Month: December 2019

10 Gifts Under $20 For the Woman Who Travels

10 Gifts Under $20 For the Woman Who Travels

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As a travel blogger, it is apparent that I love traveling. What many of you might not know (if you didn’t read my article on packing cubes), is that I despise living out of my suitcase. I love adding items that provide organization to make it easier for you to unpack. I also appreciate components that are compact to make you feel as though you have everything from home, but without the extra baggage. If there is a woman in your life that you know feels the same way, you will surely find something off of my list of “10 gifts under $20 for the woman who travels” that will make her very happy.

#1 Travel Hanging Toiletry Bag by Hikenture

I absolutely love this toiletry bag! There is plenty of room for your makeup, hair products, and other personal hygiene essentials. The added bonus is that you can hang it up in the bathroom, and never have to unpack/store a thing on the vanity.

#2 Travel Storage Jewelry Bag by Bagsmart

I love costume jewelry, but have often avoided traveling with it in fear of my pieces getting damaged (until I purchased one of these). This travel storage jewelry bag provides plenty of space to store your bracelets and earrings. What I love best about this bag is the necklace storage area. You never have to worry about them getting knotted or twisted while traveling.

#3 Universal Folding Electronics Bag by Dot & Dothttps://amzn.to/2sZACTb

Like many of us, I travel with quite a few pieces of technology. I have my phone, Apple Watch for working out, and my headphones as I love listening to music. I also carry around a portable phone charger to make sure that I always have enough battery to snap lots of pictures. This electronic storage bag provides an area to keep all of your wires in place to avoid all of the untangling later.

#4 Travel Adapter Outlet by Dandelion

This travel adapter is amazing for the world traveling woman in your life. The Dandelion travel adapter provides different travel shapes for anywhere you travel. It covers more than 150 countries around the world!

#5 4-Piece Packing Travel Organization Cubes Set by Amazon Basics

Packing cubes make me smile! So much that I did a write up on them about their practicality (The Best Suitcase Organizer (Ever). They eliminate the dreaded, “living out of your suitcase”, or the need to unpack each and every item. Store all of your clothing into the different cubes, and then unpack them into your dresser at your destination. If I had to recommend my most favorite item on this list, this would definitely be it!

#6 Travel-in-Style Pocket Scarf by Pop Fashion

This infinity scarf is genius! Not only will it keep you warm, but it provides a safe place to store your valuable items. It is also great for when you are out jogging in pants that don’t have pockets.

#7 Collapsible Water Bottle with Carabiner by TEMEAYE

While I am at home I always have a water bottle within arms reach. The one thing that I usually forget to pack in my suitcase is you guessed it…my water bottle. One of the main reasons is for lack of space in my luggage. This collapsible water bottle solves that issue.

#8 Luggage Tags by Getaway Simply

Most travelers choose standard luggage in the black, blue or gray variety. This issue causes all of the luggage to look the same. My husband usually ties a bright shoestring to our suitcase, but I wanted something a little more stylish. That is why I created these personalized luggage tags. They are now available in my Etsy store, with free shipping in the U.S.

#9 Selfie Stick Tripod by UBeesize

Selfies serve their purpose and I have nothing against them. I do however, appreciate a full length body shot of my family or myself at the beautiful destination we have traveled to. This selfie stick tripod makes it easy to capture those moments, and even has a remote to snap the picture when you are ready.

#10 Passport Holder – Neck Wallet & RFID Travel Wallet

This passport holder would be great for anyone. My son actually used something similar while he was studying abroad. It is easier for someone to pick your pocket than it is for them to grab something off of your neck. This holder also offers RFID blocking.

There are many other items that I could have added to the list, but I wanted to keep it brief. Have you used any of these items or did I leave off one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 Day Itinerary: Las Vegas, Utah & Grand Canyon

5 Day Itinerary: Las Vegas, Utah & Grand Canyon

We absolutely love everything about the west coast. The mountains, the desert, you name it. While my children have never been a huge fan of the outdoors, my husband and I crave it. The one thing that we all agreed on, in regards to an outdoor vacation, was that we wanted to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. The Southern Rim is the most popular, which means that rental properties close by are going to be expensive. With that being said, we opted to explore the North Rim, where it is less crowded and a bit cheaper in regards to lodging. We also wanted to do some hiking in St. George, Utah, so we decided on a combined 5-day trip that included Las Vegas, Utah and the Grand Canyon.

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Day 1

Las Vegas, Nevada (Evening Preview)

We flew in to Las Vegas around 3:00pm via plane and immediately picked up our rental car. From there we took our boys to dinner at Secret Pizza. If you’ve never been, you must give it a try. The restaurant is hidden (hence the secret), on the 3rd floor of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. You will not see a sign for the restaurant and will have to look out for a hallway leading to it. There is limited seating in the actual restaurant, but there are plenty of places to sit in the hotel lobby.

After dinner we took a walk to see the 9:00pm show of The Fountains of Bellagio.

St. George, Utah is almost 2 hours away, so we left shortly after seeing the fountains. The drive was breathtaking with all of the mountains so close to the road. We are from the east coast and see lots of flat land, so mountains are always a sight to see.

This is the condo that we rented and it was perfect. It had everything we needed to cook with in the kitchen, and even had a community pool for relaxing in the evening. This condo has 2 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa.

Day 2

Sand Hollow State Park

There is lots to do at this park from ATV riding in the sand dunes to jet skiing in the man-made reservoir. It’s about a 30 minute drive from St. George, UT. We spent our morning on the jet skis and had a blast. It was a hot day in Utah (as it is in June), so this was refreshing. Just be sure to use sunscreen or you will burn. Here is the link to check out the prices on their rentals. https://thebeachatsandhollow.com/rental-pricing/

Cinder Cone Volcano

If you don’t spend all day at the reservoir and want to explore a bit more, I recommend a short hike on the cinder cone volcano in Snow Canyon State Park. It was about 20 minutes from our condo in St. George, UT. “Cinder cones are the simplest type of volcano. They are built from particles and blobs of congealed lava ejected from a single vent. As the gas-charged lava is blown violently into the air, it breaks into small fragments that solidify and fall as cinders around the vent to form a circular or oval cone. Most cinder cones have a bowl-shaped crater at the summit and rarely rise more than a thousand feet or so above their surroundings. Cinder cones are numerous in western North America as well as throughout other volcanic terrains of the world.” https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/volc/types.html

On our walk to the cinder cone (before ascending up), we had a moment of uncertainty. You have to go through this chain latched gate to get there. It felt like we were about to enter Jurassic Park. There were no lists of these “dangerous animals”. We scouted the area before going through and didn’t see a thing. We think that the property owners are just protecting theirselves legally incase of injury due to snake bites, etc. If anyone knows what kind of animals we needed to look out for, I would still love to know.

Day 3

North Rim, Grand Canyon, AZ

Get up early and drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Without stops, this is about a 3-3 ½ hour drive from St. George, UT.  While the North Rim only has three sights (Cape Royal, Point Imperial, Angel Point), it is still absolutely breathtaking. There is a $30 fee to get in to the canyon park. Please visit the Grand Canyon website for their schedule as they close in the winter months because of snow. https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/north-rim.htm

Day 4

Mt. Zion National Park

Mt. Zion National Park was about an hour to an hour and a half away from our condo in St. George. We found many trails for hikers of all skill levels. We did the easy trails as our son was with us, but there were some amazing trails for the advanced hiker. Be sure to get to the park early as it gets very hot in Springdale, UT. We went in June and the temperature was already up to 92 degrees by 11am. It got to 100 degrees by 2pm. Make sure to bring your water and take sips throughout the day to avoid getting sick. The cost to enter this park is $45.00 as of December 2019.

Day 5

Las Vegas, NV

We left St. George, UT around 11am and arrived back in Las Vegas around 12pm. We had a delicious lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s Burgr. After lunch we visited the Gold & Silver Pawn shop, the location of the Pawn Stars show. We were hoping (but not expecting) to see some of the people from the show, but unfortunately, they weren’t there. It was neat to see though. After that we did more exploring on the strip.

Have you ever been to any of these destinations? What were your favorite things to do there? Let me know in the comment section below.

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