Cool Things


Homemade Outdoor Gear

Handmade things seem to be all the rage these days. Can we attribute it to all the craft bloggers? I would love to think so. I was surfing around and this site caught me totally off guard. Homemade Outdoor Gear This helpful resource is full of links and instructions on […]


Easygoing.com: Online travel shopping

I was thrilled to get an email from Easy Going today. They were a great Bay Area travel store and a regular stop for Travelers’ Tales author events. I had been attending events, and reading there for ten years. A few years ago Easy Going had to close their brick […]


Travel Channel: Photo Journeys

I love that the Travel Channel is featuring top photographers. They’ve started a section called Photo Journeys and so far they’ve got three artists represented including my friend Alison Wright. Each “photo journey” consists of a slideshow with captions from the photographer and a travelogue or dispatch from their trip […]


Amanda Congdon vs. 7 Days in a Sentra

It seems like these are the two most prevalent marketing campaigns in the travel world right now. I’m hearing about them everywhere. So, I did a Google fight between them 7 Days in a Sentra: Just what the title says, Marc Horowitz lived in his car for a week. And […]


Collecting National Geographic

By sheer happenstance I was surfing through Craigslist and found a collection of National Geographic magazines from 1985-2005. The seller was only asking for $25. The magazines are in top condition. I couldn’t believe what a treasure I had come across. My grandmother has a collection dating back to at […]


The Travel Gear Blog is Alive and Kicking

Mika Lepisto, has revived BootsnAll’s Travel Gear Blog—and it’s jamming. If you remember, our friend Joe Ehrlich started it a few years ago. Mika has given the site a makeover as a part of BnA’s Logue It series, and they’re looking for more writers. As you would expect, the Travel […]