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Travel Tips, Tricks, and Hacks + HM #186
One of my favorite things in the world it do is to travel! But we haven’t done too much of that since the twins were born – it’s a LOT of work to load up and travel with 2 toddlers, let me tell you! I’ve been getting the itch to try it, though, so I found some great ideas for me AND for you!
If you’re an avid traveler, you know that one of the best things about visiting the same spots over and over again is eating! Grabbing your favorite food, right?! The barbecue you’ll find in the South. The steaks you’ll find in the midwest. The vegan delights you’ll find on the west coast. We all have our favorites!
But what if you could have your favorites straight from the places that make them famous…at your home, any time you wanted? Let’s take the state of Maine, for instance.
The state of Maine is known for its cuisine full of freshly-caught seafood, hearty potatoes, rich cream and generous portion sizes. If you are desperate to get a taste of Maine, here are three of their famous state dishes that you can get to eating right away:
This Maine staple is beloved by locals and visitors alike — many tourists make it a goal to be found eating lobster rolls anytime they visit the state. The traditional lobster roll recipe is fairly simple because all you need is a white roll and a lobster salad made out of lobster meat, mayonnaise, chopped celery, lemon juice, parsley and seasonings. If you want to make your own lobster roll, you should go to the website Lobster Anywhere to have fresh lobster sent to your front door. They can bring Maine lobster to any state in the country in the span of twenty-four hours, including Alaska and Hawaii. The website is the best way to get fresh lobster delivered to you so that you can have the most delicious and authentic recipe possible on the same day that it arrives. When you’re done putting your classic lobster roll together, remember to serve it with a side of creamy coleslaw or a handful of salty french fries.
A traditional New England clam chowder recipe involves golden potatoes, thick bacon, heavy cream and of course, plenty of local clams. It’s always important for your recipe ingredients to be as fresh as you can get them—this is especially true when you are adding seafood to the mix. With the help of Lobster Anywhere, you can also get fresh steamer clams harvested from Harps well, Maine — these soft-shell clams will add a sweet, savory and subtle taste to a hearty chowder you’ll be able to appreciate from the first time you start eating. Remember to wash the clams before you start cooking by soaking them in cold water several times so none of the grit gets into the food.
I’ve been thinking about traveling a LOT recently. Maybe it’s because I just spent almost 4 weeks stuck in my house taking care of sick family members, I’m not sure…but it’s been a while since we traveled anywhere, and I’m starting to get the itch. Of course traveling these days is a horse of a different color for us – now it’s not just the hubby and I off an an adventure. US now includes two VERY active 18-month-olds. I’m not sure what travel looks like for us these days, but one thing I know is, for any kind of a group, I LOVE me some bus tours.
My husband and I did Washington D.C. a couple years ago in four days flat. It was AMAZING, and the only way we were able to do it in that short amount of time was by taking advantage of an awesome bus tour. It brought simplicity to the entire process, and we decided that the next time we tour a city, we would do another bus tour.
Take New York City, for instance.
Seeing New York is a one of a kind experience that you understandably want to have while being together as a family. Your kids will remember it for years to come, and so will your spouse. It’s like nothing else. But it’s not easy to tour a big city as a family – or is it?
Over 60 million people now visit New York in an average year, and that breaks down to some five million per month, 1.25 million per week, and well over 100,000 per day.
Yes, NYC is crowded and overflowing with tourist – but when you take a bus tour around the city, you beat the crowds and avoid having to fight the traffic (on the street or on the sidewalk.) That’s the first reason to opt for a NYC double decker bus tour for your family vacation, but here are five more to take into account:
We’re coming up on Summer Vacation time, and with that comes lots of un-healthy eating. At least that’s what happens to us when we’re on the road! We get in a rush, or we don’t plan properly, and the next thing you know lunch is junk food from the gas station where we filled up the car!
So when Nancy McCoy contacted me and told me she could help, I was all about it! Here’s a few tips from her to all of us…
When you have be on the road, there is a possibility that you’re going to think about fast food. However, just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean that you have to eat foods that are going to leave you feeling weak, tired, and bloated. You need to make good choices when it comes to food so you will have enough energy to enjoy your vacation. As athletes realize, healthy food and a lot of water can keep the level of your energy high, power your muscles, and make you recover quickly. The food you consume on the road is going to become your body’s travel fuel.
Drink a lot of water
Yes, you need to drink the right amount of water every day, but this becomes very important when you are on the road. It is because there is a tendency for you to be rushed, be swayed from your routine, and forget to drink water. This is also an occurrence when you need to access a source of water, so make sure that you have a water bottle with you.
I’ve been itchin’ to do some traveling these days. (Maybe because I’m coming down to the time when traveling won’t be an option for a while, ha!) We had trips to Boston and New York slated for this year, but then I got pregnant, and we decided to be responsible and save that money instead. Definitely the right choice, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still dream about a little wanderin’ around the globe. And lately, I’ve been thinking about Canada – specifically Ontario! So I thought I’d share with all of you. (Plus, I know I have some Canadian readers – I’d love for y’all to chime in!
Being larger than the countries of France and Spain combined, the province of Ontario has a lot to offer in the way of scenery and things to do. In fact, there’s so much to do that choosing a list of activities can be a difficult task if you’re not familiar with the must-see destinations. If you’re planning a trip to the city and are wondering which places you should visit before leaving, check out the following list of the top seven things to do in Ontario:
1. See Niagara Falls
By far the most amazing scenic feature to be found in this province is the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls, displaying the sheer power of nature with a massive waterfall that is constantly dropping about 800,000 gallons of water from the Niagara River into a pool more than 130 feet below. If you visit be sure to take a ride on the Maid of the Mist – a boat that takes you along the base of the falls – and take a walk through one of the tunnels that brings you behind the falls. There are a number of hotels near Niagara Falls that provide a great view of the falls in all their glory.