- Posted August 8, 2013 by
Vero Beach, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips
Have Cooler - Will Travel
- Jamescia, CNN iReport producer
I will never forget the first time I walked through the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s mammoth lobby. I was enchanted by the music and the tribal columns that seemed to reach the sky. As I twirled around in wonderment, I sensed a group of men smiling and watching me. I could feel myself pull my stomach in and push my shoulders back. I thought to myself, “Wow, these gym workouts are paying off!”
Then I felt the weight of the cooler and the case of beer begin to pull my arms, shoulders and head back to reality. Alas, the lingering glances were not for me, they were for Adolph Coors and Jacob Schueler. More specifically, the handsome onlookers were appreciating their creation – Coors beer.
When I recounted the story to my husband, he roared with laughter and said, “There is no doubt they there were drooling as they held their $10 beers! Sorry honey, you are hot, but a case of beer at Disney World (for less than $14) excites any man who drinks beer!”
This is just one of several stories from our many adventure of traveling with coolers. We make a point of never leaving home without one. Even when we fly, we take a collapsible one if we can. If not, we buy a Styrofoam cooler when we arrive.
Why? Well you could say I am married to the cheapest man on earth. And you would be right.
You could say that my son can’t live without chocolate milk and drinkable yogurt on demand. You would be right again.
Or you might realize that having access to healthy snacks at your fingertips helps to avoid the in room mini-bar.
All make a case for the benefits of traveling with coolers.
We have traveled to deluxe resorts- to mom and pop motels. No matter the price or the destination – we never leave home without our cooler. Here are a few additional reasons and tips:
1. Ice – It’s the one thing every hotel offers for free.
2. Additional tote or child transport - We love our rolling cooler. It has doubled as a cart to haul in additional items from the car. If you have a small child, just pop off the lid, and you have invented a kiddie ride! Even Fido will enjoy a turn!
3. Fresh catch – We love the time we spend in the Florida Keys. You can bring home your catch of the day easily.
4. Picnic on demand – We have enjoyed many impromptu spots on our journeys by stopping for a picnic. You see the world differently when you stop, relax and enjoy watching the world go by over a knosh session with your family.
5. Eat less – Restaurant portions are often twice the size of an appropriate portion. Ask for a box and set aside half of the order. This way you have food for later and end up managing your weight.
6. Roadside Stand - We love fresh fruit and seafood. The cooler makes it possible to cash in and preserve your drive by purchases.
|This iReport is part of an assignment that we created with Travel + Leisure: 100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips|