A Sweet Farewell to the Summer Hiking Season, with Danner

Say a sweet farewell to the Summertime hiking season with these inspiring photos from Dottie Bond at Danner Blog captured while hiking on the coast of Maine. Then click here to get free shipping on your next order of Danner boots at ShoppingBlitz!

Travel photographer, Dottie Bond, takes us on a 5-day tour of Maine. What do you think of when you think of Maine? I have always thought of lobster rolls and sailboats, coastal fog and thick-bearded lumbermen and the spruce-firs that line the Appalachian Trail as it snakes towards its northern terminus at Katahdin. My visits to the state over the years have confirmed this impression: Maine is a Vacationland par excellence.
So when the opportunity to spend a few days exploring coastal Maine arose, I jumped at it. After attending a wedding in Camden with my friend, Kate, and my dog, Romulus, we headed northeast along the coast to Acadia National Park where we began our 5-day odyssey. We slept at the Seawall Campground on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island—known as the “quiet side” of Acadia—right down the road from the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse. There were wild blueberries and vistas of rocky outcrops galore. We stood atop Cadillac Mountain and lunched at Jordan Pond House alongside families beset with squealing kids who cried out for popovers and blueberry crisps. Each day we watched the sun rise and set from a new vantage point along the Atlantic—Bass Harbor, Schooner Head, Thunder Hole. When we were not welcoming the day or biding it farewell, we lazed around Bar Harbor enjoying slow, idle hours sipping coffee while basking under the midday sun. This was summer done right.  ..

Source: Sweet Summertime on the Coast of Maine — Danner – Blog

4 Great Travel Apps to Help You Plan Your Next Vacation

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Today, people can turn to their mobile device for almost anything. From shopping to reading the news to tracking your workout, nowadays there’s an app for everything – even traveling. In fact, when it comes to planning and booking a vacation, an app can be your best friend. There are tons of travel apps out there designed to make planning a vacation and finding the best deals that much easier. To help you plan your next vacation with ease, here are some of our favorite travel apps at Shopping Blitz, the top place to shop for clothes online.

Localeur

If you want to skip the tourist attractions and head to the local scene, then Localeur is the app for you.  Localeur is a community of locals who want to help travelers experience the best places to eat, drink and play. Right now the advice is limited to 14 major U.S. cities, but if you’re traveling to one of its featured destinations it’s definitely worth taking advantage of. Each local has a photo and profile that explains who they are and what their interests are. There are lists about essentially everything, from “My Favorite Brooklyn Dance Floors” to “Miami’s Awesomely Authentic Tanqueria’s”.

TripIt

TripIt lets you be your own travel agent and organize every single detail of your trip, from car rentals to lodging accommodations to restaurants. TripIt caters to every kind of traveler and enables you to have all your travel details in one place. You can create a custom itinerary on your own or forward the email confirmations of your flight, train tickets, rental car and lodging to plans@tripit.com and they’ll create the itinerary for you.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest online travel platform, where millions of travelers from around the world rate hotels, restaurants, bars and attractions on a 5-star ranking system. With these travelers’ rankings, TripAdvisor has created curated lists of the best attractions in every city. On TripAdvisor, you can also search over 200 sites to find and book the best hotel prices and flights.

Airbnb

Airbnb helps you rent unique accommodations from local hosts in over 190 counties. Airbnb has over 1 million listings, with rental options ranging from castles, yurts and watchtowers to apartments, rooms and sofas. The app provides travel accommodations for every budget.

 

Spring Break Essentials

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Your much anticipated Spring Break trip is finally here! Before you embark on your much needed beach vacation, make sure you aren’t leaving any of these Spring Break essentials behind.

Spring Break Essentials for Men

Columbia Silver Ridge Ball II Cap

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Since you’ll be spending hours in the sun, this fitted cap from Columbia is necessary to shield your eyes and protect your scalp from the sun. The hat is extremely comfortable and breathable and features Omni-Shade sun protection. It’s also stain and water repellent, so you can even wear it in the water. This cap is available in a variety of colors, including tan, navy, black, red, and blue.

adidas Originals Toronto Sunglasses

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Guard your eyes from the sun in style with these sunglasses from adidas Originals. Whether your vacation will consist of extreme watersports or relaxing on the beach, or a mix of the two, these sunglasses will deliver the comfort and protection you need. The sunglasses feature flex temples and a soft saddle bridge for added comfort.

Helly Hansen Carlshot Trunk Swim Shorts

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These Helly Hanson swim trunks are a very popular swimwear option for a reason. Their exceptional breathability and comfort, combined with their quick-drying properties, make them a top bathing suit for men. These swim trunks also feature a contrast drawstring, so you can get the perfect, snug fit you need for being out in the water.

Clarks Un.Bryman Sun Sandals

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The Clarks Un.Bryman Sun Sandals are the ideal shoes for beach goers and spring breakers. Available in black or brown, these sandals contain riptake fastenings to give you a secure fit, as well as a loop fastening system so you can easily loosen and tighten them. The mesh panels and perforated leather lining provides extreme breathability, while the long-term cushioning offers unmatched comfort.

Spring Break Essentials for Women

Tommy Bahama Two Tone Crochet Raffia Hat

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You can’t hit the beach without this cute and protective sun hat from Tommy Bahama. This hat will provide shade for your eyes, as well as protect your scalp from the sun’s strong UV rays. The hat features a cotton sweatband to keep your head dry and comfortable all day long.

Roberto Cavalli Eyewear RC671S Metal Sunglasses

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These oversize metal sunglasses from Roberto Cavalli Eyewear feature stylish animal detailing on the temple and the emblematic RC logo in metal. The sunglasses feature gradient tinted lenses, which are tints that start off darker in color at the top of the lens and gradually lighten towards the bottom. Gradient tints are great for fashion and for reading on the beach on the sunniest of days.

Miraclesuit Net Work Mystify Swimsuit

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Be the most stunning woman on the beach in this Miraclesuit swimsuit. Miraclesuit is the #1 slimming swimwear brand, and it makes its swimsuit with Miratex, a material that makes you look 10 pounds lighter. This particular swimsuit from Miraclesuit features sheer mesh sides and a ruched, draped front for a bathing suit that’s sexy and chic.

New Balance Revive Thong Sandals

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The New Balance Revive Thong Sandals deliver the most perfect combination of style and comfort. These sandals feature an ultra-soft footbed, cushioned midsole and durable rubber outsole for everlasting comfort and support. The shoe’s Walking Strike Path outsole technology is designed to help stabilize your foot, making them the best sandals for walking on uneven sand.

Visit ShoppingBlitz.com to shop for clothes, accessories and shoes for Spring Break online.

 

Spring Travel Tips

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Are you planning on traveling this spring? Spring is a wonderful time to travel because you receive cheaper rates than summer but still get to enjoy the warm spring weather and sunshine. While you won’t be dealing with the frequent flight delays brought on by snowy winter weather, there are still many factors that can hinder your travel experience. There are many parts of the travel experience you can’t control, such as crowded airports, long security lines and cramped plane seating, but there are many steps you can take to make your experience stress-free and pleasurable.

To ensure you have a pleasant travel experience this spring, follow our travel tips:

  • Choose the right luggage – When traveling, choosing the right luggage can make all the difference. Make sure you are using a suitcase and carry-on bag that’s lightweight, durable and flexible. At the airport, you’ll likely have to move through crowds of people, so it’s best to have a bag that’s easy to maneuver. Consider using luggage from the top luggage brands in the travel industry, such as Skyway, Ricardo Beverly Hills, Timbuk2, and Wenger. These leading brands create luggage designed with the frequent traveler in mind. Their luggage is extremely lightweight and robust and features superior mobility so you can easily pull your bag through even the tightest spaces. They also have spacious compartments where you can pack and organize all your belongings.
  • Leave Early – To ensure you are allowing yourself enough time at the airport, it’s best to arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight. This provides enough time for you to check in, make it through security, grab a bite to eat and find your gate. If you don’t allow yourself plenty of time, you’ll be more likely to leave behind important items you need for your trip, which will only make you feel more stressed. To speed up the check-in process at the airport, you should check-in online. Most airlines let you check in 24 hours before the flight and also allow you to pre-pay for your baggage. That way, all you have to do is show your boarding pass and place your bag on the scale before you’re on your way.
  • Make copies of your travel documents – Have you ever arrived at the airport to find out you forgot your important travel documents, such as your itinerary and hotel information? To avoid freaking out if this were to occur, it’s best to make copies of your travel documents. Scan all the documents you need for your trip, including your license and/or passport and flight information, and save the files in your email or to a specific folder on your phone. Also print out hard copies and store them in your carry on. By doing this, you have everything you need should you forget or misplace them during your trip.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes – Unless you have to head to a business meeting right when you land, you should dress comfortably. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in the airport and sitting on the plane, so wear shoes and clothes you feel comfortable wearing for a few hours. Also remember, you’re going to have to take your shoes off at security so choose shoes that are easy to take on and off.

At Shopping Blitz, you can find everything you need for a smooth travel experience, from top quality luggage to comfortable shoes and apparel. If you need to buy shoes, clothing and luggage for your trip, visit us online.

5 Tips for Planning Your Next Ski Trip

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Now that winter time is in full swing, there’s no better time to start planning that long awaited vacation to your favorite ski resort. Looking forward to a fun family adventure on the slopes? Or perhaps you’ve got a much needed romantic getaway in mind—no matter who you’re snuggling up with next to that fireplace it’s time to get out that checklist and start organizing your vacation ideas. From location and dates to travel plans and pricing, there’s a lot that goes into the perfect ski trip.

Whether you’re spending a luxurious week in Aspen, or hitting the slopes at your favorite family mountain lodge, it’s essential to have the appropriate gear prepped and packed. Do you desperately need a new, trendy ski jacket? Or perhaps you’re overdue for some comfy UGG slippers to warm your feet after a long, cold day on the mountain. Regardless of what’s on your list, Shopping Blitz is your one-stop shop for the best selection to buy shoes and clothes, accessories and lifestyle products online. We carry over 350 of the world’s best brands, including Under Armour, Columbia, Adidas, Capezio, Camelbak, Clarks, UGG, Kenneth Cole, and much more. At Shopping Blitz, you’ll receive the most affordable prices, fastest delivery, and unsurpassed customer service.

Once you’re shopping spree has been completed, it’s time to get busy planning all the details to finalize your fool proof winter getaway. We’ve narrowed down 5 tips for ensuring that perfect holiday adventure!

1 Nail down the date: For a bigger trip that involves significant accommodations, plan at least a month ahead. If it’s your first time, or your trip involves extensive, complicated arrangements, give yourself an extra couple of weeks.

2 Be aware of the weather: Although nobody can see the future, it’s still important to actively check your mountain’s website and weather updates as your departure date approaches. Climates can dramatically change from one day to the next.

3 Be prepared with your attire: It may seem obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to be extra prepared for the cold climate you’ll be staying in. Make sure your ski jackets, snow pants, ski gloves, goggles, etc. fit properly and will adequately protect you from the drastic temperatures.

4 Have important documents printed: Whether you’re indulging in a specific resort’s winter special, have online coupons for rental gear, lift pass and room rental confirmation tickets, and all necessary documentation printed out and ready before you leave. It’ll save time and headaches!

5 Pack the extras: Try to plan for unexpected hurdles, like aspirin, flu medicine, disposable cameras, etc. It also pays to pack snack food, power bars, water bottles and other amenities that will cost a fortune at the resort.

 

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There’s pride to be had in planning a successful ski trip. Just remember, give yourself enough time, shop smart and safe well ahead of time, and most importantly—have fun!

Shopping Blitz Travelogue Series: The Importance of Packing

As a part of the ShoppingBlitz.com marketing team I am a sucker for planning, especially when it comes to travel. The amazing experiences you receive from visiting a place you have never been is unparalleled. Being prepared for such an adventure can make the experience a once in a lifetime event. On a recent trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico I was once again reminded of the importance of packing.

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The first step in any successful trip is intelligent packing. Lists, lists and more lists is the key.

1.  Break down all your anticipated activities into categories and make a list for each.
2. Pack more underwear then you think you will need!
3. If you are going somewhere warm, always pack more than one bathing suit.
4. Think about accessories in terms of outfits, both day and night.
5. Figure out what items you can’t survive without and what you might need in an emergency.
6. Don’t forget to check the weather, research the location and read as many traveler reviews as you can stand!

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The correct luggage is also key.  The bags you choose could mean the difference between misery or ease and heaven knows you don’t need added stress at the airport! Backpacks, cross body purses and a carry-on roller are ideal. As you rush to make your flight or attempt to stow away your bags on the plane, you need light and easy to maneuver pieces. It’s also smart to pack an extra bag for souvenirs or dirty clothes for the trip back. Bonus points if you have a matching set of luggage with numerous compartments!

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Above all go into the experience with an open mind. Life happens despite our best plans and its good to be ready for all the ups and downs. Never forget to pack your sense of adventure and playfulness. This is vacation after all and what better time to step out of your comfort zone and try something entirely new! Luckily for you, ShoppingBlitz.com has all your travel needs in one place. Whew! One less thing to check off that list.