AAA’s Easy Maintenance Checks for Motorists

Travel Tips GraphicHere are 7 easy car maintenance checks for traveling motorists from AAA:

  1. Check Brake Fluid Level and Color
  2. Check Engine Air Filter
  3. Check Windshield Washer Fluid
  4. Check Windshield Wiper Blades
  5. Check Tire Pressure
  6. Check Tire Tread
  7. Check Battery

Read the article for more details.

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Brent Jackson

Maryland Day Trip Books

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There’s tons of information out there to help a tourist find places to go in Maryland. The state government has a tourism website. Most counties in the state have a website. There are magazines and blogs covering the subject. Social media and mobile apps are in the mix as well. A bevy of resources are available to help you plan your next day trip. There’s one more place I want to check … books! I did a search on Amazon.com for “Maryland Day Trips” and found 7 books I thought were interesting. I plan to order them all for my Kindle:

  1. Explorer’s Guide 50 Hikes in Maryland: Walks, Hikes & Backpa​cks from the Allegheny Plateau to the Atlantic Ocean (Third Edition) (Explorer’s 50 Hikes)
  2. Maryland Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Oth​er Offbeat Stuff (Curiosities Series)
  3. Explorer’s Guide Maryland (Fourth Edition) (Explorer’s Complete)
  4. Backroads & Byw​ays of Chesapeake Bay: Drives, Day Trips & Weeken​d Excursions
  5. Maryland and Delaware Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)
  6. Explorer’s Guide Baltimore, Annapolis & Th​e Chesapeake Bay: A Great Destination (Explorer’s Great Destinations)
  7. Backroads & Byw​ays of Maryland: Drives, Day Trips & Weeken​d Excursions (Backroads & B​yways)

With phases like “offbeat stuff” and “unique places” … this should be fun!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Brent Jackson

Find Travel Buddies

My wife and I travel together and we love it! A great trip for us is a long drive with a good audio-book and scenic views. We’re over the moon if we have a couple interesting places to visit and a good meal at the destination. I work most weekends but I have a free weekend every 6 weeks. When I have a weekend off, we’re in the car going somewhere! It’s about spending quality time together and building memories!

I have a lot of single friends who rarely travel because, well … they’re single. If you’re actively dating, this may not be a problem. Dating and travel go great together in the advanced stages. If you’re not dating and you hate to travel along, then it’s pizza time in front of the TV.

Not married. Not dating. Find travel buddies! I thought I would test my theory that it’s easy to find and make new friends. New friends who like to travel. Meetup.com is a site you can use to find people with the same interests. I set the location to a zip code in Baltimore, MD and did a search for 25 miles in any direction. I used the search term “day trips”. 98 meetup groups came up! 98 groups of people who sometimes travel together. You can also try a search for “travel”, “weekend getaways” or “weekend adventure”.

Pick a group. Join. Make new friends … and start traveling!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Brent Jackson

Why I’m Writing a Blog: Braggables, Passion and Love!

I wrote this post for my other Blog, “Wheel Life Thinking”. It applies to this blog as well.

Wheel Life Thinking

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I’m a fan of Tom Peters. He’s a world-class speaker and business consultant.  He’s considered an authority on management and organization effectiveness.  He wrote an article in Fast Company Magazine called, “The Brand Called You“. There’s a quote in the article that explains the term ‘braggables.’

“One key to growing your power is to recognize the simple fact that we now live in a project world. Almost all work today is organized into bite-sized packets called projects. A project-based world is ideal for growing your brand: projects exist around deliverables, they create measurables, and they leave you with braggables.”

– Tom Peters

Even in the short time I’ve been blogging, I find I’m working on a series of small research projects to create my posts.  I’m learning new skills and gaining knowledge in new areas during the process…

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