Are You A Nature-Lover With A Case Of Wanderlust?

I’m a lover of the outdoors, yet I don’t get out nearly as much as I’d like. It’s very rare to hear people say that they don’t like going outside to explore nature. Travel broadens the mind and stimulates the soul. Keeping your perspective in check requires you to head out outside of your comfort zone once in awhile and visit places that will ensure a great adventure! Though I have a long list of places I’ve been, there’s an even longer list of places I’d love to see! So, where should you go next? This world is a large place for the budding adventurer, so making the most of it should first be addressed by identifying what countries can give you the best helping of the wanderlust pie. Here are three recommendations specific to the nature-lovers: 1. Canada Canada is one of my favorite places I have traveled. Its landscapes are practically untouched! I remember crossing the border back into the U.S. after an amazing camping and canoe trip and I was immediately being bombarded with billboards and advertisements. The United States is noisy while Canada gave me space to breathe. The country is beautiful, young, and radiant in its […]

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Important Items To Keep Your Travel Simple And Practical

**This post contains affiliate links** One of the things I enjoy writing about is travel. Though the past few years have been full of travel, this year has been focused on our adoption journey — so traveling hasn’t been a high priority. However, I do have a Nashville and (hopefully) Dallas trip coming up. Sometimes a simple life requires more planning, and I prefer to keep things simple, so I’m already planning for my upcoming adventures. Packing for a vacation isn’t an easy task. You might not have enough space in your bag, or you might be concerned at the lack of free space to fill with souvenirs for your return home. However, one of the most frustrating decisions to make when you pack is deciding what to keep in your carry-on luggage. It used to be a challenge to keep everything in my carry-on luggage to prevent me from checking a bag. But then I had kids, and a checked bag became essential. Though I still love when I do my once-a-year trip alone with just me and my carry-on, during most of my travels, I’m with my entire family, and that’s not doable. To help you prepare your […]

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A List Of The Best Summer Break Essentials And Tips

**This post contains affiliate links see the disclosure on the sidebar of this website.** Summer break is finally here! Last year, we went on five separate trips to six different locations. We spent time in the mountains of Colorado, dipped our toes into the sandy, Bahama beaches, and spent time visiting great friends scattered across the U.S. So naturally, the travel bug has bitten us again this summer! We haven’t totally narrowed down where we plan to go this year as we are a last-minute family. But I am working toward planning how to make our next summer vacation go as smoothly as possible, and I wanted to be sure to pass along some simple tips! Maybe it was months ago when you booked a week or two weeks off work, but all that eager waiting and anticipation has finally paid off. Now you’re left wondering… do I have everything I need? The answer is usually “no,” and we’ve all entered that blind panic as we rush around trying to prepare all the things we need for a vacation. You had months to prepare, and you end up doing everything the night before. The key is to take a deep breath, […]

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The Benefits Of Last Minute Trips

Have you ever thought about going on a last minute trip? Not many people do. They don’t think they can make it work with their schedules, and they’d rather play it safe than do something wildly spontaneous. However, there are many notable benefits of going on a last minute trip. You may have heard of Cheryl Strayed, the author of the novel ‘Wild.’  “With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.” Not only does this show the power of spontaneity, but that there are always lessons to be learned in every situation. I’ve done planned trips like the Bahamas trip my husband and I took for our five year anniversary. We had everything planned in February for a trip in August! But then there have been other times where we threw our tent […]

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How To Find Affordable Travel Options

**This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.** As most of you know, my family are big travelers! Last year we went on five separate trips to six different locations. We spent time in the mountains of Colorado, dipped our toes into the sandy, Bahama beaches, and spent time visiting great friends scattered across the U.S. The year before, my family hadn’t traveled due to welcoming two new additions to our family in a single year. I longed for an adventure, but the timing wasn’t right. We decided to make up for the 2015 Year of Isolation by planning a Year of Adventure for 2016. Traveling makes us slow down, be present, and experience diversity. If we never let ourselves explore, we get stuck in the mundane patterns and routines. I love to promote growth and learning in my family — both of which happen while traveling. Many people have asked how we make adventuring a priority while sticking to our frugal budget, and one of our favorite answers is Groupon Coupons. When we are planning a family vacation, we typically choose a long weekend so not as much time off is required. We then reach for our Family […]

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