Best Gifts for Travel Enthusiasts Like Me!

Yes, it is that time of year already, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are right around the corner! Time to start to think about what to get all those special people in your life. If those people happen to be travelers like me, you are in luck. As an experienced traveler, I have a few ideas for the best gifts for travel enthusiasts. Many of these I use all the time (even when I am not traveling) and the rest are items on my own Christmas list – hint, hint!

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All of these recommended gifts for travel lovers are available online. If you are like me, you will do most of your shopping online. It is just so much easier and you avoid all the crowds. Plus, you can easily ship the items to your loved ones if you aren’t able to visit them over the holidays.

Happy shopping!

Best Useful Travel Gifts

These days I am trying to be a minimalist, so I really appreciate gifts that are useful! I will go as far as saying some of these are life changing! When you give a practical travel gift, the recipient will think of you each time they use it! (more…)

Free Shoreditch Street Art Tour

I have been a big street art fan for a while, but recently I have really started to appreciate the value of taking a street art tour.  I learned so much during my Brooklyn Graffiti and Street Art Tour and the tour I took of Philadelphia’s Mural Mile.  Thanks to my cousin, Hassan, I had seen some of the street art in Shoreditch before and knew that it was one of the best areas in London for street art.  When I learned that you could take a free Shoreditch Street Art Tour with Strawberry Tours, I couldn’t wait to go!

This Alice in Wonderland Mural by Zabou was Russell's favorite. "Free Shoreditch Street Art Tour" - Two Traveling Texans
This Alice in Wonderland Mural by Zabou was Russell’s favorite.

Shoreditch Street Art Tour Logistics

Strawberry Tours offer various tours in London for free!  They just ask that you tip your tour guide the amount you feel the tour was worth.  If you don’t enjoy the tour (which won’t be the case!), you don’t have to pay anything.  Part of this money does go to cover marketing and operational expenses.  The guides also donate 10% of the tips to charity.  

My friends, Kristin and Pete, who now live in Denver were in London, so we decided to bring them along on the Free Street Art and Graffiti Tour.  While the tour is free, you do need to make a reservation online.  You will get an email confirmation, but you don’t need to print it.  They offer the tour Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3:30 pm and recently added an additional tour at 11 am on Saturdays due to popular demand.   (more…)

The Search for Sanibel Island Shells

I actually can’t remember when I first heard of Sanibel Island in Florida, I think it might have been on a Travel Channel show years ago.  It’s been a place I have wanted to go for a while because as you may remember, I love going to the beach.  And one of my favorite things to do at the beach is to look for shells.  I planned a day trip to Sanibel Island to visit the best seashell beaches in Florida and search for those famous Sanibel Island shells!

Sanibel Island has some of the best shelling beaches in Florida if not the world! - - "The Search for Sanibel Island Shells" - Two Traveling Texans
Sanibel Island has some of the best shelling beaches in Florida if not the world!

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I visited southwest Florida in July for my friend Melissa’s wedding in Naples.  July is actually the offseason in Florida because many people think it is too hot.  When I was there it was in the low 90s which for me was perfect for spending time on the beach.  I couldn’t get over how nice the water was!  It was 88 degrees – I could have spent the whole day in it! (more…)

Moving To England: How and Why I Did It!

I don’t usually talk too much about my personal life on this blog, but I do have some big news!  I am writing you today from my new home in Norwich, England, so I thought I should take some time to update you on all that’s happened.  Plus, I know some of you might be interested in moving to England yourself, so you might be able to learn from my experience getting a UK Spouse Visa.

Anisa in an iconic red phone booth in Norwich, England - "Moving To England: How and Why I Did It!" - Two Traveling Texans
Anisa in an iconic red phone booth in Norwich, England

Why I Moved to England

It’s simple, I wanted to be with the love of my life, Russell.  Long distance relationships are tough.  Even tougher when you have to deal with a 5 hour time difference and 3,000 miles between you.   (more…)

Palisades Interstate Park: Perfect For a Fall Hike

Who doesn’t love seeing the Fall colors? I could look at pictures of Fall foliage for hours on Instagram, but it’s even better if I can escape the city and see it up close.  Hiking is a great way to appreciate Fall’s beauty.  My friend, Artee, introduced me to Palisades Interstate Park which may be one of the best places to hike in New Jersey.  While our day hiking may not have turned out like I wanted, I would love to go back and see more.

The Fall colors are so pretty! - "Palisades Interstate Park: Perfect For a Fall Hike" - Two Traveling Texans
The Fall colors are so pretty!

Palisades Park Hiking

You can find hikes for many different ability levels at Palisades Interstate Park, but we decided to do an easy hiking trail.  We wanted to relax and just enjoy the scenery and each other’s company.  I chose the Cape Fly Away Hike which would be 3 miles and estimated to take 1.5 hours.  I liked that a lot of the hike was along the water, so I knew the views would be good.  After I printed out my map, we were ready to go. (more…)