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How to Plan a Staycation: My staycation to the paterson museum

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TBP 0022 How to Plan A Staycation That is Awesome!

Posted on 26 October 2013 by Leslie Lello

 

How to Plan a Staycation: My staycation to the paterson museum

How to Plan a Staycation: My staycation to the paterson museum

VACATION IS A STATE OF MIND.

This has always been my philosophy.

It’s just that it is so easy to stay stressed when in a home environment that most people find it hard to reach that state.

And it is also easy to blow off local adventures because there’s no excessive driving or flying. Because most staycations are only one day with flexible commitments (no car or hotel reservation), one can get to Saturday morning having expected to visit a local park that is an hour away and instead choose to stay in and sleep or do chores because it seems more pressing.

But as we get into one of the most busy seasons of the year, it can become difficult to carve out some travel time.

Mini-Vacations, Local Vacations and Staycations are the way to go when you don’t have a lot of time or resources.

Today’s podcast (TBP 0022)  is about how to plan a staycation that is awesome!

PS: The information on the show I mention can be found here.

 

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Five Tips for Visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted on 16 September 2013 by Leslie Lello

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I <3 BON JOVI SINCE THE 80’S! They had his motorcycle when I visited a long time a go but he needs to be a member ASAP!

How random is it that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, Ohio?

One would think it would be New York, Los Angeles or even Nashville…

But if you are crossing the country and getting tired of the typical sights of the mid-west (corn fields, Amish markets, sports stadiums, etc), The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is an awesome alternative.

Cleveland was one of my favorite stops when I was regularly driving between Chicago and New York because of the Rock Hall!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located right on the banks of Lake Erie in Downtown Cleveland and is very easy find. They have signs leading to it from miles away on several of the highways, and if you have GPS you will be all set.

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It’s definitely worth the stop, even if you only have time to check out the free part, which is the main level and part of the basement. You can still get plenty of driving in for the rest of the day.

This is how I visited the first time and it was the perfect way to get some fun in the morning before a long, 8 hour drive to my next stop in the Bronx (New York).

Here are my five tips for visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

1. If you are looking to stay in a hotel, I recommend staying in the suburbs, near the airport. You will find better rates there, especially if you use one of those Roomsaver booklets that are in every roadside stop on Rt. 80, and many of the places don’t mind if you have a dog (try Best Western or La Quinta). (And if you have to kennel your dog while at the Hall of Fame, there is a Petsmart with a very good Pet Hotel and day-camp that is only slightly out of the way when you are headed to the museum from the airport area).

Grateful dead special exhibit at the Rock and Roll hall of fame 2012

2. Garage parking for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is $10. It’s better to park in the train station and walk two blocks. You’ll be parking outdoors, but it’s equally convenient. One thing to note… they have signs all over the place that tell people to not leave valuables in the car because there have been break-ins. I have never had a problem, but maybe it’s a good idea to leave the laptop in the hotel safe rather than the car when your going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the day.

3. Leave PLENTY of TIME to see the museum. This museum is HUGE! The first time I visited, it took me two hours to simply go through the free basement and first floor area, which has many awesome relics, like guitars that belonged to some of my favorite rock music legends, and rare candid pictures of artists, as well.
Don't go to the museum on a Cleveland Browns Football Game Day
4. Don’t go on Game Day! One Sunday last fall, I had the whimsy to go to the RRHOF as I was passing through on my way to Indiana. When I arrived, EVERY PARKING LOT WAS FULL and the streets were complete gridlock! The Hall of Fame is right next to FirstEnergy Stadium, the stadium where the Cleveland Browns play football, and the day I went, not only was there a big game, but tailgaters has started to throw back brewskis and bratwurst outside the stadium at the butt-crack of dawn. Needless to say, I did not get into The Hall that day.

5. Become a Member! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is $22 for an adult pass and $33 for a two day adult pass, at the time this blog post was written. If there are two adults in your party and you pay for parking for two days, the price is $86. Better to get a “Duet Rocker” membership, which includes parking for one of the days, and will bring the price down to $85 and allow you to visit for free for a whole year. You get other perks (like discount purchases in the gift shop) and are helping to preserve rock and roll history for future generations.

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Finally, here is a single shot video I made when I first visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  It is a (almost) 360 degree shot from in front of the Rock Hall.

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My “Heroes and Roll Models” Bookmarks Folder (Part 2)

Posted on 21 August 2013 by Leslie Lello

THE PODCASTERS

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When I started podcasting it really wasn’t deliberate. I made a recording for a friend about my trip to Italy because I didn’t get to talk to her before she left but wanted to give her tips on what I learned. I recorded what I wanted to tell her in person and emailed her the recording. Then I was like, “Maybe this will help other people” so I posted it to iTunes and that’s how things got rolling.

I decided it was fun to make and made another one. And then another one. And then it just became a thing that I’ve been doing for the past few months.

Then I realized that I should probably listen to other podcasters to see if I can improve my technique.

Not only are the techniques of these podcasters very nice, the content is wonderful, too!

These are the ones I’m hooked on right now. More to come…

Chris Christensen’s Amateur Traveler
http://amateurtraveler.com
This guy is anything BUT an amateur… Great podcasts. Well organized. And don’t worry about running out of episodes. He’s got over 300. He creates both audio and video podcasts.

Gary Bembridge’s “Trips for Travelers”
http://www.tipsfortravellers.com
I found Gary’s website when I was researching how to make my blog and podcast better. He is involved in a group called Travel Bloggers Unite and he recently spoke at a convention about creating better content for travelers. I watched the videos of his lecture from this convention and decided to check out his podcasts which are very rich in information.

The Bowery Boys
http://theboweryboys.blogspot.com/
I was researching podcasts about New York City and found The Bowery Boys, who talk about the history of New York. This isn’t exactly a travel podcast, but it walks a fine line because the history of New York can turn into a walking tour of New York, which are also available from The Bowery Boys. And they are fun to listen to when they banter. 🙂

Click Here to go to Part One of the series: My “Heroes and Roll Models” Bookmarks Folder

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TBP 0004: Enjoying a Hostel Environment: Hosteling for Fun, New Friends, Travel and Saving Money

Posted on 23 June 2013 by Leslie Lello

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Today’s podcast is about the wonderful world of hosteling – staying in hostels as you travel around the world.

I have used hostels extensively through out the United States and in some parts of Europe because there are a number of benefits to staying in hostels.

My podcast explains these advantages, tips for first timers and some of my favorite hostels in the United States.

Happy Travels!

Leslie Lello

 

 

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TBP 0002: Arizona Tourism – My 11 Travel Tips

Posted on 08 June 2013 by Leslie Lello

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I promised last week that I would create a podcast about Arizona tourism and travel, so here it is!

This podcast is ideal for individuals who have not yet visited Arizona because it is an overview.

I lived there for two years and visited there for years before moving to that great state, and I still go back any chance I can.

I hope that these “insider tips” from someone who lived there can help you navigate the Arizona Tourism terrain better.

I might go more specific with my information in the future, but this should be a helpful overview.

Arizona Tourism: 11 “Insider” Tips to help you with your first trip to Arizona.

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