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Monday, October 26, 2020

World War II Veteran from Texas Completes His Mission to Finish the Marine Corps Marathon

On Sunday, October 25 starting at 7:00 a.m. in Fredericksburg, Texas, T. Fred Harvey, a World War II veteran who fought at Iwo Jima, became the oldest U.S. Marine to complete the annual Marine Corps Marathon. Harvey raced in a customized chair developed by Ainsley’s Angels and was guided by marathoners, Glenn Paige, M.D. a USNA Blue & Gold officer and ambassador for the Navy SEAL Foundation; Mike Lawrence, master gunnery sergeant for the U.S. Marine Corps; and Chris Haley, a member of Team Gratitude, a Frogman Swim team founded by Paige to raise annual funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Harvey and his team completed the 26.2-mile race, which began and ended at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas, taking 05:20:08 to the finish line.


Photo Credit: The Museum of the Pacific War/Carlos Javier Sanchez

Originally scheduled for October 25 in Arlington, Virginia, the Marine Corps Marathon was staged virtually in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. Now in its 45th year, the event, dubbed “The People’s Marathon,” annually unites more than 30,000 participants from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Keeping with the marathon’s original schedule, Harvey and his team competed, just days before Harvey turns age 97. This year, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II’s official end on September 2, 1945, the MCM medals include actual volcanic ash from the Iwo Jima island. Michael William Hagee is a retired United States Marine Corps general who served as the 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2006, and President and CEO of the National Museum of the Pacific War, and placed Harvey’s medal on him at the finish line.


Photo Credit: The Museum of the Pacific War/Carlos Javier Sanchez

Just before 7 A.M., a crowd assembled to hear remarks from Paige and Hager about the courageous and inspirational veteran.  Paige recited a poem, “The Man In The Glass,” by Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr., in 1934.  The National Anthem was sung by United States Navy (Ret) Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell. General Hager provided commentary on Harvey’s contributions to the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. Crowds grew with every 5.8 mile loop the team made around the museum. The local VFW set up a large viewing area along the route and many local residents came out to cheer the team everywhere. Bryan Degner, Education Associate and Outreach Coordinator for the museum and a veteran himself, brought out his authentic WWII Jeep to track the team. Harvey says of the race, “I’m amazed that they all came down here to see old Fred Harvey!” Before the race he said, “I haven’t competed in a marathon before, but I’ve never been afraid of a challenge. And I’m lucky to have good friends who are expert runners. Without their help and my racing chariot, this would never be possible. I’ve traveled the world and accomplished more than I ever imagined, but it will be one of my greatest honors to cross the finish line as a proud U.S. Marine.” Tears and cheers abound as Fred walked the final steps across the finish line in front of the museum, accomplishing his mission once again.

Photo Credit: The Museum of the Pacific War/Carlos Javier Sanchez

Photo Credit: The Museum of the Pacific War/Carlos Javier Sanchez

A Texas native born in Memphis, Texas on October 29, 1923, Thiele Fred Harvey joined the 5th U.S. Marine Division in 1942 as a paramarine and demolitions expert serving throughout the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. On February 19, 1945, he landed on Red Beach in Iwo Jima. Nine nights later during a three-man mission, he was wounded by the last two of three grenades launched into his shell hole, severely damaging his hips, legs and arms with shrapnel. After emergency treatment, Harvey was placed on the USS Ozark Naval ship and transported to Hawaii where he underwent numerous surgeries and a four-and-a half-month recovery. For his valor, Harvey received the Silver Star Medal for saving the life of fellow marines. 


After medical discharge, Harvey earned his undergraduate degree from Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma and a Master of History degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. For the next 45 years, Harvey taught history and physical education at various Texas and Colorado high schools and coached football, baseball and track. During the 1980s, he worked for the Department of Defense and coached track, football and baseball in Turkey, Japan, Korea and Italy. He later coached football at Christian Military School in Mississippi and is now retired in Dallas, Texas. Harvey’s published memoir, Hell Yes, I’d Do It Again, recounts his life from the Great Depression through his service as a World War II marine, an educator, and a coach. Until recently, he served as a volunteer at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, prompting the team to select the museum for its race location. To find Harvey’s book on Amazon click this link! We make a small profit from links like this and proceeds from our links are donated to charity! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 


   

Paige, a former anesthesiologist who lives in Hickory, North Carolina, first met Harvey in 2016 during a chance meeting with a surgeon who played football for Harvey in high school. “That day, we were celebrating my birthday, and my wife Michelle brought a cake bearing the Iwo Jima emblem. Having just spoken to Fred, I said, ‘I can’t cut this cake with a U.S. Marine from Iwo Jima standing here.’ So, Fred cut the cake, and we’ve been friends ever since.” Inspired by his father who served in the Navy, Paige competes in marathons and triathlons nationwide to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation and its fallen heroes. “Helping Fred make this journey and make history, is such a privilege. Our World War II vets are national treasures, and we need to thank, honor and celebrate them every single day.”


A GoFundMe account has been established to raise $5,000 for Harvey’s custom racing chair at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/fred-harveys-marine-corps-marathon-for-iwo-jima. A non-profit organization founded by former U.S. Marine Major Kim (“Rooster”) and Lori Rossiter, Ainsley’s Angels (www.ainsleysangels.org) is named for the Rossiter’s daughter, Ainsley, who was diagnosed with infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD) shortly before her fourth birthday. To allow her to participate in family jogs, the Rossiter’s developed the special chair for road races. In February 2016, Ainsley lost her battle with INAD, and the Rossitersformed Ainsley’s Angels to help other children and adults participate in running and racing.

Photo Credit: The Museum of the Pacific War/Carlos Javier Sanchez


The chair Harvey used is an Adaptivestar Axiom Racer push chair, designed for safety of both runners and disabled athlete riders in distance races. After the race, the chair will be donated in Harvey’s honor for wounded U.S. Marines and special needs families participating in the Marine Corps Marathon. All funds exceeding the cost of the chair will be donated to the National Museum of the Pacific War and The Admiral Nimitz Foundation 501(c)(3) charity.

To learn more about T. Fred Harvey, visit Veterans Chronicles radio show and podcast, hosted by Greg Corombos of Radio America, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLUfRu_1uZ0 or https://www.walkamongheroes.org/post/fred-harvey-5th-marine-division-battle-of-iwo-jima for a more personal account of Harvey’s experiences during the war. For more detail on the National Museum of the Pacific War, visit https://www.luxurytraveldocs.com/2019/02/the-national-museum-of-pacific-war-is.html?m=1,featuring Dr. Paige’s interview with Harvey and the museum’s director of marketing and public relations, Brandon Vinyard. For additional coverage of the event visit: https://www.fox26houston.com/video/864153?fbclid=IwAR30K2niPGanZWC7mdz4JUi99Hw2d_NM0L3FuiTCeMYQFd6mxt4Ps4dtNAw and https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fear-is-what-saved-me-—-marine-veteran-of-iwo-jima-recalls-his-life-in-the-corps-as-he-finishes-one-more-race/ar-BB1aoxdD





Friday, October 2, 2020

Amazon Prime Day 2020: Everything We Know About Prime Day Deals So Far

Amazon just announced the official dates of its delayed Prime Day 2020 BIG SALE! Just in time for holiday shopping, Prime Day 2020 will start October 13 and continue through October 14 AND you will see early-access deals days before. Perhaps you think that October is a little early to start your holiday shopping, but we expect the middle of October to be an important savings period. Just like all of 2020, this shopping season will be unlike the past, with prices peaking in December, especially when shopping online.  It will be a good idea to take advantage of sales early!




To take advantage of Prime Day deals, you must be an Amazon Prime member, but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial hereJust remember to cancel before the 30 days are over to avoid the $12.99 per month charge if you don't want to continue. 

Similar to every year; Amazon is rolling out deals ahead of the official start date. For example, you can get two Echo Dot devices for $39.98This deal essentially gives you a free Echo Dot! Check out even more Prime Day deals you can get right now:

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Innovators Attempt to Reduce Exposure to Germs on Airplanes with New Seatbelt Design

Even before COVID-19 began, germs were a problem at the airport and on planes.  LTD previously posted about how to be aware of the dirtiest spots at the airport and on an airplane.  Many travelers think it's the airplane bathrooms, and while they can host bacteria and other germs, airplane seatbelts are a big source of germs for fliers.  





Fortunately in response to this finding and the pandemic, companies are trying to find ways to make passengers feel better about stepping foot on an airplane.  Once company, AmSafe has just made a press release about their Sanitized Restraint that demonstrates a large reduction in viral and bacterial load.  In this era of worldwide health concerns related to the pandemic, many airlines are making changes in their policies ranging from blocking travelers in the middle seat to universal mask wearing and more.  Will new seatbelt systems like AmSafe's be implemented too?  Time will tell...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Mexico is Open to Tourists and Some are Saying it is Safer than Ever! But the CDC May not Agree...

 Mexico has begun the process of welcoming back tourists to their country and press releases are being generated at an increased rate.  Yet, prior to planning any trip, travelers need to assess potential risks.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel warning for Mexico makes those risks sound dire: The federal agency flatly recommends against all non-essential travel to the country, citing the high risk of contracting COVID-19. In addition, it warns that if travelers fall ill and require medical care in Mexico, resources may be limited.  But resorts in Mexico are going full-press to welcome visitors as you can see in the press release below. 


On September 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of State downgraded the Mexico Travel Advisory alert level from Level 4 (Do Not Travel) to Level 3 (Reconsider Travel), which should boost tourism. Border crossings between the U.S. and Mexico have been restricted since March, but the restrictions don’t apply to air, rail or sea travel.



CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The best beach destinations in Mexico have been through some challenges this year, but thanks to quick action and firm leadership, Mexico travel restrictions are being lifted and Mexico family vacations have resumed across the country. Travelers who desire to vacation in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta might wonder "Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now?", but research shows how Mexico beach destinations are protecting travelers and putting fears to rest. Travelers can once again revel in the excitement of jetting off to Los Cabos, Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, or wherever your Mexico travels take you.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Miami International Airport (MIA) Ranked Best Airport in Eastern U.S. and Florida by J.D. Power

Based on surveys from U.S. or Canadian residents who traveled through at least one U.S. or Canadian airport from August 2019 through July 2020, Miami International Airport was ranked as the best mega airport for passenger satisfaction in the eastern U.S. and Florida by the J.D. Power 2020 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, released on September 23.  See if you agree with their findings!




The study measures overall traveler satisfaction with mega, large and medium North American airports by examining six factors (in order of importance): terminal facilities; airport arrival/departure; baggage claim; security check; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage and retail.


On a 1,000-point scale, MIA achieved a score of 801 – second among mega airports in North America only to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which earned a score of 805. Mega airports are those with 33 million or more passengers per year - the busiest airports in the study. MIA was able to jump from 11th place in last year's study to 2nd place overall in North America, while serving a record-high 46 million passengers in 2019 – an increase of nearly one million passengers over the previous year.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Do Empty Middle Seats or Other Factors Make Flying Safer During COVID-19?

Americans have debated the risks of getting on a plane during the COVID-19 pandemic — especially during the summer vacation season — with few clear answers or evidence to guide their decisions.  Still, compared to the number of flyers in 2019, only 25% are deciding to fly in 2020. 




The airline industry itself has been split over pandemic safety approaches, with airlines including Delta, JetBlue, Alaska, and Southwest opting not to sell middle seats to provide more distance between passengers and reduce the risk of illness. 

Southwest Airlines recently published their intent to continue to keep the middle seat clear on flights through November 30, 2020. Other airlines, like United, Spirit, and American Airlines, are not blocking middle seats, with United’s chief communications officer calling the idea “a PR strategy” instead of a safety strategy.  This has led some to consider the science behind the airlines' decisions including MIT Sloan professor Arnold Barnett. Arnold Barnett is the George Eastman Professor of Management Science and a Professor of Statistics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who holds a BA in mathematics from Columbia College and a PhD in mathematics from MIT.


“I've been doing research about aviation safety from a statistical viewpoint for many, many years, and this is the first time that I've seen where U.S. domestic airlines disagreed overtly on a matter related to safety,” MIT Sloan professor and aviation safety expert Arnold Barnett said. “It seemed to me that all we were getting was a clash of conjectures.” 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Ridiculously Affordable Fall Clothes for Your Carryon 2020

You don't have to spend your life savings to look great, be elegant and comfortable this fall! Use our guide to find great outfits for home or away! What things do we look for when we travel?????

  1. Deals
  2. Comfort
  3. Travel well with few wrinkles
  4. Pair well with other fashion pieces so you can go with a carryon only

Bottoms

With temperatures dropping we all want that one pair of bottoms that take us into those low temperatures in style! We can only wear so many pairs of skinny jeans but sometimes you want something that doesn't feel as tight around your middle! Try our favorite fleece-lined leggings by Baleaf. the pickets on each side will keep you organized and the fabric looks great from day to night.

 

Wide leg jersey pants are a cult favorite of travelers for comfort and style. They’re sweatpants masquerading as work pants is how one influencer described the U Wide-Fit Curved Jersey Pants by Uniqlo. Details that put them in the sweatpants category, are a hidden elastic waistband and a drawstring to cinch the waist, but a good looking button and zipper highlight make them look more elevated and presentable. Tip: we love these pants with a pair of white tennis shoes for a chic casual look.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

NHTSA's New SaferCar App Hopes to Stop Deadly and Serious Recall Notification Delays

Unlike mailed notices, the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration's (NHTSA) government app will tell you about recalls right away.  With more of us taking road trips during the pandemic, why risk the safety of your family? It is one thing to miss or ignore the pesky recalls that occur for a minor bracket, but if the recall is about something that could cause injury or even death, don't get into the habit of ignoring and missing a serious recall. 




In October of 2019 there was a major recall of 928,000 Toyota, Scion and Lexus Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks.  Why? The same flawed design as the Takata airbags from years before: a risk of explosion given enough exposure to high humidity or significant temperature cycling.  Another 2019 recall involved Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 30,354 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans for a seat issues.  In the event seat fail, the seat or seat belt may not adequately restrain the occupant, with the seat potentially being ejected from its location in the vehicle.




Studies show that nearly 40 percent of consumers avoid vehicle safety recalls because they fear their dealership will recommend additional repairs, according to a study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Bundling recalls with regularly scheduled maintenance is one way to boost participation, according to 52 percent of respondents, while 51 percent supported receiving incentives such as free oil changes or tanks of gas for complying with the recalls.

Other findings:

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Meaningful Perspective: It's More Than Just The 9/11 Memorial and Museum; It's a Story of Individuals and Collective Memories

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard may be; for without victory there is no survival.” 


-- Winston Churchill


We were honored and grateful to take a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with the Detective Lieutenant Commander of the Port Authority Police/FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force of New York and New Jersey, John Ryan.  He was the Commander for Recovery Operation Task Force in the New York, NY at the World Trade Center following 9/11.  This was one of the most moving tours we have ever received due to the touching stories and personal accounts provided by the commander.  This was our second visit to the site and nothing compares to experiencing it with his insight.

  

Let us take you through some of the exhibits we saw and give you some personal stories.  As we have said many times, we are fortunate in our quest to make meaningful travel happen, to have met some incredible individuals and John Ryan is one of them.  In this article we will discuss the following and these themes will recur throughout:

  •  Why do we need a memorial dedicated to 9/11?
  •  The story behind the design and building of the 9/11 Memorial which is what you will see outside
  •  Then we will take you inside the 9/11 Museum and describe 11 artifacts that will reflect the physical destruction, human turmoil and ultimate victory. 



What comes to mind when YOU think of 9/11?


Is it the doomed image of an airplane crashing into a skyscraper? The remnants of two of the tallest buildings on earth mushrooming through lower Manhattan? Or the suggestions of conspiracy theories? Do you remember how the nation came together following that day? That the thousands of victims were from 91 countries? Whatever you may think, it is undeniable that 9/11 touched every one of our lives in its own way and it is hard to imagine, at times, how personal it was and continues to be for so many. Spending time at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will give you the history and memories of that fateful day. Generally it is recommended that you spend 2 hours touring the museum but we recommend devoting half a day.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Suunto 7 Review: Pros and Cons for the Fitness Fanatic Looking for a Great Looking Smart Watch

Suunto doesn’t have as much clout in the GPS watch space as it used to. Garmin is the go-to for outdoor fitness watches for most people, while Apple, Samsung, Google, and even Fitbit have been surpassing the Finnish company in the smartwatch realm. Enter the Suunto 7. The company is trying its best to appeal to the outdoors users and those who still want a good smartwatch.


Suunto was founded over 80 years ago by Tuomas Vohlonen, a Finnish adventurer and started as compasses.  Now Suunto is a Finnish company that manufactures and markets sports watches, dive computers, compasses and precision instruments. We had to learn more about the Suunto 7 after we saw it at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 



Our Perspective 


We are not techies or horologists - That term is used both by people who deal professionally with timekeeping apparatus (watchmakers, clockmakers), as well as watch aficionados - so you won't find detailed specifics in this article.  However, we ARE fitness fanatics with a lot of experience in triathlon, cycling, swimming and running worldwide.  It is our pleasure to provide you with our take on the new Suunto 7 in terms of design, fitness tracking and daily use as a smartwatch.


Pros



A comparison of design, Left: Garmin Fenix 5, Middle: Garmin Venu, Right: Suunto 7
  1. The design.  This watch is comfortable with some great looking options for someone looking for a daily, stylish watch. We love the heat map watch face but there are lots of options to change it.  The watch comes with several faces to choose from but you can find more at the google play store including being able to add your own photo to the face. The metallic finish on the bezel and fastener are beautiful as well on the watch we demoed.  We have never seen a gunmetal finish like it.  Gunmetal can be dressed up or down.  It looks rugged enough for a man to wear too!  At the time of publication, there are 5 finishes of this watch available:  Graphite/Copper, Black, Black/Lime, Sandstone/RoseGold, and White/Burgundy (as reviewed here). 
  2. The visible area of the Suunto 7's display is actually 1.39-inches. It's a sharp and detailed display and using an AMOLED panel means great color and brightness, competing with similar Wear OS devices.  The face is incredible and easy to see. We compared the size screen to the Garmin Fenix 5 and the Garmin Venu (see photo below) and the larger screen size is obvious. The map displayed on the face shows where you are at a glance and can be zoomed, perfect when running in unfamiliar places.  We like the notifications and ease of seeing them compared to Garmin. The downside to this display is its drain on the battery.                                           
  3. Touch screen.  Some may find this to be a con, however, we prefer touch screens when exercising because this is what we started with on an Apple Watch and it feels similar to using our phone.  Some find buttons to be very intuitive and prefer this method of operating a fitness watch while moving. For many long time fitness watch users, if you see or feel a button, you know it is there to be pressed. Touchscreens need brightness and content that makes it clear that the display is touch-sensitive and where to touch.  Suunto with Wear OS does a great job of making a touch screen that is visible while moving and easy to navigate.
  4. Quick release strap.  The strap that comes with the Suunto 7 is very soft and comfortable, but maybe you want a different look for evening or important meetings. Most smartwatches are moving toward this design, but you may not see this everywhere just yet (can you say Garmin Forerunner 45 or Polar Vantage V?)
  5. Gorilla glass.  You may have heard of this shatter resistant material made by Corning with damage resistance to scratches, bumps and drops from everyday use.  Combine this durable glass with the glass fiber reinforced polyamide body and stainless steel bezel and you've got one tenacious watch! 
  6. Water resistance.  Remember, Suunto is well-known for its dive computers and the Suunto 7 is  water-resistant for up to 50 M. While this is not unusual for sports watches today we still love the fact that you could get caught in a torrential rain during that training session and not worry that your device will be toast. 
  7. Accuracy.  We compared the GPS accuracy to many athletes' favorite watch:  the Garmin Fenix.  We've also used the Suunto in the swimming pool with great results, giving accurate turn recording and breaking down swim sessions into laps.  Mapping is the other side of this device. This was Suunto's skill when it first started. The watch will download local area maps by GPS, so you can access those on the watch. The maps are really detailed and you can zoom down to individual paths, with points of interest displaying too.  If you're lost jogging in a strange city, you can figure out where you are easily enough. You can also swipe to the map from the normal exercise tracking screens to see a trace of where you've been so you can turn around and head back in the right direction again.  See cons for why this is not all it could be. 
  8. Google.  We like that the Suunto interfaces with Google.  This provides more options on the "Smart" side of the watch.  The interface with with Android devices are better than with Apple, but the interface with Apple is good as well.  Unlike with something like Garmin, you will likely see more smart functions of this watch in the future because of it's interface with Google.  And we are thinking along the lines of apps for the watch, like for travel, payment options, music interface etc.  Right now you'll have access to things like the popular Google Assistant and Google Maps on your watch and likely much more in the future.  Essentially, Wear OS is the same on all devices and so you'll get much the same from something like the Fossil Gen 5 or even the premium Tag Heuer Connected with this watch but with better fitness functions.
  9. Find your phone.  We currently use Tiles for the and it's really nice to be able to locate your phone from your wrist.  We tested this in our home and it worked well.



Even though the Suunto 7 has Gorilla glass, we always add a screen protector to our watches to prevent any further damage or micro scratches that can occur. They are easy to apply and are worth the extra steps to keep your purchase looking new. We may make a small commission off any purchase that you make from our links like this but it doesn't cost you anything extra. This helps support our mission to give to charity. Thanks so much! Click the photo below to learn more at Amazon.


Cons


  1. Compatibility with iPhone. We use iPhones and every smart watch except an Apple Watch does not have the capability to respond to calls or texts directly from the watch. While we love Android phones too, there is a reason why there are around 100 million users of iPhone in the US alone.  It is a great phone and lasts for a very long time. After owning an Apple Watch, it is hard to embrace any other smart watch for daily use when you have an iPhone.   
  2. Battery life. You need to use the screensaver to get more than a day or two of battery life.  When compared to most Wear OS watches like Tag or an Apple Watch, this is good, but when compared to Garmin Venu (which has an AMOLED screen), which we have to charge every 3-4 days during marathon training, the battery life is not great.
  3. One size.  If you are someone with a smaller wrist, you may find this 50mm face too large for your wrist.  Some may find the size as a positive, because some individuals need a bigger size watch to see it better, especially when moving. (See above comparison photo between Garmin Fenix 5, Garmin Venu and Suunto 7)
  4. Disjointed fitness and health metrics. There is a slight disconnect here, however, because two systems are used: Suunto provides its own app for tracking sport, while Google Fit is used for general activity. That means you don't get an overall picture of what you're doing as you might from Garmin Connect or Fitbit who have really advanced their lifestyle metrics leading. These companies have a large following in the market because of these capabilities alone. With the Suunto 7 you have on place for tracked sport, whereas steps and heart points are being monitored by Google.  If you are looking for a bright display that puts all fitness and health metrics in one place we suggest a Garmin and for the bright display you would want the Venu.  Remember that the Venu has a smaller screen.
  5. No preplanned routes or workouts.  We were unable to send a map to our Suunto 7 when we have mapped out a route.  Even though the Suunto app has the ability to create routes, there is no way to send it to the Suunto 7 (but there is for other Suunto watches like the Suunto 9).  This is crazy and hopefully will be corrected in the future.
    Suunto Website
    Suunto app for 7 - Where is the Add to Watch button????
  6. Connectivity. Because there is no connectivity to external devices aside from a smartphone, there is no way to connect to Bluetooth or ANT+ gear like a chest-strap heart-rate monitor, power meter, or external speed/cadence sensors.  
  7. Heatmaps.  This was difficult to assign to the negatives. Yes, they look cool and are interesting because they can highlight routes that other Suunto users take. For cycling that's just about every road, but select running and you'll get a much better idea of where you could go running. This is great for easily finding running routes when you're away from home.  Using the app where you can again access heat maps, create routes or import GPX files is pretty cool but...there is NO option to send those routes through to the Suunto 7 itself. It is disappointing  that Suunto has all those heatmaps, but there's no option to automatically create routes - it has to be a manual process that can't even be sent to the watch. In addition, there isn't navigation with turn-by-turn directions, so to use a heat map you find on your watch, you have to zoom in on the watch face and navigate by looking at the map, something hard to do while moving. 


Let's go over just a little bit more about the Suunto App


The app is not specific to the Suunto 7 and in the case of sending a route we already mentioned, works for some Suunto models but not the 7.  The Suunto app syncs with your watch to report the data, so you don't have to examine it on the small screen. It gives you the opportunity to add photos, examine maps in detail, view all the stats from your exercise, and run your eyes over the various graphs produced. This also includes comparisons to previous workouts, giving you a way of tracking training progress, which is a nice detail.

You can also sync and share, working happily with services like Strava, which typically offers more details. Let's face it: there's very little that provide data like Strava Segments.

The stats that Suunto app gives you go a little further than just what is recorded by the sensors. You'll have training insights like Peak Training Effect (PTE) which indicates the impact of a training session on your maximum aerobic performance and is most accurate with medium and high intensity training and an estimate how long it will take for you to recover listed as a "recovery time" in hours based on the activity that you've done. As we said on health metrics, this targets the Suunto 7 to those wanting sports tracking specifically, rather than those after a lifestyle device.




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Bottom Line: 

The Suunto 7 is a GREAT looking and sturdy smart fitness watch. Unfortunately, considering that this is an expensive watch, it's hard to see that it's good value alongside the competition. Many rivals have been strengthening their lifestyle tracking with great demand. The Suunto 7 could evolve with software development, since the hardware is great, but if you want a smart sportswatch, then you can find better, for less out there.



Sunday, July 26, 2020

Is Your Driver's License Going to be Enough To Get Through Security Next Year? You Need to Check!

**2020 Update: The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for full REAL ID compliance by a year. Adults aged 18 and older now have until Oct. 1, 2021, to ensure their driver’s license is REAL ID-compliant, or acquire another accepted form of identification — like a passport — in order to fly within the United States.


Starting October 1, 2020, U.S. travelers who are age 18 and up and don’t have a Real ID driver’s license or another  piece of compliant identification won’t be permitted to fly.


If you’re unsure whether your identification card is Real ID-compliant, here’s how to know: It generally has a star in the top right corner.  If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.

Is Your Driver's License Going to be Enough To Get Through Security Next Year?  You Need to Check!
Courtesy of NCDOT.gov



Recently, the TSA issued a reminder that to travelers that they will need at Real ID, but American citizens will need the Real IDs for official functions like entering federal buildings and nuclear power plants also. A passport will still be required for travel abroad.

The agency initially imposed a deadline of October 2018 for enforcing the new ID rules, but since many states didn’t adhere to the rules, an extension was granted.

Don't go too early to get a new identification if you live in a state that isn't compliant. Here are the states and territories still non-compliant with Real ID requirements and when their extension ends, according to the Department of Homeland Security:


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Denali National Park and Preserve Tundra Wilderness Tour Is a Special Experience in Alaska Like No Other!

Denali Park Road is 92 miles long, parallels the Alaska Range and travels through low valleys and high mountain passes. It is the ONLY road in the park. Along its route, beautiful landscapes can be seen at every turn, and there are many opportunities to view Denali - if the normally cloudy skies permit. Wildlife can often be seen too, although sightings are not guaranteed - they are, after all, wild animals roaming an unfenced land.




There are two main types of buses in Denali - narrated trips (tour buses) and non-narrated trips (transit buses). In addition, a few free buses travel routes around the park entrance, connecting visitor centers and points of interest in the same area where visitors may drive their own vehicles. We opted for the Tundra Wilderness Tour, a 7-8 hour excursion into the park with a certified driver-naturalist. This tour provides in-depth information about the history of the park, while maintaining a keen eye in search of wildlife and photography opportunities. Chances to see wildlife are greater on this trip than on other tours.


Here's what we'll cover in this post!


  • Pickup
  • Inside the Park
  • Course of Tour and Stops Along the Way
  • Tips
  • Bottom Line

Pickup


The bus came to our hotel to pick us up.  We were already briefed that this would be a rugged experience with the bus being a "nostalgic" school bus which is the only type available  Supposedly the rugged transportation is due to the nature of the roads and narrow passages that we would experience later in the day.  The pickup was prompt and it becomes clear that there are certain scheduled times to tour throughout the day. Remember, the days are long during the summer in Alaska, so even an afternoon departure means you will have daylight the whole tour.   We left the hotel about 1PM.



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Bahamas closing airports, seaports to United States visitors due to COVID-19

The Bahamian Prime Minister announced travel restrictions into the Bahamas during a national address attributing the closures to a spike in coronavirus cases.


International commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers will not be permitted to enter the Bahamas, unless they are from Canada, the United Kingdom or the European Union, beginning Wednesday, July 22, said Prime Minister Huberg Minnis.




Effectively immediately, its national air carrier, Bahamasair, will cease all outgoing flights to the United States.

“Our current situation requires decisive actions,” Minnis said.

Fifteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the Bahamas, a record daily count since the onset of the pandemic in mid-March. There have been 49 new cases since the borders reopened on July 1 — 31 were from Grand Bahama island.




Bahamasair flies from Freeport and Nassau to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Miami International Airport, and West Palm Beach International Airport.

Monday, July 13, 2020

NorthStar Trekking Helicopter Ride, Glacier Trek and Ice Climbing Shore Excursion from NCL Cruise in Juneau, Alaska

Glacier hiking is a surreal experience. You’ll never forget the satisfying crunch of ever-shifting ice underneath your crampons or the giddy feeling of drinking 100-year-old water from a glacial waterfall. Hands down, hiking a glacier is a must-do excursion in Alaska.


Before we departed on our Alaska Cruise and Land tour, we said to our friends "the one tour that you MUST do is the Helicopter and Glacier Walk!  There is nothing like it in the world! It is a bucket list item!"  We did a similar experience a few years before and felt strongly that this would be the most important experience for them.



What we will go over during this post:

  •  Outfitting Equipment
  •  Helicopter Ride
  •  Glacier Trek
  •  Ice Climbing 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Review of the Alaska Animal Wildlife Conservation Center in Anchorage for Cruise Excursion or Independent Tour

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation, research, education, and animal care in Girdwood.  It is perfectly located along Seward Highway between the large Alaskan City of Anchorage and Whittier, a major cruise port for Alaska itineraries. Think about visiting on your own or as part of a guided tour.  We were part of a tour that dropped us off and we explored on our own.  


We had a couple of hours here and it was well worth the trip we saw black and brown bear, bison, caribou, moose, porcupine, wolves, deer, a bald eagle and owls just to name a few. The photographs we obtained were superb and overall this was an excellent introduction to the birds and animals of the region.


Getting There:


The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is located between Anchorage & Whittier, from Anchorage about a 2 hour drive- it's some of Alaska's most beautiful scenery you could imagine, with Glacier- topped mountains and waterways, you can see some wildlife- keep your eyes open.  If you are taking a cruise this is a great stop off on the way to or from the port at Whittier.   We opted for transportation to our cruise and the Center was a stopping point along the way.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ALASKAN WILDLIFE CENTER INCLUDING TOURS, REVIEWS AND TICKET INFORMATION AT TRIPADVISOR BY CLICKING HERE. 

We found out that the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska Wildlife through education and quality animal care, The Center takes in orphaned and injured animals and provides them with refuge and spacious enclosures.  They are a smaller operation and we were hoping to get closer to the animals than we could during our time in Denali all while enjoying great views of the surrounding mountains.  Our time here didn't disappoint! Don't just drive through, take the time to walk (it will be around 1-2 miles of walking on uneven surfaces) and visit the various enclosures.

Here are some of the animals we saw:

Friday, July 10, 2020

Anti Glare Yellow Lens Night Vision Driving Glasses Can Make Your Runs and Hikes Easier and Safer

When hitting the trails it helps to clearly see what may be in front of you to avoid missteps and falls, even if it's very dark and foggy.  "Night Vision" anti-glare specialized yellow tinted lenses provide protection from the elements and blocks glare and blue light, enhancing contrast and clarity. 



How many times did you hear in your childhood, "eat all your carrots so you can see better at night...?"  We heard it ALL. THE. TIME.  Or have you seen movies where the military are wearing night vision goggles to go on their mission.  What they can see is incredible!  Other than eating our carrots, what can the average Joe do to see better when the sun isn't bright when traveling, exercising or driving?  


We encounter all of these situations because we run and hike in all conditions, and of course travel to many unfamiliar areas.  One of our aged relatives who drives everywhere around the world, told us some words of wisdom years ago: "Get those yellow glasses that you see on TV!"  So to help prevent ourselves from falling on the trails when hiking and running we invested around $20 to get a pair.  We found a new piece of gear that we will use in more situations than we realized possible.



The glasses on TV advertise that "HD Night Vision Glasses" will help you see better when driving.  This has been debated by some experts, and there are lots of things you SHOULD do to help your driving vision, like KEEP YOUR WINDSHIELD CLEAN.  However, from personal experience, we cannot say enough about the yellow lensed glasses to help us see better when in low light conditions.  

We ordered inexpensive glasses from Amazon, and now we keep them in every car and travel bag.




You may have wondered in the past how your dog can see so much better when out for that nighttime stroll.  Think about it.  Humans are built for living in the daytime and sleeping in the dark. The retina (the light-sensitive part of our eyes) has cells called cones (for seeing colored light) and rods (for detecting movement and dim light). We have 20 times more rods than cones (120 million rods and only 6 million cones), yet we still are not very good at seeing in the dark.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

European Union Formalizes Reopening, Barring Travelers From The United States

Starting tomorrow, July 1, 2020 the European Union (EU) is going to permit travelers from 15 countries to enter the EU but exclude travelers from the United States, India, Brazil and Russia. China will be permitted subject to some reciprocal conditions.








This decision is agreed upon by 27 member nations of the European Union plus four other nations in Europe’s visa-free Schengen travel. UK which made an official exit from the EU on January 31, 2020 is also partaking in this decision to restrict entry to travers from the US.



Starting tomorrow, July 1, 2020 the European Union (EU) is going to permit travelers from 15 countries to enter the EU but exclude travelers from the United States, India, Brazil and Russia. China will be permitted subject to some reciprocal conditions.

This decision is agreed upon by 27 member nations of the European Union plus four other nations in Europe’s visa-free Schengen travel.  UK which made an official exit from the EU on January 31, 2020 is also partaking in this decision to restrict entry to travers from the US.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Best 2020 Father's Day Gift Ideas 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 2020 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 for travelers of all types with our favorite things, perfect for all budgets! Maybe even the family pet needs to find something for its traveling Daddy!  




❤️❤️There is still time to order for Father's Day. Remember, all proceeds from our links go to charity like the Navy SEAL Foundation that helps GOLD STAR FATHERS who have lost their Military Sons and Daughters and for whom Father's Day is not the same. Please SHARE this post to help...❤️❤️


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 Dads 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 his needs. These poles come with nylon straps to ensure 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 the same material used to build airplanes, these are truly strong trekking poles.

2. Call Sign Chaos




For the patriotic Dad, get him a clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.
Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation.


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

3.  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!



4. ThermoPro TP-08S is a Dual Probe Digital Wireless Thermometer  



Keep things healthy!  With Coronavirus fears this year, more Dad's are cooking at home or will be at Airbnb's.  We love digital thermometers like the ThermoPro TP-08S which is a Dual Probe Digital Wireless Thermometer that allows him to accurately cook by monitoring both Meat and Oven temperature remotely from 300 feet away. He can stop getting up and sitting back down to check on the meat and just await the TP-08S 's alarm when the meat is cooked to perfection or when the BBQ/Oven/Smoker is at the set temperature range.





5. Theragun G3PRO


Whether dad's a fitness buff or just dealing with daily aches and pains, help him limber up with Theragun's percusive therapy which gently eases cramping and tightness in minutes.  It comes with a travel case and since he may not always have time for a massage on the road, he can use this himself with the adjustable arm with 4 angles for an ergonomic full-body reach.

6.  The Ridge Slim Minimalist Front Pocket RFID Blocking Metal Wallets for Men with Cash Strap




Don't let your favorite Dad be a victim of identity theft when traveling!  The Ridge Wallet was built with design and functionality in mind -- a wallet that's minimalist without being limiting -- so that he can carry less and always have what he needs at home or away. The Ridge is a slim, RFID-blocking wallet designed to streamline how he carries his cash and cards.  We like the integrated cash strap – The cash strap allows him to clip several bills inside his wallet.  This is also available with a money clip if the cash strap isn't for him.

7. Castaway Travel Hammock





You should definitely buy this hammock for Dad!  It's incredibly easy to set up, and is really lightweight and portable. Who doesn’t like to chill out in a hammock? But Dad may have to fight the rest of the family to use it first! The best thing about the Castaway Travel Hammock is how affordable it is. The price kind of depends on the color combination you choose, but in general you can get the single one for less than $30.

8. The Pacsafe GII Portable Travel Safe






Don't let your favorite Dad be a victim of theft when traveling!  We all know the dangers of pickpockets while traveling, but rarely do we ever think about the theft that can happen in our very own hotel rooms. It’s easy to assume that once we head off to explore the city with our doors locked, our valuables are safe. Unfortunately, sometimes that's not the case, especially if he's staying in an Airbnb or a hostel.  Even the safe in his hotel room isn't always a secure option.

So what can a traveler to do? Portable safes like the Pacsafe GII Anti-Theft Travel Safe are a great option and easier to pack than you might think.  Enjoy our video review and instructions on how to use the safe!


9. Kaatsu



If your Dad loves cutting edge health and fitness products, he would love KAATSU!  What is KAATSU?  It's hard to summarize in a few sentences, so take the time to read more about it!  Essentially, KAATSU is a safe and effective form of exercise, rehabilitation and recovery invented in Japan in 1966.

The patented pneumatic equipment enables your arms and legs to modify venous flow which leads to a cascade of positive physiological effects. KAATSU is supported by decades of extensive research at top academic institutions, specific protocols proven over millions of users in 32 countries, and patented procedures in sports, exercise, rehabilitation and wellness activities both in the water and on land.

KAATSU is a Japanese word and trademarked term where KA (加) means “additional” and ATSU (圧) means “pressure”.

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10. Injinji Toe Socks



Every avid traveler is bound to get blister at some point!  Injinji socks are the perfect solution for this!  Offering restriction-free movement while eliminating skin-on-skin friction, which is one of the primary causes of blisters, Injinji Lightweight Socks have a five-toe sleeve design.  From no-show to crew length there is bound to be something he can use on the road!


11. Improve His Sleep with chiliBLANKET




By now you’ve probably heard us speak about the benefits of the of the sleep brand chili. They are making 2 water-powered temperature-controlled bed pads that we have previously reviewed (chiliPAD and OOLER).  Meet chiliBLANKET™ + chiliPAD control unit, the world’s first hydro-powered, temperature-controlled weighted blanket + control unit combo.  Why would he want to use a weighted blanket? Using one can increase serotonin, decrease anxiety, and reduce restlessness and we all know how travel presents problems for restorative sleep so it's important that he starts with good sleep at home. But what if he tends to be hot and never uses a heavy blanket? That’s where the temperature-controlled aspect comes in perfectly whether he's typically hot or cold, he can find the best temperature for him!

12. True Energy Over the Calf Socks





For the Dad looking for the latest technology in his travel socks, give him True Energy, the next advancement in anti-inflammatory, pain relief and cellular recovery. True Energy socks evolved from research designed to help astronauts maintain normal metabolic function while in space. When the infrared nanoparticles blended into our yarn are combined with body heat, it produces a beneficial cellular stimulating effect.


13.  Nathan Hydration Vest


For the Dad who runs, walks or hikes long distances, summertime makes hydration even more important.  The best solution to carry fluids is a hydration vest.  The Nathan VaporAir is our favorite because it provides comfort over the long-haul, regardless of pace, distance, terrain…or how much he sweats, which is key in our opinion.  The back on this vest breathes so well that he won't get hotter out exploring. He can unzip the two front inside pockets to reveal hidden adjustment straps that cinch the side panels tight, for a snug, close fit that stays secure mile after mile.

14. Sharkbanz


Give him the world's first active shark deterrent band. Designed for beachgoers, swimmers and surfers, Sharkbanz use patented magnetic technology developed by marine biologists to deter predatory shark species.  It is:

  • EFFECTIVE - Technology based on proven science, published research and testing 
  • SIMPLE - No batteries, no charging; always on 
  • AFFORDABLE - Safety for everyone 
  • STYLISH - Ergonomic design and premium materials for enhanced comfort Worn on Ankle or Wrist 

15. Wisdom Panel Health Canine DNA Test



Help him understand who is protecting the house while he is away!  What a great gift for the Doggy Daddy!  Has your Dad been wondering if Fido is a husky? A malamute? Wisdom Panel is like 23andMe for dogs and can tell him his rescue’s breed profile, and this kit also screens for specific genetic conditions.

16. Peepers by PeeperSpecs Unisex Clark Focus Square Blue Light Filtering Reading Glasses



Is Dad always losing his reading glasses?  Get him a new pair, but this time get him ones that he will never forget!  Peepers was one of Oprah's 2019 Favorite Things.  The quality of these readers is amazing, but even more important are that they offer blue light filtering lenses to reduce the harmful effects of looking at computer and device screens all day.  Plus the cost of these fit most budgets!

17.  Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker, Bright Orange



This travel-friendly speaker from Bose is perfect for sticking in a carry-on and bringing just about anywhere. It’s fully waterproof. It also has a strap on the back and a durable rubber coating, so it’s great for camping trips and outdoor activities.

18.  Spikeball 3 Ball Game Set



If Dad has been looking for some way to channel some physical energy while engaging in some healthy competition home or away, set him up with the Spikeball — a Shark Tank original that’s become a backyard, beach and travel hit.

19. Osmo Mobile 3




If you’re the sort of person who regrets how little video footage your Dad shot of you growing up, or how poor his video was, then perhaps you could get him the Osmo Mobile 3, from the drone company DJI, so he can shoot ultra-steady videos of you and the grandkids.  The Osmo Mobile 3 is an electronic gimbal, like the one you’d find stabilizing the camera on a drone, except it’s handheld and holds a mobile phone rather than a camera.  We love the combo kit for just a little extra and useful accessories like a tripod.

20. AfterShokz Aeropex Open-Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones with Sport Belt




Aftershokz Aeropex wireless bone conduction headphones are the company's best yet for running and cycling.  If he cycles or runs outdoors he may have heard of bone conduction headphones. They will let him enjoy music while keep hearing your surroundings, helping keep him safe.  The sound is incredible and he will barely know he's wearing them!  These are water resistant and connect via bluetooth. Is he a swimmer too or doesn't like to carry his phone while training?  Check out our video review of Aftershokz Xtrainerz (pronounced "Cross Trainers") for Aftershokz newest FULLY waterproof option with internal storage for podcasts and music!  While you're at our YouTube channel, please SUBSCRIBE to support our charitable giving!




21.  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!





22.  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!







23.  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!



24.  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!





25. 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!



26.  Jewelry Is Always Great For Anyone, But Give Him A Bracelet Reflecting A Meaningful Place In The World!


A unique way to remember a special place.  Never get lost when you have the place he loves right on his wrist!  What a great idea for a cuff bracelet!  The bracelets are created by "printing" on to aluminum cuff.  The light weight of the bracelet makes it a perfect gift for the favorite traveler or outdoorsman in your life. Doreen from December Moon Designs creates bracelets with maps from all over, so no matter where he goes, he will always have a guide right on his wrist. Click this link to find more locations!



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27.  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.  The quality of these socks are awesome and the price is outstanding!



Check out our video tips for wearing compression socks and how to put them on!!  It's easier than you think once you know how!  While you're at our YouTube channel, please SUBSCRIBE to support our charitable giving!





28.  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.











29.  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!




30. 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.


31.  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!





32.  For Road Warrior Dad with Low Back Pain


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


33.  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!


34.  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! It comes in an 8 ounce container so that he can use it without a shaving bowl - one less thing to carry.


35.  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.  


36.  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.


37.  Marlowe 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 a TSA compliant facial cleanser. 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.



38.  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. 


39.  CarbonKlean SmartKlear Electroplated Smartphone Anti-Bacterial Screen Cleaner 


This compact smartphone cleaner kills bacteria and wipes smudges, streaks, and oily fingerprints right off the screen. SmartKlear uses an invisible carbon substance that repels dirt and oil—the same technology used in the NASA space station. 


Didn't find the PERFECT gift? Take a look at our Valentine's Day 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.


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