5 Ways to Travel with A Neat Person When You Are A Total Wreck and Vice Versa

Some of us are very neat, tidy and organized. We(or I should say THEY) like to put all of our things in the drawers, hanging in the closet and everything has its own little place.

And some of us are…well….not.

Whether you are neat or chaotic, you can travel with someone who is the opposite in tidiness, if you are willing to give some slack.  Here are 5 ways to help ease the tension on your next trip!

    1.  Discuss your usual level of organization before you leave on your trip, so there are not any secrets left to be uncovered when the floor is covered in dirty laundry.messy+hotel+rooms+are+bad+for+weddings
    2. Go on your trip without expectations and willing to go with the flow. If a mess really stresses you out, be willing to tidy up the room a little yourself. Your roommate will notice and start to clean up after themselves more.  If you are the messy one(like me), try to keep your chaotic nature to your side of the room, so that your roommate can feel more comfortable.clean-hotel-room
    3. Be in your room as little as possible. If you are only there to sleep and maybe a short break during the day, the mess can’t bother you and there is a lot less time for the room to become messy.rome-2374587_1920
    4. Make sure you do let the maid come in to tidy up. Even the little bit they move around and put in piles on the desk or chair can help keep the mess to a minimal.hotel-room-clean
    5. Remember this is vacation. Yes easy for me, the messy one, to say. But seriously vacation is a time to be happy and get along with each other. Respect one another and do your best to keep the other one happy and content. Consideration goes a long way!

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Jodi wants to backpack in the Pyrenees

I’ve never backpacked.  So, there’s a learning curve for me to make this trip.  First step is to try out an easier backpacking trip in the Appalachian Mountains together in July.  There are so many things to think about for an endeavor like this.  For instance, water is heavy.  I can’t possibly carry enough water to make it a week in the mountains. Where will I get water?  How many bugs are going to try and suck out all my blood while I am sleeping on the rocky ground?  What are we going to eat?  What things do I need that I don’t even know I need?

I did a little digging and found this list for the 10 most essential things to take with you when you go hiking in a mountain.  Very helpful.

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    1. Navigation (map and compass)
    2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  1. Insulation (extra clothing)
  2. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  3. First-aid supplies
  4. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  5. Repair kit and tools
  6. Nutrition (extra food)
  7. Hydration (extra water)
  8. Emergency shelter  

From: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html

I have a water filter straw still from our India trip and I’m bringing that along just in case.  I have a sleeping bag liner that should be cool enough for July temps but enough protection from bugs at night.

 

I still have lots of research to do before I am ready for this trip, but I am excited to try something totally out of my normal experience.  After this trial trip, I’ll be ready for the mountains of France.

Calming Jet Lag with Yoga


Jet lag is for amateurs, but it is a real challenge anytime you are traveling through different time zones and there’s not much time to let your body naturally adjust.  Yoga can help make the transition easier and certain poses can help you get you adjusted to your overseas sleep schedule.

Here is a sequence you can use when you need to sleep, but your mind and body want to stay awake.IMG_8441.JPG
IMG_8440.JPGBegin in hero pose for 5 breaths.  Let yourself feel grounded to the space you are currently occupying.  You can move into tip toe hero pose for a few breaths and then reclining hero if you feel comfortable in those positions.  If not extend your basic hero pose for 3 more breaths.IMG_8443.JPG

Move to table top and then begin a series of cat cow breaths, inhaling in cow and exhaling in cat.  Stay wiIMG_8444 (2).JPGth the breath here for 5 cycles.

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Slide your body back into child’s pose and let gravity pull your body into relaxation and grounding.  Notice where you are holding any tension and breath into those spaces.  Stay in this space for 8 breaths.  Remember to pause at the top and bottom of each breath.

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Lie down on your back and put your legs up against the wall.  Bring your right ankle to your left knee for figure 4 against the wall pose.  Stay here for five breaths and then switch legs to balance the body.

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Put both legs back against the wall  for legs up the wall pose and let gravity pull your lower back down to flatten and release any tension.  Stay in this position for 10 breaths.

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Lie flat on your mat, legs outstretched.  Pull your knees up and feet on the ground hips width apart.  Allow your legs to drift gently to the right side to bIMG_8452.JPGegin your supine spinal twist.  Put your arms out to your sides and turn your head in the opposite direction of your knees.  Breath into the spine for 5 breaths and then repeat on the other side.  If you want a deeper stretch, use your ankle on your knee to lengthen the muscle.

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Return to your back, pull your knees towards your chest, and grab your big toes.  Flatten your lower back and rock side to side in happy baby pose.  Stay here for 8-10 breaths.

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Using bolsters, blocks or pillows for your knees, move into reclining goddess pose.  Be gentle with yourself and don’t push.  Let gravity do the work and use those props to help you release your tendency to tighten the inner thighs.

End in corpse pose, palms turned to the floor for grounding.  Lie here and let your breathing be natural.  Stay in this position as long as it feels good.  You can use a block or pillow under your head and another under your knees for more comfort.

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This sequence will help you ground to your current time zone and help you prepare the body and mind to sleep.
Always remember, no matter where you travel to, never forget to pack YOGA!

Roadtripping At It’s Finest

When I plan a road trip, I like to make it as silly as possible to keep it entertaining for the other passengers in the vehicle. I’ll plan stops at supposed vampire or witch grave sites, silly vintage statues or art works, or landmarks that you’ve always heard about, but have never seen.  To me, these are what make a road trip worth taking and makes lasting memories to talk and laugh about for decades.

 A few years ago, while my mother was battling lung cancer, my sisters and I decided we needed a Mother/ Daughter Road Trip to make some lasting memories. We hadn’t done anything like this for decades, since we all are married, have children and moved all over the country.  Of course, I took on the task of planning the trip! I used two great websites and apps called https://roadtrippers.com/ as well as http://www.roadsideamerica.com/ . Our plan was to go to Cape Cod to take my mother on a real clambake, but we decided to see a lot more while on the road.


On Sept.2, 2013, we began our trip to New England by trying for a photo op at The Sloppy Giant with Ill Clad Clothing in Phoenxiville, Pa. We couldn’t find it. However, we did find Jode Rd and a random globe for the first pictures of the week.






Our second roadside photo op was at the Giant Steel Hockey Player in Newark, NJ. Mom and Jami were too afraid of the “ghetto” to get out of the car, but that wasn’t going to stop Jen and I. I mean we had driven all this way just to take a picture with it….  http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/23432

After a few attempts at seeing Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse, otherwise known as The Little Red Lighthouse, http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fortwashingtonpark/monuments/810

taking a bathroom break for Jami(again in the ghetto) we decided to leave NYC and find something to eat.


We chose the old road trip standard, Cracker Barrel, where we were joined by the Mileys and the Short Bus Mileys. (Note- this was right after her tongue exposed VMA award performance)

Midnight Mary in New Haven, Ct, was our next stop. Mary Hart was a woman who was buried alive and thought to haunt the cemetery at midnight. We left her a penny, took some pictures and went on our way. http://www.damnedct.com/midnight-mary/









While in New Haven, Ct, we decided to crash a wedding at Lighthouse Park. We took some silly photos and searched for seashells. (photo to the right- Get it? I’m the little mermaid?!)





New Haven was also the home of the rather scary, gross Econo Lodge Motel where we spent our first night, I would not recommend it. The next morning, we got up early and headed out to visit Gillette Castle http://www.friendsofgillettecastle.org/which is gorgeous. The castle was the home of the original Sherlock Holmes and was quite eccentric which makes the tour very entertaining. We arrived too early, so stopped for some chai and coffee at Two Wrasslin Cats https://www.facebook.com/TwoWrasslinCats and toured Jami’s new favorite town, East Haddam, Ct

Once we arrived at Gillette Castle, Jami was a gracious host at her estate, inviting us in, doing some gardening and taking photos of forbidden closets.






After a brief stop at a Life Size T- Rex in Oakdale, Ct, we stopped at the Mohegan Sun Casino to spend some money.







Mystic, Ct was the next stop on our trip. We, first, stopped by Ford’s Lobsters, a Mystic Pizza Filming location, for some lobster rolls and a lobster stuffed avocado in the pouring rain.


After a drive by photo of the Stonington Lighthouse in Stonington, RI, we stopped by a Vampires Gravesite. Mercy Brown was thought to be a vampire, so was exhumed and her heart was made into a drink for her brother to drink to keep him from dying of the TB plague that was happening in Exeter, Ri in 1888. http://strangene.com/cemeteries/vampire.htm


The Fighting Seabee Statue in North Kingston was next on the photo agenda, as was the Warwick Neck Lighthouse and an attempt at seeing the Conimicut Lighthouse.


The Comfort Inn in Warwick, RI, was the best hotel on the trip. It was clean and had a bar downstairs, where Jami and Jen, in their infinite wisdom kept the drinks coming. Not only did mother not appreciate it, apparently neither did Jodi’s histamines.
The next morning we drove by TAPS(ghosthunters) for a photo.





The next morning, we intended to take a tour of the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, but only did a quick drive by of the front. We, then, headed to Battleship
Cove to look at the water “and wait for our long lost loves to come home”







Finally to the “tip of the Cape”!
We found some stones lying on the beach and enjoyed a meal before going to bed for the evening in rooms that smelled of cat pee and had splattered blood on the curtains. Ahhh the memories! Just a tip- You get what you pay for!


 The next day was a rather gloomy day in February, but we were heading to Plimoth Plantation anyway! http://www.plimoth.org/  Luckily, we had the whole place to ourselves, so we could act as goofy and obnoxious as we wanted. We had some great conversations with some natives and also got to meet our  11th great grandfathers. Ok, well, actors who portrayed them! As a huge genealogy buff, I’ve traced us to 7 of the original settlers in Plimoth. We had a fun time talking family with the actors who never broke character, even when we brought up things that would happen to them in the future.




 Next we went to see  Plimoth Rock which at one time had been quite larger, but people kept chipping parts away for souvenirs, so now it is enclosed as well as take a picture of Governor Bradford’s statue, which has a crazy resemblance to our father.




Last on the agenda, was touring the Mayflower, where again as the only people on, we were able to take some funny pictures and annoy the actor.



Finally to our Clambake, the reason we chose New England! It was a rather cool, gloomy evening and mom was not feeling too well, but it still was an awesome experience.  And if you ever decide to go, I would not recommend trying to save money by choosing the vegetarian option.! http://bostonsbestcruises.com/clambake-at-sunset












We visited a few more places before heading back to Pennsylvania; The Salem Witch Museum  http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com/   and the House of the Seven Gables http://www.7gables.org/. Both were interesting tours.







Overall, our trip to Cape Cod, Boston and Salem was an awesome Mother/Daughter Road Trip with lots of laughter until tears streamed down our faces and we were doubled over in pain.  We will always have lots of memories of our awful hotels, sneaky facebook pictures of each other and of trying to push the darn wheelchair.


Remember your road trip is only as fun as you make it!

Until the next one….

What is a Common Ass Traveler?


What is a Common Ass Traveler? Well, it’s anyone of course, but in this case, it’s two women in their 40’s  who met up after 20 plus years apart, found out that they were both going through their own midlife crisis’ in different parts of the country and decided traveling would be the surefire cure to the doldrums of life. Did it matter that neither of them had ever left the country before? Heck, no! They jumped right in and took a 21 day self guided tour of India by themselves and lived to tell the tales.




And where did the horribly uncouth name “Common Ass Traveler” come from?  Well, one of these women is terribly hard of hearing and when driving in the car heard an NPR journalist say it. Well, it happened that she actually said Conde’ Naste Traveler, but the phrase just stuck. Besides, its clever, if I do say so myself! (I’m that said woman)



They must have great supportive spouses and lots of money. Well, yes and no. Our spouses are incredibly supportive, but seriously, come on, we also are great at bribery to get them to agree to our hair brained ideas. And I’ll tell you- I’m not ashamed! We have an honest trade and barter system…..

Lots of money? HAHAHAHAHAHA Now, that is funny! No not at all, but two women who grew up relatively poor and worked for everything they have, know how to get things done cheaply, find deals, make do, beg, barter and trade!



So why should anyone read this blog or listen to the podcast?  Because with every go with the flow trip there are bound to be hilarious and unbelievable stories that make your day or drive go by faster. There will also be tons of ideas and itineraries that you can use for your next trip and travel tips to help you save money and have a better experience overall!

So what’s holding you back? Join us and become a Common Ass Traveler!