Sunday Stories for July 6th, 2014


Sweet, sweet July. This has always been my favorite time of the year, especially for sticking around close to the Pacific Northwest. With travel to Tampa and Boston the last couple of weeks, and New Orleans this week, I’m beginning to appreciate the more moderate temperatures – and humidity – found her at home.

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Now, let’s settle in for some reading.

Chicago O'Hare Airport

Flying Etiquette and what not to do at the airport

You  just can’t make this stuff up, friends, people at airports often act a little crazy. One etiquette item I’d add, missing from the list, is not to take up more than your share of space. Don’t sprawl across multiple chairs when people are left standing. I know you’re tired, but so are they. And don’t lay or sit on the floor right in front of the ticket counter or other highly trafficked space. Do you have an etiquette item to add? Leave yours here in the comments.

I usually love flying and the excitement of the airport but on this particular day I didn’t. Please excuse the grumpiness of this post, we all need a good rant from time to time, right? Here are a few of my do’s and don’ts when flying.

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Boston Baked Cookies

I was in Boston last week, so came across this story too late to put it to good use, but I’ve got it filed away for a return trip. This blog was also a new discovery for me, combining two great topics – travel and cookies. Check it out.

For those looking to grab some goodies and head home or to the office, cookies and other baked goods are packaged and displayed from the doorway to the counter. For others who want to sit down and enjoy a fresh baked croissant or biscotti with a cup of tea or coffee, the baked goods are beautifully displayed all along the counter.

How to Make Your Own Spa Food for Breakfast

And since I’ve been known to have a cookie (or two) for breakfast, I thought I should balance things out with a healthier food choice, a nutritious breakfast. The suggestions and accompanying recipes sound easy enough, but for a regular traveler, I’m not sure how difficult it will be to keep fresh things like this at home. Do you have any healthy breakfast suggestions for people on the go?

It is hard to deny the appeal of delicious, nutritious spa food – especially when someone else is doing the grocery shopping and donning the chef’s jacket to prepare the meal. Imagine being treated to seven days of spa cuisine decadence. Talk about sublime.


Butter in Your Coffee? The Bulletproof Craze, Explained.

I love my morning coffee, but somehow had missed the butter coffee trend. This article provides a nice pro/con of the discussion, looking at it from a health point of view, and basically comes down to where I am – moderation. Butter Coffee sounds like it might be a nice calorie splurge for when you want to ease into a lazy Sunday day. Have you tried it?

If you aren’t drinking your own Bulletproof/butter coffee right this second then it’s like you don’t even know about things that everyone is doing now. So let’s talk more about this new trend that is not really new but looks to be headed straight for a mainstream near you.

Sunset Valley – A True, Eco Friendly, Oasis

I didn’t go to Langkawi on my trip to Malaysia last year, but my fascination with the country continues as I realize how much more there is to explore. I enjoyed this review of the Sunset Valley Holiday House, and it seems like just the type of place I’d enjoy staying. Bonus points for its eco-friendly approach.

Our latest adventure found us in Langkawi, Malaysia. Langkawi is located on the Northwestern shore of Malaysia and is an archipelago of the Langkawi Islands. Positioned just where the Indian Ocean narrows down into the Straits of Melaka, it was once a utopia for pirates. Today it serves as a sanctuary for visitors from every corner of the world.

A Reason To Smile: Mexican Town Is A Destination For Dental Tourism

More and more people are putting off much needed dental work because they can’t afford it. Or, they’re forced into debt when it can no longer be put off, by then, usually a greater problem than had it been dealt with in the first place. Medical tourism is on the upswing, an opportunity to take care of your medical needs while having a bit of a holiday, too. Would you travel out of country to have medical and/or dental procedures?

Sitting in a dentist’s chair hardly rates as a vacation. But every year, tens of thousands of people go to a tiny border town near Yuma, Ariz., that has proclaimed itself the dental capital of Mexico.

Airplane wing taken out the window

Up in the Air: Capturing photos from airplane windows

Although I’m an aisle, rather than window, air traveler, when I am on the window, I do love to get some inflight shots. I’ve used my iPhone as well as my point and shoot, and a look at these tips shows that I’m doing a couple things right with a few tips on some changes I can make. Do you take shots out the airplane window?

Some tips for taking great photos from airplane windows with Point and Shoot Travel Zoom camera.

This List of Foods Which Can’t Be Put In the Fridge Will Surprise You

Hot weather seems to get this debate going, to refrigerate or not to refrigerate.

Thought you could keep any kind of foods in the fridge to keep them fresh? Think again! Here’re 11 foods you probably never knew you shouldn’t put in the fridge.

X-Com Global Helps Injured Travel Writer in South Africa

In the feel good department, I love when companies step up to help people. XCom Global, a mi-fi rental company, was a lifeline to an injured travel blogger who was severely injured while traveling in South Africa. Internet access was a challenge, but necessary to communicate the myriad health care questions, coordinate insurance benefits, and just keep in touch with family and friends. I’ve used XCom Global (once as a complimentary service, several times as a paying customer) before and think they provide a great product. Helping out like this? I like them even more. If you’re looking for a mi-fi rental, go check them out.

Perusing my daily dose of travel writers forums for the day a few weeks back, I noticed an article about travel writer Patti Morrow who had been injured in South Africa.  She and her brother were on their way to Aquila Safari when she was involved in a severe motor vehicle crash on May 14, 2014.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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