The Traveler



How to pick the best travel credit card

Points, free hotel stays, cash back, amenities – the many perks of a travel credit card holder. How best to wade through the many offers, benefits, and requirements when researching potential travel credit cards? I recently underwent an exhaustive search to find the best travel reward card. I considered which airline I am most likely to fly in the coming year, how much spend was necessary to receive the sign up bonus offer (and if such a spend was realistic), and the overall value of the benefits offered. Our recent trip to the 2017 New York Times Travel Show allowed us to hear first hand from the experts on travel reward credit cards. The founders of Award Magic shared some useful...

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A Travel Toiletry Bottle
for Every Purpose

When you just can't live without your favorite toiletry products, stocking up on empty travel bottles is a must. Having a bottle or container ready for every grooming purpose makes packing fast, easy, and organized.   Take a less is more approach to packing your toiletries. Going on a short trip? Here is a good rule of thumb to follow to pack like a minimalist – anything that doesn't fit in a TSA-approved sized toiletry bag doesn't go. Pack smart and pack light by making use of refillable travel size bottles and containers to transport otherwise bulky creams, lotions, sprays, and other grooming products.   Our no-fail favorite travel container is the .33 oz jar with screw top lid. Going away for just a few days?...

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Introducing The Aspen Kit:
Cold Weather Toiletry Must-Haves

Introducing our new Aspen Travel Kit - a curated selection of cold-weather favorites for that next ski trip, snow-shoe adventure, or dog-sledding competition. Harsh weather conditions make moisturizing an absolute necessity, so we have included a few of our personal favorites, along with helpful ways to keep hands and toes warm on the slopes.   Take a peak on which products made the cut. Shop the collection and add your favorites to round out a customized TSA-approved travel toiletry bag - just for you. Chapstick Moisturizer SPF 12 Lip Balm: Moisture + SPF protection from snow glare. A must for any outdoor activity. Blistex Lip Medex: A lifesaver. Slather on your lips at night and wake up refreshed. You can...

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Kick-Off 2017 in Shades of Green

Hello to 2017. Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? Hopefully your 2017 plans include travel to far-flung locals, visiting a place on your wish list, or carving out time to spend with family and friends. To get you started on your adventures, take some inspiration from Pantone's Color of the Year for 2017 - "Greenery". Aptly named, the color provides a sense of renewal and freshness. A clean slate to start the New Year. From Pantone:   A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. [It is] emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality. What can I imagine for my own green escapes? For 2017, I want to: Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and healthy New...

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How to pack light for travel

How can you pack light for your next trip? Minimize your packing list to just the essentials, pack clothing and toiletries that do double-duty, and invest in a backpack. I'll share some tips on how best to achieve all three and set you on the path of minimalist travel.  What are the benefits to packing light? Lightening your load does wonders for your sense of well-being while making you a nimble and agile traveler, better able to handle the stress of traveling. I have learned this lesson the hard way. Living in New York necessitates carrying bags of your "stuff" constantly. Over the years, this "lugging" has aggravated my shoulders to the point of making it nearly impossible to carry...

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