This year has been amazing. I traveled all over the state. I’ve gone North, East, South and West. I let my husband talk me into some crazy adventures and I’ve even ridden out a Hurricane. All of this would not be possible if I didn’t have such an amazing family and supportive group of readers. Along the way I’ve found a few travel finds that made the whole journey a little easier.
I’ve been on a mission to purchase only thing that I really need and to focus more on quality than quantity. I’ve found some amazing things that I cannot live without. Since the holiday season is upon us, I wanted share my favorites finds and give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a few of my favorite travel finds.
*This is a sponsored post but as always the opinions are my own.
6 Of My Favorite Travel Finds This Year
The MN Wine Passport
As a MN Wine lover, I’m in love with my wine passport. This passport is only $25 and gets you 10 free tastings at over 48 wineries in Minnesota and even a few in Wisconsin. In addition to tastings, passport holders can also get other great discounts on wine purchases. The passport doesn’t expire until you’ve reached your 10 punches. I purchased my mom one of these last year for Christmas and she took my father on a road trip through MN. She’s half way done with it already. I even joined her on a few during the wintertime. The passport is sponsored by the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and is a must have for the avid wine drinker.
I’m always on the hunt for the perfect bag. I’ve messed around with backpacks, saddle bags, purses and even the diaper bag, but none ever seemed to fit. Whenever I go to a department store, I end up in a collection of leather handbags. Those just aren’t my style and they defiantly are not practical. But recently I just found this amazing messenger bag from the FrostRiver Company in Duluth. The bag is big enough to hold an ipad or laptop, but flexible enough to carry my camera’s safely depending on my journey. And its hands free, freeing me up to focus on the adventure.
Lumina Ultra Compact Portable Battery
On the road, you never know when you are going to drain your battery. That’s why I never leave without my Lumina Portable Battery charger. There are tons on the market but this one is my favorite. It’s a great value at under $30 and can give your phone a charge in only an hour. I’ve been able to charge my iphone well over 6 times before needing to recharge the battery. When I’m on longer trips, this is a life saver. I just throw my phone on charge in my bag and I’m good to go.
Some have you may have noticed that I’ve started to do more with video this year. That is because I got an AKASO EK7000 4K Action Camera. You can spend more money on the original Go Pro, but online comparisons show it is the same quality at a fraction of the cost. It’s a great model if you are thinking about getting started. The camera uses all the same accessories as a GoPro, so they are easy to find. It takes video and still photos. I’m actually thinking about getting a second one so I can do multiple angles.
How To Talk Minnesotan by Howard Mohr
How to Talk Minnesotan is really entertaining. From speaking in double negatives to basic conversation starters, this book has it all. Before reading this book I never realized how complex and foreign some of our talk can be and I even catch myself doing it at time. They did a great job of expressing our love of one upping the extreme weather we get. “Remember the Halloween Blizzard of 1991?” Yep, we do it all the time. People that are from here or have recently moved here will get a kick out of it. It’s also a great stocking stuffer, secret Santa or white elephant gift!
Any good northerner should have a MN Shirt in their wardrobe. That is why I have at least 6 different Minnesota Shirts, not counting my Twins Gear, in my closet. My favorite one has to be from the SOTA Clothing brand. They are a local company that makes Minnesota inspired clothing. They have many different styles to choose from but my favorite is the Logan Black Long Sleeve shirt.
MN Prize Pack Giveaway
To get your new year off right, I wanted to make sure you adventure a little more. That is why I’ve teamed up with the MN Grape Growers Association to give one lucky reader 2 MN Wine Passports. I’ve also partnered with Sota Clothing to give away a Logan Black Long Sleeve T-Shirt. This is a prize pack valued at over $80. The winner will be announced December 12. Good luck!
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