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Travel For Kids’ Sake!

Travel For Kids’ Sake!

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There are many reasons I love to travel. I’ve probably already mentioned many of them in my other posts, but for the newbies I will list them again, in no particular order.  I love to travel because I need adventure in my life, and I crave knowledge.  I like to learn about new cultures and meet new people.

I also enjoy trying new foods, taking in new sights, and smelling new towns. Yes, many places have their own distinct smell.  Hawaii, for example, has a wonderful aroma from the flowers all over the island that hits you right in the nostrils when you step foot off the plane or ship.  It is delightful change from the re-circulated air inflight, I assure you.

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Many people travel to relax and escape their daily grind. I enjoy that as well.  I am sure that most people can list relaxing on their list of “why” in regards to travel.  Find a nice beach, pull up a chair and do nothing but listen to the waves and trade in my pale skin for a nice bronze glow.  Yes, that is a wonderful reason to travel.  But I have another reason that you may not have thought about.

During the year I try to take at least two vacations. I travel once without kids, whether it be a solo trip, or adults only.  This is my recharge trip, me selfish vacation.  The other is travel with my kids.

While it can be a little trickier traveling with kids, it is worth it! Yes I have to listen to them argue, whine, and even complain. Let’s face it, they do that at home too.  The great thing is, however, I am giving them life lessons.  By traveling with my kids I am teaching them about culture.  In doing so, my kids grow up knowing that there are other ways to live in the world, and different ways of doing things.  They learn that our way is not the only way. Kids, through travel, also learn that there are many different types of people in the world and to be open to people and things that are different than what they are accustomed to.

By being submerged in what is unknown, kids also learn not to be afraid to try new things. Whether it be something adventurous like zip-lining, or simply trying a new food. They get to see the fun in having variety in our world.  In today’s society so many people are afraid or hateful to what is different from them.  The number of cultures that exist with their own beliefs and their own way of doing things are plentiful.  Modern technology allows us to travel further and quicker than ever before.  That means that people from different cultures are bound to meet and experience each other in more numbers than history could allow.

Just because we can travel and experience other cultures, does not mean we have to feel bad about the way we do things, or change them to be more like others. It just means that we can acknowledge and appreciate that there is a plethora of culture out there, and be comfortable interacting with those from other countries than our own.  Teaching your children to appreciate differences between their beliefs and those of faraway places is beneficial to them and their future.  Not to mention, the world as a whole.

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So travel for fun, travel for relaxation, travel for adventure, travel for good food, travel for world peace, and travel for your kids’ future. 🙂

Roadtrip!!

Roadtrip!!

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Does anyone take road trips anymore?

It seemed like we drove back and forth from Michigan to California at least a dozen times when I was a kid. I loved our family road trips.  We didn’t complete our trips at a leisurely pace, it was pedal to the metal.  There was no stopping for a hotel.  We slept in the car and the adults took turns driving.  Just ask my cousin Brian, who was devastated when he learned he would sleep right where he sat.

That year we took the trip from Traverse City Michigan to Joshua Tree California in a Lincoln Continental.  My mom, and my aunt took me, my brother, and my cousin on the 4,566 mile (roundtrip) vacation. Oh and the Woody doll from the Toy Story Movie….we can’t forget Woody. I’ll tell you more about him later.

There was laughing, singing, crying, terror, and vomiting….all in the one trip. Who wouldn’t love a trip like that?? Take a flight, and miss all the fun? No thanks!! In all seriousness, our trips are some of my favorite memories.  I can understand on one hand, why most people fly to their destinations these days, but on the other they are missing so much!

That trip, we started out on our way, eager and full of excitement. I was about fifteen years old, my brother was around thirteen, and my cousin was twelve.  The boys had the woody doll, which they played with the entire way.  Woody danced and made obscene gestures to the passing truckers, and even had his little cloth body beaten against the window for hundreds of miles. Only his leg remained in the vehicle as his lifeline for the ride, as they had shut it in the window to allow his body to flap freely in the wind. After the tapping of Woody’s hat on the glass grew old, the adults made the boys bring him in. But it wasn’t long before Woody was nearly ejected from the car. The boys used the doll to do their best Beavis and Butthead impressions, lasting for about two hours.  My aunt couldn’t take anymore and completely lost her shit.  It is one of my favorite memories of my aunt to date.  She is a petite, quiet woman, ohhh but not that day.  On that day, she yelled things I had never heard before.  I won’t repeat them here because her outburst isn’t appropriate for G rated articles. I wish I could have recorded it.  It made no sense, and I wondered how she could just spit something out like that, until I had kids and learned about how they can make you so mad you forget how to put words together. It all makes sense to me now.

Woody was put away for the rest of the trip.

As we continued on everyone calmed down, and settled in to the long ride ahead. We got to see a lot of really cool things on that trip.  One of my favorites to this day is the Cadillac Ranch on Old Route 66.  There are several Cadillacs buried in the ground at an angle. (See article photo.)  It was done as an art project in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels. It is so odd to see in the middle of the desert, and equally unforgettable. The Cadillac Ranch is located in Amarillo Texas, if this story moves you to take a road trip of your own, and you would like to visit it. 😉

On our intense road trips we have to make some stops of course. My favorite was always the souvenir shop at the four corners, where Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico meet. There was a lot of jewelry with turquoise, moccasins, leather purses and other handmade gifts. I always saved my money for that particular shop. There were teepees and a white buffalo there as well.

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The Cabazon dinosaurs are also a must see while out west. They are located in Cabazon California north of Interstate 10. You can go inside one of the dinosaurs as I remember it, and you will find a gift shop. If it still exists, there was a diner on site that had ginormous hamburgers, as big as your face, and the best peanut butter pie I have ever had. I used to love “going to the dinosaurs!” In a way, the stop is kind of like one of those stops where you can see the world’s largest ball of yarn, or watch water “flow up-hill”. Aren’t those the stops that we remember from our childhood? By flying everywhere you go, you miss the little quirky sites along the way. You also miss the opportunity for close bonding with your cousins, or siblings. Yes, as the parent, you will have to listen to your kids complain that their sibling is touching them, and that their skin feels weird….but the kids memories are a lot more fond when they grow up, than those of a boring four hour plane ride. Short flights don’t teach them anything either!

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From taking our trips across the country, I learned how to read a map. I remember how cool I thought I was that I could show my mom exactly where we were on the freeway (I-40) we were on, by finding the mile marker on the map. I also had a chance to learn about other cultures when we went through areas that were home to the Native American’s. We learned how to manage money by deciding how much of our souvenir money to spend at each shop, and by deciding if we wanted an arrowhead, or a scorpion covered in some sort of glass, or maybe a hand beaded leather purse. I will never forget our trips, and look forward to cramming my kids into a car sometime soon for days, and making them listen to Credence Clearwater Revival the entire way there and back just for old time’s sake. I hope they will remember it as fondly as I.  Thanks Mom, I hope we can do another road trip together soon too!

 

How Do You Travel So Much?

How Do You Travel So Much?

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Even though I am not a full-time traveler, I still travel a lot.  Sometimes people ask how I am able to travel so much, being that I am not rich and what not.  😉 First of all, travel and experiences are more desirable to me than “things.” I would rather travel than wear expensive clothing, or jewelry, etc.  Because travel is so important to me, I make it important in my budget.  I give up things for the experience.  It has worked well for me, and I don’t regret a thing. It is easy to save when you don’t spend $112.00 a month on Starbucks, or $50 a week on eating lunch out with coworkers.

I also love to find deals.  I get it from my grandpa.  He used to haggle with everyone just to see how low he could get them to drop their price.  If there was a way to haggle with the airlines, and I don’t mean Priceline…I mean really back and forth haggling over a plane ticket, I would do it.  Since there isn’t, my excitement is limited to just finding amazing deals.  Last year I flew roundtrip with my two kids from Chicago to San Francisco for $90 TOTAL for all three of us.  Those tickets were $1 each plus tax, making them $15 each – per person, each way- $30 roundtrip. I would be shocked if you could beat that.

So you want to know where I get my plane tickets, right?? I use a few different resources, and I search and compare all of them before I book.  My first site is Frontier Airlines’ website.  They aren’t the most comfortable, and nothing is free, not even water.  BUT if you travel like I do, it can be worth it.  I usually only take a carry-on to avoid charges for checked bags, unless I am camping, or going for an extended trip.  I buy a bottle of water at the airport ($$$) and I pack some snacks.  I do not buy food or drinks on the flight. Spirit Airlines is my second go-to for plane tickets.  Spirit is very similar to Frontier.  Nothing is free, and they aren’t very comfortable.  Sometimes, they do have a good deal though.  Lastly I go to Matrix airfare search powered by ITA.  I know you probably thought I was going to say Kayak or something like that, nope.  I hate using Kayak.  I hear good things from others, but I have never found the cheapest price on Kayak.  I will use Google Flights sometimes, however.  Google flights is usually pretty close to ITA Matrix, but tends to be a few dollars more.

If you find a flight with ITA Matrix, you cannot book your flight with them.  You have to have the “Book With Matrix” site open to book the flight.  So you open a window with the ITA Matrix site : https://matrix.itasoftware.com/ and another with the “Book With Matrix” site: https://bookwithmatrix.com/. You will have to copy your itinerary of the desired flight from ITA Matrix, and paste it into the designated space on the Book With Matrix site.  I know it sounds complicated, but it isn’t bad, I pinky swear.

So there you have it.  You have to trade “stuff” for experiences, and you have to search for the best deals. Happy Searching!

P.S. If you have a secret to finding good deals, share it here!

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Director:Jonathan Levine.
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Release:January 31, 2013
Country:Canada.
Production Company:Summit Entertainment.
Language:English.
Runtime:97
Genre:Horror, Comedy, Romance.

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Director:Steven Spielberg.
Writer:Richard Curtis.
Producer:Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.
Release:December 25, 2011
Country:United States of America.
Production Company:DreamWorks SKG, Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Kennedy/Marshall Company, The.
Language:English.
Runtime:146
Genre:Drama, War.

‘War Horse’ is a movie genre Drama, was released in December 25, 2011. Steven Spielberg was directed this movie and starring by Tom Hiddleston. This movie tell story about Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.

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Writer:Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic, Stephen Chin.
Producer:Scott Budnick, Bradley Cooper, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff, Todd Phillips.
Release:August 17, 2016
Country:Cambodia, United States of America.
Production Company:The Mark Gordon Company, Green Hat Films, Warner Bros., Joint Effort.
Language:shqip, العربية, English, Română.
Runtime:114
Genre:Comedy, Crime, Drama.

Movie ‘War Dogs’ was released in August 17, 2016 in genre Comedy. Todd Phillips was directed this movie and starring by Miles Teller. This movie tell story about Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

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