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I’m not going to sugar-coat the facts, folks: I’ve played way more than my fair share of Candy Crush in the last year. I downloaded it out of curiosity, then found myself playing it nearly every time I sat down with my phone. I used it to pass the time when idly waiting for something. I used it as an excuse to sit down and not do anything when I was feeling tired and unmotivated. I used it to soothe myself when I was feeling sad or discouraged. I would go through spurts–sometimes I would play it less if I finally caught up with levels and was waiting for a new update. Sometimes I would play it more, striving to get to the current end as fast as I could so I felt accomplished. But I played it a lot. Very much a lot. But all that changed a couple of weeks ago, when I finally crushed the candies for good.
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Before we left for Curacao, I was asked to attend a meeting in California for work this week. I usually enjoy the occasional work trip, mostly because I’m not asked to do it often enough to become onerous. Of course, I didn’t know we’d be tending a convalescing dog after our vacation, so I agreed, even with the quick turn-around. I was a little sad to have to leave Murph, but honestly he’s doing just fine and Bart has been doing a wonderful job of caring for him this week. So I bid my boys good-bye for a couple of days and jaunted off to the west coast.

I don’t normally travel so much, but ever since fall, I feel like I’ve been on the go every time I turn around. We traveled to Raleigh for Thanksgiving; I had a conference in Seattle the next week; then we spent 10 days in Arkansas for Christmas; we just returned from a week-long international vacation in the Caribbean; now I’m flying again to the West Coast for work related stuff. I know there are people who travel way more than I do, but I’m beginning to feel like a real jet-setter over here. While I’m by no means the most expert traveler, I have had enough adventures in the last few years to experiment with quite a variety of travel related gear. I have come across some real winners that have made traveling just a little bit easier, and I thought I could pass along some of my top picks for traveling smart.

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