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Southern Road Trip Revisited

Biltmore Estate
Biltmore House from Stable Cafe

Once again, My Itchy Travel Feet, the premier blog for traveling boomres, is sharing part of Ken’s and my Southern Road Trip. It is kinda like Donna is asking me, “What did you do on your summer vacation” and then publishing my answers.

Of course I was blown away by the house and its decor, as I describe in the article, but I also was in awe of the fact that George Vanderbilt and his team were responsible for the birth of modern forestry in the United States.

You can see the article and more pictures, here:  Exploring Asheville’s Amazing Biltmore House

In case you missed it, My Itchy Travel Feet also shared my suggestions for three ways to see the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by car.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Actually, this is now a walking path, not a car path, but one of the stops on one of the car trips I recommend in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

How to See Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains Park, Roaring Fork Drive

I wrote here about the Great Smokies, which we visited this summer on our road trip, but now I have written a more detailed guide for three ways to explore the national park. You can see it at My Itchy Travel Feet. Visit Roaring Fork, Cade’s Cove, and Clingmans Dome.

Smoky Mountain
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cade’s Cove drive-through barn
Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingman Dome observation tower.

Perfect Gifts for Travelers Who Read

For the past several years, I have published a list called “Ten Best Gifts for Travelers Who Read“.  This year I give you a couple of goodies and some places to look for additional ideas.

Don’t forget to look at the lists from other years at A Traveler’s Library, because there are good things there that still are great.


Periscope Book Cover and Built-in Light
Periscope Book Cover and Built-in Light

I introduced two of my all-time favorite finds, The Periscope Book Light in a Book Cover, which I still use almost daily; and Select Wisely menu cards for people with food allergies or other health problems. Check them out by clicking on the year.


Yak Pak Psychedelia
Yak Pak Psychedelia

EVERY DAY I use my backpack purse from YAK PAK. And on EVERY TRIP I use the Atlantic 22″ Ultra Lite Rollaboard that I introduced in 2010. Do take a look. So many people on your list would love one of these gifts.


Envirosax LoadedFOUR winners introduced in 2011: 1. Enviro Saks, which get all folded up to practically nothing and travel in a corner of my suitcase, and then come out to carry groceries, picnics, or sit in a car on a car trip with “stuff.” 2. Oka B shoes. I’m sitting here at my computer wearing a pair of comfy Oka Bs right now. 3. Show Off Travel Bags. This is a novel idea that I came to love. Why just use ziplock when you can have a bit of bling? Liberty Bottle Works–a bottle for water that weans people off the plastic ones.


I still think the Kindle Paperwhite is cool, and Bound for Anything is a terrific idea for travelers who Write, as well as read.


Fruit Bag from Doy
Fruit Bag from Doy

I had a two-parter last year. In part one, don’t miss the great way to keep your health supplies organized that was created by J the Travel Authority. And in part two, I suggested that it would be a good year to buy bags and other products from the Phillipine company Doy Bags, because they were suffering the aftermath of a typhoon.  Unfortunately, they’ve been hit again. I suggest Doy Bags, not just because its a good cause, but also because the products are terrific. All the women on my list have received one at some time.


Yes I do have some brand new suggestions.

The Perfect Book for Travelers Who Read, Photograph and Cook

Book Cover: Forks
Book Cover: Forks by Allan Karl








I interviewed Allan Karl about the book, Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle  when it was just a gleam in Allan’s eye–a Kickstarter Project. Now it is a glorious reality.  His travel book relates his motorcycle trip around the world, from Alaska to Africa.  He meets interesting people, and eats delicious food. He shares it all in photos and even includes a recipe from each place he visits.  Terrific travel inspiration for the traveler who reads.$27.16 at Amazon.

 Wall Decor for Any Reader

Peter Pan illustrated by Postertext.
Peter Pan illustrated by Postertext.


A Novel idea–and there’s a pun there. This company takes text from novels and arranges the text on a poster to make an illustration fitting the book.   Like this:


Isn’t that a creative idea? And take a look at the Postertext website for more selections. The 20 x 30 wall poster would make quite a statement in a reader’s library or office, not to mention a child’s room.  They also have calendars and gift certificates available. Prices from $20.95 to $29.95.

Now for some other Gift Lists

San Francisco Gate’s 5 Travel Gift Ideas

I particularly liked this gift suggestion from San Francisco Gate. BRILLIANT! Would be great for attaching to your electronic reader, glasses, etc. (I’m always losing my etc.!)

The Tile is a plastic tracking gadget about the size of a poker chip that can be attached to pretty much anything you don’t want to lose. Once you register the Bluetooth chip, attach it to frequently misplaced valuables — keys, TV remote, camera — and use the Tile App for iPhone and iPad (coming soon to Android) to locate the objects. A community feature allows you to find lost (or stolen) items through other Tile users. The app supports up to eight Tiles, and automatically records the last place your phone saw the Tile. Vitals: Tiles and Tile App, $25 for one, $70 for four at The Tile App.

My Itchy Travel Feet’s Travel Gifts

My friend Donna’s blog for Boomer travelers can be depended upon to present great gift ideas every year. You can shop her budget list or her luxury list. Here’s one of my favorites this year–but do take a look at My Itchy Travel Feet for her entire lists. This is one of her suggestions and the link will earn her a couple of cents, if you purchase through it.

Universal Travel Case for Small Electronics and Accessories ($10.49) – Need a place for all your wires? This travel case is a useful tool for all electronic cables as well as important documents.

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Amazon Has Gift Suggestions

Gifts for Readers

Travel Gifts

I hope you’ll find the perfect gift here–and a few things for yourself as well.

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