Saving $ for Vacation

Saving $ for Vacation

Are you ready to save money for your next vacation? Even though you might not have gone on Spring Break (and therefore already saved a bunch of money), with all the drops in the economy, saving money for your next vacation is more important than ever. After all, you probably have plenty of time right now to start planning and saving. So why not take advantage of that time? So, how can you save and/or make money for that next trip? In this post, I’m sharing some ways I fund our frequent travel. And as often as I like to travel, these tips are necessary! After all, the more you save, the more you can do, right? Start a travel fund The very first thing to do is to start a travel fund. This can be as formal or as informal as you’d like. Some people need to create a separate bank account specifically for travel, while others prefer other methods. Ready for a few ideas: Save your change. This is an easy way to save and it adds up surprisingly quickly. I love some of the fun banks pictured below, but you could also just use a Mason Jar. Every night, empty your pockets and slide the change in. At the end of the week even empty out your car and purse and add that change.Automate your savings. As I mentioned above you can open a separate bank account and then automatically have $20 or more transferred to it each week. It would also be a great place to put unexpected money like tax refunds, birthday gifts, etc....
What to Wear – Spring 2020 Edition

What to Wear – Spring 2020 Edition

It’s that time of year again! Time for a new Style Challenge – wondering what I’m talking about? It’s similar to a capsule wardrobe, but check out this short video for all the details: GYPO Style Challenges has helped over 6 thousand women from all over the world make getting dressed in the morning the easiest thing you’ll do all day! Want to learn more? The great news is the Spring 2020 GYPO Style Challenge just launched. The Style Challenge takes all the headache and guesswork out of shopping and trying to stay in fashion. You don’t need to worry about putting together outfits or if you’ll get enough wear to justify buying something. Every item on the seasonal shopping list is selected with intention and purpose. This means only buying pieces that you love and will wear over and over. And honestly, you likely have a lot of pieces in your closet you can use already, that’s a win for the budget! I know I’ve only purchased two tops and one pair of shoes (that I’ve been looking for several seasons now), for this challenge. You can register for the Spring 2020 GYPO Style Challenge for just $39 HERE. What’s included in the style challenge? You’ll get the following tools to help you on your style journey: A capsule wardrobe shopping list of on-trend items and classics basics (you’re free to shop where you want and spend as much or as little as you want!) Links to shop for recommended items online or in store (we’ve done the work for you by choosing items to suit every budget...
2020 Travel Blog Goals

2020 Travel Blog Goals

How can it be 2020 already? Somehow it snuck up on us, so now is the time to decide how we want the new year to look like. That means setting my 2020 travel blog goals. Last year, I created a pretty lofty list of goals and I’m happy to report I completed most of them – I’ve updated the post with my final results, so if you are curious you can check the post out here. Now that I’ve been travel blogging for about a year and a half, I have a much better feel for what’s important to me and how I’d like this blog to grow. So, although I have fewer goals this year, I think they more focused (and probably overall more work). I’ve found that sharing my goals helps me to remember them AND to follow through, so here goes: Grow my email list to 1000. I’ve not had much success in the past growing my email list, so this is a BIG stretch for me, but I feel that it’s critical to take my blog to the next level.Grow pageviews to 30K per month. Another really big stretch goal, but I’d like to apply for Mediavine and so this one is a must. Hopefully, the first two goals here will go hand in hand.Visit 24 Indiana counties. As part of my Explore Indiana project, I need to keep exploring Indiana! I don’t foresee any issues with this once the weather warms up, but judging by this year, the winter months may be tough. And that’s it! Since my goals are so big (for...
Adventure is Everywhere

Adventure is Everywhere

Think you live in a place where there is nothing to do? I hear that all the time regarding my state and I disagree. With the right mindset and a little creativity, you can find adventure wherever you live. You don’t need to travel out of the country or even out of your town. I’d be willing to bet you can find something fun and interesting to do wherever you are. Once you learn that adventure-seeking skill you can use it wherever you go to create more excitement in your life. To prove my theory, I’m embarking on a really long (like probably a few years) experiment to find something enjoyable to do in every county in Indiana. Let’s face it, Indiana isn’t a vacation hotbed – most people head to a big city or the beach for their annual vacations, so I figured if I can prove that my middle of the country state has something interesting to do EVERYWHERE, my point will be made! There are 92 counties in Indiana, so it’s a pretty daunting task. You can expect to start seeing posts each month covering a county or two (or three). I’ll still continue to share other trips, travel info, ideas for things to do, etc., this will just be a fun little addition. Luckily for me, I’ve already covered a few so I have a bit of a headstart. I’ll come back to this post and add links as I complete each county. I’ve broken down the state into regions and to keep it simple, I just followed how Visit Indiana categorizes them. Ready to...
Road Trips: Make the Journey as Fun as the Destination

Road Trips: Make the Journey as Fun as the Destination

At least a few times a year we embark on long road trips. As neither my husband or I particularly like to drive, we had to come up with a way to make them bearable. Getting in the car and driving all night was not something we could do – the few times we tried it, we wound up exhausted the next day and essentially missed the first day of our trip. Talk about stressful! Luckily, I’ve got some ideas for road trips to make them FUN. So much so that my kids would prefer to drive than fly! How did we do it? Attitude. This is the most important part – by simply reminding ourselves that the journey can be as fun as the destination, we hit the road with the right mindset. We’ve come to look at a road trip as a chance to relax (versus work), see something new, and have some great conversations. Try new restaurants. It’s a rare trip that we don’t break out Yelp when we start to get hungry and search up local restaurants. Once everyone starts getting hungry, I open the app, switch it to map view and start searching for places twenty minutes ahead or so of our current route. We’ve discovered awesome dive bars, amazing breweries, old-school drive-ins and everything in-between. The rule is it can’t be more than ten minutes off the road we are traveling, and it can’t be a chain. Other than that, anything goes. Yes, it adds time to our trip, but we’ve created a fun memory, enjoyed much better food and had some fun...
2019 Travel Blogging Goals

2019 Travel Blogging Goals

UPDATED 12/27/19 with 2019 Results: Raise your hand if you love setting goals? I hate to admit that I kinda geek out about it – I’m really a pro at setting good ones too. My issues tend to be around completion. Seems like I run out of steam or time before the year ends. Through the years I’ve probably tried just about every method of goal setting – and I’ve learned plenty from all of them. I’ve discovered that I’m most successful when I don’t set too many goals and when the goals I set are very concrete. I need to know exactly what completing a goal looks like. To hold myself accountable – and give me a place to come back each month and review my progress, I thought I’d share my 2019 travel blogging goals right here on my site: Publish at least one new post every week. Wouldn’t be much of a blog without new content, right? DONE! I didn’t miss a single week in 2019 – this was a first for me!!! Take at least one trip a month. A weekend trip totally counts as although I do have a lot of vacation time, it isn’t enough for a week every month! Plus school, sports, the dog, etc. Close – I missed November and December. I discovered that it is much harder to travel in the winter and holiday months. Truth be told, I did go to Austin both months, so technically I did travel, but it was for work and I didn’t blog about it, so I’m not counting those trips. Publish at least...

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