a Liza Minella/Kirk Cameron hybrid. Who doesn’t miss the ’80’s?

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Packing Tips: An Interview with Tarriss Travel Gear’s Founder

My recent post on overweight luggage prompted several comments from readers who have found themselves in similar predicaments and from Todd Ariss, founder of Tarriss Travel Gear, the manufacturer of the luggage scale I purchased to avoid future airport debacles.

Todd started the company because he was dissatisfied with existing products on the market. Since its debut on Amazon 5 months ago, the Jetsetter Luggage Scale has generated 96% favorable reviews and become the #1 rated luggage scale. I asked Todd to provide some insight about his travel tips and habits. He graciously accepted my invitation and, as an extra bonus, he is offering THREE (3) free scales to lucky readers and a 25% coupon.  Details are at the end of the post. Continue reading