How to Assemble a Winter Safety Kit

One of the biggest blessings and joys of living in Colorado, is also one of its biggest concerns – I’m talking about our beautiful winters. Our state’s Department of Transportation also does a fantastic job of clearing roads and putting salt and sand down when the roads get icy. So, there’s hardly ever any reason to be concerned about driving around in our ‘Winter Wonderland.’ Still there are those few and far between times when we must venture over hill and dale to get to a friend’s or family member’s house, or do an out of the way errand, and there’s always an outside chance that you’ll encounter any number of setbacks. Mainly, I’m talking about if your car either breaks down somewhere fairly remote, you get into a car accident, you lose traction and your vehicle goes off the road, or you get stuck somewhere because of a road closure. Neil Hillyard, a Denver attorney, who has lived here for more than 40 years, and has seen a fair number of winter car accidents can attest to the … [Read more...]

Less Than Half Of Workers Are Using All Of Their Paid Vacation Days

In the words Chicago, of one of my childhood favorite bands, “Everybody needs a little time away...”  I’ve worked full time for over 20 years, and have always been a huge advocate for using your vacation time. So when I hear crazy talk like fewer than 50% of workers are using all their paid vacation days, I find this shocking. Downright ridiculous. Yet that’s just what Alamo’s recent 2017  Family Vacation Survey discovered.  And then there’s vacation guilt.  Apparently, that’s a thing.  This one I can relate to a bit, because I work with several “I never/rarely take time off” employees.  Including my bosses.  At best, this makes things awkward at times.  And at worst, it places extra pressure on me when using my vacation time. Vacation Guilt Syndrome When I ask for time off at work for a family trip, it does leave me feeling a bit like a slacker.  "Again?  You're going to Disney World AGAIN?!"   (But that's another story.) Aahhh, Vacation Guilt Syndrome.  This also rings … [Read more...]

What To Bring On A Motorcycle Trip

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to hit the road and explore the world on the back of your bike. However, trekking across the country (or state) is a bit different than your average commute or weekend getaway, so you need to make sure that you’re prepared. Fortunately, we’ve got a list of discount motorcycle gear that you can buy before you head out so that you are ready for anything. Travel Gear When you’re out on the road for hours at a time and riding for thousands of miles, your clothes tend to get a little funky, and not in a good way. To avoid ruining your favorite gear, look for some cheap helmets and jackets that can keep you protected while not being so sentimental that you regret bringing them along. If you’ve ever ruined a jacket or helmet out on the road, you’ll know how much this can benefit you. Tool Kit Things happen while you’re out riding, so you have to be prepared for anything. Whether it’s fixing beat-up motorcycle parts or replacing something that … [Read more...]

6 Awesome Travel Products You’ll Love

The thing about a really great bag, is it just gets better with use.  It softens, and molds to the way you lug it.  You instinctively know exactly where to find things, after repeatedly storing and digging for them.  It becomes an extension of you on your adventures, as it accumulates all sorts of great memories. That’s why I feel it’s so essential to choose quality travel products, with well thought out designs.  When you find an entire brand that consistently makes this type of gear, it’s nice to be able to rely on them for your hiking and travel luggage needs. 6 Awesome Eagle Creek Travel Products Eagle Creek has been making durable travel outfitter goods since the 1970’s.  They offer a great assortment of luggage, backpacks, and even packing organizers.  They offer a “No Matter What” Warranty, which is lifetime coverage of their products.  They will either repair or replace, depending on the product failure. Here are some of what I think are their best products to check … [Read more...]

Free Coffee & Carside-to-Curbside Service from Denver Canopy Airport Parking

Most Coloradans who travel on a budget, or just live near Denver, will likely find themselves flying out of DIA, the Denver International Airport.   For my family, much lower airfares are worth a little up front car travel time to book flights from this location. One thing I'm always sure to include in our vacation budget is airport parking.  Being on the uncrowded fringes of Denver has resulted in DIA having multiple options for long term parking of your vehicle.  Prices vary, but will generally be cheaper than parking in a DIA lot.  The short shuttle ride over to the airport is not a big deal, so this is the option we typically chose. I recently learned about a cool, affordable Denver airport parking option that I'm excited to try out the next time we depart from DIA.  Canopy Airport Parking offers three types of parking:  indoor valet, covered self-park, and open-air. They are a totally green facility which is: Green Garage Certified, LEED Gold … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Protect Jewelry While Traveling

Nothing can ruin a vacation more than a lost ring, watch, or that favorite pair of earrings.  I thought this information was helpful and interesting, so wanted to share it with my readers. Whether you’re getting ready for a spring break vacation or planning a summer getaway, don’t lose sight of your tiniest travel companions – namely your jewelry. “It’s no surprise that people bring their jewelry with them on vacation. Jewelry is part of who you are,” said Trina Woldt, chief marketing officer at Jewelers Mutual.   However, Woldt said travelers should take extra precautions when planning their next vacation and encourages them to keep five tips in mind. Here’s how to minimize risk of jewelry loss, theft or damage. 5 Ways to Protect Jewelry While Traveling 1. Choose wisely. Take only the jewelry you’ll actual wear while traveling. 2. Make a list. Document all the jewelry you’ll take with you, or take pictures or video. 3. Carry it on. Never put jewelry in checked bags. Instead, … [Read more...]

Affordable, Cultural Tour Guide During Your Vacation

Does adding a dash of cultural tourism to your next vacation sound appealing?  Incorporating some authentic, local experiences that immerse you in another country's culture can add so much to your vacation.  But oftentimes, that's only possible through expensive tour packages, or perhaps a months-long volunteering stint. Do you at times, like me, wistfully ponder what it would be like to travel the globe, and truly soak in diverse cultures?  Or wish you could have spent a couple of years living abroad, to truly get the authentic flavor of living in another part of the world? Well, how about a small taste of that during your next vacation - easily arranged, and affordable?  I recently learned about a new website offering affordable, cultural tours you can easily add to any trip, and thought it was an exciting concept. A new tech-startup company, VISIT.ORG, has coordinated a program to offer ordinary travelers a way to enjoy authentic, cultural tourism at a very affordable … [Read more...]

Healthiest Airline Food Choices

DietDetective has released its 2014 Airline Food Survey rating foods for thirteen (13) airlines. The survey assigns a “Health Score” based on eight criteria, including things such as health of meals and snack boxes, health of individual snacks, healthy offerings, and calorie levels.  It's an annual survey conducted to provide travelers with the best in-flight food options, so they can make healthier choices. I was personally curious about these scores and best choices on each airline, so I thought I'd wade through the (lengthy) press release and share a summary of this interesting information. Healthiest Airline Food Choices At a glance, here's a summary of the contender's results: Virgin America Received the Top Rating   Delta and Jetblue Close Behind Delta Most Improved Air Canada Dropped United, American and US Airways Below Par Hawaiian Airlines at the Bottom The 'Shame on You'goes to Frontier" says Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, public health advocate, editor of … [Read more...]