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TBP 0018 Ski Utah Powder

Posted on 28 September 2013 by Leslie Lello

Winter is on it’s way! Time to talk skiing!

SKI UTAH!

Inspired by a mega Ski Group Meet-up in New York, I decided to create a show about Utah, one of my favorite places to ski.

I got really jazzed when one of the groups was telling me about their upcoming trip to Brighton, which is one of many ski resorts located around Salt Lake City.

I have skied Utah many times. Most experiences were great but the last time resulted in an injury for the person I was with so I also became very familiar with Salt Lake City, which I also talk about on the podcast.

But most of the focus of today’s podcast is on Park City and the ski resorts that are located around Park City.

  1. Dear Valley (skiers)
  2. Park City
  3. Canyons

I talk about packing strategy, too. When you fly to Utah for the skiing, it’s good to know what NOT to bring because between equipment and bulky clothes, there’s already a ton of stuff to drag from the baggage carousel.

Finally, I also talk about some lodging strategies if you are planning to be in Park City during Sundance Film Festival, which is not only a great time to see some great flicks, but the slopes are great at that time, too.

DEALS RIGHT NOW: https://www.skiutah.com/winter/deals/showme/member/550579887.html

The ski resorts around Salt Lake City: http://www.onthesnow.com/utah/ski-resorts.html

I mentioned on the podcast a lift ticket /ski ticket deal with The Canyons. I have information on last year’s deal, and actually, several ski resorts participated. I have not seen any information on whether this deal is happening this year (2013-2014). Here is some information on last year’s deal (Look at listing number 4 on this webpage): http://www.saltlakecityonthecheap.com/free-or-cheap-ski-lift-tickets-in-utah/

Winter Activities in Park City besides skiing and snowboarding: http://www.visitparkcity.com/things-to-do/winter-activities/

 

*** Sorry no pix this week… photos are trapped on a grumpy computer other than the one I am typing on right now.  Will revise later when I have access. ***

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How to Find a Massage or Spa Nearby When Travelling

Posted on 09 September 2013 by Leslie Lello

Trafalgar Tour Italy and time with family in Forli, San Marino and Ravenna - May 2013One of my top priority questions whenever I go on vacations is, “Where is the spa? How  can I find a massage in this unfamiliar town?”

Obviously, if you are going to a luxury resort, they are going to have a spa.

That’s a no-brainer.

But the answer is not as obvious if you are creating your own itinerary for a road trip or are going to be in a rural area.

Speaking purely about travel within the United States, when I am looking for a relaxing health experience I have a few go-to tactics I explore.

  • Look on message boards at coffeehouses, yoga centers, health food stores, health clubs or any place that health oriented people gather.

The last time I found a massage this way, I wasn’t even looking for bodywork, but I was so drawn in by an ad on a board in Cottonwood, Arizona, that I had to call. Not only did she do great work, but she also sold wonderful moisturizer products that I ended up loving and buying to take home with me.

Additionally, even the most rural towns have some sort of gathering place for people who want to stay healthy. My cousin found such a place in a teeny-tiny town in Southern Illinois, and I can guarantee they had a message board with at least one massage therapist posted to it.

The upside to this is you can zero in on a lot of options, especially in bigger cities.

The problem is that these sites often won’t help you find a massage in smaller towns, and if you are in a bigger city where you don’t know your way around, you may need to trek into areas that are hard to get to or that are not as safe as the mainstream tourist areas.

  • Massage schools

This is one of my favorite choices and I often am very willing to go out of my way in order to get to a massage school. They usually don’t offer eucalyptus steam rooms or cucumber slices over the eyes, but 9 out of 10 times you can get a great massage from someone who is very enthusiastic at what they are doing for a great price.

I was a professional massage therapist many years ago and massage schools were my go-to place when I needed a massage.

  • Ask at the Nearest Hotel Front Desk

He or she should be able to guide you well.

And if you are staying in a small town or a lower-end motel, the front desk will at least be able to guide you toward the right resource and tell you where NOT to go or what areas of the city to avoid.

I have found many out-call massage therapists this way, especially in ski resorts.

  • Do That Home Spa Thing

Well, you’re not at home, but you can still create a nice, relaxing atmosphere in your hotel room.

Obviously, this isn’t my first choice when I’m looking for some therapeutic bodywork, but if I have been sightseeing all day or am fatigued from carrying my day-pack all day, a little self-pampering in the hotel might be exactly what I need.

Here are some ideas… (not in any particular order)

  • Draw a hot bath for yourself.
  • Or even better, draw a hot bath and once your body is warmed up, stand up and shower in cold water, then warm the bath water up again and get back in… Instant Hydrotherapy Session.
  • Give your feet a massage with the complimentary lotion.
  • Steam your face over the sink by running the hot water and draping a towel over your head to catch the steam.
  • Massage face cream on your face and place a hot washcloth over it to open the pores and let in the moisturizer.
  • Dry exfoliate your skin before your shower by rubbing your body vigorously from head to toe with one of the hotel towels.

 

Do you compulsively look for a spa or massage place everywhere you travel?

What are your most successful tactics?

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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 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

FOLLOW THE PODCASTS… THEY WILL LEAD YOU TO YUMMY DESTINATIONS…

Free Download of all of the Travel Better Podcasts at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/firewalk-productions/id661796394

Find Out About New Shows as Soon as They Come Out: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TravelBetter 

 

 

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