3 Travel Must Haves – My 2016 Global Expedition

Greetings travelers! This 2016, Candacetravels kicked off a Global Expedition. The tour commenced in Dallas, TX, in January and was followed up by a 3 country visit in February to the Caribbean. With several more destinations on the horizon, I wanted to share my 3 must-haves for each trip. So…without further delay, here are my 3 travel staples for a smooth and successful journey!

  1. My camera- I am the proud owner of a Canon Rebel T3. I love it. It’s easy to use and the Rebel EOS series is a great starting point for amateur and new photographers. It takes high quality photos and feels good in my hands. It’s not overly bulky or painful to transport either. Recently, I invested in a multi-purpose (18mm-200mm) Tamaron Promaster lens, at the advice of a friend who is a photography guru (helping a newbie feel her way through,) and I haven’t regretted making the purchase since. The great thing about having a multi-purpose lens, is that it eliminates the hassle of having to carry multiple lenses. I can shoot objects up close, as well as at a distance. It was a fantastic find on Ebay- brand new, out the box and missing one end cap for a mere fraction of the retail price. My Canon is my baby and me love him (yes, my camera is a he) long time!
  2. My Laptop of choice- I’m always excited when I get to travel with a fresh out the box convertible. For my Caribbean leg of the expedition, I had the pleasure of using a Lenovo Yogo 900. This 2-in-1 is everything!!! I am a super-fan of the Yoga line, as it just works incredibly well for the person-on-the-go. The flexibility and ease of conversion is always a HUGE plus for me. The watch-band hinges allow me to flip between standard laptop mode to tablet or tent in just seconds- and it’s prefect that it’s touchscreen. It’s functional, the colors are rich and vibrant and it’s a great size- at 2.8 lbs, with a 13.3 inch display. I used the multi-touch during a couple meetings and it worked magnificently. It’s also slim and takes up minimal space in my often ridiculously full tote bag. This trip, I transported it in my sleeve. Depending upon the length of stay and amount of items I need to accompany me, I alternate between my sleeve in tote bag, to my Genius Pack Entrepreneur bag, which is more than a basic laptop bag. This particular journey called for quite a few extras, so I needed the tote space. The Yoga fit right in like a glove.
  3. My Iphone-  It’s difficult to believe that once upon a time I was a droidy.  I used to always say I can’t understand what the fascination is with everyone and Apple. Then one day, that old android of mine gave way, and I became the proud owner of an Iphone 5. I found it quite functional and easy to use and became so accustomed to it, that even after my first one was stolen in Rome, Italy, I found myself ordering a new one upon return to the states. Surprise- Candacetravels had officially become a member of team Apple. Go figure. Truthfully, I think I was hesitant to try because of my experience with their laptops.  I must admit that I’m still working on my comfort level with them, but have certainly converted over to the phones. I can take incredible pics on my Iphone, transfer pics between phones with fellow Iphoners by just tapping them together and Siri…well she answers just about every question that I toss out to her. I also do a great deal of business from the phone and it just works well for my busy lifestyle. I don’t leave home without it.

I’ll also be sharing some more travel info and tips throughout the coming months about best travel clubs, reward programs, credit cards and bank accounts to avoid fees for avid and new travelers. So…you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. Until then, I bid you safe and happy travels.Continue to follow, to read more about the “Epicness” of the 2016 Global Expedition that’s underway! Peace and blessings to you all.

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Shot with my Iphone- In St. Maarten

Candacetravels’ Year In Review…

This is a republish from a December 2015 post! Remember to stay tuned for more epic adventures to come!!! The first destination for 2016 will roll out later this week.

Greetings fellow travelers and friends. As this year comes to a close, I am reminded of what a spectacular travel year it’s been! Together we reviewed some amazing (travel) products, as well as visited some of the most beautiful destinations around the globe (to learn more see the links below and this past year’s previous posts.) We looked at everything from best Lenovo laptops to take, for business and leisure travelers, to some of the tastiest gluten-free snacks to pack in our tote bags. It’s been one incredible journey and I’m so grateful to have taken it with all of you!

Now that our suitcases are all packed and ready to go (again,) thanks to our “Best Items to Pack: 2015 Suitcase Series,” it’s now time to review some new and exciting places to go. Stay tuned for Candacetravels’ epic, “2016 Global Travel Diary- Expedition.” Together we will uncover some  “must see” places around the world! You didn’t think we were just going to review all of those incredible products for our suitcases for nothing did you? Of course not! We’re rounding them all up again and preparing for our upcoming destinations. So…get ready… because we are about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime!!! Our first stop in January will include a southwestern, USA favorite. No, I’m not giving it away today, so you’ll just have to come back to find out more next month! 🙂

A HUGE thank you goes out to all of you for your support this year. It’s been my honor to serve as your travel guide and leisure expert. Let’s make 2016 a year to remember!!! Happy New Year and Happy Travels!!!

Review some of our favorite products and destinations for 2015 below!

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Sint Maarten

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Cannes, France

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Rome, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Florence, Italy

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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Isle of Capri, Italy

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Norwegian EPIC

For more info on some of these destinations, you can read about my experience at the links below:

http://upscalelivingmag.com/basking-grandeur-french-riviera/

http://globallivingmagazine.com/solace-by-sea-on-the-isle-of-capri/

http://upscalelivingmag.com/majestic-splendor-st-maarten/

http://globallivingmagazine.com/lenovo-yoga-3-pro/