Again I repeat, travel as a choice.
So I’m sitting here in my new apartment in Cincinnati, OH, USA. Big move for a girl who has lived at home for all of my 25 years, minus the 4 years of living in the college dormitories. I’ve got my couch ($175 and $30 for pillows), free coffee table from a family friend (Thanks Joe!), and my wifi. What more does a freelance personal vacation planner need?!
Back to making choices. Living at home was pretty great for a few reasons.
1. I have a 12 year old brother who I’m obsessed with. Love you Adam! And if you can’t tell, that portrait is made from Lego. Yes LEGO! Artist Nathan Sawaya’s exhibit “Art of the Brick” is on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Shameless weekend place of employment plug…BUT the exhibit is seriously stunning!
2. I have been able to spend my hard earned money on experiences rather than things. Like this past Sunday, I tried the sport of curling for $10! Thanks Cincinnati Curling Club for hosting an awesome Open House! Looking forward to throwing some stones* again soon.
3. No rent equaled money for traveling! My friends and family make fun of me, but before I spend money on something, I think, would I rather have “x” (normally a purse or new gym shoes), or can I put that money towards a future trip? Most days saving for a new adventure wins out, but other times I just really want a new pair of kicks! Did you notice how nicely my blue Brooks tennis shoes ($50 at Gabriel Brothers, saved me $100 off the retail price!) match the rocks*?
*rock or stone is the term for those large heavy slidy things in the picture above.
Clearly I’m all about those savings! Sounds like a popular Meghan Trainor song…And I’m thankful my parents still let me eat the food at their house. See refrigerator below.
Circling back to the title of this post, travel as a choice. My choices are very deliberate. Save my money where I can, and use it to travel. If you are like me, and want to see and experience new places, I have some advice. Take a brief look at your personal finances. That can be your credit/debit card statement, bank account, or the cash in your wallet.
Reflect on how you are spending your own hard earned money. I promise there are plenty of ways to save money and use it to travel!
Keep reading to find out.
P.S. If you read carefully, you’d have noticed that I called myself a freelance personal vacation planner. Interested in learning more? Email me at email@example.com. I’ll be the one getting back to you.👍🏻
Three times a charm!!! Excellent blog.
I love your simple and thoughtful writing style. It’s a great strategy to make some great, thought-provoking things with some good advice mixed in. Going to encourage Uncle Rich to follow this as well until travel is HIS everything!
Thanks Aunt Donna! And I’ll be need YOU very soon as my Yellowstone National Park guru. Thank Uncle Rich for me!
Congrats on your new apartment, Bridget! 🙂 And what a good post topic…I’m excited to learn a few money-saving tips!!!
Thanks for the kind words Jenna! Looking forward to the mutual blog love that lies ahead!
Question: do you have any good recommendations for a tropical all inclusive resort? One that kids under 2 are free. The hubs and I are planning a vacation for Jan or Feb 2016. We would like to spend up to 3,000 for flight and all.
Great question Sarah!
Thank you for providing your travel needs and budget. Helps narrow down my options for you. I’ll look into the places I’m thinking of off the top of my head. And I’ll definitely keep your little one in mind. Love that you travel as a young family. The nanny in me is jumping for joy right now!
So just shoot me a quick email with your contact info and we can get the ball rolling on your tropical getaway!
Wow! What a perfect idea – to be a freelance personal vacation planner! With your experience and common sense approach I’m sure you will be very successful! Best of luck and enjoy your apartment!
Thank you for the kind words and support. I’m excited for this new business venture. And my apartment is a slow work in progress…but I’m loving it!