Monday, May 27, 2013

Travel Tips for the Ultra Chic
From Our Travel Diva, Ava
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Adventure travel ... in style!

To all the Tortoisettes out there, this one's for you!

Naturally you want to look your fabulous self during your ultimate road trip so we're spilling our secrets to help you look like the glamorous road warrior you are. Here are some helpful tips on staying beautiful and comfortable on you next adventure.

Dry Shampoo: This is amazing stuff and you just need a tiny bit to sprinkle at the roots. Forget heavy shampoo/conditioner bottles, they will only weigh you down. If you're on a longer trip, consider trial size packets for one time use mid-trip to revitalize those gorgeous locks as well.

"Yes to Cucumbers": Makeup removing and cleansing towelettes. These are refreshing and you will smell and feel delicious!

Scented dryer sheets: If you need to use clothing more than once (which you should be, we are camping after all!), pack your clothing with some dryer sheets in between to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Roll them up with them after uses. Dry, static hair? No problem - just swipe with one of these and calm those locks down!

Cotton knit sundress: is a good staple for your travel wardrobe, especially if your trip offers you a city stop and a night out on the town.

A hat: Maybe even two. Keep the sun off your face with a big floppy sunhat; the ones that you can crush without consequence. Also great for bad hair days.

Sea salt deodorant: Awesome and natural! Works on everything..underarms, stinky shoes, fabric, etc. Unfortunately it does nothing for those corny driver jokes, ha!

Carry minimal makeup: Allow your skin to go Au Natural. Maybe a little tinted moisturizer with an SPF. And don't forget your regular sunscreen which is a must!

Burt's Bees lip Shimmer: Fantastic to add a little color and moisture for those pouty lips.

A Cotton pashmina: Mine has a million uses ... Sunbathing wrap, shoulder coverup for those sunny hikes or an extra layer around the neck for those chilly campfire nights.

With these tips you're sure to be a smash on the trail, in a hot springs or by the campfire. Guys - all you need to do is bring chocolate ... Bars of chocolate to share with the ladies for some instant friends!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ten Things to Bring on an Adventure Vacation

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Spring is here and with it comes dreams of warm weather, the promise of summer, and travel to new and exciting places. Preparing for a journey can be daunting at times, so here's a handy list of some items that you may not have planned to take, but probably should.
  1. Loop wallet/Money belt – Need we say more about this? Keep your valuables secure at all times with this hidden pouch.
  2. Pillow case – Pillows are bulky and can take up a lot of space, but you can bring the case and then fashion a pillow out of clothes. Or, use it to add an additional layer on a questionable offering in your not-so-luxury accommodations.
  3. Notebook/pens – Sure you think you'll always remember the details of your trip, but this handy item will guarantee you'll still have the name of that sweetie you met in D.C and are planning to reunite with in San Francisco.
  4. Day pack – For those times when you want more than what's in your wallet.
  5. Sleeping bag liner – If you've ever been to a hostel besides the Green Tortoise, this needs no explanation.
  6. Novel – be it electronic or print, this will help on those long flights when you end up sitting next to someone not particularly interesting.
  7. Flashlight/Headlamp – You're snuggled up, ready to snooze and suddenly remember you've forgotten something in your luggage. No worries, you wont be fumbling around in the dark when you have this along.
  8. Sewing Kit – Repair a hole in your trousers, the loose button on your favorite shirt, or a rip in your day pack, this kit might just save you more one than it costs! Be sure to include safety pins and a larger needle for bigger jobs.
  9. Floss – Not just for your teeth, the super-strong fibers can be used to tied things together or used with a needle for a quick, heavy-duty repair.
  10. First aid kit – Treat minor wounds on the spot, blast a hangover headache, or solve an indigestion dilemma without ruining your day. Antibacterial cream, painkillers, bandages, antiseptic and indigestion remedies are among the important items in your kit.
Ready for an adventure, but not quite sure where to go?  Check out some destination ideas at Green Tortoise Adventure Travel, or call 415 956-7500 and we'll be happy to help plan your next holiday!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring is for Travel!

Easter Vacation
Still scrambling to make holiday plans?
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Upcoming Baja and Mexico Tours:

·Fri, Mar 29 - SunApr 07 9-Day Baja Tour
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It's beginning to look a lot like springtime ...

Hammock swaying in the gentle ocean breeze, hummingbirds hovering over desert wildflowers, warm sea waters bathing you as you go for a leisurely swim ...

Wait, this isn't what your spring holidays will be like?

Well, it can be! The Green Tortoise still has space on the upcoming Baja Beach Daze 9-day trip!

Escape the cold weather, the candy tooth-ache, and the brunch blahs. Come to Baja where the sand, sun, and sea will rejuvenate your spirit and will create memories that will last a lifetime.

You'll meet new friends to have adventures with, share some incredible gourmet meals together and maybe even form some new holiday traditions!

Come by yourself or bring your loved ones ... either way, you'll be following your dreams of travel and adventure!

Contact us and book your spot today - 415 956 7500 Ext 1. We will be happy to help you!