Julie Blakley


About Julie Blakley

Julie caught the travel bug early after a family road trip to the tip of Baja as a kid. Two stints of living in France and a backpacking trip in Latin America later, and Julie's love for travel and desire to explore the world was steadfastly affirmed.


Travel Camera Cases

Since travel and photography so often come together, finding a good travel camera case that will protect your expensive equipment on the road is essential. Whether you need a heavy duty hard suitcase for all a durable waterproof case for your point and shoot, there are a huge variety of different camera travel cases out there.


The Best Ski Goggles

If you’re planning on hitting the slopes this winter, investing in a good pair of ski goggles is a definite must. Ski goggles are much more than a fashion statement; goggles protect your eyes from damaging UV light, shade your eyes from the sun’s intense reflection off the snow, and keep your eyes safe from branches, twigs, and ice chunks […]


Best Snowboard and Ski Backpacks

While having a great snowboard or ski backpack may not be a totally essential piece of ski gear (like skis, boots and poles), it can definitely be a nice piece of gear to have when you are up on the mountain. Whether you are casual ski holidayer who makes it up to the mountain a few times a year, an […]


How To Pick Snowshoes

People have been strapping snowshoes onto their feet for centuries to help them navigate across large snowy patches of ground more easily and without sinking deep into the powder with every step. Today, snowshoes are not only a practical way to hike during snowy winter months, but is also a great way to get outside and get a solid workout […]


Best Avalanche Beacons

Do you love to ski in the backcountry? Hike up brutal mountains to make those elusive fresh tracks in a blanket of fluffy white powder? Drop into uncharted ski territory? Ski back bowls and occasionally duck the ropes at your favorite ski area? If you are a powder junkie, big mountain skier, and/or freerider, it’s likely that you have already […]


Eagle Creek Dual Wattage Converter Set

Eagle Creek Dual Wattage Converter Set—the total adapter set you’ll need for any international adventures Eagle Creek claims it designs its product lines to make travel easier and more fun, and I have to admit their dual wattage converter set does just that. They take the thinking out of buying international adapters by putting everything you need into one easy […]


Women’s Keen Targhee II Trail Shoes

Keen Targhee II Trail Shoes—Stay cool and comfortable in your shoes on your next adventure Whether you wear Keen’s Women’s Targhee II shoe for trail running or just roaming around the campsite, you’re going to feel a comfortable difference over conventional waterproof active wear shoes when you don the Targhee II. That’s because unlike other trail running shoe manufacturers who […]


North Face Mens Khumbu Fleece Jacket

North Face Mens Khumbu Jacket—a midweight fleece layer perfect for wearing under your ski coat or by itself on cool spring or fall days I have long been a big fan of North Face gear. Sure some people may like the brand more for the label than for actual usage, but I’ve had many a North Face jacket that has […]


Keen Women’s Whisper Sandal

Keen Whisper Women’s Sandal—Explore everything from raging rivers to hidden caves For those who are already familiar with the Keen brand, you are aware that they make high quality shoes and products perfect for exploring the outdoors. The Keen Whisper women’s sandal is ready to handle all of your outdoor adventures. It’s crafted using webbed polyester, with a compression-molded EVA […]


Teva Noosa Shoes

Teva Noosa 2 Flip-Soles—Flip-flops and walking shoes in one When I first read about the Teva flip-soles, my immediate thought was “Why hasn’t anyone come up this idea before now?” For avid travelers, who often have the walking shoes versus flip-flops debate when packing (though I usually just bring both), having a shoe that combines the two seems to solve […]