The Best Gifts For Travelers

Whether you are planning a local road trip or epic vacation for 2021, you will find these travel items make great holiday gifts for 2021 travel adventures.

Whether you are planning a local road trip or epic vacation for 2022, you will find these travel items make the best gifts for travelers and their intrepid adventures.

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RFID Blocking Travel accessories

RFID blocking travel gear helps protect your personal data while you are out and about. With all the high tech spy gear floating around, you need to take extra precautions to protect yourself and your identity.

Leather Passport Holder Cover Case with RFID Blocking

Holiday gifts for 2021 travel

Anti-Theft Day Bag

Holiday gifts for 2021 travel

Anti-Theft Fanny Pack

travel Gear

The right travel gear can make your journey more enjoyable for everyone.

Compression Socks help with swelling and improve circulation. I aways were mine if I have a flight over three hours long. They help me hit the ground running when I get to my final destination.

Car Front or Back Seat Organizer is essential to keep everything in one place. If you are on a road trip with the kids or grandbabies, this is the best tool for keeping all their stuff organized.

Holiday gifts for 2021 travel

Car Power Inverter with four USB Charger Ports so everyone can recharge at the same time. Ever been traveling and your phone is done, or everyone is fight over the one port in the car? This is the perfect solution.

Holiday gifts for 2021 travel

Luggage and more

Packing a suitcase can be a real juggling act. With these accessories, you will be organized and ready to go in no time flat.

Packing Cubes keep suitcases neat and easy to organize. I always use these. And as I go through the days on my trip, I swap them around a bit and empty some for my dirty laundry. Perfect for keeping those less-than-fresh items separate from the good-to-go items.

Holiday gifts for 2021 travel

Electronics Organizer for all your power cords and accessories. This is a must for any traveler who is on a working vacation or has a family with tons of electronic needs. I love how easy it is to find just what I need, especially when I’m flying!

Luggage Set with TSA Lock and Double USB Port giving you safety and power. The best luggage will keep all your items safely together. The first time I used a brand new cloth bag, it came off the carosel ripped to shreds – Ugh! I switched to these hard sided bags and after many, many flights have yet to have an issue.

Starter Hard-shell Carry on for the new traveler. Love this – no one is smushing my stuff in the overhead bin. It keeps everything safe, and you always know it’s the correct size.

Toiletry Bag for all the required incidentals. Get there, get your stuff out, and get ready to go. Holds everything perfectly.

Happy shopping for gifts for your intrepid traveler!

Shopping for your traveler (or that special gift for yourself) is simple because there are lots of new and exciting products out there to make your travel adventure more comfortable.

Here are a few Tips On How To Plan The Perfect Road Trip

Here’s to a safe and adventurous travel!

Sandi

How To Plan The Perfect Road Trip

Road trips are the way we travel this summer. How to plan the perfect road trip and getting out there, when you are ready, will let you experience what’s in your own back yard.

Road trips are the way we travel this summer. Now that states are opening up, getting in our car and driving to a “near to me” destination is a safer way to enjoy the late summer and early fall. These tips on how to plan the perfect road trip will get you started on the right foot.

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Before You Go

Jumping in the car and just driving can be fun and adventurous. However, with state-by-state restrictions a little planning before hand will be helpful.

Decide where you want to visit, is it just one state or more. Campground and hotel reservations are required due to the limited number of guests they can accommodate – unless you don’t mind sleeping in your car. Ah – no thank you.

It is imperative you check the restrictions for the state(s) you will be traveling through. Each state has their own set of travel guidelines which are fluid and fluctuate as the local statistic change. Start here for New England travel restrictions.

Now for the fun part. Planning the drive. Check travel destination sites like TravelAwaits.com and AAA.com for road trip ideas.

How To Plan The Perfect Road Trip
Camden Harbor, Camden ME

Where To Stay

The large chain hotels are typically going above and beyond the CDC cleaning requirements and the smaller inns are required to follow the cleaning guidelines also. You should feel free to call them and question them on their cleaning protocol.

We have stayed in several small inns and also large resorts around New England for the last two months. I only found one incident were I was not happy with room, but I also didn’t call ahead of time.

Where To Eat

As a travel writer, food is a large part of my articles. I always plan where we eat before we start our trip.

Most places now offer outdoor dining – my preference. Some offer limited indoor dining. Unless it’s raining, when I’m on vacation I want to eat outside.

Planning your meals and making lunch and dinner reservations does tend to hem in your day. However, without a reservation, you may find yourself at the grocery store buying a picnic dinner. Which can also be fun.

National Parks can be a good choice

We have spent a lot of time hiking in the state and national parks. Which, by the way, may also require advanced registrations as many have limited their parking or closed the beaches.

States that do no require masks can make popular trail heads that are crowded feel risky. Less traveled trails will bring you close to Mother Nature’s soothing effect and offer less social interaction.

What I Love About Road Trips

Americans are getting to know there local area again. They are discovering there is so much to see and do right here in this great country we call home.

With a road trip that is less than a day’s drive from home, if you feel uncomfortable, you can pivot or just go home. In this time of uncertainty, feeling grounded in our roots, experiencing our neighboring towns, interacting with lovely people, and enjoying our freedoms unites us as Americans.

Road trips are the way we travel this summer. How to plan the perfect road trip and getting out there, when you are ready, will let you experience what’s in your own back yard. Here in New England you could start with Plymouth MA for some early American history and amazing seafood.

Safe Travels,

Sandi

Airbnb Rental Tips And Tricks

Look at the pictures, they should tell a story. Are the beds nicely made and are they the right size for you? Will the Kitchen, Living Room and Dining Room work for your stay? Do the Bedrooms have doors? What does the front of the building look like? Is there parking? How about public transportation?

Airbnb rentals tips and tricks
Cozy Airbnb Cottage in Zion

We love Airbnb! It is my first go to when we are traveling, it doesn’t matter if it is just the two of us or with our three daughters, son-in-law, granddaughter and my mom. Right now I am planning a trip with another couple to Europe and we are looking at Airbnb’s for most of our housing. We have booked all over the U.S., Dublin, London, Lisbon, Barcelona, and Paris. With a few simple Airbnb rental tips and tricks, you can help insure a great stay.

The process I use for booking is the same, no matter who is going or where we are traveling. I follow these Airbnb rental tips and tricks to book every stay. Note: we always stay in a lock out – renting the entire space – I am not totally into the “Bed and Breakfast” type of rental. I personally would not share a room either.

Airbnb SuperHost

Once you have decided on your destination, investigate and select a preferred neighborhood or two. It is too easy to go down the rabbit hole looking at all the pretty pictures; you may end up far away from your “ideal fun spot.” You need to focus your search so it matches your goals i.e. shopping, dining, nightlight, museums, etc.

I start with the Airbnb Plus listing and see if one of those work. According to the Airbnb website, Super Hosts, among other things must:

“To be eligible for Superhost status, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed at least 10 trips OR completed 3 reservations that total at least 100 nights
  • Maintained a 90% response rate or higher
  • Also Maintained a 1% cancellation rate
  • Maintained a 4.8 overall rating

Starting with these listings is a great way to guarantee you will have a fabulous experience. If I can’t find a Superhost in my targeted neighborhood, checking the recent reviews is a good fallback.

Where to Begin

Airbnb rental tips and tricks
Charming Airbnb in Barcelona

To begin your search on the site, set your filters. The more filters you set, the narrower your search. Set your destination, dates and number of guests. Then use additional filters to further narrow your search. How many beds do you want? how many bedrooms? Bathrooms? Laundry? Pool? Wifi?

I don’t add neighborhoods in the filters. Firstly, they are not all listed and I may find a perfect place on the edge of my neighborhood. The map will populate on your screen and you can shift it to reflect your desired neighborhood; the listing shown will be within that map area. This is very handy if you want to expand or constrict your search.

Next, go through the listings shown and quickly review the photos to see if the decor appeals to you. Do you want a balcony? See if the photos show one and also the view; you don’t want to be viewing the house across the alley (ask me how I know!). Do you want multiple bedrooms with certain size beds? What floor do you want to stay on? Save these listing to a wish list you set up specifically for this location. The wish lists are a great tool, particularly if you are visiting more than one city.

After you have done a cursory review. Go to your wish list and give each listing a thorough review.  Remove the ones that don’t meet your standards.

Things to look for

Airbnb rentals Tips and tricks
Airbnb Balcony View in Vail
  • Beds don’t always mean bedrooms – think bunk room or sleeper sofa
  • Bedrooms may not have a door, it could be a loft or a drape that separates the room
  • Bathrooms do not always have showers and/or tubs
  • Patios/decks do not always have a view
  • Older buildings usually do not have elevators
  • TVs are not standard – a must have for my hubby!
  • Dishwashers, Washers, Dryers, Coffee maker – are these necessary for your stay?
  • If there are more than a few decor only photos – it makes me question what they are not showing?

Look at the pictures, they should tell a story. Are the beds nicely made and are they the right size for you? Will the Kitchen, Living Room and Dining Room work for your stay? Do the Bedrooms have doors? What does the front of the building look like? Is there parking? How about public transportation?

Also consider the reviews. They should be recent and well written. You want to see positive comments about the location, cleanliness, ease of check in and responsiveness of the owner. Read between the lines!

You need to consider the Total Cost of the rental, not all rentals have the same fees. You will find Service and Cleaning fees on some rentals – so check the bottom line!

Review Your Stay

Lastly, after you check out; leave a review for your host. You build credibility with future hosts based by leaving good reviews. Make your review truthful and positive.

Follow these few simple Airbnb rental tips and tricks when you book and your vacation will be off to a great start.

Happy Travels!

Sandi

P.S. Here is my Airbnb horror story – my daughter rented this one!