Please enjoy my favorite travel quotes paired with pictures I have taken during some of my travels. Comments are welcome.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
October is a great time to travel. The leaves are changing colors. There is a crispness in the air. It is also National Audiology Awareness Month in the U.S. As such, I thought it would be a good time to address the challenges that people with hearing loss experience while traveling. After consulting several professional resources, I compiled a list of the best travel tips for people with hearing impairment:
- Do not pack your hearing aids or cochlear implant in your checked luggage. Carry them on.
- Bring an extra set of hearing aids with you, especially on long trips. Consider purchasing an inexpensive set of hearing aids as a back up.
- Keep paper and pens handy for communication. You can also use various apps on your smart phone if you find yourself in a situation that is too noisy to verbally communicate.
- Take a vibrating alarm clock with you. Not all countries have special accommodations for people with hearing loss.
- Take extra batteries, cleaning tools, wax guards, domes, and a mini dry aid kit with you.
- If you have a cochlear implant or other implantable device make sure you take your medical ID card with you.
- You do not need to take your hearing aids off as you go through security.
- Train stations and airports can be very noisy. Do not rely on your ability to hear boarding announcements or directions. Check monitors often for changes in flight or train schedules.
- Make sure your travel documents are in order and handy. If you can't hear the customs officials, just hand them your documents and let them know you have a hearing impairment.
- Check ahead of time if your hotel is equipped for the hearing impaired. If so, book that room, if available. In the U.S. larger hotels are required to have handicapped accessible rooms. This includes amplified telephones and visual alerts for both the phone and smoke alarm.
- Use your T-coils while traveling, especially in Europe. Looping is very popular there.
- Ask your tour guide to use an Assistive Listening Device (ALD).
- Set your phone to vibrate or go off near departure time in case you can't hear the boarding announcement.
- Take the name and phone number of your audiologist or customer service department of the device manufacturer with you. They can ship spare parts or direct you to a professional near your travel destination in case of emergency.
For further information and helpful tips for travelers with hearing impairment consult these resources:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
The gentle ocean breeze, sounds of the surf crashing to the shore, surfers, and bikini clad sun worshipers scattered along the white sand beach make Oceanside, California a great beach destination.
A quintessential beach town along the California coast, Oceanside has a lot to offer. The classic wooden pier reminiscent of days gone by is a prominent landmark of this friendly beach town. While there, make sure you walk to the end of the pier to grab a bite to eat at Ruby’s Diner. The kids will love it and so will you.
Take a break from the beach and head inland to Mission San Luis Rey, the largest of the California missions, or cruise the coast highway (Historic Route 101) through downtown Oceanside. Next, stop at Oceanside Harbor Village to shop, have dinner, or enjoy the boats. We went to Harbor Village at sunset and had some spectacular nautical views.
|Oceanside Harbor Village|
Whether you love to ride the waves, bask in the sun or just enjoy the laid back vibe of a beach town, Oceanside, CA is for you. It truly is beachy keen.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Arriba, Abajo, Al Centro, Al Dentro, Salud! These words make for an interesting start to happy hour at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona. This traditional tequila toast, shared with guests at sunset each evening, is one of the many traditions that make this hotel a great place to stay the next time you visit Tucson, AZ.
The toast is completed on the hotel’s back patio amidst the magnificent beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Guests in attendance are treated to the Legend of Arriba Abajo as they enjoy the stunning views, a complimentary shot of tequila, and an occasional glimpse of desert wildlife. We were lucky enough to spot a family of mule deer amongst the amazing flora of the desert surroundings.
According to the legend, a Mexican revolutionary, General Pancho Villa, was madly in love and wanted to marry his beloved, Juanita. When he asked Juanita’s father, Don Pablo, for her hand, Don Pablo devised a plan to avoid losing his daughter. He challenged General Villa to a tequila drinking contest.
I am not going to tell you how the legend ends. You will have to visit the JW Marriot Starr Pass to find out! And while you are there, take time to enjoy a round of golf on the Arnold Palmer golf course, float on the lazy river, relax at the Hashani spa or just drink up the beauty of the Sonoran desert. Salud!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
|Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum|
Who is considered the second greenest president of the United States, a supporter of women’s liberation and gay rights, and the man who predicted that Khrushchev’s children would live in freedom? These interesting facts and more can be learned at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library located in Yorba Linda, California.
|A portion of the Berlin Wall|
There you will find an interesting array of artifacts, documents, photos, and multi-media exhibits. Not just of President Nixon’s life during his presidency, but a history of America and the many changes that took place during a significant part of the twentieth century. From the house where Richard Nixon was born to his final resting place, both located on the beautiful library grounds, people of all ages will enjoy the vast collection of American history the museum has to offer.
So the next time you are in southern California, be sure to make time to visit the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. It’s only a short drive from Disneyland.
|Birthplace and Childhood Home of Richard Nixon|
If you go:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Children (7-11) $4.75
Children (6 and under) Free
Be sure to ask for your military, AAA or student discount.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Stepping out of the tour bus and onto the uneven cobblestone street, I felt transported back in time. As I looked around, lush landscape and rolling hills were visible as far as the eye could see. A stone staircase carved out of the hillside was the only path that led to the charming town that time forgot.
Passing through the massive medieval gate and into the heart of the city, I was greeted by an array of wild flowers whose intoxicating fragrance filled my senses. I was entranced by the peacefulness and charm of the city. The ancient stone buildings, the Franciscan monks in brown wool robes strolling the narrow cobblestone streets, the merchants displaying their wares in the windows of quaint shops, the ancient basilica nestled in the hillside.
Sitting atop the rolling hills of the Italian countryside in the Umbria region of Italy lays the ancient town of Assisi. Best known for being the birthplace of St. Francis, the patron saint of Italy, Assisi is a destination not to be missed.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|Vail Pass Bike Trail|
The thrill and exhilaration increase with your speed as you cycle downhill on the Vail Pass bike trail, en route for the town of Frisco, Colorado. Beautiful vistas, mountain streams, and increasing velocity are all part of this 14 ½ mile alpine bike experience.
Our excursion started in the town of Breckenridge, Colorado where we rented our bikes and geared up for an afternoon of mountain biking. From there we took a short van ride up the mountain to the start of our downhill adventure.
“Keep heading downhill and you can’t get lost,” the outfitter explained as he bid us adieu. “I’ll pick you up in Frisco.” And we were off on our exciting mountain journey.
Covered bridges, picturesque streams and snowcapped mountains dashed by as we raced downhill at speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour. A few stops to enjoy the surrounding countryside were definitely in order. Near the end of our ride we came upon the ski village of Copper. We cycled through the streets until we found the trail that would lead us to the town of Frisco. A cold drink and hot food were waiting for us at trails end.
A short ride later we cycled into Frisco where our group opted to stop at a German pub called Prost. There we enjoyed homemade sausages and hot pretzels with a variety of unique mustards, a cold drink, and best of all, warm apple strudel and ice cream. All too soon it was time to meet our driver, load up our bikes and head back to the town of Breckenridge. What an ideal way to spend an afternoon.
If you go:
If you go: