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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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TBP 20 Salem Massachusetts Halloween October Samhain

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TBP 0020 Salem Massachusetts – It’s October and I’ve Gone A-Witching

Posted on 12 October 2013 by Leslie Lello

TBP 20 Salem Massachusetts Halloween October Samhain
October and Autumn always makes me think about Salem, Massachusetts.

Salem is very special to me.  It is a place where I find what I am looking for.

There is definitely a special energy there. It’s a different vibe than Sedona and probably has more to do to the people that are drawn there then the energy of the land, which is where Sedona’s special energy is based.

History of Salem, Massachusetts:

Salem is well known for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.  Several witches were cruelly hanged during the hysterical witch hunts in the Americas. Today, Salem has a large witch population – those that practice the Wiccan religion. I think like minded people like to gather here because of like minded people, and that it is a way of honoring those that were sent to trial and to their death unfairly.

Visiting Salem, Massachusetts:

It’s awesome to go to Salem in October. It is a festive town all year round but especially in October.

If you’re looking for a haunted house or the typical Halloween spooky/scary stuff, I guess you can go to Salem to find it, but that’s kind of cheesy to me and a bit of a waste of time and energy because you can find spooky/scary anywhere in October.

The difference with Salem is that it is the real deal.  Why not honor the celebration of Samhain and respect the religious culture of this town?  It is a different way to experience and understand Halloween, and it is a great trip to make for those who simply like the travel and tourism side of it.

Samhain Vs. Halloween:

Samhain is the Wiccan new year, and is considered the time when the veil between the living and the dead is lifted so that better communication can occur with those on the other side.

It is a great time to honor loved ones that have crossed over, very similar to Day of the Dead in Mexico. I do this honoring of my ancestors on my own with a silent supper. But going to Salem is a great way to enjoy the celebration of the holiday and honor ancestors because they have a public Silent Supper which, though I have not attended it in the past, I bet is quite a powerful experience (and a great meal!)

This year (2013), Silent Supper/Dumb Supper in Salem is October 27th, 2013. Again, I’ve never participated in this one, but it will probably be awesome and a beautiful way to honor loved ones: http://www.festivalofthedead.com/dumbsupper.html

Side note:  The honoring of the dead is about love, not fear. It bums me out that they make it all spooky scary, but that sells tickets and is what most people associate with this time of year. Wiccans honor the earth, which is about abundance and love, not fear.

A lot of the links I have listed below imply the spooky/scary elements that are associated with Halloween. While I understand why that is done, I feel that it misses the opportunity to show people that this could be a completely new, unusual and more fulfilling way of experiencing this time of year.

FYI: The Witches Ball is on October 25th and this is one of the biggest events of the season.

Finally, Salem is a good place to go year round. Sure, Halloween/Samhain is probably the high point of the year, but don’t forget that the main focus of the people that live in this town are the seasonal changes of the earth, which are celebrated year round and give Salem a different and wonderful flavor all its own no matter what part of the year you chose to visit.

http://hauntedhappenings.org/

http://www.salemweb.com/hh/

http://salemhalloweencity.com/

http://www.festivalofthedead.com/

http://www.festivalofthedead.com/witchesball/  October 25, 2013

http://salem.org/calendar_main/festival_calendars

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60954-c4113/Salem:Massachusetts:Halloween.html

Wiki about Samhain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain

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1st Secret Pocket - Inside Pant Leg tourism tourist

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TBP 0006: Paranoid about Pick Pockets? Prevent Pickpocketing with Pick-Pocket Proof Pockets!

Posted on 06 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

This week’s podcast  is about alliterations…

Just kidding (sort of)…

One of the biggest concerns I had about going to Italy was pickpockets and thieves.  I had heard a lot about them and even a close family member had almost had his wallet stolen at the Colleseum.

I wanted to figure out how to prevent pickpocketing because I heard that it happened a lot there.

Listen to this weeks Travel Better Podcast to find out how to make a secret pocket and protect yourself from thieves when traveling.

Here are some pictures from my makeshift homemade secret security pockets (sorry the trousers are so messy – they were fresh out of the washer so the dryer hadn’t yet pulled the lint off, and taking pictures was really an afterthought for this post.)

 

Helpful Items When Making a Secret Pocket:
Iron-on Velcro
Iron
Cloth/material
Sewing Needle & Thread
Sewing Kit
Scissors
Safety Pins

 

SOME IDEAS FOR SECRET POCKETS:

1. Inside the pants, shirt, vest – sew the bottom and sides of the pockets, then use Iron-On Velcro to seal the top of the homemade pocket with velcro
2. Outside but in pocket with velcro – use Iron-On Velcro to seal the top
3. Wrist band – if you have a money wristband that seals with velcro, you can attach that to the velcro in the pant leg pocket on the cargo pants
4. Bra – snip the inside layer of lace to create pocket out of the inside lace and outside lace or use the pockets in the cup of a padded bra and velcro the pocket closed.
5. Tiny cloth change purse safety pinned to inside of clothes
6. Tiny cloth change purse safety pinned inside of one of the outside pockets
7. Money in shoe or sock
8. Use safe in hotel
9. Makeshift safe: your locked suitcase

The nice thing about these homemade secret pockets is that if they break or come apart you can usually repair them on the road.  You can find an iron in most hotels, and the sewing kit is often be provided by most hotels or can be easily purchased in a drug store. You just need to be sure to bring enough velcro, which is fairly portable.

I give instructions in my podcast, though it is fairly easy to garner the construction from my pictures.
Happy Travels!

Leslie Lello aka Ramblin Gal

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