Holiday Gift Guide: Enjoy the Outdoors with These 8 Finds from ICAST 2018
Aug19

Holiday Gift Guide: Enjoy the Outdoors with These 8 Finds from ICAST 2018

This was my second year attending the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, commonly referred as ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing tradeshow produced by the American Sportfishing Association. More than 15,000 people walked the 220,000 net square feet of exhibit space at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. While most attendees (primarily wholesalers, retailers, representatives of manufacturers, government agencies, media, and fishing pro staff) walked the aisles looking for the latest and greatest in fishing, I was on the mission to find the latest and greatest in outdoor gear. Enjoy the outdoors with these 8 finds from ICAST 2018 or consider this your holiday gift guide for the outdoorsy person in your life.

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#TravelprAna: Spring Showers Won’t Spoil My Dose of Vitamin Sea
May15

#TravelprAna: Spring Showers Won’t Spoil My Dose of Vitamin Sea

Who heads to the beach on a Monday evening? This gal. It’s so #TravelprAna. And if you live within a stone’s throw to a beach, I highly recommend you take advantage of an evening seaside stroll for a good dose of Vitamin Sea. For some strange reason, the beach has been reserved for the weekends to unwind from the workweek. But I say, carpe diem and dip those toes in the sand.

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Has the Outdoor World Abandoned YETI Because of Fake News?
Apr24

Has the Outdoor World Abandoned YETI Because of Fake News?

I have to wonder, how is the NRA benefiting by spreading misleading information? I wonder how much money they received in donations over the weekend. Will anyone who believed the NRA release and now knows the other side feel betrayed and continue to believe them?

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Unique Christmas Gift: Save Snowmen From Extinction and Give Earth a Fighting Chance
Dec13

Unique Christmas Gift: Save Snowmen From Extinction and Give Earth a Fighting Chance

I have a request of you this holiday season and hope you will join me in this crusade. Together, we MUST stop snowman extinction! Okay, that is a little silly, but seriously, the clock is running out in both days until Christmas and in the negative impact humans are making on our planet.

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MTV’s Siesta Key Will Put Sarasota on the Map. And Modern Map Art Has the Map.
Aug13
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How I Found and Gave My Parents the Perfect 50th Anniversary Gift
Aug06

How I Found and Gave My Parents the Perfect 50th Anniversary Gift

Finding the perfect 50th anniversary gift for my parents was difficult, but once I found it, it was so easy to execute and Casey Kasem would agree it was a hit. The gift encapsulated my gratitude and appreciation for all they’ve done for my siblings and me and to this day, they continue to give. Before I share what this chart-topping gift is, let me briefly give you a glimpse into my childhood.

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Best Subscription Box for Those Who Love to Travel
Jul09

Best Subscription Box for Those Who Love to Travel

A subscription box, by Wikipedia’s definition, “is a recurring delivery of niche products.” There’s a slew on the market and my first box was for Birchbox, where I received makeup and beauty samples. Over the years, I have tried some of the best subscription boxes, ranging from health and fitness to healthy eating to fly fishing  and now, I have tried one for those who love to travel.

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Awesome Wonder Woman Jewelry and More
Apr27

Awesome Wonder Woman Jewelry and More

Looking for awesome Wonder Woman jewelry? C’mon. Don’t make me use the Golden Lasso on you to tell the truth! I have a hunch, when you were a kid, you were a fan of Wonder Woman, too.

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There’s No Crying on a Harley-Davidson, But I Did Anyway
Feb16

There’s No Crying on a Harley-Davidson, But I Did Anyway

Just as there is no crying in baseball, there is no crying on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Yeah, well, I’m here to confess I did just that. Straddling 500-some pounds of hot metal between my legs on a cool December evening, I sat bawling because I accepted reality – I am not coordinated enough to drive a motorcycle.

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2016: My Year of Being an Illiterate Slug
Dec11

2016: My Year of Being an Illiterate Slug

As I sat down today to list the books I read during 2016, I realized, I’ve been a slug when it’s come to reading books. I mean, I think 2016 is my year of illiteracy and in part, I blame social media.

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Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Solo Travelers
Dec05

Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Solo Travelers

Need stocking stuffer ideas for a solo traveler on your holiday list? Here are a few of my hand-selected items for 2016. From a reusable device that extracts insect venom to fashionable yet practical socks, you’ll find something for your fave independent traveler. And, you may find something for yourself.

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Travel Gear Review: Never Drop Your Phone in Water Again with Loop
Oct25

Travel Gear Review: Never Drop Your Phone in Water Again with Loop

I remember it well. The day I dropped my phone in water, fished it out of the toilet bowl, placed it in nylons and then a bag of rice in an attempt to salvage it.

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Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far: Ep. 2
Oct23

Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far: Ep. 2

During Episode 2 of Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far on WKDW Radio, 97.5 FM, I spoke with the Florida International Air Show (Oct. 21 – 23) and Kelley Higney, founder of the Bug Bite Thing,.

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Stanley: Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers
Nov26

Stanley: Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers

‘Tis the season to be merry and jolly and as you compile your list of holiday gifts for outdoor adventurers, take a look at the reliable and rugged Stanley gear with my favorite being a Stanley Happy Hour set.

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Round 1: Review of the Netgear Trek N300 Travel Router and Range Extender
Jan01

Round 1: Review of the Netgear Trek N300 Travel Router and Range Extender

Internet access is pretty much essential when running a travel blog and it’s one of the challenges I have when traveling, especially on media trips. Other than 5 a.m., internet access in hotels and resorts seems to be slowcus-pocus during peak usage hours which makes it difficult to upload photos, post to social media channels, respond to emails and make blog posts. As part of my duties as a NETGEAR Ambassador, I recently received the NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router and Range Extender to give it a try and share my honest feedback.

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