Can you believe we are well into the summer! I'm excited to have so many clients traveling to great destinations for their summer vacations, and I'm sure they'll want to bring back great mementos of their special time. So, I have compiled a list of my favorite souvenirs that won't end up in the trash bin.
Not to say that I don't love a good coffee cup, t-shirt or key chain, but a lot of times those things end up in the trash or garage sale pile. So I try to be more mindful of the items that we buy to remember our vacation by. These are a few of the items I try to stick to that I know will not end up being forgotten later.
Fabric for Quilts
What do you think? What souvenirs do you like to purchase while traveling? I'd love to hear your ideas as well.
Hey y'all! I hope you had a great weekend and a good Monday, well as good as a Monday can be. I'm excited and nervous to share today's post with you. It is chock full of what is on my heart about following your dreams.
This started out being just ramblings on my thoughts and feelings about the quote below.
"You don't have to be sure about your dream before you move forward,
you only have to be certain of the one who is whispering to you that it's
time to come with Him to a new place.
Just take the next step.
And then another."
I heard/saw this on an Instagram post (or could've been an Instastory) from Jess Connolly, and it truly struck me. Sometimes, I forget that our dreams are often whisperings from the Lord on where we should head and what we should do next. This was the perfect reminder. So, if you'll indulge me, today I'm sharing how I stay on track to following my dreams and making them come true.
Open Your Heart + Mind
Sounds simple enough, but many times we forget to open our hearts and minds to what the Lord is telling us. I believe that many times when a goal and/or dream is placed in our heart, it is God's way of pushing us to take that leap. Which is why it is important to keep an open mind & heart.
Pray. Pray. Pray. It takes so much faith and courage to go after your dreams, and, through prayer, I'm able to stay strong in faith and courage. Not to say I don't waver, but prayer helps me greatly.
Take the Leap
Use that courage, and just take the leap! Sometimes that means to do so without thought, as with me when I first jumped on a plane. I thought too much about how hard it would be to make my dreams of traveling come true. One day, I stopped thinking, and started doing! I threw my worries and fear out the window, and took the leap. Sometimes, that's all it takes, a leap.
One Step at a Time
Make a plan, and take it one step at a time. Often times, I try to take on too much at once, and become overwhelmed. But when I break down my big goals into smaller ones, I'm able to more easily achieve them.
Know You'll Fail, But Don't Quit
This is the hardest one. No one wants to fail. But we all do. Everyday. However, we cannot let our failures completely break us. We must get up, and keep going. Accept failures, but do not settle for defeat. Get up, and try again. Find a new way to get there, but don't give up.
I know these are primitive thoughts in achieving goals, but this core methods really help me to not only stay on track, but to stay grounded as well. Maybe they will help you in inspiring you to achieve your goals as well.
Hey y'all! I hope you had a great weekend. Our's was crazy as usual, but luckily productive! We're excited for warmer weather which means we can get out of the house more. We are trying to limit expenses though, we have some trips we'd like to take in the next year, so budgeting is a must, which is why I'm here today!
Today, I want to talk about my tips to help you pay for your next vacation. I've compiled a short list of tips that should help you determine a budget and budget for a vacation. Take a look!
Plan Purchases + Budget for Travel
Just as you budget for bills, groceries, and savings make travel apart of your regular budget. When you make it a priority, you'll be surprised at how quickly you can save up for a great vacation. Start out small, even if it takes a year or more to save for a small trip, a small trip is more fun than no trip at all!
Also, really think about and plan your purchases. When you are tempted to buy some new home decor piece or pretty top think about your travel goals, and decide if you'd rather put that money towards memories instead.
Limit Eating Out
Eating out and/or that daily coffee or soda can really add up! Here are some numbers to put it into perspective:
1 Soda a Day=$730 a Year=A Round-Trip Plane Ticket!
1 Starbucks a Day=$1460 a Year=A Cruise to Mexico!
Eating Out Twice a Week=$5200=An Amazing All-Inclusive Vacation!
If that doesn't motivate you to limit eating out, I don't know what will!
Plan Ahead + Make a Vacation Budget
Plan ahead with your vacation. Decide where you want/can afford to go, plan excursion/tour costs, and additional costs, and make a savings & budget plan to make it happen. When you have a tangible destination and vacation plan in mind, you are more likely to stick to your budget to make the vacation a reality.
Nix Credit Cards
This is a really big one. STOP PAYING CREDIT CARD COMPANIES INTEREST! If you have credit cards, how much interest do you pay a month if you don't pay them off each month? Odds are it's $50, $100 a month. That really adds up, and can quickly get you a vacation. If you must use credit cards, get one that will gain you cash back or airline miles, and pay them off each month to avoid interest charges. Be sure to pay attention to annual fees as well.
Work with a Travel Agent
Why? Travel agents, like myself, can help you create a vacation budget, and help you determine what is attainable for you. Let your agent know your must haves, things/places to avoid, and your ideal budget. If you don't know, be honest! We'll work with you to figure it out. There are so many options available in many different budgets, so don't think you right off that bat that a vacation isn't for you.
As travel agents, we can also help you set up with a payment plan. If you aren't a great saver, or if it would help you to stick to your vacation goal, a payment plan is a great option!
What do you think? Can believe how the eating out costs add up!?!
Do you have any other tips of your own that help you plan for a vacation or particular goal you have? I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'll see you back later this week.
Make Note of Photos to Take
When I travel somewhere new, I like to make mental, and sometimes even physical note, of photographs I want to take. Perhaps it is of something simple like my watch at the time we land or of a menu at a special restaurant. Other times it is something major that I don't want to forget about in the moment. My list may look something like this:
Live in the Moment
My number one rule/tip that I follow when photographing our travels is to live in the moment! Don't get so caught up trying to get the perfect photograph that you forget to enjoy the moment, really take in what you are looking at, and experience it!
Perfect example? When whale watching, it was easy to get keep my sights behind my camera lens waiting for whales to pop up so I could get the perfect shot and proof that I saw whales in the wild! Problem with that? You don't see them with your own eyes!! You just experience it through a camera, a photo. Meaning, you might as well had stayed home and searched the internet for whale photos. Put your camera down, and see it with your own eyes! So how did I get this blurry photo? I just held the camera in the general vicinity of the water, clicked away, and hoped for the best without ever looking at the camera itself. This way, if I got photos, great! If not, I had the experience! I lived seeing these beautiful creatures with my very own eyes!
I know these are very simple tips and tricks, but these are my go-to rules to follow. I hope these will help you remember what's important when photographing your adventures.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. See you back later this week for more on NYC.
Hey y'all! Hope you had a great weekend. I'm back today to share more from our trip to New York. During my first visit to the city, we never even set foot into a subway station. However, this go round, we took full advantage of this incredible transportation system.
I highly recommend using the subway for getting to and fro within New York City. It is super-fast, no traffic, and just about anywhere in the city is quickly accessible by train. For us, with no direction or tips for navigating the massive subway system, we were just winging it. Therefore, it took a bit of trial and error to get things straight. Once I got the hang of things, it was smooth sailing, err riding, from there. To save you my headache, I'll share what made all of the difference for us.
My number one tip for using the subway system in New York City? Use the maps app on iPhone or Android. Enter your current location & desired destination, and your map will tell you EXACTLY where to enter the subway station from the street, which train to take, and give you walking directions to/from the subway from your starting point and to your end destination. It is important to enter the station from the street as the directions say, because it takes you to the correct side of the platform that way you are at the train going the right direction.
It sounds silly, telling you to just follow directions. But it is super important for you to follow them exactly as the app says, or you'll likely end up on the wrong side of the tracks, literally!
Along with enjoying the fast transport here and there, the subway system is truly a modern marvel! To see maps of the many subway lines and stations and to realize how smoothly it all runs is a remarkable thought! It is clear that incredible care and thought went into the design and building of the New York City Subway System, and still goes into it to make it run smoothly today. Not only that, the beauty of the stations is stunning. Notice the meticulous mosaic tile work and beautiful entrance signs. Lucky for us, these elements are still well maintained today.
I know there are a thousand other tips to give you to get through the subway, but I'm no expert. So I stuck with what I know to be our number one life saver during our visit to New York. In the hustle and bustle, don't forget to look around at the beauty of the subway system. Like I said, it truly is remarkable. Also, don't be alarmed if you see a few rats. #notajoke
Thanks for much for stopping by today. Go make it a great day!