How to Plan a Trip on a Budget – You Can Do It

Traveling is one of the most fulfilling experiences for anyone to have. It is the most amazing way to connect with the rest of the world. There are so many spectacular things to see and learn through travels. It doesn’t matter what type of travel either. Just traveling to any neighboring city, state or country can awaken so much within a person. It’s exhilarating!

So, why is it that many people rarely travel? One major reason is that people think that traveling costs a lot. I’m not going to sugar coat anything because traveling can be expensive. BUT I am also here to help and guide you and show you How to Plan a Trip on a Budget – You Can Do It.


First and foremost, get yourself into the right mindset. You want to travel, so, you have to put yourself into traveler mode. Believe that you can do it. You deserve this! Put aside any doubts and just go for it!

Budget and Itinerary

Whatever your budget is stick with it. If it’s a minimal amount, it’s fine. The value of the trip is what you make of it and the memories you make on the trip are worth every dollar.

Now that your budget is set, time to plan your itinerary. Search for a destination nearby that won’t cost as much as the ultimate dream vacation you’ve been longing for. BUT look at this budgeted trip as a stepping stone to that dream vacation. Perhaps instead of going by air you can go by train or bus or better yet, go on a road trip. There’s no rule that states that you have to take a trip on a plane.

However, if your budget is enough to take you on some air travel, check out to check for destinations with reasonable airfares closest to your area.


Oh food, food, food…we need it for nourishment but do we need excess amounts of it while we are on a trip? Yes, I know it’s debatable but when you are planning a trip on a budget you might be able to bypass 3 full square meals a day and do just one complete meal and two snacks instead.

Now if you cannot resist breakfast, lunch and dinner, there used to be a TV show where the host would go to a certain place and spend something like $40 per day for 3 meals and a snack. Perhaps you can simulate doing the same thing but according to your food budget. So, instead of $40 per day you can perhaps can cut it down to $20 per day.

Breakfasts can be light and yet nutritious. Some cereal and fruit or a croissant with your breakfast beverage should suffice for most of the day. A light snack in the afternoon like a sandwich could hold you until dinner. Then at dinner, eat a hearty meal as a reward for all the adventuring you did during the day.

Another recommendation is to cook your own meals and that will save a lot and expand your budget a little more!


The best way to save on lodging during your trip is to stay with some friends or relatives. People tend to think that doing this is burdensome to friends and relatives but really that is just a thought that we have in our minds. If you’re only there for a few days and don’t over welcome your stay, people really won’t mind having you over.

Another way to save on lodging is to become a house sitter. Many people who go on vacation look for house sitters to tend to their homes while they are away. As a house sitter you are able to secure a place to stay sometimes for free in exchange for caring for the home while the owners are away.

If you are a single traveler, you might want to check out some hostels in the area. A hostel is “an establishment which provides inexpensive food and lodging for a specific group of people, such as students, workers, or travelers”.

Or instead of renting out four-star hotels and if you are an adventurous traveler you can stay in a decent motel. After all, you will only need a place to shower and sleep and there are some motels out there that are adequate for that purpose.

Lastly, you can search for Airbnbs. People who travel in large groups could benefit from Airbnbs. You can rent out a large home, for example, for the duration of your trip and split the rental cost by the number of people who will be staying there. This will probably cheaper than renting hotel rooms per day.

Souvenirs and Gifts

Sure it is always nice to get some souvenirs and gifts for yourself or people back home to memorialize your trip, but you can also do without them. Take lots of pictures and videos instead! They’re worth more than that t-shirt or key chain.

Go on a Vacation

As you can see, even on a small budget you can go on a vacation. As the saying goes, “if there’s a will, there’s a way”. These are just some ways on “How to Plan a Trip on a Budget – You Can Do It”.  I am sure that there are other ways to be savvy on a trip and I look forward to hearing how you plan a trip on a budget. As well, I am sure that everyone reading this looks forward to reading about them too.

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Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers, Top 3

Everyone loves stocking stuffers! You know…those small inexpensive gifts that gift-givers can place inside a perfect sized Christmas stocking or give for those nights of Hanukah or Kwanzaa celebrations. They may be small gifts but they can be just as meaningful as the bigger gifts.

Right here I’ve got the Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers, Top 3

#1 Luggage Scale

Luggage scales are a traveler’s best friend. No traveler should be left without one and this is why it is the #1 Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers. Luggage scales are portable and can be taken along any trip plus it fits in a Christmas stocking! There are 2 types of luggage scales that you can choose from. here for Rechargeable Hanging Luggage ScaleRechargeable Hanging Luggage Scale – This is a digital luggage scale. You can switch from pounds to kilos for international travel. It has a simple touch button to operate and is easy to pack and store. The great thing about this digital luggage scale is that it is rechargeable and it has a USB so that you can charge your devices.Click here for Samsonite Manual Scale Samsonite Manual Scale– This is a simple manual digital scale made by Samsonite. Easy to use and requires no batteries or recharging. It also compact and portable.

#2 Compression Socks

Compression socks are great for travel because they help with leg circulation while traveling and prevent legs from swelling during air travel. This is why it is the #2 Best Stocking Stuffer for Travelers.

Click here for CHARMKING Compression Socks for Women & Men

Click here for CHARMKING Compression Socks for Women & Men

CHARMKING Compression Socks for Women & Men – Great stocking stuffers for both men and women. The socks are designed to provide support, comfort and relief. They are form fitting and lightweight. These can come in a package of 3 or 8 and come in many different colors and designs.

Click here for SB SOX Compression Foot Sleeves for Men & Women

SB SOX Compression Foot Sleeves for Men & Women – Compression foot sleeves only cover the feet and ankles and still provide comfort and support and still boosts blood circulation. These foot sleeves come in 4 different sizes and many colors and designs.

Click here for Compression Socks, New Compression Zip Sox SocksCompression Socks, New Compression Zip Sox Socks – I have a pair of these Zip Sox and they are wonderful. These come in 2 pair packages and only come in beige or black. The one thing great about these compression socks is that they are easy to put on and take off because of the zipper feature. I wore these on my last trip.

#3 Luggage Tags

I need these! If you own a plain ole black luggage, carry-on or suitcase, then you need these, too. Luggage tags are a great way to give your travel bags some personality. Plus, they’re a great way to spot your bags from the luggage carousel upon arrivals. They come in all colors and designs. So, here is the #3 Best Stocking Stuffer for Travelers.Click here for TUMI - Province Luggage Tag - Suitcase Identifier for Men and WomenTUMI – Province Luggage Tag – Suitcase Identifier for Men and Women – Okay, these are a little pricey for a stocking stuffer but these are absolutely gorgeous. This TUMI luggage tag is made of 100% leather will look so chic on any travel bag.Click here for TUFFTAAG Travel ID Bag Tag

TUFFTAAG Travel ID Bag Tag – This luggage tag is made of rustproof metal and a stainless steel cable to fasten it to your travel bags. It is definitely chic and stylish and is versatile as it can be used for travel by air, cruise ships, trains, buses, as well as on school bags/gym bags/suitcases/spinners/golf bags/musical instrument cases/baby strollers to name a few.Click here for Initial Luggage TagInitial Luggage Tag – This luggage tag is most especially perfect for the young traveler such as college kids and teenagers and even preteens. But it as great for everyone in the family. With the initials on the tags it is easy to keep track of whose travel bag belongs to whom. It comes in different colors and characters and has a stainless steel cable fastener.

Fill Those Stockings

Now you have some ideas to fill those traveler stockings up this Christmas season or small gift ideas for Hanukah or Kwanzaa. You can get your special someone that luggage scale or compression socks or luggage tag OR you can overfill their stocking with all the “Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers”.


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Best Gifts for Someone Who Travels A Lot, Top 3

Here we are again! It’s the beginning of another holiday season. Time to break out the decorations and good cheer. Also, time to get the Christmas shopping list together. There seems to be a few on our list who we have the hardest time figuring out what to get them every Christmas. So, you may want to ask yourself, “Does this person travel a lot?” OR “Does this person talk about wanting to travel more?” If the answer is “Yes” to either one these questions then you are in the right place, Yet, don’t limit this list just for Christmas gifts because you can use these ideas for any special occasion or no occasion at all.

These are the “Best Gifts for Someone Who Travels A Lot, Top 3“.

#1 Carry On Luggage

I think that all world travelers search high and wide for the best carry on luggage. Here are a few options:

Click here for Samsonite Winfield

Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Luggage Carry-On – Since Samsonite is one of the most recognizable names in the luggage industry, you can expect high quality and durability. This carry-on is absolutely gorgeous as it comes in a wide variety of colors.



COOLIFE Luggage – I personally have this COOLIFE Luggage and it’s absolutely wonderful. I have it in white and it has great storage space and it glides smoothly.Rockland Luggage


Rockland Luggage Melbourne 20 Inch Expandable Carry On – This carry-on luggage is for the more budget-conscious gift-giver as it is below $50. The Rockland Luggage also comes in a variety of colors and is light-weight and durable for traveling.


#2 Travel Organizers

I have written about travel organizers before and you can read my post about them to understand more fully how they work and how beneficial they are to any traveler. They would absolutely make awesome gifts for someone who travels a lot. Pak

Shacke Pak – 5 Set Packing Cubes – These are one of the most deluxe travel organizer cubes I have seen online. They come in an assortment of colors to suit your personality. These packing cubes make packing for a trip more enjoyable.

PRO Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes for Travel
– This is a beautiful travel organizer set. It is a mesh and ultralight and comes in a set of 10
Pieces. It can fit any backpack, luggage, carry-on or suitcase.DIMJ Packing Cubes

DIMJ Packing Cubes – This is one for the budget conscious as this set is below $20 which is a great deal for an 8 piece travel organizer set which includes a make-up and shoe bag.

#3 Wrinkle Free Clothing

I have another post that you can read about wrinkle-free travel clothing. Wrinkle free travel clothing is something that we all need when traveling so that we don’t have to lug around travel irons or streamers. Womens Pleated Crew Neck Peplum Wear to Work Office Sheath Dress

VFSHOW Womens Pleated Crew Neck Peplum Wear to Work Office Sheath Dress – This is just one of the many styles of women’s wrinkle-free clothing that you may want to surprise that special lady in your life who travels a lot. This dress comes in many different colors and can be worn to all kinds of occasions.Van Heusen Men's Air Short Sleeve Button Down Van Heusen Men’s Air Short Sleeve Button Down – Now, for the special man in your life who travels a lot here is a wrinkle-resistant shirt that he will enjoy while traveling the world and still look great. It is easy to care for and comes in other colors as well.

Happy Holiday Shopping

There you have it…” Best Gifts for Someone Who Travels A Lot, Top 3″, carry-on luggage, travel organizers and wrinkle-free clothing. I love to travel and these are some things that I would appreciate receiving for the holidays or for any occasion. If you are a traveler, feel free to add on to this list to help people complete their shopping list. Happy Holiday Shopping everyone!

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One Other Reason not to Travel

Have you ever met people who don’t want to travel? Have you ever asked them why not? Could it be that they think that it’s not affordable or that they don’t have the free time? These are probably the main reasons people don’t travel. But, you’ll be surprised that people also have One Other Reason not to Travel.

This other reason not to travel is that they feel that they aren’t comfortable leaving their life responsibilities and obligations even for a few days. They get so worried about who will take care of the house, the pets, the mail, the bills, the cars, the plants, the yard work and their list can go on and on and on.

I totally understand where they are coming from. When my husband and I travel for weeks at a time, we have people to take care of our home; we have other people to do banking, bills and mail; we have other people to tend to our business; we have other people to take care of our pets. After setting up all these people we realize that it takes a squad to take care of the things that we have to relinquish while we are away!
It’s a challenge to leave everything up to other people BUT the travel is so worth it.

IF this is you or someone you know and you have the desire to travel, then hire a house sitter.

What Is a House Sitter?

According to ZipRecruiter, “A house sitter stays in or visits a home while the owners are away for an extended period. Some house sitting jobs can be for any amount of time, from one night to several months. Some house sitters may only visit the home in their care during the day to collect mail and ensure the house is in good order for the homeowner’s return. Others stay overnight at the property, watering plants, caring for pets, performing maintenance, and keeping the home in good order.”

My husband and I also have our own house sitting service and this is exactly what we do. Whenever clients need to travel, we take care of whatever needs to be done while they are away.

Why Hire a House Sitter?

Here are just a few reasons to hire a house sitter:

  1. YOU deserve to travel. No more excuses. Your house sitter will work for you to make sure that life is just fine even if you are not physically around.
  2. Your home won’t look like it’s been vacated or abandoned. This will discourage burglars or vandals from violating your home and belongings. You can have your house sitter collect your mail and or subscriptions, turn lights on at night and off during the day. House sitters can also do light housework and or yard maintenance.
  3. Your pets will be cared for. You can make arrangements with your house sitter to feed your pets, take them for walks and keep them company.
  4. Your plants will be cared for. House sitters can water your indoor and outdoor plants whenever they need.
  5. Your house sitter can give you updates on whatever is going on while you are away. If there is an emergency or anything that requires attention, the house sitter can be your liaison to take care of what needs to be done.
  6. Coming back from your travels will be more relaxed. House sitters will make sure everything is in order before you return from your travels. It will almost be like you never left.

Who to Hire as a House Sitter?

Hiring a house sitter is a daunting task especially for first-timers. After all, you are, in a sense, surrendering your entire life to another person for a period of time. This is something that isn’t easily done or taken lightly. You definitely need to check for references. Do your due diligence.

Friends and Family: It is always a great idea to check with your friends and family first, at least the ones you know you can trust and feel comfortable being in your home. This might be a more economical alternative if you are on a budget.

Word of Mouth: Ask the people that you know who travel frequently, who house sits for them. If they are comfortable giving you their recommendation, then this is an indicator that the house sitters are trust worthy.

House Sitting Service Companies: You can also check with house sitting service companies in your area. You can also search for house sitting websites online.

What to Expect from a House Sitter?

Make it vividly clear what you expect from your house sitter. Meet with them ahead of time and let them know what these expectations are. House sitting magazine suggests that, “this may include taking care of pets, look after the home and keeping it clean and tidy, organizing occasional maintenance in the event of something going wrong, and generally making sure that everything runs smoothly, just as if the owner was at home.”

Ask the house sitter what they expect from you in return. Get to know your house sitter. Talk to him or her about how you would like things to be done. Take the sitter around your premises so that they are familiar with the whereabouts of everything.

Put everything into a contract where both you and the house sitter agree to all its terms.

You Can Do This

Don’t give in to the other reason not to travel. You can do this! It’s time for you to enjoy your life by giving up some of your life even for just a little while. Hire that house sitter today. There are trust-worthy people to take care of things for you but you just have to find them and make them feel comfortable taking care of your home life while you are away. Then, just maybe this will open up more doors to more future travels.
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3 Great Reasons to Use a Travel Luggage Scale

Every time my husband and I travel, especially to visit our children, we tend to pack excessively. Depending on the duration of our trip, we pack lots of food items and gifts from home in addition to the clothes and other items we need for our travels. Nowadays, many airlines charge for check-in bags or passengers are limited in quantities and weight of check-in bags. Plus, the rates for check-in luggage are sometimes outrageous!

By now, you have probably figured that it’s quite difficult for me and my husband to stay within the weight limit. So, one of the best travel investments we have ever made is a travel luggage scale. It is the greatest thing ever to use while you pack for your trip. Here I will share with you 3 Great Reasons to Use a Travel Luggage Scale.

#1 Luggage Scales Save Time

I have been at check-in counters at airports and see people having to open up their luggage to try to adjust their packing just so that they can stay within the weight limits of the airlines. This is such a stressful and time-consuming process. So, the first great reason to use a travel luggage scale is that it definitely saves time. You can start packing your luggage at home and when you think that you are done you can easily weigh it. You will know if you are either over or under weight and you can adjust your packing at home rather than waiting at the airport check-in counter only to be told that your luggage is overweight or you could have packed a little more because you are underweight.

#2 Luggage Scales Save Money

The second great reason to use a travel luggage scale is that it will save money. It takes getting used to even being charged for a first check-in bag which costs anywhere from $25 – $50 while second bags cost upwards of $40 and so on and so forth. Overweight bags are another story. It can cost passengers hundreds of dollars for one piece of baggage to be overweight even by a pound. Luggage scales can save people the financial stress of checking in their bags.

#3 Luggage Scales Are Portable

Travels are normally round trips. So, not only do you have to weigh your luggage before you leave but you have to weigh them on the way back to where you originated from. No need to fret because the third great reason to use a travel luggage scale is that they are portable. Luggage scales are small enough to put into your luggage so that you can have it readily available when you are ready to head back.

How Do They Work?

Travel luggage scales are really simple to use.

  1. Pack your bags.
  2. Calibrate your travel luggage scale to zero.
  3. Hook the scale to or wrap the strap around the luggage handle.
  4. Lift your luggage with the scale.
  5. Check the weight.

Voila! That is it.

Digital or Non-DigitalBy Simon A. Eugster - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The most popular travel luggage scales are the digital kind. I mean, we do live in a digital world so that’s no surprise. It’s extra simple to use. Lift your bags and read the digital number that shows up on the screen.

The luggage scale that I personally use is the non-digital one. We’ve been using it for many years and it hasn’t failed us and it’s actually pretty accurate. It may be off by a pound when we place our bags on the scales at the airport depending on the calibration. Unlike the digital kind, you will have to work a little harder to read the weight as the little hand points to the numbers but there is a marker that sticks to the actual weight. The advantage to the non-digital scale is that it requires no batteries.

This is it

If there is ever one item that every world traveler should get this is it! A travel luggage scale is the most useful item you could have when you’re packing for that long vacation. It saves time and money and it’s portable. When you get one for yourself, it would be a wonderful idea to get another one as a gift for a fellow jet-setter. Or better yet, put it on your wish list for your next birthday or holiday gift.

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How to Pack for a 5 Day Trip

My husband and I are blessed to have such wonderful children. In a few days, we will be in the air headed for Okinawa, Japan. One of our daughters purchased our airline tickets so that we can be there for her upcoming military graduation from leadership school.

This trip will be my opportunity to share with you my travel experiences. The first thing I will share is…

How to Pack for a 5-Day Trip

Check-In and Carry-On Bags

For those not familiar with traveling by plane, knowing the difference between a check-in bag and carry-on bag is essential.

CHECK-IN BAGS are your larger luggage, suitcases, other various cases or bags that are held in the cargo area of an airplane. When you check in for your flight at the airline counter, you also check-in these bags which are then tagged and delivered to an airline for transportation. Depending on the airlines, your first check-in bag may be free while other airlines charge anywhere from $25 to $200 per check-in bag. Passengers have no access to check-in bags while en route to their destinations. Upon arriving to your destination, they are retrieved at the determined carousel in the arrival’s area.

Dimensions and Weight Limits: A typical check in bag is: 27 inches x 21 inches x 14 inches. Typical weight requirements for check-in bags is 50 lbs (23 kg).. When traveling or first or business class it is 70 lbs(32 kg).
However, some airline carriers will allow overweight, oversize or additional baggage for additional fees.

CARRY-ON BAGS or hand-carries are smaller bags including back packs permitted in the passenger area of an airplane. These bags should also fit in the overhead bin inside the airplane. If necessary, passengers could have access to their carry-on bags during a flight.

Dimensions and Weight Limits: Typical carry-on bags should be no more than 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 centimeters x 35 centimeters x 56 centimeters) including handles and wheels. Depending on the airlines, there really is no weight limit but passengers must be able to lift it into the overhead compartment.

Personal Item

In addition to check-in and carry-on bags, passengers are also allowed one personal item they can take on the plane.

Personal items are even smaller than carry-on bags. They include but are not limited to handbags, purses, briefcases or laptop bags. It should be able to fit under the seat in front of you on the plane.

Dimensions and Weight Limits: Some airlines may have restrictions on the dimensions of personal items and may state that maximum dimensions for your personal item be 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm).

Start Packing

So, my husband and I are taking a 5-day trip and we need to start packing. Between the two of us, we are bringing one check-in bag, 2 carry-on bags, and 2 personal items.

Our check-in bag will be filled with goodies for our daughter. When I say goodies, I am actually talking about prepackaged foods, including frozen items, from home that she isn’t able to find in Okinawa. Packing food items is something my husband and I normally do when we go to visit our children. Some may find it strange to pack foods into a check-in bag but it’s one of the few ways we can transport these items. We are very scrupulous when we pack food items. If necessary, we vacuum seal items to preserve their freshness and to help with keeping the items from becoming damaged during transport. With the frozen items, we ensure that they go directly into a freezer once we get to our destination.

Our carry-on bags will strictly be for our clothes and shoes this time since it is a short trip. We have recently upgraded our carry-on bags. My husband will be using a Samsonite and I will be using a Penguin brand.

Things to Consider

Some things to consider when packing clothes and shoes for your trip:

Purpose: For example, our main purpose for this trip is to attend a military graduation. So, we have to be sure to pack semi-formal outfits for the occasion.

Weather: Always be sure to check what the weather will be like while you are there at your destination, Even though you might be headed to an island destination, you might still need some clothes for an unexpected monsoon.

Activities: Pack according to the types of activities you will be engaging in. If you plan to do some hiking, be sure to bring along your hiking boots. Going to do lots of sightseeing? Bring along some great walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Going to be in the sun? Bring lots of sunblock and sunglasses.

Unexpected Excursions: It’s always safe to bring along a dressy casual outfit just in case someone invites you out to a nice dinner or an out on the town where jeans and a t-shirt won’t make do.

My Personal Packing

Based on the above-listed considerations these are the items I will be bringing:

  • (1) Dressy casual outfit with heels
  • (1) Pair of Jeans with (2) possible casual and cool blouses
  • (1) Pair of shorts with (1) casual top
  • (3) Pairs of leggings with matching tops
  • (1) Travel outfit to wear back home
  • (1) Pair of running shoes

Plus, I have the pair of slip on shoes that I’ll be wearing on my way over. Of course, I’ll be bringing along my unmentionables to last for the duration.

Also, I went through my wardrobe to find as many wrinkle-free travel clothes as I could based on a previous article I wrote…

Ready to Go

That is “How to Pack for a 5-Day Trip”. As the song goes, “all my bags are packed and I’m ready to go”. We are all set to check-in for our flight to Okinawa and I can’t wait to share my travel experience with the world. After all, this site is called Travel Away Life. I hope that you find this article enjoyable as much as it is useful. I would so love to hear about your travel experiences, as well, and you can share how YOU pack for a 5-day trip. Please leave a comment because I absolutely love hearing from my readers and followers!


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How to Travel with a Yoga Mat

There seems n’to be a resurgence in Yoga and meditation lately. I, too, enjoy my share of downward dogs and child’s poses. I find meditation soothing and calming for the body, mind and soul. I sure would like to do more of it. Why not do some yoga and meditation while on vacation? And of course, to do Yoga and meditation requires a mat.

So, I was thinking... How to travel with a Yoga mat?

History of the Yoga Mat

The ancient practitioners of yoga in India conducted yoga on kusha grass, on the hard earth, or on a deer or tiger skin rug.

People who practiced yoga when it was brought in the western world used towels or cotton mats on wooden floors. Soon after that, rubber mats were used. In 1982, “sticky mats” were first sold. Surprisingly, the first mat purposely made strictly for yoga was developed in the 1990s by Hugger Mugger Yoga Products.

What to Look for in a Yoga Mat

Although I am not an extreme yoga enthusiast, there are three things that I look for in a yoga mat. They are the length, thickness and durability.

LENGTH: The standard size of yoga mats is 24 inches wide by 68 inches long. The extra long mat can come in 71, 72, 74 or 84 inches long. Some may even go beyond 7 feet long! I would recommend looking into a mat that fits your physical stature. There is nothing worse than trying to do a yoga pose and not having enough space to comfortably complete your pose. Even though I am a mere 5’2″, I would choose a longer yoga mat.

THICKNESS: A standard yoga mat is about 1/8 inch thick but there are some that go as thick as 1/4 inch. A travel yoga mat is 1/16 inch thick. I prefer the 1/4 inch thickness because it’s more comfortable on my knees when I need to do a pose such as cat to cow or bird-dog.

DURABILITY: Replacing your yoga mat every six to twelve months is the general rule of thumb. This is a reasonable rule. However, it really depends on a lot of factors such as the frequency of use, the styles of yoga that is done and where you do yoga. I have used yoga mats that start to fall a part or lose their stickiness even way before the 6-month period. Since I only do yoga in the comfort of my living room I expect a yoga mat that will downward dog with me for at least the full 12 months.

Types of Yoga Mats

TRADITIONAL MATS are rectangular “sticky mats” so that poses can be held without slipping. Traditional mats are made of PVC, or vinyl. They come in various thickness and lengths. Both beginners and seasoned practitioners use traditional mats.

NON-TRADITIONAL MATS come in different shapes. You can now choose circular, oval and even hour-glass shapes Yoga mats. Non-traditional mats also come in much more eco-friendly materials.

Natural Rubber mats are non-toxic and are made from biodegradable and recycled materials.

Thermoplastic elastomer mats are made from natural materials and are considered healthy and environmentally friendly.

Cotton mats are all natural and are washable. They are soft and cushiony and absorbs sweat better.

Hemp mats are also all natural and last long because hemp has great elasticity and strength.

Jute mats are made from all natural jute fibers which is biodegradable. Jute mats are considered the most eco-friendly.

TRAVEL MATS are much thinner than other yoga mats. They are made to fold and roll up for travel purposes. Travel mats are only meant to be used for traveling so they are not as durable as the conventional yoga mats.

Yoga Mat Accessories

With the popularity of Yoga and meditation, not only are there Yoga mats to choose from but there are also Yoga mat accessories:
Yoga Mat Bags:
These are basically bags to fit your Yoga mats in and they come in different styles and colors. These bags have an attached strap to it so that it can be carried over your shoulder.

Harness Straps: These are straps made of elastic that can wrap around the Yoga mat and carried over your shoulder for easier transport.

Yoga Backpacks: This is a multi-purpose backpack that you can place your Yoga mat in and sometimes multiple mats. It also has other compartments that you can use to put other travel necessities. It’s very practical and easy to carry on your back just like a typical backpack.

How to Travel with a Yoga Mat

So, back to my original question… How to Travel with a Yoga Mat?

The logical answer is…bring a travel Yoga mat. It makes sense. It’s made for travel because it’s very thin and can be rolled up or folded and packed in your luggage.

OR do what makes you feel happy….bring along your favorite Yoga mat. Roll it up with an elastic harness strap or place it in a yoga mat bag with a sling or carry a Yoga back pack on your next travel adventure.


There shouldn’t be any pressure or stress. So, whichever way you decide, How to Travel with a Yoga Mat, is up to you.


Continue breathing gently.

Slowly open your eyes.




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Top 5 Travel Snack Ideas

When traveling the world, making it on time to the next destination can have travelers feeling a little hungry whether by air, land or sea. Here you will find some travel snack ideas to curb those cravings while traveling.

Being Mindful of Other Travelers

First and foremost when thinking of travel snack ideas, being mindful of other travelers around you is important. One thing to consider is choosing travel snacks that are quiet. No one wants to be that person who opens that loud bag of chips while everyone is sleeping around them. Crunching on a stalk of celery can also disturb even the calmest of people.

Another thing to consider is choosing snacks that don’t have an overpowering aroma. Most travel requires people to be confined to small areas and the lingering smell of something pungent such as garlic, cinnamon or curry spices will not always be as inviting with other travelers.

Last thing to consider is to choose snacks that require limited movement to prepare or eat. Elbow room is all you have to work with. So, choose stuff that can be easily unpacked from your purse or carry-on bag.

Avoiding the Lines and Prices

If you happen to check-in for your next flight on an empty stomach and your time is limited, chances are you will attempt to get some food at the many food vendors nearest your gate. This will usually end up with you fighting a long line which you definitely might not have time for and spending an excess amount of money that could be saved for making memories at your final destination. Also, buying food at a food vendor only adds to your carry-on weight should you decide to take it with you while you travel.

Creating some travel snack ideas will help you avoid those long lines and paying airport prices at all the food vendors you are surrounded by on your way to your departure gate.

Top 5 Travel Snack Ideas

  1. Sandwiches and wraps are great travel snack ideas and they make for a hearty snack that will tide your hunger or curb any craving. You can make your absolute favorite kind of sandwich or wrap (maybe not tuna fish or egg though), wrap it up and bring it along. It fits easily into any bag. Just be careful not to smash it along the way.
  2. Salads are another great travel snack idea especially for the health conscious and/or vegetarians. Be sure to add the dressing though prior to boarding because dressing is considered to be liquid. Salads can also fill your appetite and keep you feeling satisfied without being too full.
  3. Fruits and Veggies are also another wonderful travel snack idea. You can’t go wrong with fruits and veggies. Just choose your favorites, cut them up, pack them and enjoy them on the go. You can also rely on prepackaged fruits and veggies such as dried fruits or fruit snacks packets.
  4. Oatmeal is a surprisingly fun travel snack idea. Bring along a few instant packets and just ask for some hot water and mix it yourself. Oatmeal goes well, too, with some fruit. Granola bars or protein bars can also fall into this group.
  5. Beef Jerky is the practical travel snack idea. It is a great protein source and tastes great. If you’re feeling generous, you might want to share with the person next to you and make someone smile.

How to Pack Them

The trick for your travel snack ideas is to know how to pack them. When packing your travel snacks, you want to be sure that they will endure all the movement that goes with checking in your personal or carry-on bags through security. The worse thing is to finally sit in your seat, take out your snacks only to find out they’ve been smashed up and appear unappetizing.

Disposable plastic containers are the best way to pack your travel snack ideas. They are lightweight and they provide protection of your foods from being broken, crumbled or crushed. You can use them to eat out of if you bring something life oatmeal or cereal. They can be re-used for other things on your trip, as well, or simply toss them in the recycle bin if you want to be rid of them.

Storage bags are another option. However, these are not as durable as plastic containers. They work just fine. They won’t take up too much space in your carry-on bags. You just have to be extra careful to put them on top of the pile in your bags.

Plastic containers from home such as Rubbermaid or Tupperware brands are always the best option. They are the most durable to store your snacks. The only downfall is that you’ll have to carry them around for your entire trip. Then again, you might find other uses for them once you clean them up.

Food Safety Tips

Even though you are packing your own travel snacks, food safety is important to enjoy the rest of your travel in the healthiest way possible. Here are some food safety tips:

  1. Wash your hands before and after coming in contact with your travel snacks. It’s always a great idea to carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you in case soap and water aren’t accessible.
  2. Rinse all fruits and vegetables prior to packing.
  3. Keep travel snacks stored in the right temperatures.

Remember, your snacks are meant to be eaten while you are traveling. They are not meant to be kept for long periods of time. If you feel that your snacks haven’t been touched for too long and may be spoiled, simply toss them out.

Snack Away

So, when planning your next get away, put together your travel snack ideas and snack away! It’s very easy to do when you plan ahead. Travel gets the best of us sometimes that we don’t even have moments to think of our sustenance in the excitement, Let’s face it, everyone is always happier when they are not feeling hungry. So, here are your travel snack ideas – curb the cravings.

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Travel with Passport – Always a Great Idea

A passport is an official travel document. It’s a document that certifies the identity and citizenship of the person it is issued to. Basically, it has the bearer’s name, date of birth, photo, gender and physical characteristics. It is primarily used for international travel. It grants you re-entry into your country if you are traveling outside of it. Although a passport is not mandatory as a proof of citizenship, it is definitely always a great idea to obtain one.Travel with passport definitely makes travel life much easier

7 Reasons Why You Should Get a Passport

  1. It’s accepted worldwide.
  2. Don’t have a driver’s license? The passport is a legal ID. Especially nowadays with the full-effect of
    the Real ID in place, the passport is the best alternate ID to a driver’s license.
  3. A passport is the most convenient form of ID anyone can have for travel. You’ll get through most customs and immigration lines quicker than those without one even when traveling within the US and its territories.
  4. If you are planning to travel to another country, you need to get a passport. You will not be allowed to enter another country or re-enter into your own country without one.
  5. Passports provide ease of mind. You never know what the future has in store for you and it may include travels out of the country. Knowing that you have a passport helps you rest assure that should anything unexpected happen and it requires you to travel to another country, you can easily travel without worry.
  6. A passport is easy to obtain. There are no tests to take. Just fill out the application, provide supporting documents, provide a photo and pay the fees.
  7. Passports are good for 10 years for adults and can be easily renewed.

Applying for a Passport

Applying for a passport in the United States can be quick and painless if you come prepared. Here’s an overview provided by the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

  1. Fill out your form.
  2. Collect your supporting documents.
  3. Get your photo.
  4. Calculate your fees.
  5. Submit.

Depending on the urgency of your need for a passport, you may apply at either a passport acceptance facility or passport agency.

You must apply in person and you are required to submit the following documents:

Application for US Passport (DS-11)

This form is used for those applying for a passport for the first time, children under 16, applicants 16-17, and those not eligible to renew using the renewal form (DS-82).

Proof of US Citizenship

You must provide an original or certified copy of your proof of citizenship. This may include:

  • US Birth Certificate
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired).

Photocopy of Proof of Citizenship

This is a photocopy of the document provided as your proof of citizenship.

Current ID

You must present a current and valid ID. This can include:

  • Valid or expired, undamaged U.S. passport book or passport card
  • In-state, fully valid driver’s license or enhanced driver’s license with photo
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Government employee ID (city, county, state, or federal)
  • U.S. military or military dependent ID
  • Current (valid) foreign passport
  • Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular ID) – commonly used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) – commonly used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • Trusted Traveler IDs (including valid Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS cards)
  • Enhanced Tribal Cards and Native American tribal photo IDs
  • Other documents: In-state, fully valid learner’s permit with photo,
    In-state, fully valid non-driver ID with photo, and temporary driver’s
    license with photo. Note: you may be asked to present an additional ID
    when presenting one of these 3 documents.

Photocopy of Valid ID

Provide a copy of the ID that was presented.

Passport Photo

You need one 2″ by 2″ color passport photo

Passport Fees

(as of the date of this post)

Adult Applicants (Age 16 and older) $110 + $35 Execution Fee

Children (15 and younger) $80 + $35 Execution Fee

*Note: application and execution fee are paid separately.

Validity of the Passport

If you are 16 years or older when your passport is issued, then your passport is valid for 10 years. Those below the age of 16, passports are good for 5 years.

Although passports are valid for 10 years, many countries will not allow travelers into their country if their passports expire within six months from their time of travel. This means it is a good idea to renew your passport six months before the expiration date.

Passport Cards

In the United States, passport cards are becoming more popular with passport applicants. These cards were first issued in 2008 and millions of cards have been issued since then.

Passport cards function in the same was as the better known passport book. It provides identity and citizenship. It’s the size of a credit cart and contains a chip. It is a fully valid passport but can only be used for land and sea travel between the US and Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

You can apply for one at the same time and in addition to a passport book. The requirements are the same.

The fee for the passport card for adults is $30 + $35 Execution Fee. For children, the fee is $15 +$35 Execution Fee.

Its validity is the same as that of the passport book.

The Only Way to Go

Travel with passport is the only way to go (pun intended)!
World travelers know this well. Passports are a must have if you wish to see the rest of the world. I recommend that you apply for one as soon as you can. You won’t regret it.
Travel with passport is always a great idea.

Here is a link to apply for your passport today:

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Wrinkle Free Travel Clothing – Straighten Up

If you are like me, then you really don’t care much for ironing. However, I still do it because I love looking nice and neat. So, what more while traveling? You still want to look great while you’re on vacation or on a business trip but you don’t want to spend time ironing your clothes. Sure you can pack a travel iron or steamer but there has to be an alternative,

The alternative is wrinkle free travel clothing. So, instead of always having to pack an iron or steamer or requesting for an iron for your hotel room, check your wardrobe for clothing that is wrinkle free or better yet invest in some today!

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