Best Crossbody Bags for Travel – Crossbody Travel Purse Reviews

Best Crossbody Bags for Travel – Crossbody Travel Purse Reviews

After having my bag stolen recently in Europe, just a few blocks from home, I’ve started to reevaluate the bags I choose to carry, both at home and while traveling. The good thing is that I am no longer nomadic, so I can own more than one travel bag. I’ve been researching and learning about the best crossbody bags for travel and I wanted to share the results of my research with you. In this post, we will share our tips on how to chose the best travel purse, with a focus on crossbody travel bags.  What is a Crossbody Travel Bag? There are a few primary options for bags to carry when traveling. Many people chose a travel daypack, similar to a small backpack, to keep hands free when traveling. Others want something that might not stick out as much, or make them look as touristy. A cross bag is one with a shoulder strap that is worn across the chest rather than over one shoulder. Cross body bags make good travel handbags because they can distribute the weight across your shoulder. And, they free your arms to take photos, to eat street food, or to shop, the same way a daypack does. Crossbody handbags also may be the best purse for travel because they offer a little more security and peace of mind. It is less likely they will be snatched off your arm. (That said, there are places where crossbody bags are not the safest, most notably in Bali. If renting a motorbike in Bali, please keep your bag in your motorbike seat or between your...
Best Travel Backpack for Europe Reviews – Choosing the Best Travel Pack

Best Travel Backpack for Europe Reviews – Choosing the Best Travel Pack

When we left the US in 2012, we considered ourselves backpackers or at least flashpackers. But even back then we knew that we didn’t need hiking packs. They are a pain for our type of travel. Over the years, as our type of travel has changed so has our choice for the best travel backpack for Europe. Not only do we need to best travel pack when we are on the road for a month, but we also need one that can be used for European city breaks and everything in between. Buying the right travel backpack for Europe can make or break your trip. It’s one thing to choose a large travel backpack if you are going hiking. But, if you are city-hoping between Amsterdam, Paris, and Brussels, or exploring the cities of Spain or Italy, you need the best travel bag for Europe, not for hiking. Since our first round the world trip in 2009, and since we left the US in 2012, we’ve gone through a number of different travel packs. We’ve read numerous travel backpack reviews and searched for the best luggage for Europe. Now that we try to travel Europe (and elsewhere) in a bit more style than we used to, we thought it was about time to provide some tips on how to choose the best travel pack for non-backpackers. In this post, we talk about the differences between traditional hiking backpacks and travel backpacks. We offer advice on what to consider when purchasing the best travel backpack for you. Then, we go through a series of travel backpack reviews, offering different options...
Best Travel Daypack Reviews – The Best Daypack for Non-Backpackers

Best Travel Daypack Reviews – The Best Daypack for Non-Backpackers

We are not backpackers, that much is well understood. That said, over the last six years, we’ve been on short trips, long trips, weekend breaks, and month-long journeys. During this time we’ve learned a lot about what is needed in a day bag for travel. We know we need something lightweight, flexible, functional, and what we’ve realized more recently, something a bit stylish. That’s why this post focuses on the best daypack for travelers who are not backpackers. Obviously, the best travel daypack for any traveler is the one that makes the best sense for them. But, after doing a lot of research for the best travel daypack, and after reading loads of daypack reviews, I realized many of them focus on daypacks for hiking. I wanted to offer travelers something a little different, something that doesn’t focus on backpacks for backpacking for daypacks for hiking.   The Best Travel Bags for Travel (and for Home) What I like about these recommended daypacks is that they can also be used as backpack bags at home. There’s no reason why the best travel backpack can’t also be a good backpack for home as well. There are backpacks that look like you should be on the trail and there are backpacks that look like you should be in the city. What I look for in a daypack is something that could work for both occasions. Because the best backpack travel bag is one that can be used for a variety of purposes. Why Buy a Travel Daypack? The first thing to talk about is why anyone needs a daypack backpack anyway....
10 Top Tips for Driving in Italy – Exploring Italy by Car

10 Top Tips for Driving in Italy – Exploring Italy by Car

For many travelers to Italy, driving in Italy can be both a blessing and a curse. Exploring Italy by car is one of the best ways to see the countryside. Driving in Europe, though, and in Italy in particular, can be a challenge. This post includes our top driving tips for travelers to Italy. We also answer some frequently asked questions and Italy driving rules and provide advice on driving through Italy in a rental car. Our Italy Driving Experience One of the things I love about traveling through Europe is traveling by train. It has been our main way of traveling Europe during most of our visits. One thing we learned from all of our experience touring Emilia Romagna, Italy, is that many of our trips involved exploring the Italian countryside. Some of our trips we never step foot on a train. As much as sometimes I miss the idea of training through Europe, it’s often fun driving Italy and exploring the smaller towns, villages, and wineries. At least it was fun to drive in Italy once we got the hang of things. The first hour was a little hellish. We tried to use the GPS on my iPhone, which stopped working pretty quickly without a local sim card. We got onto the Autostrada, or highway, and could not figure out how to get off. Eric drove in the wrong direction for a good thirty minutes, had to get off, pay a toll, just to get back on and drive in the right direction. Needless to say, we did not research driving tips for Italy before getting in that car. Eric was excited about driving...
Top Things To Do in Mauritius – Top Mauritius Attractions You Can’t Miss

Top Things To Do in Mauritius – Top Mauritius Attractions You Can’t Miss

Generally, when I spend a week at a beachfront resort, I want to do, well nothing. That’s sort of our way of traveling. But, I was very surprised to find there were all sorts of top things to do in Mauritius. I found myself learning a lot about the culture and environment of this unique island, more so than I expected.  In this post, we share our recommendations for some unique things to do in Mauritius and some of the top Mauritius attractions. Some of our stuff to do in Mauritius require excursions from your hotel and some island exploration. But a lot of the Mauritius island things to do can happen at your resort, whether you choose Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius (where we stayed) or another Mauritius resort. Get more recommendations on Things to See in Mauritius – TripAdvisor Reviews Top Things To Do In Mauritius Mauritius is a predominantly Hindu island and a religious and cultural melting pot. Its colonial history includes influences from the Dutch, the French, and the British. The architecture is inspired by all of these influences, as is the cuisine, making the foods in Mauritius more Creole, or a mix of flavors from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Mauritius is not as built up as other tropical destinations. The capital city, Port Louis, can feel a little hectic. The island, though, is loaded with top things to do in Mauritius for everyone, from nature lovers to active travelers, to culinary travelers as well. The best things to do in Mauritius really depends on your interests and desire to be active (or not).   Top...
Is Kayak Reliable? Is Kayak Safe to Book Flights?

Is Kayak Reliable? Is Kayak Safe to Book Flights?

Sometimes I feel as though I have been booking travel since I was a child. I recognize that is a bit of a stretch, but being the one who books 95% of our travel and transportation, With Husband In Tow, I spend my fair share of time online, looking for decent deals, earning and redeeming miles and points, and managing our itineraries. Before the first time booking through Kayak, I never thought to ask the question: “Is Kayak Reliable”? But, after our first booking experience, I feel that everyone should be asking: “Is Kayak safe to book flights?” One of my cardinal rules of travel booking is to book direct. I do this for a variety of reasons. Mostly because I want to earn points and miles. But, after booking some flights through Kayak I realized there are even more reasons why it’s best to book direct. I hope that you can learn from my mistake.  In this post, we will share our Kayak flight booking experience and provide our answer to the question is it safe to book through Kayak. I also hope to share our advice on whether you should book through kayak or airline direct. Booking Flights on Kayak – Using a Middleman I have always been skeptical of travel booking websites, like Expedia, Kayak, and god forbid, Priceline. In my mind, you never know what you are going to get. We religiously use Kayak to search for itineraries, figure out who flies where, and to price flights. In recent years, I’ve started to rely more on Google Flights because I like the interface. Before this experience, I...