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Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Travelers of All Ages

Whether it’s a gift for a Valentine's Day or Another Special Occasion, these ideas will make meaningful presents for your favorite world wanderers.  Our favorite gifts will help capture those memories, inspire future adventures, and make life on the road easier and more enjoyable.

Let's face it - they may not have the time or knowledge to look for great traveling items themselves.  Fortunately, LTD can give you some outstanding selections for all budgets that will certainly put a smile on their faces!!  Our guide includes items that are fashionable, healthy, useful and practical for the traveling female.  Click on the product photo or links if you wish to learn more!  By clicking and/or buying, you support our blog and our mission to bring you information about meaningful and healthy travel!  Thank you so much!!!

1.  What Says Love more than Dreaming of Paris?   

Picture yourself walking hand in hand in front of Notre Dame in a classic film. Ahhhh Paris. Doesn't this travel poster for Paris take you back and make you feel nostalgic and amorous? If you feel that way, your favorite explorer will to.  If Paris is not for you check out other vintage travel posters by A Slice in Time.

2. Swap Travel Dreams Over A Beautifully Laid Out Cheese Board 

We love this unique gift from Vintage Garden Art.  For anyone who loves to entertain, give them this set of Silver Plated Spoon handles which are hand stamped cheese markers for cheeses from around the World.  Even better, set up a special evening for them with wine and cheeses from around the world and use these markers to make the finishing touches!

3. Lego Famous Buildings!

Inspire travel in the young Valentines in your life or the young at heart with Famous Buildings by Lego.  The London edition features the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge.  Choose from several cities including New York, Paris, San Francisco, and more...

    4.  Watch the Most Romantic Movie of All Time and Dream of Morocco  

    Inspire travel to Morocco and give the gift of enjoying the most romantic movie of all time with your favorite Valentine....Casablanca: A jaded nightclub owner in war-torn Casablanca, whose loyalties are put to the test when his old flame, Ingrid Bergman, reappears to seek Rick's help in escaping from the Nazis.

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    The Hazard Ground with Mark Zinno and Matt Pascarella Interviews Colonel Patricia Collins on Their Podcast

    What is Meaningful Travel?

    The opportunity to meet amazing and inspirational individuals like our friend Colonel Patty Collins.  Her story is one of accomplishment, perseverance and trailblazing. 

    Compliments of Rutgers Magazine

    LTD has a Mission to “Make Meaningful and Healthy Travel Happen”, but what is meaningful travel?  In this case, “Meaningful” is meeting amazing individuals like Patty Collins, who despite having had a portion of her leg amputated, persevered to become a champion in the grueling Ironman competition and a participant in the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    What makes her so inspirational besides her magnetic personality????  Six weeks after U.S. Army Colonel Patricia Collins returned home from a deployment in Iraq, she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle to work at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina. Ten grueling months later, at the age of 38, she made the decision to have her damaged left leg amputated below the knee. At the time, Collins LC’91 was mainly concerned with learning to walk with a prosthetic leg. Breaking a world record in the triathlon was not exactly a top priority.

    When did we meet her?  At the Intermedix Ironman 70.3 in Augusta, Georgia, during 2013— where having swum 1.2 miles, bicycled 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles—in five hours, 32 minutes, and 41 seconds, she smashed the existing world record for a female unilateral amputee by three and a half minutes.

    We have spent many a meaningful event with her including the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim where she swam on our team twice to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation.  She is a true trailblazer and we are honored to know her!

    She went on to be a member of the 2016 US Paralympic Paratriathlon Team and competed in Rio de Janeiro.  Even more meaningful is that at the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim, Patty was awarded the LT Dan Cnossen award, who happens to be a fellow Paralympian. 

    Recently Patty spoke with The Hazard Ground Podcast, hosted by sports talk radio host and Army veteran, Mark Zinno, and produced by Mark’s good friend and fellow Army veteran, Matt Pascarella.  Here's what they had to say about their time with Patty:

    "As someone who was rising through the ranks and performing at a very high level in the Army's top tier, elite special operations unit, Patty Collins never thought she would suffer an injury that would end up taking her leg, when she wasn't serving in a war zone. But, in 2006, while riding her bike to work on Fort Bragg, she was struck from behind by an automobile. The marathon runner and triathlete, survivor of multiple combat tours, and recipient of both a Senior Parachutist Badge and the Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, was now facing injuries and excruciating pain that would eventually lead to the decision to amputate her left leg. Undeterred from continuing to serve on active duty, Patty would go on to complete over 24 years of active service and retire as a Colonel. Hear her very powerful story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!"

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    Friday, January 17, 2020

    Xtrainerz Waterproof Bone Conduction headphones: A Flop or a Victory for AfterShokz?

    The new AfterShokz Xtrainerz headphones are designed for swimmers and triathletes who spend time in the water in mind, but these earphones can be used for so much more. 

    We will admit that we are huge fans of the brand AfterShokz.  It’s the one brand that has met all of our expectations for quality of sound, battery life, safety and fit.  Traditionally we have used Treks Titanium by Aftershokz for all of our running, cycling and traveling.  And We are DELIGHTED to review these Xtainerz.

    Although true wireless earbuds have been hogging the limelight over the last few years, there’s another type of specialized wireless earphones that are relatively unknown: bone conduction headphones. While they may give you the impression that they are strange, bone conduction headphones have deep-seated roots in the hearing aid industry.  Maybe you have seen things like the AfteShokz Trekz Titanium on big box store shelves, there are some who consider it to be a gimmick while others find them to be invaluable.

    How do bone conducting headphones work?

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    The Pink Sale is Underway for the Island of Bermuda! Save 50% with special offers!

    2020 UPDATE:

    The Pink Sale is an Annual even and is on for 2020:

    Save up to 50% off hotel or resort stays during the Bermuda Pink Sale. The sale includes a wide range of resorts, including Royal Palms, Coral Beach, Grotto Bay Beach Resort, and Elbow Beach. Sale prices are valid for stays through April 30 or from September 1 through December 31, 2020.

    Sample per night rates for 2020 include:

    From $129.50, Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Hamilton Parish
    From $150, Greenbank Guesthouse & Cottages, Paget
    From $167.50, Coco Reef Resort, Paget
    From $175, Coral Beach & Tennis Club, Paget
    From $189, Fairmont Southampton with continental breakfast
    From $199, The Reefs Resort & Club, Southampton
    From $199, Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Sandys

    This is a great summer dress to be in style in Bermuda.  It travels well and fits great!  Please click on the link below to learn more at Amazon and support our blog!  Thank you so much for your support!

    Book a stay by January 21 at

    Island adventures are calling. Save up to 50% when you book your room by January 22 and travel between January 2 – April 30 and September 1 – December 31, 2019. Nightly rates start at around $125.

    Saturday, January 11, 2020

    Deal Alert for New York City: Deals on NYC Broadway Week, Restaurant Week and Must-See Week 2020

    NYC & Company is offering three signature promotional programs to save in the Big Apple — NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week and NYC Must-See Week. All offers are valid January 21-February 9 with tickets and reservations accepted online now.

    There’s nothing like live theater—and no place for it like Broadway. NYC Broadway Week invites you to experience the magic firsthand with 2-for-1 tickets to some of the most spectacular performances on stage right now.

    Deal Alert for New York City: Deals on NYC Broadway Week, Restaurant Week and Must-See Week 2020

    NYC Broadway Week: Purchase 2-for-1 Broadway tickets to as many as 21 shows are included this year, including a handful of Tony Award winners and at least eight that are new to the program. Aladin, Beetlejuice, The Book of Mormon and Frozen are among the marquee shows available this winter.

    NYC Restaurant Week is a celebration of NYC’s most fabulous pastime: dining out. With hundreds of restaurants throughout the City rolling out special prix-fixe menus for a limited time, this is your chance to revel without a cause.

    28th Annual NYC Restaurant Week: Reservations are now open with more than 350 restaurants participating. Explore vibrant neighborhoods across the five boroughs and the diverse culinary experiences at a terrific value. Enjoy two-course prix-fixe lunches and brunches from $26 per person and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $42. Bonus: Pay your dining tab with your Mastercard and get a $10 statement credit when you spend $65 or more during NYC Restaurant Week. Advance registration required.