Travel Tip Tuesday- These shoes were made for walking

Shoes take up a lot of valuable packing space. Choose which shoes you will bring on your trip wisely. Think function rather than fashion.

  • A must- comfortable walking shoes that are already broken in for walking, exercising and during travel.
  • A cheap pair of flip flops to wear in a pool area, in the bathroom or shower. Best not to go barefoot anywhere. You never know what you might step on.
  • A pair you can wear comfortably that will be appropriate if you have to dress up. Make sure you can also walk good distances in these without pain.  If you know you won’t have to dress up, omit these.

While we all want to look good, find shoes that are practical, light weight and pack well and ok, look good, too.


Top Travel Apps

Even if you dont have internet access you can still take advantage of these great resources. Here are some great apps to take with you when you travel.

Do you have any other favorite travel apps to add to our list?

Hurricane Season

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the hurricane and typhoon seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Check out what’s happening to see how your travel plans may be impacted by weather.

Travel Tip Tuesday

Cell phones can be very handy when you travel. They can act as a flashlight. You can take a photo of your hotel and if you can’t communicate with your cabby, show him a picture. You can take a photo of important things, like your passport, itinerary , immunization record, medical history, medication list, phone numbers of your credit card companies international line to report stolen or lost cards, and the number of your travel health insurance company.

Hey, you can even make phone calls!

Favorite Foto Friday- Painful Poppy Pictures

Painful poppy pictures

The kindness of strangers.

It’s easy to get injured when you travel, especially when you are taking a photo and wearing sandals on an uneven unpaved road and keep backing up to get the right angle. I was bleeding and found out later I broke a toe. In the next town, while I cleaned myself up, the waiter brought me a cold can of Coke, for my foot and a glass of wine for my pain. It was 9 am and I was grateful for both.  Where was I?

The Question I Hear Most Often Is

Why should I go to a travel clinic before a trip?

Here are the top 10, some of which might surprise you.

1. We do all the internet leg work for you. We consult with experts in the US and Switzerland daily to stay on top of the latest outbreaks, safety concerns and vaccine recommendations and requirements.

2. You may not be fully protected against illnesses present in other countries, such as polio and typhoid. We can discuss routine, recommended and required vaccines.

3. You’ll get a prescription for the medication that is best suited for you (side effects, cost, and convenience) to prevent malaria, a potentially life-threatening disease that is present in many tropical countries.

4. We’ll tell you how to prevent and treat traveler’s diarrhea, a condition that can ruin your trip and stay with you for weeks after you return.

5. We’ll tell you whether you will have any problems with your regular medications or treatments while traveling. Are any of your prescriptions controlled substances?Are you a diabetic carrying syringes? Use medications that need refrigeration? Use a C-Pap machine?

6. There are many diseases for which there are no vaccines, such as dengue fever, which you may not have ever even heard of before. We’ll tell you how to prevent it.

7. We’ll teach you about food and water precautions.

8. We’ll give you tips and treatments for jet lag.

9. You’ll receive a wealth of suggestions for staying safe, including accident prevention tips, embassy contact information, overseas health and emergency evacuation insurance and local health care resources.

10. We carry specialty products to keep you healthy and safe- dental emergency kits, first aid kits designed for your destination, syringe and suture kits, oral rehydration solutions, insect control products, and much more.