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  • Review of Eagle Creek Load Warrior Rolling Duffle Bag
    My Itchy Travel Feet readers as well as Facebook fans about my packing light experience with the Eagle Creek 22 rolling duffle carry on The best way to tell all of you about it is to show you So upon my return from the trip I made a video as I unpacked my bag so that you could see exactly what I packed What I liked about the Eagle Creek rolling duffle bag carry on The lightweight size 5 lbs 13 oz 2 6 kg is a big help in meeting airline luggage weight requirements The compact dimensions 17 x 22 x 9 meet airline carry on size restrictions I know because I tested it out at the United counter Interior space can be increased 15 by using the expandable zippers I had enough space without using this feature Wheeled handling system operates smoothly no twisting over while rolling like my old rolling duffle bag did It s a wonder that I didn t break my wrist using the old bag Packing folders and cubes kept my clothes from wrinkling They provided more space in the bag but most importantly I appreciated the ease of use When pulling out a pair of pants located in the bottom of the bag all I had to do was remove the folder I called this an envelope in the video and cubes No more re rolling every piece of clothing to reach what I need at the bottom of my bag BIG WIN My Eagle Creek rolling duffle bag fit easily into the sizing tray at the United counter The Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 rolling duffle bag currently retails for 230 00 and comes in black yellow or blue While that price may seem hefty to you I m a big believer

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2014/04/15/rolling-duffle-bag/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Living green at Valley of the Gods Bed & Breakfast
    experimenting with water harvesting The sun porch off of our room was a lovely place to relax Our accommodations included a private bath with unique stone shower plus a sunroom filled with houseplants From the king sized bed in our room we woke up to views of Cedar Mesa At breakfast Alan and I sat around the large kitchen table watching Claire Dorgan prepare french toast topped with oats and stewed apples accompanied by thick slices of bacon We shared our meal with guests from Ottawa Corsica and Santa Fe With Gary and Claire s easy banter melting away any language barriers we were soon laughing our way through the meal Valley of the Gods is a mini Monument Valley What is there to do at such a remote location You name it explore Valley of the Gods a mini Monument Valley raft the San Juan River photograph the river curves at Goosenecks State Park or drive to Monument Valley Natural Bridges National Monument or national parks at Canyonlands and Arches Dinner requires a drive to Mexican Hat or Bluff Utah For a real Western steak try Cottonwood Steakhouse If you eat outside under the cottonwood tree don t sit at the first few tables Those are reserved for locals Alan and I enjoyed relaxing in the comfy rocking chairs on Valley of the God Bed and Breakfast s 75 covered front porch watching the sunset reflect on Monument Valley Next time we ll bring our own steak and cook it on the gas stove that sits at the end of the porch Or maybe we ll get lucky if Gary and Claire are cooking a roast in their solar powered oven They might share Have you stayed in an off the grid bed and breakfast Join the conversation at

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2008/06/11/living-green-at-valley-of-the-gods-bed-breakfast/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Hiking Plateau Mountain
    a frozen expedition involving backpacks tents and freeze dried food No Our trip above the Arctic Circle included fine wines and gourmet dinners on Voyager one of Regent Seven Sea Cruise s luxury cruise ships Hiking up the trail The hike was one of the ship s cruise excursions At the gangway we loaded onto a bus for the short ride to the starting point Guides divided us into four groups allowing the experienced hikers to move at a quicker pace Because I have a problem with heights and didn t bring any walking sticks Alan and I chose the third group The steep path leveled out in several places giving us time to catch our breath and scan our alien looking surroundings Why were the guides carrying rifles in their backpacks This is polar bear country Although our group didn t reach the top the hike climbed high enough to provide vistas of a beautiful but stark landscape At a rock cairn we signed a notebook proving that we did indeed climb part of Plateau Mountain Later we watched a reindeer move across a distant hill Looking down on Longyearbyen During the hike Ellyn our guide talked about her life as a summer guide and also her studies back on the Norwegian mainland What some visitors see as a tree less wasteland became beautiful and exciting when this nature loving girl described her adventures Would this excursion satisfy an experienced hiker looking for adventure Probably not It s too short and a bit pricey for what s involved But hiking Plateau Mountain offered us a chance to experience a tiny slice of life in a harsh climate Learning about distant places that you may never visit again isn t that what travel is all about When your cruise ship

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2008/06/16/hiking-plateau-mountain/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Boomer Travel Fitness: Keeping It On Your Trip
    you re passionate about Don t settle for a generic top 10 list make sure you re seeing YOUR top 10 Look for personal connections to destinations favorite hobbies to pursue beloved books or films set in the place you re visiting or learning a new skill or local pastime to amp up the energy you bring to your travel day Be kind to yourself Remember our bodies are the ones that have to deliver everything our minds have planned on a vacation If you re tired and need a break from sightseeing do it Take a rest day or give yourself the afternoon off Remember the key is enjoyment not items ticked off a must see travel list Be smart Don t waste your precious energy standing in line Find out if you can reserve an entry time purchase a city museum pass or book a tour to avoid the energy drain of waiting to enter popular attractions I recommend doing a quick Boomer Body Awareness Check in before starting your travel day and again at mid afternoon Ask yourself On a scale of 1 10 where is my energy right now Do a body scan for tense or painful areas including jaw neck shoulders low back legs and feet Check your mood are you feeling relaxed and upbeat or are there storm clouds on the horizon Ask yourself if you re feeling well rested and adequately fueled Once you ve done this 30 second scan use the quick fixes below for the Body Awareness Check In Issue you identified Five Quick Fixes To Recharge Your Travel Oomph Take a break and energize with a walk in the park One of my favorites the foot massage Our feet take a beating when we travel Watch one of these videos before your trip Classic foot massage or tennis ball foot massage Stretching those tight aching muscles will thank you Make sure you know a simple stretch for calves quadriceps and hamstrings before you leave home It s also a good idea to have a stretch in mind to relieve an aching back This easy yoga pose could be just the ticket Relaxing breathing you can do this anywhere Take a few slower deeper breaths See if you can breathe into your belly you ll notice it move under your hand rather than using just your lungs As you breath notice thoughts and release them if it is mind clearing that you re after or focus on breathing into the heart and feeling gratitude for something or someone special if mood elevation is what you need I also recommended relaxed breathing if you re feeling overwhelmed by the newness or strangeness of your destination Watch The Energy Project s video for inspiration The afternoon nap Donna told me it s her favorite If you ve had a late night or didn t sleep well give yourself permission to take a nap and see how much more you enjoy your dinner and

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/10/13/boomer-travel-fitness-during-travel/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Boomer Travel Fitness: Donna Hull Reports on Her Progress
    as a coupon for free access to the exercise world of Jillian Michaels the self proclaimed toughest trainer in America Using the free coupon code from Klout I registered at the Jillian Michaels online site After answering a questionnaire on exercise and eating habits I began receiving a daily email newsletter with a workout regime and suggested menu Boomer readers pay attention to this BIG WARNING check with your doctor before starting this exercise series It is a tough workout revolving around strength and core training with a component of aerobics I still have to substitute easier moves for some of the tougher exercises When I began the Jillian Michaels program my goal was more about losing weight than improving boomer travel fitness What woman doesn t want to shed a few pounds before a cruise Yes I ve lost some weight but that isn t the most important benefit This workout has challenged my body and changed it s shape in the process I m bounding up the stairs now because of increased strength in my quads And it won t be long before I lift that carry on into the overhead bin without sweetly asking for help from the man in line behind me Who knows I may even have six pack abs before the cruise begins My point here is not to encourage you to sign up for the Jillian Michaels program There are many exercise videos and online sites with similar tough fitness regimes Here s my takeaway challenge yourself To really improve your boomer fitness it takes more than brisk walks or 30 minutes on the treadmill each day And the best part of this experience I ve learned plenty of exercises that don t require any equipment except for hand weights I now have

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/11/16/boomer-travel-fitness-news/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Cruise excursion to Davidson Glacier near Skagway, Alaska
    hour journey began on a high speed jet catamaran for an approximately 1 hour ride to Glacier Point Traveling through Alaska s deepest fjord we watched for whales porpoises and glaciers of all types as one of Chilkat s knowledgeable guides provided commentary At Glacier Point the group boarded a school bus to be transported to the staging area where boats and waterproof clothing are provided for guests Along the way we observed old versus new growth of the temperate rainforest as the glacier continues to retreat Geared up for the ride to Davidson Glacier After gearing up we hiked a quarter of a mile through the rainforest to the river s edge where 30 ft motorized canoes waited to transport us to Davidson Glacier Once in the canoe our group paddled the river for a while before Jennifer our guide started the canoe s motor The process of rowing kept us warm as chilly winds began to whip the cold glacier fed waters Turning the motor back on Jennifer passed back and forth in front of the face of the glacier providing equal views to all of the photographers onboard as well as educating the group about glacial activity Davidson Glacier close up On the catamaran ride back to Skagway we enjoyed a box lunch plus bottled water Guides continued to share their knowledge about the area This is one of the best cruise excursions that Alan and I have ever taken The exhilarating experience provided a brief glimpse of wild Alaska And no helicopter or plane tours marred the sounds of water rushing from Davidson Glacier or the wind s whistle as it blew across the ice Taking an Alaska cruise and having a hard time choosing between all of your excursion options Check out our favorite Alaska

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2009/09/22/speedcat-adventure-davidson-glacier-alaska/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Boomer Travel Fitness: Prepare Before You Go
    every 90 min of sitting you do during the day And move your health higher up the priority list as you check off the travel planning tasks Remember the most important item you re bringing on the trip is YOU 2 Gauge your average daily steps with a pedometer and increase walking in the weeks before your trip Your best boomer buddy when you re getting ready to travel If you re planning to do a lot of sightseeing this is a must do Even if you envision a trip devoted to curling up with a book on the veranda or snoozing by the pool don t forget you ll still be facing a couple of long marches through the airport 10 000 steps per day are recommended for good health and a half day of sightseeing will require at least that many Don t buy a cheap pedometer you need an accurate step count to know where you stand America On The Move is a great website to keep you motivated If you prefer to count minutes instead of steps start with a number of minutes you d feel silly skipping 5 or 10 minutes once then twice per day is a start Create the daily habit then increase the minutes A total of at least 30 minutes daily is recommended for good health but you may need more than that to be travel ready 3 Know your trip Evaluate your travel plans for physical challenges and prepare for them Visiting the Great Wall of China Delighting in the fairytale castles of Germany Ireland or Romania Then steps are in your future On your way to see the Golden Gate Bridge Coit Tower and winding Lombard Street You d best be ready for some hills in San Francisco Ditto if you re visiting Mont St Michel France or wanting to catch the incredible sunset view of Phi Phi Bay from the viewpoint on Phi Phi Island Thailand If you re preparing for steps or hills be sure to consult with your doctor first 4 Know your body Are there areas of stiffness or pain that need to be addressed before you go Recover your boomer get up and go with a regular walking practice Travel days can be really hard on our bodies Even though we may be traveling 4 000 miles and across several continents our bodies are spending all of that time in one position sitting Do a body scan a few weeks before you depart Is your lower back sore Are knees or ankles tight This would be the perfect time to do some stretching gently move joints that seem stiff as well as strengthening and stretching core muscles to help your body withstand the rigors of travel days 5 Check your energy level What is draining your energy Common energy drains include sleeping poorly or not enough skipping meals while eating or drinking sugar and caffeine laden snacks throughout the day instead feeling unappreciated or

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/09/08/boomer-travel-fitness-before-you-go/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Boomer Travel: Finding Your Oomph
    Is your body ready Do you have the energy reserves to power your boomer vacation Most of us don t think about this until it s too late It s day two or three of the trip and we re maneuvering ourselves up the tiny winding steps of the castle tower or climbing the broad marble staircase of a famous museum with the paintings we ve waited years to see up a long flight of stairs Perhaps we enjoy taking local public transport and can t believe how far those small distances on our map seem as we walk them Maybe the day s exertions have worn us out and we don t feel like going out for an early evening concert or a late dinner in the piazza The amazing thing is we forget all about our lack of Travel Oomph as soon as we get home I call it Travel Unfitness Amnesia There s that moment on the trip when we think to ourselves I m really out of shape I need to do something about this Next trip will be different But is it One reason why we may be so prone to forgetting our physical foibles as soon as we return home from a vacation is the Peak End Rule devised by Nobel prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman It suggests that we remember past experiences based on two things a peak experience good or bad and how that experience ended Happily the discomfort we feel when we re traveling while out of shape is usually overshadowed by the majesty or beauty or fun of other experiences on our trip so we don t retain those memories about our lack of fitness However Travel Unfitness Amnesia has a downside we can t take action if we don t remember the problem Keep your balance on the cobblestone streets of Europe After my 45th birthday and a knee surgery I began to notice significant issues with Travel Oomph Walking around Bucharest all day after a long flight was much more taxing than I expected it to be My husband discovered his lack of fitness towards the end of the trip when over tiredness from long days of sightseeing resulted in his carelessly stepping off a curb onto cobblestones twisting an ankle On another trip to Cozumel Mexico I realized that the all day snorkels I had so thoroughly enjoyed in the past now seemed like an impossibility Two hours were more than enough And Rome The fantastic Roman Forum was transformed into a chore such a huge expanse to traverse on our way from Trastevere where we were staying to the Via Cavour The view at sunset from the Gianicolo was incredible but what a hill And I m not the only boomer to experience this Read the story of one woman s surprise at how challenging her visit to The Great Wall of China was For some interesting tips on travel planning based on human psychology and

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/08/02/travel-oomph-boomer-fitness-tips/ (2016-04-26)
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