Product Review: The Wanderbelt Money Belt & The Mini Wallet from Wanderwave

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( July 28th, 2015 )

Best! Money belt! Ever! For women.

I was provided with a prototype of the The Wanderbelt & The Mini Wallet from Wanderwave, two women who met during their Industrial Design studies, and who love to travel. I took this awesome recently designed money belt with me to wear during my 47-day, 482-mile walk across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. And I tell you, this money belt made my travels all that much better!

Wanderbelt and Mini Wallet Prototype

This money belt is designed for women, as its location on your body is not in the places the conventional money belts are – around your neck, or around your waist. This money belt instead utilizes the side of a bra strap and sits mainly under your arm. When I first heard of this concept, I liked it from the get-go, as I never really liked having my money belt around my neck or waist.

The money belt is clipped onto the bra strap, and also has an elastic band that wraps around your torso to hold it in place. It has three separate convenient main pockets – one for your passport, one for your money, and one for your credit cards. This made it easy to retrieve just one necessary item at a time. It is discreetly hidden under your shirt, and is flat enough that I don’t think anyone knew that I was wearing it. I felt that my very important items were safe and secure.

Wanderbelt Printed

When I needed to get something out of The Wanderbelt money belt, if I was in a public place, I would find a bathroom, lift my shirt up to the money belt, unzip a pocket, and easily pull out what I needed. With the money belt still on! I loved that I didn’t need to take the money belt off to get anything out of it. And it wasn’t awkward to reach to any pocket either!

Occasionally there was a time or two that I couldn’t find a bathroom but needed to get something out of The Wanderbelt anyway. So I actually stood next to a wall, faced the wall so no one would see me, and was still able to discreetly lift my shirt a bit, and retrieve whatever I needed.

Wanderbelt Plain

I wore The Wanderbelt money belt practically every day, walking an average of 10 miles per day, and I didn’t even know I was wearing the money belt, as the fabrics were soft, and the fit was very comfortable!

The only downside to my prototype was I did not have a waterproof version of The Wanderbelt, so I needed to wrap all my items in plastic baggies. But that didn’t matter. My stuff kept dry anyway, and the final version of The Wanderbelt will be made with a sweat-proof liner.

And the only downside in general was that even though my items stayed dry, because it was hot many times when I walked, and I sweated, the material of the money belt actually became moist (as did my bra and clothes). I didn’t notice it while I was wearing it however. I only noticed it at the end of a day when I took the money belt off and felt it. But it dried over night.

The Wanderbelt money belt also included The Mini Wallet, which I used for daily spending money. It could also hold a credit card if needed, and a key. The Mini Wallet has several ways of attaching, either to The Wanderbelt itself, or to your regular pants belt and clothes for safety.

Wanderbelt and Mini Wallet Printed

I will never go back to a neck or waist money belt after trying The Wanderbelt & The Mini Wallet! This is the best money belt ever for women, and I highly recommend it!

Wanderbelt and Mini Wallet Plain

The Wanderbelt & The Mini Wallet will be available in August 2015 for 35 Euros in a “printed” version with their own special travel map print, or in a fully skin colored “plain” version, with free worldwide shipping if you pre-order on Wanderwave’s website. There is also a short video on this weabsite showing all its features. (Note that the yellow version with the camera print was the prototype I was provided with, and I don’t think it will be available.)

Sweet Travels!

Disclaimer: I was provided a prototype of The Wanderbelt & The Mini Wallet free of charge from the women of Wanderwave. The opinions in this blog are my own. The photographs in this blog were also provided by Wanderwave, except for the yellow version with the camera print prototype.

Second Disclaimer: “Wanderlust and Lipstick,” and “Wanderwave” and “The Wanderbelt,” are not affiliated with each other. The similarity in their names is merely a coincidence.

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Words of Wisdom from the Camino de Santiago

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( July 18th, 2015 )

Walking 450 miles in 47 days, with plenty of time to think, reflect, and contemplate, the only words of wisdom I seemed to be able to come up with myself were, “Life’s short. Eat dessert first.” And they aren’t even my original words. Good thing then that along the pilgrimage route that I walked, others provided me with plenty of inspiring words of wisdom from the Camino de Santiago.

Some words of wisdom were about the walk itself:

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Other words of wisdom were about self-appreciation:

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Here are a few very popular words of wisdom:

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

This one translates to “onward and higher.” One of my personal favorites.

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

The Beatles inspired these words of wisdom:

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Perhaps you want to wish this to someone:

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Perhaps you want to write a love note to someone:

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Here are some words of wisdom from the Camino de Santiago that I hope we all can reflect upon:

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Camino de Santiago Words of Wisdom

Sweet Travels!

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Desserts on the Camino de Santiago

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( July 5th, 2015 )

Camino de Santiago Desserts

After walking the majority of 482 miles across northern Spain, and 18 miles along the Atlantic coast, at an average of 10 miles a day, where all I really needed to do was eat, sleep, and walk, I had a lot of time to just think, reflect, and contemplate. So, you would think that I might have had the time to come up with some original, insightful revelations about the meaning of life. Or that I would have discovered some new valuable words of wisdom. Perhaps I could have come up with a deep, thought-provoking life lesson. Or a pioneering philosophy on life. But, no. All I could conjure up was a quote that is already common, familiar, and well-known…

Life’s short. Eat dessert first.

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

So I thought that for my first blog since returning from my journey of walking west on the Camino Francés pilgrimage route, from the border with France and Spain to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, and north near the ocean and beaches, I would start by sharing pictures of many of the delicious desserts on the Camino de Santiago that I enjoyed along the way.

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Camino de Santiago Desserts

Sweet (literally) Travels!

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