Changing Tire (Image Credit: Hugo de Wolf)

Your First Time… Changing a Flat Tire

Changing Tire (Image Credit: Hugo de Wolf)

Changing Tire (Image Credit: Hugo de Wolf)

Tires wear. Humans abuse them ruthlessly. We hit curbs, burn rubber and do donuts late at night. If someone drove on you for several thousand miles, you’d pop too. As sure as death and taxes, flat tires are a simple fact of life.

The worst part is they hit you at the least convenient times—like when you’re several Donettes and sodas deep into your drive and you realize that you’re about to burst, and boom there goes your tire. You’re desperate for a restroom, no amenities for miles. I mean, talk about a bummer. Not to say there’s any preferable time to get a flat. All one can do is be prepared, because flat tires always strike when their victims are most vulnerable. Flat tires find you late at night, no doubt alone in the middle of nowhere, no reception, no one to tell you what to do. Continue reading

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Roadtrip (Image Credit: Maridav)

Your First Time… Going on a Cross-Country Road Trip

Roadtrip (Image Credit: Maridav)

Roadtrip (Image Credit: Maridav)

Road trips – one of this country’s greatest traditions and so often overlooked as a preferred mode of travel.  Most people talk of driving across the country as a “bucket list” goal but only the brave follow through.  I have recently spanned this great nation in my Hyundai Accent from coast to coast and I want to share a few tips with you on how to be a smart road tripper.

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Ways to survive a road-trip (and have some fun along the way!)

Surviving Road Trips (Image Credit: Tom Wang)

Surviving Road Trips (Image Credit: Tom Wang)

When I think about road trips, I think about cramped space, rest-stop bathrooms, and the movie RV from 2006 with Robin Williams. At some point on the trip, you will inevitably find your groove and have fun. However, I have a few tips to make your trip a success from the start. Continue reading