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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.

This father's day, spoil your favorite dad who loves to travel with traditional gifts, but kicked up a notch.  Use LTD's Father's Day Gift ideas to keep him healthy, safe, worry-free and traveling in style!  Click on the picture to learn more or buy!

Are you a Son, Daughter, Wife or friend looking for a gift for you favorite Dad or Husband?  We’ve got you covered with our favorite things! Maybe even the pet needs to find something for Daddy!  

1.  Montem Hiking Poles

 Use LTD's Father's Day Gift suggestions to keep him healthy, safe, worry-free and traveling in style!

 LTD always stresses that healthy traveling is important for everyone!  We are sure you know some dad's who are starting to be couch potatoes because of aches or pains or mobility issues.  Encourage your favorite dad to get out this summer and walk, hike or go sightseeing by getting them a great set of Hiking/Walking/Trekking Poles.  The Montem Hiking Poles are fully adjustable with bolts to allow adventurers of any height to quickly lengthen the poles from 24” to 53” in order to achieve the perfect height for their needs. These poles come with nylon straps to ensure the safest journey so that there is no worry about dropping his trekking poles. With a weight of 9.6 ounces per pole he will not feel weighed down. Crafted out of Aluminum 7075 - the same material used to build airplanes, these are truly strong trekking poles.

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.

2.  Grayl Ultralight Purifying Water Bottle

This bottle is ideal for the World traveling dad who is worried about impurities in their water.  This bottle is fast and easy-to-use -- simply Fill. Press. Drink.™ No sucking, squeezing, pumping, prolonged waiting, ultraviolet bulbs, or batteries are required.  Its award winning design makes clean, purified drinking water in only 15 seconds from virtually any fresh water source in the world by removing 99.9999% of viruses (e.g. Hepatitis A, SARS, Rotavirus); 99.9999% of disease-causing bacteria (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera); and 99.999% of protozoan cysts (e.g. Giardia, Cryptosporidium).  In addition it filters particulates (e.g. sediment, silt), many chemicals (e.g. chlorine, benzene) and heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic) with zero aftertaste or bad odors, improving clarity and flavor.  Tell your favorite dad to read LTD's survival guide for international travel to keep him safe and healthy!

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.

3.  Tzumi Portable Charger Power Bank 

Do you know a dad who is always looking for a place to charge his electronics?  LTD can verify that it is very difficult to charge when traveling!  When your favorite dad traveling and working, electronics that don't run out of charge are oh so important!!!  The Tzumi portable charger is the perfect gift for him and won't empty your wallet!  Enjoy powerful performance wherever needed because it is super slim, slides easily into a pocket and weighs only 10.3 ounces!  A very nice feature of this charger is a folding AC wall plug plugs directly into an outlet or is tucked when out of use.  Four handy LED status lights let you know how much juice you have left, and when it is time to recharge the battery. Two USB ports charge with a combined 3.4A output to charge almost any smart phone, iPad, iPhone or tablet. Use the included micro USB cable for Samsung Galaxy and Android phones, or plug any cables into the USB slots.

4.  Espro Travel Stainless Steel Coffee Press 

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.
Who doesn't know a dad who loves coffee?  The ESPRO Travel Press is designed for people that want great tasting coffee when they’re on the move. Unlike other presses, the patented double micro-filter gives you deep, rich flavor without any grit in your mug.  Insulated, double-walled stainless-steel keeps his brew toasty for hours and won’t ever break or leak. After pressing, extraction stops instantly, so every sip tastes perfect.  With a lifetime guarantee, and its BPA, BPS, and phthalate free composition, this is sure to please your favorite dad!

5. Bottle Bully Travel Bottle Protector

For the traveler who likes to bring or return with wine or his favorite spirits.  This bottle protector is large, but is perfect for various sized bottles that he may wish to transport.  Composed of heavy cardboard with inflated air chambers that protect and insulate bottles and other fragile goods with 360 degree coverage.  Plus it is reusable!  For an even better gift, put his favorite bottle inside!

6.  Pacsafe RFIDsafe V125 Anti-Theft RFID Blocking Trifold Wallet

The RFIDsafe V125 Anti-Theft RFID Blocking Tri-Fold Wallet from Pacsafe is the ideal travel wallet to keep his personal information and valuables from falling into the wrong hands. Most ID cards and credit cards contain a RFID micro-chip that contains sensitive information, which can be accessed from up to 10 feet away with an RFID reader. Pacsafe’s award-winning RFIDsafe blocking material that’s built into the RFIDsafe V125 helps prevent the transmission of this data between 10MHz – 3GHz.

The detachable, hard-to-cut Dyneema webbing strap adds another layer of protection to help prevent pickpockets by wrapping it around his wrist or securing to a belt loop while in his pocket. The RFIDsafe V125 has internal organization that includes a zippered note slot, six card slots, an outer zippered coin pocket, and Velcro closure.  Don't let your favorite dad be a victim of identity theft when traveling!

7.  YETI Rambler 10oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Lowball with Lid

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.

Men LOVE YETI's.  Perfect for coffee or his favorite cocktail, the YETI Rambler family is tough as hell, and will keep your drinks as cold (or hot) as science allows. With 18/8 stainless steel construction, double-wall vacuum insulation, and No Sweat Design, they’re perfect for the deer stand, tailgating, or just the down time in between exploring.  Singles, two-packs and four-packs are available with many colors to choose from!

8. Travelon Anti-Theft Urban Backpack

The Travelon Anti-Theft Urban Backpack makes an exceptional commuter and travel bag. It features clean, modern design with thoughtful organization. The roomy main compartment features a padded and fleece lined compartment for his iPad or tablet. A separate front zippered compartment features RFID blocking card and passport slots, a zippered wall pocket, a pen loop, and a tethered key clip with led light so he can stay organized. There's a padded fleece lined compartment for a laptop to 15.6". The exterior has front zippered pocket and mesh expansion pocket for a water bottle. The air mesh back panel and straps are comfortable to wear. The top grab handle with neoprene is comfortable too. Slide the backpack over the handle of a wheeled carry-on with the add-a-bag strap to move effortlessly.  A backpack like this is important for security when traveling overseas!

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.9.  Cool Compression Socks

His socks aren't cool but these are, and they are good for his health!  These socks are perfect for runners, athletes, fitness workouts, gym, hiking, tennis, cycling, office workers, airplane travelers, skiing, cross fit or anyone (e.g. doctors and nurses) who are on their feet all day!  GRADUATED COMPRESSION of 20-30 mm Hg is recommended for improving venous return with its strongest compression happening at the ankle, and gradually decreasing moving up the leg.  If you think your favorite Dad needs less compression, a great option is William Tucker brand, made in the USA, with 15-20 mm Hg compression and great masculine stripes that look good with style clothing.

10.  Lululemon Men's Classic ABC Pants

 Great Dads Deserve Perfect Presents! The TOP Father's Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel.Our favorite men's travel pants are sure to please the avid traveler.  These classic-fit casual pants are inspired by the timeless details of 5-pocket jeans. Technical fabric and our ABC engineering give freedom of movement and all-day comfort. Your favorite dad can store his phone or passport securely in the hidden zippered back pocket and he can flip the cuffs to reveal reflective detailing for safety.

11.  For the Athletic Running Dad

Made and quality tested in North Carolina, Crazy Compression is a family run business with 80 years experience in the sock industry.   Crazy Compression over the calf socks and running sleeves have 15-20 mm Hg graduated compression because it is the amount of pressure many need to get the most out of compression. It works for the person that runs 1 mile or 20 miles to help with muscle fatigue and recovery. Crazy Compression has MANY designs with options including over the calf, sleeves and low profile socks, all incorporating this level of compression.  Sizing is unisex and we love this Patriotic Fourth of July look!

12. For the International Traveler!

This is a great universal adapter that doesn’t cost a lot!  With worldwide adapters, this 100-240V USB wall charger will work with US AU UK EU plug adapter (the us/au prong is rotatable to choose) to fit 90% countries in the world, ideal for worldwide travel or home use.

13.  Great Travel and Hiking Pants

These Eddie Bauer pants not only look great, but are affordable, comfortable and travel well.  There are lots of colors and sizes available for any deserving Dad!

14.  For Road Warrior Dad with Back Pain

In the car or on a long flight, a memory foam cushion does wonders for those aches and pains. 

15.  Cole Haan Zerogrand Winged Oxford

They walk like a sneaker but they don't look like a sneaker!  He will put the miles on these but look great at the same time!

16. Solid Shaving Soap

Why should your Dad carry heavy cans of shave cream that are subject to TSA regulations?  Give him the gift of solid shave soap and we love this brand by Sir Hare.  It provides a smooth shave and smells great too!  

17.  Osprey Sojourn Wheeled Backpack Carryon

It looks great and provides the versatility to use as a backpack or wheeled carryon -- whichever he needs.  Compression straps allow him to fit more if needed.  

18.  Lewis and Clark Triple Security Lock

We love this useful TSA lock because he can use it to prevent theft from happening by locking a piece of luggage to a fixed object, or locking cabinets in a rental unit.

19.  Oars + Alps Solid Face Wash

Help him out by keeping his carryon weight low and help him breeze through security by eliminating the requirement to remove liquids.  This solid face wash is TSA compliant and smells great, with notes of Cedarwood, Lime, and Fresh Greens. This Natural Solid Charcoal Face Wash is non-toxic, paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free and vegan friendly! It is TSA approved, travel-friendly and is perfect to take on-the-go. Proudly made in the USA.

20.  Bellroy Hide and Seek RFID Wallet

Airports can be stressful, and keeping your passport, tickets, boarding passes and foreign cash neatly stowed exactly where he needs them is important for a relaxed transit. The Travel Wallet enables him to keep all of his important documents in one place while fitting snugly in his pocket. 

Didn't find the PERFECT gift, take a look at our Holiday Gift Ideas or our sister website, Travel Gadget Depot!  

Remember, if you have questions related to your health, always consult your doctor or medical professional. The information presented here is informative only and is not medical advice.

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Best Way to Pack Luggage, Fit More in Your Bag and Stay Organized with Compression Storage Bags or Cubes

While some travelers go for the 'throw it all in and hope for the best' packing method, we prefer to be a bit more organized in our luggage or backpacks. Internal compartments can be useful for separating clean clothes from dirty, but that's about as far as it goes.

Luggage space is often at a premium, especially when traveling to colder climates or with a mixture of business and leisure clothes. While some luggage comes with compression straps on the inside, outside or both, they don't reduce space all that much and only seem to work as a last-ditch effort to get an overstuffed bag to close.

Fortunately there are inexpensive ways to deal with each of these problems, as well as some innovative options that sort out both at once.  We prefer compression bags but let's give you what the options are to be complete!

Packing Cubes

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Visit an Absolute Jewel in the Crown of Boston Massachusetts: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Opened in 1903, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts has been preserved “for the education and enjoyment of the public forever.” A Venetian palace in the middle of Boston, Gardner's home is now a museum displaying her impressive, eclectic collection of European, American and Asian art, including sculpture, paintings, furniture, ceramics and textiles. 

Visit an Absolute Jewel in the Crown of Boston Massachusetts:  The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Visitors can stroll or rest in a spectacular sky lit courtyard filled with plants and flowers or learn about the famous 1990 Gardner Museum heist.

Enjoy our live visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in this Video where you can see many of the galleries you will enjoy!

Who was Isabella Stewart Gardner?

Born and educated in New York City, the spirited and stylish Isabella Stewart moved to Massachusetts in 1860 when she married Bostonian John Lowell Gardner Jr. The couple frequently traveled to Europe and the Middle East, which sparked and then nurtured Isabella’s interest in art. Interest led to amateur collecting, which turned into serious collecting after Isabella inherited her father’s fortune in 1891.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

LTD's Review of the Aloft Raleigh Hotel 2019 for Your Next Visit to The North Carolina Capital

Located in downtown Raleigh Durham, The Aloft Raleigh, a Bonvoy Hotel, fosters a unique social experience with open floor plans, premier business and leisure amenities and the breathtaking surroundings of North Carolina State University (NCSU).

1. Location

This location is super being directly adjacent to the North Carolina State University in Raleigh. There is plenty of shopping nearby, restaurants, grocery stores, and areas to walk or jog. If you are visiting the North Carolina State University campus for any reason this is an optimal place to stay.  NOTE: There are multiple Aloft Hotels located in Raleigh, this is located downtown.

LTD's Review of the Aloft Raleigh Hotel 2019 for Your Next Visit to The North Carolina Capital

2. Check-in

We were greeted as elite members and checked in without any difficulty from a very cheerful employee who was very helpful to orient us to the immediate area.

To Check other reviews of the Aloft Raleigh Hotel, rates and book at TripAdvisor Click Here!!

Review of the 2019 Newly Renovated Atlanta Georgia ATL Full Service AirPort Marriott Hotel

Stay where Most Airlines' Crew stay!  This is a Friendly, Modern and Clean Hotel Option for Your Next Layover near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. There are some limitations with two better options literally at the terminal, but you won't find a better off site hotel.

1. Shuttle to Hotel

The shuttle is shared between Marriott courtyard and the Atlanta airport Marriott. If you want to hurry this may slow you down. Of course you always have to take into account the heavy Atlanta traffic!

To Check other reviews of the AirPort Marriott Hotel, rates and book at TripAdvisor Click Here!!

2. Check in

Check in was easy. There is an elite line. Tip is to be first person off of the shuttle as there typically will be a lot of people checking in. I was greeted as a elite Bonvoy member.

3. Rooms

The Atlanta airport Marriott has recently undergone a renovation of its rooms. It now has the standard Marriott layout with wood finished floors, adequate space to place a single carry-on suitcase, and open space to hang clothing which in the humid climate of Atlanta is welcomed. There is a close segment on the end of the clothing area that contains a ironing board. There are many shelves throughout the closet area to store shoes or additional items.

Monday, June 17, 2019

All You Need to Know When You Visit a Hidden Gem in Portland Maine: The Victoria Mansion

Portland, Maine is famous for many things:  restaurants, breweries, hiking, cycling, weather, natural beauty and history!  Step back to a bygone era when you visit the historic Victoria Mansion in Portland Maine.  

Victoria Mansion, also know as the Morse-Libby House, is a rare intact survivor of mid-nineteen century America. It was built and furnished be 1858 and 1860 on the eve of the Civil War, comparatively early for an American Victorian house. 

See our live visit to the Victoria Mansion by enjoying our video!

All You Need to Know to Visit The Queen of Coastal Lighthouses in Cape Elizabeth, Maine: The Portland Head Light

Just imagine: this Lighthouse was built while George Washington was President!  It is still an active lighthouse and you can visit it!

Portland, Maine is famous for many things:  restaurants, breweries, hiking, cycling, weather, beauty and lighthouses!  When you visit Portland, enjoy a day taking in all that the coast of Maine has to offer, just a short distance away!  Fort Williams Park and the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth Maine are the beacon of beauty and use our guide to make the most out of your day!

All You Need to Know to Visit The Queen of Coastal Lighthouses in Cape Elizabeth, Maine: The Portland Head Light

1.  Getting there from Portland

Located just minutes from the Old Port in Portland Maine this is an easy place to visit either by car or bicycle. Enjoy the view once you arrive in Cape Elizabeth because the homes and scenery when you near the park are almost as spectacular as what you will soon see!

Note there are multiple lighthouses in Cape Elizabeth and to get there using GPS enter "Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth" if not you may end up at Two Lights State Park nearby (where the Two Lights Lighthouses aren't even located!).

There are companies that offer guided cycling trips to lighthouses, such as Summer Feet Cycling who have a "5 Lighthouse Bike Tour" for a reasonable price from the Portland waterfront and takes in about 30 miles of riding.  We saw the group at Fort Williams Park when we were there and they were very pleased with the quality of their tour.

Schedule a lighthouse cruise with Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours from Portland to see a different perspective of the area and hear the narrated history while you view them!

Experience what it is like to visit Fort Williams Park and the Portland Head Light lighthouse by viewing our live visit in the video below!

2. History

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review of Boston Logan American Airlines Admirals Club Renovation 2019

The new Admirals Club one of the common traveling locations, BOS Boston Logan Airport, is in full swing.

You still need a membership to enter and the American Airlines' Citi Executive credit card is the best way to gain entry.  Located near gate B-4, this club seems much larger than the old USAIRWAYS club acquisition.

Full of windows and plenty of seating options throughout, there are several pleasant updates and a few misses.  The format follows what is happening all over with Admirals Club renovations with a few unique Boston touches!

1. Seating