Winter 2017 Giveaway Time!!!

It’s Giveaway Time! I want to know… what is the biggest risk you have taken? What was your motivation? Inspiration? Any plans you are unsure of for 2017?

Whatever it is, I hope that your 2017 is off to a fabulous start! And I want to give you this sign to remind you to stay positive. I hope you all find your wings and fly this year. 

Tag a friend over on this photo on Instagram and subscribe to our updates (it’s over on the left side by the menu), and, just like that, you are entered to win. 

Only caveat…. you must have a shipping address within the continental USA.

Winner will be announced on Friday!

Oh, and one more thing, if you already subscribe to our updates, as a Thank You, you are automatically entered to win 😉 If you’re not interested, that’s a-okay too. Just shoot me a quick email or say No Thank You should your name be chosen. 

Wondering who the talent is behind this sign? It’s Angela from Angtiques. She is awesome to work with and I would highly recommend her. You can check out her store over here on Etsy or her Instagram feed here

Travel Gift Guide by Mackinaw Road

 

I do not like February. Despite it being my birthday month and housing Valentine’s Day, it is just not my month. Last year, I was determined to make it my month, went out for a run, and returned with a broken jaw. So, March wasn’t really my month either. I’m on to a new strategy for this February. Lay low. While I’m “laying low”, I’ve had some time to come up with a Valentine’s Day wish list for the traveler in your life/me.

Moment Lenses and Case– I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve wanted to bring our nice camera along on a trip, only to not have room to pack it or not want to lug it around or been in fear that it would knock one of the kids out while they were hanging on me because they needed to be carried. Problem solved with these lenses and case that fit right on to your phone. Genius.

Ebags Packing Cubes– Love these, Need these. Don’t you love it when you think you’ve gotten a great deal on a flight only to find out that each of your bags is going to be an additional $25 each way upon check in? Enter the ebag packing cubes. Now, we can pack one big suitcase but still have some separation of clothes.

Little Passports– Want to include your little ones in Valentine’s Day and your travels? This subscription looks super fun and a great way to learn about the world. You can order based on age or product (e.g., Early Explorers, USA Edition, World Edition).

Okay this is an oldie but goodie- but less expensive- yay! Need some organization in your life? Check out this Travel Cord Roll. 

Hey you! Yeah, you. The one with the sparkle in your eyes. This one is for you. Make your trip even more fun with these Anywhere Travel Guide cards.

Looking for some wall art for the Traveler in your life? I love this print you can easily get from BonsoirStudio on Etsy.

True there isn’t any chocolate or lingerie on this list, but I’m willing to bet that the traveler in your life will still be thrilled. (Keep in mind- this is my wish list, so I haven’t tried nor am I endorsing the products, but they still look pretty awesome, right?!?)

*As always, this post many contain affiliate links, meaning that, at no cost to you, I may receive some compensation. 

** Don’t forget to keep an eye out for a Giveaway this month. I’ll be announcing it over on Instagram as well as on the blog.

Top 5 Posts of 2016

Since I love a good countdown and have been seeing quite a few Top 5 Posts of 2016, I thought it might be entertaining (and, admittedly, a bit self-indulgent) to look back, too, especially because I’m grounded until March. (Have a mentioned that? Ha!) Granted, the statistics are from a whole 3 months, but still… Here we go…

5. Gift Guide for the Traveler in Your Life, Part II: This was a fun post. One, because I love lists and, two, because I love gifts.

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4. A Long Weekend in Northern Michigan: Northern Michigan’s beauty never ceases to amaze me. Can you believe that water is in Michigan and not the Caribbean? We had such a wonderful trip; it will definitely be on our list for next year, too.

Northern Michigan

3. Global Christmas and Holiday Traditions in 2 Hours or Less: My son and I had so much fun checking out the holiday displays from our roots at our local gardens. Can you guess which country this tree represents?

Holiday Global Traditions

2. Gift Guide for the Traveler in Your Life: Here I provided several gift suggestions for the traveler in your life. I purchased the Leather Charger Roll-Up for my husband for Christmas, and not only does he carry it with him when he travels, but he also tells me all about it often.

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1. Banff: Something for Everyone: I was so happy to see this as my top post of 2016. It was such a surprising and amazing destination. I really would recommend Banff and Lake Louise to anyone and everyone.

Mackinaw Road- Banff

I’m so excited to see what 2017 has in store for us! We already have four trips planned, two with our larger families, one with the four of us, and one with just the two of us. Do you have any destinations on your bucket list that you are hoping to check off this year?

*This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that, at no cost to you, I may receive some compensation.

 

Gift Guide for the Traveler in Your Life, Part II

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Welcome Back! Well, there is officially snow, and it is officially sticking to the ground, which signals the end to our lovely fall days but also the excitement that surrounds the holiday season. Now, where did we leave off?

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Oh, yes, my great love of Mark and Graham. I just can’t get enough of their classy, functional, and fun travel selection. No one likes to lose their luggage and no one likes scrambling to fill out the paper tags that the airlines provide, so some durable and classic tags would be a welcome gift under the tree this year.

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Another idea for the tech-loving traveler in your life is an External Power Bank for charging smartphones and tablets. That champagne gold color seems like a stylish bonus, too.

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And, also, back to Klean Kanteen. The canteen I mentioned in the previous post works well for both coffee and ice water, but sometimes I just need to have both on hand. Therein, comes this bottle. Have I mentioned that I also really like Klean Kanteen’s customer service? One of the sports caps we owned needed to be repaired, and they readily and quickly sent a replacement.

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A packable puffer coat is another must for me. I have taken a similar coat with me on several trips, and it has treated me well. Now, I wouldn’t hike through Antarctica in it, but it does keep me quite warm. It takes up very little space in my suitcase but is also just as easy to wear/take off/manage on an airplane. Even if I was leaving on a cold and blustery February morning to go to a warm, tropical island, I would probably still wear the coat to the airport. It’s just that easy to have along for the trip. Now, if only all travel companions were that low maintenance.

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A little class. A little sass. And a whole lot of functionality. This small travel jewelry case is just the thing that has been missing from my luggage.

And that’s a wrap! (Yes, I sure did do that on purpose!)

The List

League Stripe Luggage Tag

External Power Bank

Klean Kanteen

Puffer Coat

Travel Jewelry Case

*Please note that there are affiliate links in the post, meaning that, at no cost to you, I may be compensated.

Gift Guide for the Traveler in Your Life

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The Lake Effect snow is on it’s way, and I am finally realizing that Christmas is just over a month away. It’s time to get shopping. Fortunately, there are many, many, many gift options for the travel-lover in your life. Here are a few I already have or wouldn’t mind having show up under the tree this year.

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Mark and Graham had me at Herringbone. Classy and organized? Yes please. If you haven’t checked out Mark and Graham, it is worth a look. There are so many gifts for the traveler in your life, and quite a few for the non-traveler too.

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First of all, these bags!!! (Insert laughing, crying emoji here.) Second, instead of having minute-long conversations with your husband about who gets the dirty clothes and running shoes bag for the trip home, use these! Bonus, opening your luggage and looking at these bags would be an instant mood booster after a long day of travel. Moreover, there is also a male version, so you can each keep your own clothes in your own bags. Again, if you haven’t checked out Uncommon Goods, they too have great gifts for both the travelers and non-travelers in your life.

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I can already see myself lounging in the hotel room after a long day of wandering and exploring. How much do you love the new jogger-not-really-for-jogging trend?

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Let me give you a hypothetical situation. You are late for boarding your plane but probably/maybe have time for a quick stop at Starbucks. With one hand, you clutch your caramel macchiato for dear life and with the other you juggle the stroller, getting your children and all of their things out of the stroller, folding the stroller, and getting everyone to their assigned seats (you in the middle of the children, your husband across the aisle) only to find that half of your coffee is up your sleeve and the other half is dripping on your jeans. The insulated Klean Kanteen was life changing for me. I can quick transfer my coffee to this super-durable kanteen and my coffee is still hot hours later.

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More Mark and Graham brilliance here. A Leather Charger Roll Up~ classy, personalized, and useful. Win, win, win.

Well, this seems like a good start. If you are curious about the rest of the items in the top picture, descriptions and suggestions will be coming soon.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

The List

Herringbone Travel Wallet

Women’s Organizing Travel 4-pack

Plush Jersey Drawstring Jogger

Klean Kanteen Insulated Bottle

Charger Roll Up

 

*Please note that there are affiliated links in the post, meaning that, at no cost to you, I may be compensated.