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Skiing vs Snowboarding: How to choose

Skiing versus snowboarding is an age-old discussion or at least a few decades old. It’s winter, the snow is falling all around and you can’t decide which winter sport you want to try. Sure, you have friends who have done both and they all give you differing opinions as to which sport you should give […]



Skiing versus snowboarding is an age-old discussion or at least a few decades old. It’s winter, the snow is falling all around and you can’t decide which winter sport you want to try. Sure, you have friends who have done both and they all give you differing opinions as to which sport you should give a try. Skiers will tell you that snowboarding is for kids and snowboarders will tell you that skiing is lame. Who do you listen to and how do you choose?


I’ll be your impartial observer who gives you both sides of the story and you can decide your own fate. I’ll dictate some good talking points and some funny observations I’ve made in my over 20 plus years of winter sports participation. That’s all I’ll classify my activity as, I’m not an Olympic athlete nor am I completely uncoordinated. I am however a decent athlete and more than competent at both sports.




When discussing snowboarding, fashion is number one. Snowboarding culture is closely related to skateboarding, including their style and general demeanor. Snowboarders wear baggier clothing, the funkier the better with multiple clashing patterns. Snowboarders think they are cooler than they are and that attitude to important if you wish to emulate their style. Baggy pants and loose fitting jackets are the norm and you’d benefit from a cool beanie, like the hipster wear.


The way one speaks is definitive to their culture and snowboarders definitely have their own traditions. Get ready to drop more “Dudes” and “Bros” than you are accustomed to. A snowboarders’ verbiage is similar to surfers and skaters. Also, break out your high fiving hand and be prepared to slap a few.


The boots may be the classic difference between the two sports. Snowboarding boots are softer and cooler than ski boots. Snowboard boots are also much easier to walk around in, which makes a huge difference. These boots resemble normal winter boots except they are generally thicker and stiffer.





Skier style is more focused on speed and function than form. Skiers normally travel at a higher velocity than snowboarders so their outfits are tighter and more aerodynamic. You’ll notice bright colors and smoother fabrics, which help with speed and control.  

Also a huge difference between the two is skiers have poles. Poles help with balance and increase in the ease of moving on flat ground, which is a huge disadvantage to snowboarders.


Skiers will speak of moguls and black diamonds, which will hardly be spoken by a snowboarder. Moguls are the bumpy sections of harder slopes and black diamonds reference the hardest and steepest courses. Snowboarders tend to stay away from black diamonds and tend to hang in the snowboard park. Skiers tend to speak in perfect sentences and mention lattes often.


Once again the biggest divide between the two are the boots used. Ski boots are extremely stiff and almost impossible to walk around. Snowboarders will habitually make fun of the duck like walks of skiers. Ski boots are stiff to give the rider much more control at high speeds.


These are just a few of the differences between skiing and snowboarding, now it’s up to you to chose your poison. Skiing or snowboarding, it’s a tough decision, why not try both, and see what fits your style better.

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RVing with Kids: Tips for a Family-Friendly Road Trip




The open road, the freedom to explore, and the joy of spending quality time together as a family — these are just a few reasons why RVing with kids has become increasingly popular. 

Embarking on a family-friendly road trip in an RV offers a unique experience that allows parents and children to bond, enjoy flexibility, and embark on thrilling adventures. If you’re planning an RV trip with your little ones, here are some essential tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Choosing the Right RV

Before hitting the road, it’s crucial to select the right RV that suits your family’s needs. Consider factors such as size, amenities, and safety features. Depending on the number of family members, you may opt for a larger RV with multiple sleeping areas or a smaller, more compact one for a cozy adventure. Additionally, research family-friendly campgrounds and RV parks that offer amenities and activities suitable for children.

Preparing for the Trip

Proper planning is key to a successful RV road trip with kids. Start by creating a detailed itinerary, outlining the destinations, attractions, and activities that are suitable for children. This will help ensure that everyone in the family has something to look forward to.

When it comes to packing, make a checklist of essentials for a family-friendly RV trip. This includes clothing, bedding, personal items, and entertainment options such as books, board games, and favorite toys. Don’t forget to pack a first aid kit and safety items to address any unexpected situations.

RV Safety and Maintenance

Before setting off on your adventure, conduct a thorough inspection of your RV to ensure it’s in good working condition. Check the tires, brakes, lights, and fluids, and address any necessary maintenance or repairs. Additionally, childproof the RV’s interior to eliminate potential hazards and ensure a safe environment for your little ones.

When driving, practice safe driving habits, such as obeying speed limits, using proper restraints for children, and taking breaks regularly. Remind your kids about the importance of wearing seat belts and following safety rules while the vehicle is in motion.

Creating a Comfortable Living Space

One of the advantages of RVing is the ability to create a comfortable living space wherever you go. Optimize the limited space inside the RV by organizing it efficiently. Use storage containers and bins to keep things organized and easily accessible. Assign sleeping arrangements for kids, whether it’s bunk beds, fold-out couches, or a designated sleeping area. Personalize the RV to make it a cozy and inviting space for your family.

Meal Planning and Cooking

Eating well on the road is essential for maintaining energy and keeping everyone happy. Plan meals ahead of time and pack the necessary ingredients and cooking utensils. Choose simple and nutritious meal options that are easy to prepare in the limited kitchen space of an RV. Involving your kids in meal planning and preparation not only teaches them important life skills but also makes them more excited about the trip.

Keeping Kids Entertained on the Road

Long stretches on the road can lead to restlessness and boredom for kids. Keep them entertained with a variety of games, activities, and entertainment options. Bring along travel-sized board games, coloring books, and audiobooks to keep them engaged. Take advantage of educational opportunities during the trip by discussing the history, geography, and culture of the places you visit. However, it’s important to strike a balance and limit screen time to ensure a well-rounded experience.

Outdoor Adventures and Family Bonding

While RVing, take advantage of the outdoor opportunities that surround you. Engage in nature-oriented activities like hiking, biking, fishing, or even just exploring the surrounding wilderness. Many campgrounds and RV parks offer activities and group events that encourage families to bond and make new friends. Use this time to strengthen your family connections through shared experiences and create lasting memories.

Dealing with Challenges on the Road

No trip is without its challenges, but being prepared can help you overcome them more easily. In case of breakdowns or bad weather, have a contingency plan and resources available. Remember that sibling conflicts and boredom may arise during the trip, so be prepared to address these issues with patience and creativity. Connect with other RVing families or online communities to find support, share tips, and seek advice.

In conclusion, RVing with kids provides a unique opportunity for families to bond, enjoy flexibility, and embark on exciting adventures. By choosing the right RV, planning ahead, ensuring safety, and creating a comfortable living space, you can make your family-friendly road trip a memorable experience. Engage your kids with entertainment options, promote outdoor adventures, and be prepared for any challenges that may arise. Embrace the journey and savor the precious moments of togetherness as you explore the world on wheels. Happy RVing!

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Vacation like a King on a Pauper’s Budget: Maldives

Vacation on a Budget in the Maldives Maldives has quickly become one of the world’s hottest vacation destinations. Commonly referred to as “paradise on Earth,” the Maldives is a group of naturally formed coral islands located in the Indian Ocean. The Island country is home to crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs and the perfect […]



Vacation on a Budget in the Maldives

Maldives has quickly become one of the world’s hottest vacation destinations. Commonly referred to as “paradise on Earth,” the Maldives is a group of naturally formed coral islands located in the Indian Ocean. The Island country is home to crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs and the perfect temperature above and below the water.  

The island chain is enjoying newfound fame, thanks to recently being featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. You may remember Bar Rafaeli and Brooklyn Decker heating up the already hot beach, or maybe you paid attention to the beautiful surroundings.

The Maldives is a Muslim country so contrary to many rumors alcohol is illegal except on a few select resorts. This is one of the reasons the Maldives are considered a favorite among families. Don’t let the lack of alcohol stop you from having the time of your life in this paradise lost. I would visit sooner than later as the super secret vacation destination will soon be over populated and overrun by hotel chains. The island’s best attribute has to be their unbridled beauty, which is seriously unmatched.

The island chain boasts some of the world’s most pristine beaches, untouched reefs and incredibly opulent resorts.  Many of the resorts offer private villas, with glass bottoms, situated over the crystal clear ocean.  These stunning views don’t hold a candle to ITHAA, The first and only underwater restaurant.  Located at the Hilton Maldives, this restaurant sits completely under the Indian Ocean, where diners can enjoy freshly caught seafood in a human aquarium.  The dining experience was second to none and definitely a bucket list situation.

Popular among the Dubai elite, Maldives isn’t just a playground for the rich, if you plan the trip right. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to make your vacation memorable and budget friendly.

Everything on the island can be affordable if you eat like the locals, stay in a neighborhood guesthouse and travel by the regional ferries.   The most expensive price tag will be your airfare, unless you are flying from Dubai, it’ll break your bank. A good budget to stick to would be roughly $60-100 USD a day including accommodations.   Since there is no alcohol allowed on the islands, you can scratch that added costs off your budget.

You can find a room in a local guesthouse for around $40 USD per night and that is way cheaper than any hotels.  Here is a website that helps you find guesthouses in Maldives. This also gives you an insider view on the islands and their inhabitants. It’s always cheaper to live like a local when traveling.

Getting around is easy if you stick to the ferries (side note: they don’t always come and when they do its rarely on time). You must remember that you are on an island so it completely runs on island time. You don’t have anywhere you must be so relax, tyke your time and enjoy the scenery.   Y=the only time I would recommend renting a speedboat is when you need to make it back to Male´ to catch your flight. In that case, a speedboat rental is only $30-40 USD.

You won’t spend much on food and beverages as long as you eat local. Many resorts have 5-star restaurants but remember you will pay a pretty penny for those. I was able to keep my daily meals to under $20 USD and I think I ate like a king. The seafood is plentiful and the freshest I’ve ever eaten.

Aquatic activities are dirt cheap and around every corner. You can’t walk 50 feet on the beach without seeing someone doing an awesome water sport. The snorkeling is possibly the best in the world with some of the most vibrant coral reefs and abundant aquatic life.   Average snorkeling trips will run you roughly $20 USD and that’s for an all day excursion. I was able to find a scuba trip where we dove with whale sharks for under $100 USD. Possibly the most majestic activity I’ve ever done.

I was amazed at how cheap the trip to Maldives ended up being. Overall I spent less than when I go to the Caribbean. SO moral of the story is, there is nowhere on these green earth that isn’t accessible if you plan accordingly and budget correctly.

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How to Budget for Your 2023 Summer Road Trip




Summer is the perfect time for a road trip. Whether you’re driving across the country or just taking a short trip to a nearby beach, a summer road trip can be a great way to explore new places and make memories with your friends or family. However, road trips can also be expensive, and it’s important to budget carefully to make sure you can afford everything you need. In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips for budgeting for your summer road trip.

7 Tips for Budgeting for a Summer Road Trip

If you are planning an upcoming road trip, here are seven tips for ensuring you stick to your road trip budget while having an enjoyable trip.

  1. Plan Your Route

The first step to budgeting for your road trip is to plan your route. This will help you estimate how much you’ll be spending on gas, tolls, and other road trip expenses. Use a mapping tool like Google Maps to plot out your route, and make note of any potential detours or sightseeing stops you want to make.

  1. Estimate the Cost of Gas

Once you have your route planned out, you can use an online gas cost estimator to estimate how much you’ll be spending on fuel costs. You’ll need to know the make and model of your car, as well as its gas mileage, to get an accurate estimate. GasBuddy and AAA both offer online gas cost calculators that can help you estimate how much you’ll be spending on gas using average gas prices.

  1. Budget for Food and Lodging

Next, you’ll need to budget for food costs and lodging. If you’re planning to stay in hotels or motels along the way, make sure to research prices in advance and factor them into your lodging cost budget. You can use a website like to find the best hotel prices and save on hotel costs.

Cruise America shares that for food, you should consider packing a cooler with snacks and drinks to save money on meals. You can also plan to stop at grocery stores or markets along the way to buy food for picnics and road trip snacks.

  1. Don’t Forget About Entertainment

Beyond food and lodging, additional costs include entertainment for your road trip experience. This can include admission fees to museums or popular attractions, as well as tickets to concerts or sporting events. Make a list of the activities you want to do along the way and research the cost of each one to make sure you have enough money budgeted for entertainment.

  1. Plan for Emergencies

No matter how well you plan, unexpected expenses can still arise on a road trip. Make sure to budget for emergencies or unexpected costs, such as car repairs or medical expenses. The Callaway Bank shares that it’s a good idea to have an emergency fund set aside specifically for your road trip, in case something unexpected happens.

  1. Consider Alternative Transportation

If you’re traveling a long distance, it may be more cost-effective to fly or take a train to your destination and rent a car once you arrive. This can save you money on transportation costs such as gas and wear and tear on your own vehicle. Make sure to compare the cost of flying or taking a train with the cost of driving, to see which option is more budget-friendly. Especially if you are visiting a major city, flying and then using public transportation may bet the more economical option.

  1. Be Flexible

Finally, be flexible with your travel plans. If you find that a certain activity or attraction is too expensive, look for a cheaper alternative. If you’re running low on funds, consider cutting your trip short or finding a more affordable route. Being flexible and adaptable will help you stay within your budget and make the most of your road trip.

The Bottom Line

Budgeting for a summer road trip is all about planning ahead and being prepared for unexpected expenses. By estimating gas costs, budgeting for food and lodging, and planning for emergencies, you can ensure that your road trip is both fun and affordable. And remember, the most important part of any road trip is the memories you make along the way, so don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun!

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