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Welcome to the Active Travel Adventures podcast where you'll find inspiration to lead a bigger life through adventure travel.

On each show we explore exciting multi-day active vacations from around the world where you have to MOVE!  You'll have to hike, bike, paddle, horseback ride (sometimes in combination) to propel yourself to the next destination.

If you're tired of typical vacations and are looking for a more authentic experience by exploring the landscapes and meeting the locals on your vacation, then this is your podcast!

All adventures will be doable for someone reasonably fit (I'm a 58 year old woman and I have to be able to do them).

Be sure to visit to see photos and get more details, plus you can download the FREE Travel Planners for each destination!  These handy summaries summarize the tips and provide all sorts of helpful links to help you plan your trip.  You get them automatically if you subscribe to the newsletter.

Nov 3, 2022

Best Travel Gifts People Actually WANT

Here are some great travel gift ideas - and don’t forget to treat yourself!  While doing research for this show, I ended up buying many of these cool travel gift items for myself:)  See the Website for pics


Gifts Under $15:

Waterproof Phone Case

Great for when you are out paddling or if you are out touring and it starts pouring!  Buy it HERE.

Touchscreen Waterproof Gloves

When it’s cold and wet, you can stay warm and connected!  Buy it HERE.

Universal Phone Mount

No need to hold your phone while streaming!  Works on plane seats, tables, and more!  Buy it HERE.

Rolling Luggage Coffee and Drink Holder

Finally!  A way to hold your drink while you are fumbling with your papers or are racing for your gate!  Buy it HERE.

Unisex Safari Tactical Scarf

Protects from sun, sand, dust and chill!  Lightweight and looks great.  Buy it HERE.

TSA Approved Locks

Keep your luggage secure while checked, and use it on your daypack to prevent pickpockets.  Hostel lovers can use these lightweight locks to secure their locker. Buy it HERE.

Travel Gifts under $30:
Luggage Locator (Apple Air Tags)

If your loved one is in the Apple ecosystem, these Air Tags can be placed in luggage or backpacks to track its location using the ‘Find my phone’ feature.  So they’ll know if their luggage went to Ghana while they we en route to Rome.  Buy it HERE.  

Hands Free Sun and Rain Umbrella

Attaches to your daypack or backpack.  I actually use my umbrella more as a sun parasol.  Not only does it block the sun, it keeps me cooler!  Buy it HERE.

Twist Memory Foam Lumbar and Sleeping Pillow

No more airplane pillows sliding down the crack while you try to get some shut eye.  If you need support on your lower back, this’ll do the trick, too!  Buy it HERE.

Eye Mask with Bluetooth Speaker 

Earbuds hurt you when you turn on your side?  Problem solved with this 100% Blackout sleep eye mask!  Buy it HERE

Flexible Tripod for iPhone and Android

For the picture taker in the family, get this amazing tripod that contorts to all sorts of unusual surfaces, from poles to rocks and other odd places.  Buy it HERE.

Comfortable Hidden Belt for passport, money and cards

Great for runners, too!  Unisex.  Sneaky way to hide your valuables while you are traveling.  Buy it HERE.  

Travel Gifts Under $50:

Scrubba – Dry Bag ‘Multi-tool’

Use it as a wash basin for clothes or dishes.  As a dry bag.  As a compression bag for your clothes.  As a daypack liner to hold groceries when shopping.  As a stuff sack for your sleeping bag.  Buy it HERE.

Turn Hotel TVs into a Smart TV : Google Chromecast

Watch Netflix on the road!  Here’s an easy way to turn any tv into a smart tv (works at home, too, of course).  Whether you are in a hotel or Airbnb, you can stream over 1000 apps.  Buy it HERE.

Lifestraw Water Filtration Bottle

Removes 99.9% of all bacteria, viruses and parasites so you can feel safe drinking water from any source.  Saves plastic waste from buying water bottles.  Buy it HERE.

Smart Phone Clip on Photography Lense

Take MUCH better pictures with this simple but effective accessory to your smart phone.  It clips over your phone’s lense to get higher resolution images.  Buy it HERE.

Solar Charger for iPhone and Android

Great gift for the adventurer in your life!  No need for outlets when you can use the sun to recharge your phone!  Buy it HERE.

Wifi Range Extender

For your Airbnb friends who wish they had a stronger signal while traveling.  This gadget enhances the range from the router to bring you a stronger wifi signal.  Buy it HERE.

Infiniti Scarf with Hidden Pocket

Safely take a nap on a train with your passport and money securely stowed around your neck.  Stroll crowded tourist areas without worrying about pickpockets.  This attractive unisex scarf hides your valuables.   Buy it HERE.

Foldable Lightweight Daypack

Perfect for carrying your groceries and other shopping while traveling.  Folds down into a small pocket, so it doesn’t take up much room in your luggage.  Yet it is strong and lightweight.  Buy it HERE.

This one’s a little expensive… Under $200:

Scott E Vest : a ‘Backpack” Vest with 12+ pockets

My girlfriend Mickey and her husband Bob swear by these vests.  The vest ergonomically and evenly distributes the contents of your daypack across your upper body so it doesn’t feel bulky or heavy.  It has a dedicated zippered pouched for your documents, your phone, your iPad, your money and credit cards (protected with RFID to prevent thieves skimming your card info!).  You can connect your devices with the interior channels to eliminate bulky cords.  There’s a chamois pocket for your glasses.

You can zip through security at the airport because you simply place your fulled zippered and secure vest in a bin and waltz through the scanner!

Available for men and women in different colors and features.   Buy it HERE.


See pics and descriptions HERE.

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Train For Your Adventure  Ask Becki at Trailblazer Wellness to customize an at home, online personal training program for your upcoming adventure using whatever equipment you already have!  You’ll get phone consultations, instruction videos and a plan to give you the best chance of success.  Becki offers a FREE initial phone consultation to see if you are a good fit.  AND she offers ATA listeners a 10% discount!


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