Eagle Creek Activate Wheeled Duffel

January 12, 2015

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Eagle Creek Activate Wheeled Duffel: big, light, functional

At HI Travel Tales, we’re always looking to save ounces and pack less. There are times, though, when the demands of a trip require larger luggage – for gear for planned adventures or on-site winter weather, for example. Certainly, it’s no fun knowing your luggage weighs almost more than a bowling ball – even before […]

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Travel Fitness Tips Biking

January 8, 2015

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Travel fitness tips: Plan ahead to stay on track

Once your trip is planned and you’re thinking about how you can cut back wisely (per the advice in our article “Travel fitness tips: You can stay fit if you adapt”), it’s time to start plotting. Should we say planning? Nah, plotting. It’s time to “plot” hotels, tours, sightseeing, travel departure times and all that other […]

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January 5, 2015

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Yaktrax Run winter traction on ice and snow

Yaktrax Run winter traction cleats

Over the years, slipping and mincing across ice or packed snow on winter runs or hikes has left us completely frustrated. We’ve tried the heavier-duty spikes and cleats but haven’t been so pleased with their use for urban or trail runs, quick walks or just around town. I got to know the Yaktrax Pro a […]

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January 2, 2015

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Travel fitness tips: You can stay fit if you adapt

travel fitness tips you can if you cut back

Whether you’re a frequent business traveler or heading out on a family vacation, don’t fall prey to the belief that travel has to be a devastating departure from your fitness routine. Staying fit while traveling isn’t as difficult as you may think. HI Travel Tales has a few travel fitness tips. Because we manage to […]

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December 28, 2014

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Planning your Hurtigruten cruise excursions

Arctic Cathedral Tromso Hurtigruten Cruise Excursions

Once you get your Hurtigruten cruise along the coast of Norway booked, it’s time to start thinking about what Hurtigruten cruise excursions you may want to add on – or if you can do some on your own. Thus, here is some advice about excursions to make your Norwegian travel adventure even better. Remember, this […]

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December 22, 2014

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Icebug Juniper boots: Technical streetstyle winter footwear

Icebug Juniper boots

An early winter trip to Norway for HI Travel Tales meant I needed to find some footwear that would be multifunctional. They needed to be warm enough for cold or snowy walkabouts, lightweight and stylish enough for easy packing and streetwear, while not so thickly insulated to make indoor wear impractical. We were familiar with […]

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December 18, 2014

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Best & Largest Christmas Markets Around Europe

largest christmas markets around europe

Christmas can be magical. And nowhere is that magic more easily felt than at a traditional Christmas market in Germany or in other parts of Europe too. Depending on the location, such a market has many names — Christkindlmarkt, Marche de Noel, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, or Weihnachtsmarkt. No matter what the name, the setting for each is essentially similar: […]

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