“Dot.calm” by Jane Silverman
We know many of you plan to continue social distancing at your Ocean Reef home, but if you do intend to start heading north for the summer, be sure and pack these great websites and apps on your phones before hitting the highway.
While packing your bags, you might like to try Luggage Free luggagefree.com which offers door-to-door shipping and scheduled pick-up times for suitcase delivery worldwide (as well as skis, bikes and more) and a 24/7 concierge who will send a welcome pack, luggage tags and shipping labels in advance. Luggage Free is small enough to be flexible and accommodating to all its clients and its partnership with Fed-Ex allows them to offer below-market prices with its personalized service.
Their sister company Shipsticks shipsticks.com “is a company of golfers, for golfers,” and specializes in door-to-door shipping of golf clubs (and luggage) with personalized service seven days a week.
Shipping wine and alcohol from one home to another is illegal, dating back to the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 and the 21st Amendment which gave individual states jurisdiction over the production, distribution, and sale of alcohol. Each state has its regulations regarding the sale and shipment of alcoholic beverages and the “Catch 22s” are wide and varied, preventing regular folks to send wine or spirits from their personal collections. Liquor can only be shipped from one licensee to another unless using a licensed shipper like C3transports.com.
C3transports.com specializes in shipping wines and rare spirits around the world, moving your private collection from one wine cellar to the next. It is a premium white-glove service with personalized bespoke service from point A to point B with real-time tracked temperature-controlled transport. Owner Mike Burstin is happy to provide you with a quote based on your needs; call him on 872-529-2238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure and mention Ocean Reef Club).
Aptly named, the Roadtrippers app roadtrippers.com is indispensable for planning your driving itinerary with stopovers for crowd-sourced-reviewed hotels, campgrounds, local diners, quirky roadside attractions, scenic locations, and more. Think of it as Yelp meets Google Maps; it can even give you an estimate on how much gas you will use, which is a great feature for planning gas stops.
Exit Stage Left
One of my all-time favorite driving apps is the iExit Interstate Exit Guide iexitapp.com. iExit finds your location automatically and helps you decide where to take quick pitstops. It shows you the upcoming exits on every major highway in the US and maps where to grab a bite to eat, catch 40 winks or fill‘er up close to the highway as well as directions to pharmacies, animal clinics, hospitals, campsites, and more. Your GPS will tell you how to get home, but iExit will tell you where to stop along the way.
If you don’t have the Waze app waze.com – well, you should. It tracks the best route in traffic from fellow drivers and lets you drive like a local, introducing you to side roads and areas with both screen and voice navigation. I always trust Waze – more than my husband (to his chagrin). I use it every day and everywhere because sitting in traffic is not fun!
Know B4 U Go
The US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s National Traffic and Road Closure Information page is a mouthful and a must for planning any road trip. It lists every state’s traffic and weather-related driving conditions and their COVID-19 specific responses. Visit fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo.
The 411 on 511
511 is America’s Traveler Information Telephone Number (for all but 10 states in the continental US) ops.fhwa.dot.gov/511 – just dial 511 from any phone (though in some states like Florida only on a landline). You can also search online for each state’s traffic and weather conditions by putting their two-letter postal abbreviation with -511 (i.e. FL-511, TN-511).
Every dog owner should have the pet travel app Bring Fido bringfido.com on their phone. Call before you travel to help plan your pet-friendly road trip with its free 24/7 canine concierge support line at 877-411-FIDO or email@example.com. How nice to have an actual voice on the other end of the phone. Bring Fido is tailor-made for pets on the go with listings of dog parks and dog-friendly beaches, pet-friendly restaurants or hotels, and services listed by Current Location or by Destination.
If your fur-baby is as mischievous as our dogs, then be sure and download the AirVet app airvet.com. It provides emergency pet care anytime anywhere through on-demand video calls, phone calls, or in-app messaging. It’s 24/7 telemedicine at its best and connects with your veterinarian or other reputable vets in the AirVet network.
One for the Road
The STARBUCKS app starbucks.com/coffeehouse/mobile-order locates the closest drive-thru Starbucks – there are over 15,000 in the US to choose from — and lets you pre-order and pay on your phone. Choose exactly how you like your drink and any other item from the menu without having to go into the store. Because life is too short to drink bad coffee!
“Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.” – Anon