Ah Nuts! I can’t think of a caption for this photo….Can you?

So this is a photo I took while visiting Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica this year.  I must say, I am at a loss for the right title for this…..So here it is, I challenge you to get creative, get original…don’t afraid to be ballsy…..

Give this monkey a name!!

Ready, Set,  GO!!!

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On the ‘dangers’ of female travel

An absolute must read….. Very well presented facts. Don’t let propaganda dissuade you from exploring the world… But do it with sensibility

Road Essays

This could just be a story about countries deemed dangerous for women to travel to. But it’s more than that. This is a story about our perception of danger and how we’re told time and time again that the unfamiliar and the foreign are more dangerous to us than what is on our own doorstep.

A couple of months back, British tabloid the Daily Mail ran a story in their travel section titled ‘Sex attacks, muggings, and harassment: World’s most dangerous holiday destinations for women (and some of them may surprise you)’. The top ten list declared India; Brazil; Turkey; Thailand; Egypt; Colombia; South Africa; Morocco; Mexico; and Kenya to be the most dangerous countries for female travellers.

We’ll get back to that shortly.  First I want to tell you about a strange encounter I had in Medellin, Colombia in 2001.

After a hard couple of days travelling…

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Why I Have a Photo From Inside a Police Car

Remember I told you to stay tuned for my car rental post? Wellllll this isn’t it….but equally entertaining for sure!!

...To Walk Humbly...

I was going to feel bad about writing yesterday, but then one of my worst nightmares materialized in front of me, so I have chosen to forgive myself.

Fact 1: The best thing about renting cars for work is that you don’t have to worry about your old, third-hand car breaking down on you.  Ahh, security.

Fact 2: Underwater tunnels get congested at rush hour.  The worst violation of road law in areas where these are common is to do anything to cause an increase in congestion.

THE STORY: Realizing that I had to drive seven hours to my hotel, across several states, I formed a nice, relaxed plan to leave in the early afternoon.  There was a bit of a line at the car rental location, and I had to pick up a couple things at home, but all in all, I was on the road just a bit after I…

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29 Simple Road Trip Hacks

Oh  of Buzzfeed, you have some great ideas!!

1. Use a binder clip to make a car stand for your phone if you are using it as GPS.

Use a binder clip to make a car stand for your phone if you are using it as GPS.

2. A cereal container is the perfect no-spill trash can.

A cereal container is the perfect no-spill trash can.

3. Never panic about which side the exit is on again.

Never panic about which side the exit is on again.

4. Turn a half-filled Nalgene bottle on its side in the freezer for ice water.

Turn a half-filled Nalgene bottle on its side in the freezer for ice water.

Then fill it up before you hit the road; you’ll have cold water all day.

5. For when you have too many beverages:

A shoe works too.

6. This:

This:

7. Nap comfortably while your co-pilot takes a driving shift.
Nap comfortably while your co-pilot takes a driving shift.

8. Find the lowest gas prices along the way.
Find the lowest gas prices along the way.

9. Bring a shower caddy for easy eating.

Bring a shower caddy for easy eating.

10. Keep an open box of dryer sheets in your car.

Keep an open box of dryer sheets in your car.

Even if your car started out smelling nice, by day eight, you will be happy these are there.

11. If you’re parking your car when exploring a new city, drop a pin.

If you're parking your car when exploring a new city, drop a pin.

Nothing worse than not being able to remember where you parked your car.

12. Take a screenshot of directions while you have a Wi-Fi connection.

Take a screenshot of directions while you have a Wi-Fi connection.

13. Bring a two-port USB car charger.

Bring a two-port USB car charger.

That way you and your road trip buddy will never have to argue about who gets tocharge their phone.

14. Or a multi-way charger if you really like electronics.

Or a multi-way charger if you really like electronics.

15. Pack an emergency kit along with your AAA card.

Pack an emergency kit along with your AAA card.

Extra (comfortable) shoes, water, flashlight, flares, and a blanket.

16. Don’t pack in a million suitcases.

Don't pack in a million suitcases.

Make it easy to grab what you need for the night. Unloading and reloading the car will get very tiring.

17. And if your car doesn’t already have one, invest in a trunk cover.

And if your car doesn't already have one, invest in a trunk cover.

Just because you don’t want to unpack doesn’t mean you should leave all your stuff out in the open.

18. Bring an address book and stamps.

Bring an address book and stamps.

That way you have no excuse for not sending postcards.

19. Print this out and keep it in your glove box.

Print this out and keep it in your glove box.

Or call AAA, your choice.

20. Never lose dice between the seats again.

Never lose dice between the seats again.

21. Bring CDs.

Bring CDs.

This may seem old school, but after 10 hours in a car, you will want to save your phone battery for directions and games of Candy Crush.

22. Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat.

Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat.

Keep all your must-need items in it for easy access.

23. Snacks are an important part of road tripping. Stay prepared.

Snacks are an important part of road tripping. Stay prepared.

24. Keep extra small bills on hand to pay tolls.

Depending on how far your road trip, an E-ZPass might not work in all areas. Having lots of small bills will make it easier!

25. Find local food by bringing Roadfood, or using itswebsite.

Find local food by bringing Roadfood, or using its website.

This will save you from having to eat at any chains. Unless you are really craving a Big Mac.

26. Put map inside of a plastic protector and use a dry-erase marker to map your route.

Put map inside of a plastic protector and use a dry-erase marker to map your route.

27. Turn your cup holder into a multi-level container.

Turn your cup holder into a multi-level container.

28. This is for later in the road trip.

This is for later in the road trip.

But you will reach this point.

29. And bring an atlas.

And bring an atlas.

Because your phone or GPS will die or not work at least once on the trip!

Enjoy the open road!

29 Simple Road Trip Hacks You Need To Know