Stuff I Like

(Travel Products, Books, Blogroll, and More)

I like this stuff. If this stuff were a person, I would nervously call it up, ask if it had a crush on anybody, and then hang up before it had a chance to answer.

But I can’t do that, so I’ve just listed it here. Please note that my love can’t be bought – I have not been compensated for listing any of these links or products.

Do not contact me to have your blog or product added to this list, or else you will incur my Twitter wrath.

Blogroll:

  • Italy Explained – One of my favorite people tells you everything you need to know about one of my favorite countries.
  • Fevered Mutterings – Mike is hilarious and weird. So are his travel stories.
  • The Gastrognome – Advice, stories, and reviews from one of my favorite foodies.
  • Legal Nomads – A site about food and travel, run by my delightful friend Jodi.
  • A Lifetime of Worry – Life, parenthood, and whatever else comes up, through the eyes of my friends Philip and Mimi.
  • Nerd’s Eye View – Pam writes beautiful essays about her travels. Reading this makes me a better writer.
  • Travel Monkeys – My friend Deanna writes about travel and life with her little ones.

My Favorite Travel Products (AKA, stuff I actually buy and use without solicitation or cupcake-related-bribes):

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite – Nothing beats a physical book, but this gadget is great for traveling until I accidentally hit the wrong button and then start yelling at it.
  • Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm – My absolute favorite lip balm.
  • Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube – I swear by these – makes packing and unpacking surprisingly easy, and my suitcase is always organized.
  • Kipling Art Satchel – My go-to carry on bag. Lightweight, holds a ton, folds down nicely, and squishes underneath the seat in front of me with ease.
  • Lewis and Clark Quart-Size Toiletry Bag – Durable, waterproof, and great for travel.
  • Nalgene Mini Travel Bottles – Spill-proof and travel friendly. (Note: I actually buy these at REI, because I can purchase the individual bottles in whatever quantity I need).
  • Oscar Biandi Dry Shampoo – A small bottles lasts more than a year – perfect for days when I’m traveling and don’t have time to wash my hair (don’t judge me).
  • Samsonite Luggage 21-Inch Spinner – My last Samsonite suitcase lasted me for years before finally dying. I don’t quite love this much as much as the previous model I had, but it is still pretty darn great. Cushy handle, four wheels (so it glides with just a gentle push), and seems durable. Rand has the same one and loves it.

Books I Love:

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  • When People Are Nice To Me, I Find It Profoundly Confusing: The Geraldine DeRuiter Story.

We had a lovely dinner with some folks based here in Quebec, and they also gave me cupcakes, and it was all lovely and confusing because I am a nightmare of a human.
  • I went to a stunning library in Quebec City today - the Maison de la litterature was once an old church, and now it is full of books and winding staircases.
  • He complained that we were old, and I told him that we had maybe five more minutes of being young and beautiful, so let's enjoy them. Here they are.
  • It's below freezing in Quebec, and I'm fairly certain everything is haunted, but people are politely enduring my terrible French and there is poutine everywhere, so ... win?
  • Just rummaged through my office, looking for a notebook so I could write down some ideas for my next big project. I opened up this one and found a handwritten draft of the intro to my last book. #thisisagoodsignright
  • Look, just because I rolled a snickerdoodle in curry powder doesn't mean I'm a domestic goddess. Domestic demigoddess? Maybe.
  • Bye-bye, San Diego. It's been ... surprisingly cold, actually. But thanks for the Vitamin D.
  • That'll do, San Diego. That'll do. #tacotacotaco
  • Why, yes, my PJs do feature a cartoon version on my husband of them.
  • When you forget your keys, and the best houseguest ever brings them to you (but makes sure you aren't going to live this down.)