Saving for travel?

It’s Monday, and I’m ready to get some serious work done. So let me get this taken care of so that I can do some other things.

Mom has always been a very thrifty person. As a family with eight children, we were always taking hand me down clothes, and taking leftovers from church dinners and stuff like that. Eating out was a rare treat.. We were homeschooled and traveled pretty often, but mostly we would go to see family and friends instead of staying in hotels and things like that.

How much you spend on travel depends on a lot of different factors. It depends on where you like to go and where you want to stay. It depends on how you like to eat while traveling. Do you like go to museum and parks while you travel? Or do yo prefer going to amusement parks and movies? Give me some information, and I can help you figure out how much you can spend.

And here are some practical ways you can save money.

  • Eating out is usually more expensive than fixing a meal at home. If you or your husband is used to lunch each day, try packing leftovers from the night before.
  • Walking or riding a bike will not only be better on your purse, it will also be better for your health.
  • If your family usually does something like going on to theater or playing putt putt on the weekends, try renting a couple of movies from Redbox instead. Does your family like to eat while watching movies? Try making dinner together before sitting down for the movies.
  • Do simpler things, like going to the park instead of going to the mall or to places you have to spend money are always a better idea when you are trying to save money.
  • And no one needs the latest and greatest gadgets as soon as they come out in stores. Things like computers drop in price a lot after the first few months.
  • These are some of my ideas. Can you think of others? I would seriously enjoy pricing a trip for you. Please let me know.
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Celebrate our Veterans

I’ll be honest, yesterday I just wanted to get through the things for work that I felt I had to do for work, and I didn’t do everything I wanted workwise. It was more fun hanging out with my family.. But anyway, today is back to my usual quiet life, and I’m going to get some work done..

Veterans… Both my grandfathers served in the military… My brother has served, and my sister’s husband is in the army… But we also live near a military base, and have known a lot of military families through church.. So today let’s talk about places you can go to ┬áhonor veterans.

Let’s start with New York, where they have a museum. This museum is located in Saratoga Springs. And here you are going to see all kinds of artifacts from different wars, everything from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm. They have a lot of flags on display. And they also have a large library where you can read about the different wars.

There is also a museum near the military academy called West Point. Here you are going to find a lot of army artifacts. You will be able to get in free. But you will want to check their website sure you are going to have proper identification.

New York City itself also has a museum. It is called The Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum. Here you are going to learn all about military ships. They will have other military artifacts as well.

So let me know if you want to plan a trip to New York to see some military museums. I’ll be more than happy to help you to plan something out.

More on why travel agents are needed

Happy Veteran’s Day.. I’m just going to run through the things I need to do, and then enjoy sometime with my family. Let’s look at some more reasons that it is good to use travel agents in today’s world.

  • Everyone needs to be careful when it comes to putting your information out on the internet. You never know when you might be subjected to identity theft. Travel agent have access to the most secure websites and everything.
  • Okay, I know Siri is awesome. She can answer questions and tell jokes. But she can not give you personal service like we can. We can figure out complex trip. We can help you figure out the problems that come up during your trips. We can get you the little extras.
  • And here’s the best part.. I charge you nothing if you book through me. I will get commissions any time I book anything like a hotel or a car rental, theme park ticket, anything like that. I do not really do air because that has gotten a lot more complex since 9/11.
  • Again, please let me know if you would be interested in taking my survey. I would love to send it to you.

More on why travel agents are needed

I’m sorry, but I am going to talk about this again. I’m kind of running behind and have several things I’d like to do today… In this day and age when we have the internet at our ffingertips, and websites like Priceline and Expedia, why bother with a travel agent? bottom all, every business is going to have a website anyway. Let me give you some facts.

First, everyone is so busy these days. Most women work, and then are wives and mothers. And then most of us have friendships we want to maintain and things we want to do at church. We are a busy society. When do people have the time to do the necessary research to plan a trip? The good news is that travel agents know how to plan trips. We know which websites to go to find what our guests need. We know how to ask you the right questions in order to plan the perfect trip for you.

We keep up with industry news. We have a better feel for when a travel deal is legitimate and when it isn’t. When we have questions about something like this, we have colleagues we can ask.

You may see a great deal online. You may even wonder if it is legitimate, but may not want to take the time to do the research since travel research is our job, you can trust that the trips we are going to arrange for you are going to be the real thing.

 

I am going to stop here, although I haven’t gotten to the best part yet.. I have created a survey I would love you to take. If you are interested please let me know at sarah@familytripsinc1.com

Luxury in Portland?

I have never been to Portland myself, but I hear this city overall is pretty liberal and definitely crunchy. They’re into all things green. But Kimpton has just put up a new resort up out there.. If you want to go stay in this resort, you might want to keep your choice of lodgings pretty quiet when you go out to meet and great the citizens of this fair city. But then again…

The hotel is called “RiverPlace”, but you might think it should be called “RiverPalace” once you see it. It is built on a little mountain out there. But the hotel has taken on some unique characteristics that make it feel right at home in the city. There is a hiking expert,, a vegetarian restaurant expert, and a beer expert to help guide you around the city and to make you feel more like the locals.

But Kimpton does not skimp on the luxury side of things either. You will still get your bathrobe, which is part of every stay at a Kimpton. Kimpton works to make their brand work with the local flavor. And this particular property is going to feel like a mountain lodge, which will give it a cozier, more intimate feel. They will be serving free beer and wine in the evening which encourages guests to be social in the evenings instead of just staying in their rooms. They will let you ride their bikes all around the city.

Let me know if you would like to take a trip out here. I would be more than willing to set something like this up for you.

Dive deep into culture

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I have a lot on my mind right now. I have applied to be a regular contributor on a website, and I’m waiting to hear on on that. This is kind of a long shot, but anyway. I’m also needing to make some decisions about host agency stuff. I’m kind of in a mess right now. But anyway, let me get this done so that I can get on to other things.

Sometimes you go on vacation, and all you really want to do is to be with your family or friends and relax. Other times, you go somewhere really wanting to explore the culture of the place you are visiting. This post is going to be for you when you want to do the latter.

  • The first thing that you will want to do is to actually avoid group Tours. You’ll want to do this because they tend to have everything already planned out for you. In fact, you will want to do as little planning as possible before your trip.
  • Or you might want to book a few tours with local guides. Have them show you around their marketplaces. Listen to the stories they tell about these places. Ask them to take you to their favorite restaurants. Guides have also been known to invite their guests into their own homes, to weddings and to other events that most tourists wouldn’t be allowed to go to.
  • Staying in the big resorts will nt give you a taste of the culture. Staying in the smaller hotels will give you a better feel of the place.. It will also help you meet some of the locals.

Different kind of story

My routine no to start my working time by going through the travel news and finding a story or two I can write about on this.. My heart for this business is to really help female entrepreneurs reconnect with their families through travel. I have all kinds of things I’m trying to do to get the word out about my business.. But there was an article about an entrepreneur in the travel news today.

When I read this story, I found that this girl has Cerebral Palsy, which is my disability as well. The girl is only ten years old, and her name is Codi,. She’s a normal kid in that she goes to school, and her favorite subject is recess and hanging out with her friends. She also loves to go shopping with her grandmother.

Codi’s doctor is in Denver, Colorado. And she has to go there often to see these doctors and often has to stay in a hotel. Well, during one winter visit, she and her mother got stuck in their hotel because of snow. And because the room wasn’t accessible like the hotel said it would be. So instead of just moping around and watching tv, Codi starts dreaming. She wants to build a hotel where kids of all ages and abilities can have fun.

Codi is working on ideas for her hotel. She has about one hundred different room designs in mind. She wants to put in an elevator that sounds like something off of Willy Wonka. But most importantly, Codi wants everyone to have fun at this hotel of hers.

What’s new in D.C.

I’m looking forward to taking off tomorrow, going to church, spending some time with friends.. I’m still trying to figure a good fit for the articles I’ve I’ve been working on.The articles are pretty much articles on travel advice longer than my posts here. If anyone knows any online magazines that might be a good fit, please let me know.

Okay, let’s talk about Washington D.C. and what’s new there.. They’re always making changes to the Smithsonian museums. And I’m not just talking about changing out exhibits either. They’re adding on to the museums.. They’re reopening the National Gallery of Art, after working on its expansion. They have also done some work on the National Museum of afraid American History and culture.

The people of D.C. have turned what was once a troubled neighborhood into a chic and modern hotspot. You can come out and enjoy a game of cornhole. There are five new restaurants in what used to be a lumber shed. This used to be a place you wouldn’t want to be after dark, but now it is a safe place.

There is a ne restaurant in D.C. called Compass Rose. This sounds like a place you would want to go if your goal is to have a nice relaxing meal with friends. They will serve mostly foreign cuisine. And you can get a small plate from between eight to twenty dollars.

Have you been to D.C. lately? I would love to hear your thoughts from your trip.

Disney’s Wonder

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By now, everyone should know that I am a fan of Disney. I love that Disney has a lot of good, clean fun. That is their specialty. They also so love helping bring families together, something else that is near and dear to my heart.. Anyway, Disney’s Wonder is almost ready to sail once more so let’s take a look at that.

One of the things that has gone through major changes is their children’s program. And the characters from Disney’s “Frozen” will be incorporated into the new program. For one thing, the guy at the trading post will call all the children together in the morning. The new children’s program will also include Spiderman as well as characters from Toy Story. And Dory will be part of the toddlers’ splash fun.

“Frozen” will also be one of the musicals that will be performed on board. Some of your favorite songs from the movie will be in this production as well. I’m betting that this would be something that I would love to see, especially with my “Frozen” loving nieces.

For the adults, some of the restaurants are being reworked, as well as some of the nightclubs. And that’s about all this article really says. This may lead you to believe that Disney’s cruises are mostly for kids. That is not true. Disney has a lot of things for adults to do, everything from educational tracks to adults-only pools to great nightlife. Please let me know what questions you have about any of this.

More on authors’ museums

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It is Thursday, and part of me is getting tired, but there is still so much I’d like to do. My mind is kind of spinning with all that I’d like to do.. But anyway, let’s get back to discussing authors’ museum .

I have to tell you, if you haven’t seen the movie “Finding Mr. Banks”, I would highly recommend it. This movie tells the story of how the movie “Mary Poppins” came to be..And I found this movie truly fascinating on so many levels.. Now there is not a museum on PT Travers, but there will be a festival where she lived.

There is a museum on Hans Christian Anderson which is in Copenhagen. Anderson wrote many of the fairy tales we know and love today. Here you will learn more about the life he lived.

If you like poetry, you might want to visit the home of John Keats. His home is located in Rome, Italy. here you will learn more about his life as well as some other poets.

And then there is Bangor, Maine. Here you will be seeing a lot of the settings for Stephen King’s works. You will also be seeing places where he used to live and where he lives currently.

I would love to know your thoughts on this. What would be your favorite type of museum to visit?