Travel Hosts Exposed, Week of May 11

Aaron finds himself a new artist, Zak shows off the set of his new show, Bert becomes a hit in Sweden and much more.

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Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks

The Kentucky Derby Festival is kicked off by Thunder Over Louisville, the largest fireworks show in North America. Other attractions that take place during the 2-week event leading up to the race are the Great Balloon Race, the Pegasus Parade, the Great Steamboat Race and the Derby Marathon. 960 1280

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Churchill Downs Annual Gathering

Churchill Downs Annual Gathering

Fans gather at the entrance to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. 
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Grandstand Fans

Grandstand Fans

Race fans watch the derby in the grandstand in between the twin spires. 960 1280

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Early-Morning Prep

Early-Morning Prep

A blacksmith shoes a horse during an early-morning workout to prepare for the derby.
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Morning Workout

Morning Workout

The sun rises as horses and their jockeys prepare for an early morning ride. 960 1280

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep

The official drink of the derby, the Mint Julep is presented in the specially made Kentucky Derby collectible glass. The Mint Julep is an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and sweet syrup.
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Kentucky Oaks Day

Kentucky Oaks Day

A race fan watches the 6th race while sipping on a Mint Julep on Kentucky Oaks Day, grade 1 stakes races for 3-year-old thoroughbred fillies held the friday before the derby. 960 1280

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Picking the Winner

Picking the Winner

Fans make their picks during the morning workouts in preparation for the 140th Kentucky Derby.
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Jockey Dress Up

Jockey Dress Up

Kentucky Derby fans dressed as jockeys sip on their Mint Juleps and pose for a picture before the start of the race.
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Where It All Begins

Where It All Begins

A panoramic view of the starting gate as the horses and their jockeys take off. 960 1280

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Around the Bend

Around the Bend

Horses make their way around turn 4 during the 140th running of the derby. 960 1280

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Derby Hat Parade

Derby Hat Parade

The Derby Hat Parade, which takes place inside Churchill Downs, shows off the elegant hats worn by women and men during the Kentucky Derby.  This fan is decked out in classic headwear prior to the race.
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Race to the Finish

Race to the Finish

Jockeys vie for position on their way to the finish line during the 140th running.
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Casual Infield Gathering

Casual Infield Gathering

No fancy hats and Mint Juleps necessary here. A different scene then you would find in the grandstand, fans gather within the infield of Churchill Downs. 960 1280

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And the Winner is ...

And the Winner is ...

A garland of roses, a blanket of 554 roses, is draped across the winning horse. 960 1280

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Kentucky Derby Trophy

Kentucky Derby Trophy

The Kentucky Derby Trophy is presented to the owner of the winning horse. 960 1280

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Born to Wander

Born to Wander

I was lucky to grow up in a family where I was encouraged to explore. So, when I decided to quit my job in 2008 to roam around the country with my dog, it wasn’t something I feared. I get many questions from people on how to do it. Truth is, I really had no idea what I was doing or what my purpose would be on the road. I just had this idea that I wanted to roam around and see the country. I had a teardrop trailer at the time and spent the majority of the year living in it. It was quite the learning experience and to this day, I consider the first year the most challenging. The following year, I sold the teardrop and traveled with a tent. About four years ago, I upgraded to a camper van. During these years, I have learned a lot about myself and being on the road. Here are a few tips that I wanted to share if you’re thinking of hitting the road solo, too. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

How to Budget

How to Budget

Take half the amount of clothes you think you’ll need and budget twice the amount of money. On my first year, I took almost my entire wardrobe and ended up wearing the same shorts, pants and jacket. It was a waste to fill up all of the extra space I had with clothes. Take only the essentials and invest in a warm jacket, rain jacket, quick drying pants, good socks and comfortable shoes. Everything else you can pick up anywhere. Budget more than you think because you will be surprised on how much it adds up and having some padding helps in case you have unexpected problems with your vehicle, get sick, or just want to treat yourself to something. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

Follow Your Instincts

Follow Your Instincts

Trust your gut. I usually make up the trip as I go along so most of the days that I travel, I don’t have plans on where I will be sleeping that night. I don’t make reservations until the last minute, if at all. That helps me to be free to go wherever I want and not be on a schedule. The downside is that I might be turned away at popular spots but I am happier when it’s not overrun with people anyway so it works out. Because I travel this way, I have stopped to camp at some places that didn’t feel safe. Early on, I would camp anyway and be up all night wondering ifsomething bad will happen. Now I just move along if something isn’t quite right. A good night’s sleep is worth the extra drive. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

Share Your Plans

Share Your Plans

Tell someone where you plan to go. Better yet, let your close friends track you on your iPhone so they can see where you are. 960 1280

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Protect Yourself

Protect Yourself

Buy bear spray. Don’t just buy it and pack it away. Learn to use it and take it with you on hikes when you’re in bear country. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

Be Assertive

Be Assertive

If assertive is not your style, fake it. Don’t be nice to strangers if you feel uneasy or threatened, just move along. Women are told to be nice and say “sorry” way too much. If you don’t want to talk to someone, don’t.

 

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Alison Turner  

Protect Your Stuff

Protect Your Stuff

Keep your valuables with you. If you want to keep it, keep it with you. I had everything stolen in New Zealand and all I was left with was what I was carrying when I went into the restroom at a gas station. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

Do Your Research

Do Your Research

Know what to expect. If you are going somewhere, do a little bit of research to know if you will be staying at a camp without facilities, or if there have been problems in the area in the past. Google the campsite, town name, or general area to get a better sense of what to expect. If you know you won’t have reception, plan on it and let someone know that you’ll be there without reception. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

Keep Style Simple

Keep Style Simple

Leave vanity at home. I wear the same puffy vest, pants, shorts, jacket, shoes, and beanie hats. Think about putting all of your clothes in a bag that you will have to put on your back for the entire trip. It will change what you pack. Nobody cares how you look or what you’re wearing. Traveling is about seeing what is out there and experiencing the moment. That is what you will remember. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

Document Your Trip

Document Your Trip

Journal and take photographs. It won’t last forever. That is so true when it comes to traveling. Soak up the moment but remember to snap a photo and write down some notes of what you love the most about each day. Being thankful and in the moment helps to keep your mind on the positive.
Remember, you will be traveling with you. Get to love your travel companion before you set out.
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Alison Turner  

Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself

This time is for YOU. If you want to go out and have a meal, do it. If you want to veer offcourse and go somewhere different, it’s all up to you! Don’t wait for a travel partner to come in your life before you travel. Be your own partner and experience it now ... you will be so thankful that you did. Traveling is the most important investment you can make in yourself. 960 1280

Alison Turner  

Use a Scarf

Use a Scarf

Tie your hair in a scarf to combat bad hair at the end of a long flight -- make it a Hermes to add extra glamour. 960 1280

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Hair Powder

Hair Powder

Hair powder, like a dry shampoo, helps combat oily scalp or limp hair. 960 1280

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Leave-in Conditioner

Leave-in Conditioner

Leave your house with a leave-in conditioner in your hair. Wrap it in a scarf, and you'll get a deep-conditioning treatment while you earn the miles -- excellent for combating the overly dry air on board 960 1280

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Bring a Hairbrush

Bring a Hairbrush

As always, carry a great hairbrush. Edriss and Landy like the junior Maison & Pearson. 960 1280
Hair Shine Paper

Hair Shine Paper

Don't forget hair shine paper. It helps eliminate static and reduce dullness. 960 1280

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Cucumber Eye Pads

Cucumber Eye Pads

Cucumber eye pads. Pre-moistened pads soothe and refresh tired and puffy eyes. These can also be refrigerated prior to travel to further refresh eyes during flight. 960 1280
Makeup Remover Cloths

Makeup Remover Cloths

Pre-moistened makeup remover cloths remove makeup or just clean the skin mid- or post-travel. Neutrogena or Mac brands are good. (Note: These pre-moistened towelettes must be placed in your one-quart bag of liquids.) 960 1280

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Makeup Corrector Stick

Makeup Corrector Stick

Makeup corrector sticks help correct little smudges, blotches or "I-can't sleep-because-I'm-stuck-in-the-center-aisle" circles under the eyes. 960 1280
Cake Mascara

Cake Mascara

Cake mascara is a great alternative when liquids are not allowed. This is the classic Hollywood way to darken and define the eyelashes. It comes in a pressed, cake form and can be mixed with water then applied with a firm brush. They recommend curling the lashes first -- Paula Dorf or Longcils Boncza brands are favorites. 960 1280

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Solid Cocoa Butter

Solid Cocoa Butter

Solid cocoa butter and cotton gloves for a hand treatment (also place in one quart travel bag). 960 1280

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