Travel August 2013

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Kristan Morley

Dragonflying

The National Wildlife Refuge System has seen a rise in dragonfly observation in recent years. Due to the vast amount of species, how large they can grow, and the many gorgeous colors dragonflies present, the fascinating insects have become an attraction in many different states. The Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, and the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Nevada all offer tours to view these creatures. Go “Dragonflying” with your family and learn more at www.fws.gov/refuges/.

Smell Good on the Go

Leave the hassle of shattered perfume or cologne bottles behind with Travalo Touch, a portable fragrance wand. The 98-percent recyclable roll-on wand is a perfect 5-mL refillable aluminum container, with a Genie-S pump system that is spill-free and fills directly from your favorite perfume or cologne bottle. The Travalo Touch is airline approved and available in black, pink, and silver. Bring your favorite scent with you wherever you go, visit www.us.travalo.com to purchase yours.

Mini Cruise

Visit the Galapagos Islands with Ecoventura, a small-ship cruise operator that offers family packages throughout the year. Focused on families traveling with children of all ages, the environmentally friendly fleet of small expedition yachts offers snorkeling, kayaking, and many other activities. Visit www.ecoventura.com to receive more information.

Outdoor Dogs

Tired of leaving your dog alone or in a kennel on weekend getaways? Kyjen’s Outward Hound Collection offers life jackets, front carriers, backpack carriers, port-a-bowls, pet strollers, booster seats, and much more for your beloved pet. The collection is designed with your pet’s comfort in mind, and helps you prepare your pet for the great outdoors. Traveling with your dog has never been easier. To see the entire collection and purchase items, check out www.kyjen.com.

Travel Pack

Keep your children happy and entertained with their favorite activities in the car, on a plane, or on any vacation with TrayKit. The TrayKit is a carry-on backpack that also straps to a car seat or plane tray. There is even an extendable play surface. To purchase a TrayKit, see its many patterns, and browse other travel items, visit www.traykit.co.uk.

This column appeared in the August 2013 issue.