What happens when you’re gone?
You may not want to think about something happening to you while traveling, or any other time for that matter, but the truth is it is a reality. Will & estate planning is so important for many reasons. What happens to your children? Your money? Your home and personal belongings? What about your dog?
As much as it sucks to think about it, planning for death is important. Having a will can save your family and loved ones from added heartache, confusion, and tough decisions
If this is something that you haven’t done, or at least considered, I highly recommend reaching out to a local attorney to at least discuss the process.
I rest easy knowing that if something were to happen to us that these babes will be well taken care of without question of where they’ll end up. Below are a few reasons why having a will is so important.
Who Gets What | If you don't have a will, your assets could be divided by your state. A will tells the state/courts who you want to go what. Your assets could include money, but also physical items (home, vehicles personal belongings, etc.)
Naming Guardians | Should something happen to you, who will take your children? Or what happens to your dogs/pets? Without a guardian named, it is up to the state.
Trust | Set up trusts for your children with your assets, especially if they are minors. This protects the monies from frivolous spending and/or from others. The funds would be protected until a set future date or age. A trust can help set your kids up for success.
How do you want to be laid to rest? | A will can also address how you wish to be laid to rest. Do you want to be cremated or buried? Where do you want to be buried? Where do you want your ashes to be spread? You can list in as little or as much detail as you'd like about your final wishes in a will.
Save your family the heartache of these decisions by writing out your final wishes ahead of time.
Disclaimer: This is not intended to serve as legal advice. Please consult your attorney.
The year was 2015. The world awaited with open arms, and I longed to help others explore it. Today, 5 years later, though our world looks so much different, some things remain the same—my desire to travel and to help others do the same.
As I celebrate 5 years of being in business this week, I cannot help but think about all of the changes the past several years has brought—a new home, new twin babies, a passion that has morphed into my full-time job, viruses and pandemics, and so, so much more. When I announced the launch of Discovereighng with Dana in August 2015, I was living on a dream, but today that far-flung dream is a thriving business. It has been no walk in the park, in fact this is no doubt the hardest job I’ve ever had, but I have crushed goals, broken barriers, and been able to provide for my family.
Fives Years Later and Still in Wanderlust
But this story isn’t just about me and Discovereighng with Dana. You are the hero of this book! Without your support, trust, and bookings, I would not be where I am, and Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings would not be what it is. TOGETHER, we make yours AND my dreams a reality! I have the absolute honor of bringing your honeymoons, destination weddings, and family vacations to life, and you have the honor of supporting me in my dream job!
So, this week, I celebrate you! Every “like” and comment on social media, every vacation booking, every referral and you’ve sent makes all the difference! You’re invited to join in my big celebration on Instagram beginning Monday, August 17th. I’ll be doing a week of giveaways! You can win gift cards to some of my favorite places for travel essentials, and catch an announcement regarding 2021 vacations. Follow me on Instagram @discovereighngwithdanatravel for all of the details and to enter to win some great prizes.
Again, I cannot put into words my gratitude for you—my clients & supporters.
All the best,
It is no secret that we are all growing so weary of COVID-19, on top of that list being myself (ha!), and the current holding pattern our lives seem to be locked in. Keeping away from friends and family, masks as our newest accessories, and no traveling.
But for us, we’ve decided to start easing our way back to “living” and stop letting COVID control everything we do. So, we put together a little bust out of quarantine bucket list and will start marking off that list stat!
Though with some restrictions, some things might not be possible, we are still holding out hope to cross them off the list soon.
Our big ticket bust out of quarantine items include:
Movie Date | Oh how we are itching for dinner and a movie, just the two of us. Being stuck at home, with minimal outings, we are more than due for a little uninterrupted alone time. Being that catching a movie hasn’t been an option, we cannot wait to mark this one off our list. Currently, theaters here are closed, but we’ll make it happen as soon as possible!
Family Gathering | This weekend we are getting a start on our list! We are headed to the Texas Coast with family to hangout by the beach. We decided to not let this virus stop us from being together on our yearly vacation. I ain’t mad about it!
Mexico Trip | A few months back, right in the thick of quarantine, I couldn’t take it any longer, so I wrangled up a friend to join me on an all-inclusive Mexico vacation! In late September, we be up in the skies headed to the beautiful beaches of Playa Mujeres, Mexico. Cannot wait!
Family Road Trip | The next few weeks are super busy for us with our beach trip this weekend, then next weekend we hit the open road to head north for an epic National Park adventure! With flying not an option earlier on in the quarantine, we started toying with the idea of doing a family road trip to get away and unwind. Thus, our epic family road trip adventure plan was born! We’ll hit up 3 national parks—Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone. We are masked up, stocked up on hand sanitizer, and crossing our fingers that all goes as planned!
Couples Getaway | The last big-ticket item on our list is a trip away, just my husband and I. Piggy backing on a great deal and the need for me to get back in the skies to relay back the experience to my clients, we jumped at the opportunity to visit Las Vegas once again. We’ll make our first drive to the airport in over 6 months in early September, and we cannot wait!
Are you keeping a bust out of quarantine bucket list? Let’s hear what you can’t wait to do when you’re ready to start getting out again!
Why Honeymoon Year After Year
A Yearly Getaway Can Strengthen Your Marriage
I’m constantly telling my friends that this is what they need in their lives, especially those with little ones! It is hard for me to put into words just how much traveling together has strengthened our relationship, and I genuinely want that for everyone.
For us it isn’t about escaping home life, it is about improving it, cherishing it even more, and putting each other first. To help give you a bit of understanding on why we put a romantic getaway at the top of our to do list each year, I’ve put together the top reasons we honeymoon every year and why you should too!
Five Reasons Why Couples Should Honeymoon Every Year
Destress & Relax | Let’s just get this out of the way and admit it—life is hard, y’all! Even if you love your job, work is stressful, our kids get the best of us while we get what is leftover of each other, and sometimes it is hard to shut out the noise of the world. Getting away together gives us a chance to destress and relax together. It gives us an opportunity to lay out our stressors on the table and leave them behind. We can shut out the world and just be.
Focus on Us | A vacation, just the two of us, allows us to focus on each other. As I mentioned, and like many other couples, we get what is left of each other at the end of the day. Meaning jobs, kids, house, etc. get the best of us, and we are left with each other’s sloppy seconds. Making a yearly honeymoon a priority, gives us the chance to focus on us and only us.
Team Building | This might sound silly, but this time gives us the opportunity to team build, because at the end of the day the two of us are a team. We talk about the day to day, brainstorm about the future, and head home feeling more and more in sync with our goals as individuals, as a couple, and as a family.
Sex is Better on Vacation | I said it! Sex is good at home, but damn it is HOT on vacation! #sorrygrandma Away from the stressors of everyday life, you can do it whenever, however, wherever you want! I PROMISE you’ll go home feeling way more connected than ever before!
You Deserve It | The two of you manage jobs, a home, maybe kids, bills, and all the joys of everyday life, and that deserves some recognition. Give yourself and your marriage the gift of travel, because you absolutely deserve it with how hard you work every single day. You and your marriage will thank me for it!
I cannot reiterate this enough, it is such a game changer for a relationship to make travel apart of it, and even more so to make it a yearly must. If you’re ready to start making an annual honeymoon a priority in your life, let’s chat! Click here to schedule a consultation call and we can have the two of you on your way to relaxing, reconnecting, and sexing it up on some beautiful beach in the Caribbean!
Tantrums, sunburns, jellyfish stings, and endless whining—that’s now how I want to do a beach trip, and I’m betting that’s not how you want yours to go either.
Our two-year-old twins have been on quite a few beach trips now, so I’m inclined to call myself a pro! Ha—I wish. I will say that over the past few summers that I’ve learned a thing or two to keep things pleasant for everyone. Tricks on keeping the day rolling along, tips on how to keep everyone safe, I’ve covered it all.
Whether you are going on a quick summer trip or planning a big family vacation to the Caribbean, my experiences can benefit you, because we have done it all! Our big family vacation to Turks & Caicos earlier this year was a true dream, though in a stunning place, we endured our share of tantrums and fits, because, hello, kids do not care the location. Ha! Our yearly summer trips to the Texas Coast with extended family pose their share of challenges as well—heighten anxiety with varying personalities and more kids all in one space (condo or house). Managing all of the feelings and anxieties of beaching with babes brings can be a challenge, but my tips help make it all as seamless as possible.
Without further ado, here are my ten tips for beaching with babes & toddlers!
Pack a Cooler | I love to plan to stay out on the beach all day. It just makes things easy so you aren’t trekking back and forth to your condo/house/room. With this, you need food and drinks. So, plop a cooler in a wagon, and fill ‘er up with bottled water and sandwich goodies for lunch and bring a bag with all of the extras (bread, chips, etc.). Don’t forget the paper plates/napkins
Shady Spot | Plan a place for shade & napping—whether you bring a small pop up tent, a wagon with a cover, or easy up canopy. A tent or canopy is not only great to escape the sun, but perfect for naps. We also love our Radio Flyer Wagon that has a covered top. Throw in some beach towels, and you’ve got the perfect toddler bed!
Beach Toys | This is a given—all the beach toys are a must! We have several fun sets from Target. Make sure to get a variety to keep their interest for an extended time. Along with buckets and shovels, we love options with small wagons and other push toys. A kite is also a really fun “toy” to bring along! The kids also seem to love to watch it fly among the sea breeze. For older kids boogie and skim boards are a huge kit as well.
Routine | To keep attitudes in check, try to stick to your regular schedule. We usually head down to the beach after breakfast and stick to our regular lunch and snack schedules. If you can get the kiddos to nap, that’s major bonus points, and you’ll be able to enjoy the beach a little longer. We head typically head in around our usual bath time and get started with dinner. By then, everyone is tuckered out, and ready for bed.
Mix Things Up | To keep interest piqued, mix up the day with sand toys, water play, sandcastle building, walks, shell hunting, etc. Just like at home, when you notice they are getting bored or cranky, divert and look to another activity.
What to Pack | Of course you’ll want to pack the basics, sunscreen and spare swim diapers, but there are a few other things you might not think about. Pinterest “says” baby powder is a must for getting sand off your legs and feet, but I must be doing that wrong. Ha! It just doesn’t seem to work for me, but maybe it will for you. My musts are Aquaphor (for rash from the sand), trash bags for the diapers, and an extra swimsuit because it is no fun trying to get a wet swimsuit on a toddler! Another fave for me is Turkish towels—they dry quickly and repel sand better than other towels. Don't forget the life jackets as well. There is some controversy around Puddle Jumpers, but since we aren't really "swimming" they work perfectly for our beach days. The babes for more secure and comfortable in the waves with it on. For smaller babies, a Bumbo Chair is super handy for them to sit up and enjoy the scenery.
All Eyes on Deck |Assign each adult a child, all while keeping your eyes on everyone. Sounds simple enough, right?! JThis is probably where most folks’ anxiety with kids and the water comes from; I know it is for me anyway. But it is reassuring to know that each of us is assigned a child. We also try to tag team an adult or two playing in or nearer to the water, and some up on the beach. It also helps if you can choose a spot on the beach that offers plenty of distancing between other families. This keeps your eyes focused on your own crew, and not distracted with other people in the mix.
Portable Fan | A great addition to our beach trips, especially for the really little ones, is a portable fan. You can find battery operated options for ten bucks on Amazon. Not going to lie, it’s a nice relief for myself too on super-hot days. Hehe!
Change of Clothes | May seem silly, but I like to bring a change of regular clothes as well. This is especially helpful if you drive to the beach from your condo/house/hotel or plan to head out to eat for dinner. Baths are until right before bed, because ocean humidity is no joke. So for a few reasons, having a quick change of clothes is helpful.
Snacks, Snacks, and More Snacks | Did I say snacks? You will definitely want to make sure you have plenty of snacks. A must for us is fruit to keep hydration up. We just pop a container of cut watermelon & cantaloupe in our cooler, and even whole peaches and plums. When the kiddos get messy, they just wash off in the ocean!
I’m sure there are tons more tips and tricks out there for managing a beach trip with kiddos, but these are the few that keep me sane. Do you have any other tips for surviving AND enjoying a beach trip with kiddos? Be sure to share them in the comments.
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