Showing posts with label road trip. Show all posts
Showing posts with label road trip. Show all posts

Monday, August 24, 2020

Post-COVID-19 Travel: The New Normal Must Haves

Post-COVID-19 Travel:

The New Normal

TRAVEL MUST HAVES


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As regions around the world alternately quarantine and reopen, travelers are cautiously exploring their regions, in staycations and/or road trips. Safety is still important, so stock up on these must haves:


1. Keep a head start on your health with your own no-touch thermometer.
                   

2. Avoid touching public surfaces such as doors, keypads and screens with a no-touch tool.                      


3. Slip these convenient size hand sanitizers right into your pocket.

                           

4. Face masks have become mandatory in many US states and public places. Be healthy and fashionable. Try these, with replaceable filters.

                                

5. Throw a pack of hand sanitizer wipes in the bag to freshen up.

                          

6. Feel a little safer with little ones on the potty with these extra large toilet seat covers.

                            

7. Stay hydrated with a metal water bottle that stays cold all day.


8. Get a metal drinking straw for the each member of the family.

9. Carry your own shopping bags that can double as packing bags.           

10. Always travel with a small first aid kit, even when there isn't a pandemic.


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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Kids, Travel & You: Part 4 - Road Trips


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5 Tips for Road Trips with Kids




1. Start young... If kids begin to travel when they are young, by the time they are tweens, they'll be experts. Next time you're at the airport, observe around you. You'll know instantly which ones travel a lot and which ones don't. 



2...or wait. If you know your children well, you may want to save the really long road trips until they are tweens. In the meantime, take day trips (staycations, excursions, etc.). Prep the kids for journeys that will take over an hour. Have snacks and activities ready. Also, plan the route for restroom stops.





3. Oxymoron: plan to be spontaneous and take your time and stay on schedule. How? Have a loose agenda but don't be afraid to switch it up. Include some of electronics and toys. Sometimes those billboards on the interstate that announce sightseeing attractions pay off. Take a short detour and then get back on schedule.




4. Always book lodging with a pool. Your nerves will thank you. Know your children's ending point and plan to be at your hotel 2 hours before their bedtime.




5. It's OK to suspend some rules to have fun. And it's OK to keep some. Stick to bedtime rules if you're going to be on the road the next day. Let them stay up a hour later if you're staying put. 





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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cycling and Traveling: Things to do

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On the Road With Your Bicycles



Copyright Marcia Crayton

(Note: this blog entry is about traveling with your bicycles. Some people go from city to city or state to state by bicycle. We haven't done that...yet!)

You've probably seen travelers hauling anything and everything to enhance their vacation. What I see most often are bicycles. There's nothing like having your own bicycle with you, if possible. I've brought mine from Maine to Florida, literally up and down I-95. 

So, if you're new to cycling or if you're new to traveling with your bicycles, here's what you may need to know:


Traveling with your bicycles. Copyright Marcia Crayton


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1. Consider your travel lifestyle when you purchase a bike. Also, consider where you go the most: off-road (gravel), road, mountain and even on sand. Be mindful of the weight of your bicycle, you may have to haul it up stairs. Know how to maintain and make minor repairs: the chain, rust-proofing, changing a tire. 

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2. Protect your vehicle. Get the bike rack that's best for your car that you can afford. The bike racks that attach to car trunks can be complicated and may damage your paint if you're not careful. If it goes into a hitch, you should be able to lock your rack to your car. Consider racks that swing down (to access the trunk area) or swing away (the entire assembly, bikes and all, can swing like a door) so that you can load and unload the car without taking the bikes off.  Make sure you lock your bikes to each other and to the rack.


Sightseeing with your bicycle. Copyright Marcia Crayton

3. Remember that it rains on the road. Your bikes will get wet. Covers are hard to find and hard to attach. They don't always stay on.


Remember to lock your bicycles. Copyright Marcia Crayton

4. Logistics: Consider your lodging and if you can bring your bikes in or if they will stay on your vehicle the entire trip. This means you're hauling them everywhere: to eat, shop and sightsee. Investigate parking. Some parking garages are tight. (If you have cargo on top, you have to be able to have clearance or be able to remove the cargo, not always easy or practical).



Map out your trip. Copyright Marcia Crayton

5. Stop at the visitors center and get information for bike routes and trails. Also, there are apps that will give directions by bicycle. Cycling on vacation is sightseeing on wheels.  Don't forget your clothing, helmets, gloves, lights, bells and any bags or gear, backpack beach chairs, saddlebags, etc.

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So, mount up, and enjoy!


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Intro...World of Coca-Cola

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World of Coca-Cola
World of Coca Cola, Atlanta, Georgia

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: WORLD OF COCA-COLA

After you have seen what Atlanta has to offer culturally and historically; after you have had your fill of either the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil War and perhaps even Gone With The Wind, you will invariably find your way near Centennial Park and across to the exhibit/museum/greatest advertisement in the "person" of the World of Coca-Cola. 

John Pemberton statue
John Pemberton, the pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola

1. If you have not been to Atlanta since 2006, you will learn that the museum is no longer near Underground Atlanta (a shopping and entertainment district that has seen better days). Obviously, moving the World of Coca-Cola has affected the economy of the Underground, with more tourists now staying in the Centennial Park area. For some reason, the old building is still there, overgrown with trees, seemingly decaying.

Former World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Underground
Former location, near the Atlanta Underground

2. The relocated museum is a tribute to Coca-Cola and its products of course, but it can also be seen as an extreme example of American capitalism, the power of advertising and it's influence throughout the world. 

Coca-Cola artifacts
All things Coca-Cola (registered trademark by The Coca-Cola Company)

3. But this is a fun place. The amount of memorabilia and artifacts is a history lesson in itself. Indeed, Coca-Cola is credited with our modern visual of Santa Claus. The popular artwork of the rotund, rosy-cheeked jolly fellow was immortalized largely based on Clement C. Moore's description in his poem " "Twas the Night Before Christmas," forever cementing the American personification of St. Nick (along with other previous illustrations). 

Illustration of the Coca-Cola Santa
Santa Claus, as imagined by Coca-Cola (registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company)

3. Coca-Cola presents a fair account of its history, it's influences, and even acknowledges its mistakes such as trying to change to formula of classic Coca-Cola. The company can be credited, along with Hallmark, McDonald's and Kodak, with changing the 1960's in-your-face style of television ads to the more artsy approach, (movie style cinematography, messages of peace, world love and family life). All of this is part of the museum, along with toys, clothing, and interactive exhibits.

Coca-Cola Polar Bear
Polar Bear, for your photo op (registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company)

4. There are what can be considered a few major highlights: the promise that you will see the vault where the original formula is kept, (that's all you see, the vault, not the formula, which is supposedly inside), a photo op with the Polar Bear character and, the room with all of the flavors and products of the world. At the end, before you exit through the obligatory gift shop where you can get your fill of all items Coca-Cola, you are given a small bottle of the famous classic formula. Drink the soda and save the bottle, since the bottling location is considered important, sort of like where your money is minted.

Photo of the Vault
The Vault

5. If you read every line, examine every artifact, and pass through every gallery, including the room where decades of television ads are screened, you will get your $16 worth and you can conceivably be there for hours. You can imagine on a rainy day the crowds that must be there. 

World of Coca Cola, 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia. 1-800-676-COKE.


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Intro to...Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA, IN A DAY

If you're only in the Philly area for a day, here are some of the highlights to get you introduced to the historic City of Brotherly Love.

1. Do the fun thing: visit the Rocky statue at the foot of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway). It's no longer at the top of the steps to prevent you from re-enacting the movie. Also, in that area are some the USA's greatest museums including the biggest collection of Rodin's works outside of Paris and the famous children's Please Touch museum. It's a great bike riding area also. By the way, Rocky is also at the Visitor Center



2. Test your knowledge at the National Constitutional Center (525 Arch St.) Cool inside in every way: interactive exhibits and great for the hot summer Philly days. The U.S. Mint is across the street, another great tour. 

3. Walk down Arch Street. Along the way you'll see the Christ Church Burial Ground where you can glimpse Ben Franklin's grave right on the corner (or you can pay a couple of bucks to go in). You'll also pass the Arch Street Meeting House (remember, you're in the land of Quakers). Near there is Congregation Mikveh Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation, seemingly a contradiction in terms in a beautiful, modern building. 

4. At Betsy Ross' house (where you can decide for yourself whether she sewed the first American flag or not), you'll take a self-guided tour, with or without audio, of an extremely tiny house. The items are either authentic of the era or good replicas. 239 Arch St.


5. Head down N. 4th Street to Market Street toward Franklin Court (part of Independence National Park), an interesting group of buildings and remains of buildings. The Post Office is real, the Printing Shop will give you a demo of house items were printed back then and you can see where Ben's house was. A surprisingly interesting aspect: one building is actually gutted out to show the architectural and archeological aspects of the building, a good site for architects and historians. These attractions are free but the must see Benjamin Franklin Museum has a small fee.



6. Come out the other side to Chestnut Street to the National Liberty Museum. The message of freedom is strong with some powerful exhibits. Or go back out the Market Street side to the National Museum of American Jewish History


7. Walk across the street to see Carpenters Hall and then head back to the Independence Mall area. 

8. The Liberty Bell Center may have a long line. Go early or toward closing time. You will have to pass through security. There is a series of exhibits before you see the bell itself. It's the real bell, the one in the belfry of Independence Hall is a replica. 


9. You have to get tickets at the Independence Visitor Center for Independence Hall. You will see the real room of the Continental Congress (Carpenters Hall, location of the First Continental Congress is down the street). You'll have to go through security. In the evening, you don't need tickets but the line is L-O-N-G. Plan this if you really want to see it. 


10. From Independence Hall, walk down to 419 S. 6th to see Mother Bethel AME Church, the oldest African American congregation. 

11. Have lunch at the Reading Terminal Market (note that some booths may be closed on Sundays). Then, see some of the outdoor sculptures: the L-O-V-E sculpture at JFK Plaza, near City Hall. and the famous sculptures of board game pieces, across the street.


12. Snack on Philly's famous cheesesteaks from Dalessandro's, (600 Wendover St.) a local eatery but not a well kept secret. Grab the menu first, they don't seem to be too patient for first timers. 

13. If you're driving, you'll want to pass by Penn's Landing and other areas. 


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Intro to...Hilton Head, SC

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INTRO TO... 

HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA


Hilton Head beach
Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head, South Carolina, can be considered one of the premier East Coast beach areas to visit. It's full of luxurious resorts, noted golf courses and fine dining. In high season, you won't find many lodging specials. But, it may be time to finally visit.


Foundation of Baynard Plantaton
Baynard Plantation Ruins, Harbour Town, Hilton Head, South Carolina
1. Check out the offerings on the major search engines and read the reviews carefully. You'll be able to find something in your price range but be prepared to use your car or other wheels (bicycle?) to get around in case you're headquartered near Bluffton.



2. Make sure the hotel has a pool in case the beach experience gets crowded, a guarantee. Also, after the ocean area has closed, a nighttime dip can be refreshing. 


Red Roof Inn, Hilton Head, So. Carolina
Red Roof Inn, Hilton Head, South Carolina

3. Get used to William Hilton Parkway, a major thoroughfare for the island. A car is definitely required if one wants to take advantage of the sights. For those who would be flying in, I would recommend staying at a beach front resort if you don't rent a car. 

4. Bicycling around the island is also a great option. The flat terrain, bike lanes and bike racks almost command you to park the car for your entire stay. You can bring your own or rent one. 


Cycling in Hilton Head, So. Carolina
Bicycling around Harbour Town, Hilton Head, South Carolina

5. If you're a golfer, you're in absolute heaven. If you just want to sit on the beach, you could do that, too, until it rains. If you want to eat, there are all types of options from fine dining to Dunkin' Donuts. If you want to get in shape, you can jog or bike ride around US 278 for miles. 

6. The relaxing ambience of the island is due to the low-key physical appearance. Town ordinances specify how construction is done resulting in the entire island looking like it was decorated by the same interior designer in varying shades of sage and taupe. Also, some buildings are behind trees to preserve the forest look of the island. 


Lighthouse, Hilton Head, So. Carolina
Harbour Town Lighthouse

7. There are plenty of beaches. Coligny Beach Park, is a public beach. It's clean, yes, popular, but accessible. Parking is not the best and you need to read every single sign. There are paid parking lots, it's better to pay to park rather than to risk a ticket and tow.

Always plan for inclement weather when staying near the shore. Hilton Head, South Carolina, Coligny Beach Park.

8. As ritzy as the place is, one might be surprised to learn it is actually the home to descendants of slaves and those of Gullah background who stayed after the Civil War. The island celebrates its place in U.S. history and you can visit relics of a plantation on the Sea Pines Resort (Stoney-Baynard Plantation). You can pay for a day pass to explore Sea Pines.



Plantation Ruins, Hilton Head So. Carolina
Stoney-Baynard Plantation, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, So. Carolina.

9. If you want Vegas-y style nightlife or a noisy, lit up Time Square-like boardwalk, this is not for you. Hilton Head is a place to relax, retreat, get in some recreation and to refresh. Go on down, it just might do you some good. 

10. No vacation area would be incomplete without shopping. There are the charming boutiques, an actual Piggly-Wiggly and outlets in Bluffton.

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