***Disclaimer: I have spent a lot of time in church. It usually happens in spurts. There will be people who agree and disagree. I ask that if you comment, you do so respectfully. I am going to attempt to word this post in a way that doesn’t belittle anyone’s beliefs, but explains my own. This is based on my own personal experience.
A lot of my earliest memories are filled with being in the church. I remember sitting on my dad’s lap during the sermon when I was really little. My parents volunteered in the nursery a few times a year and I remember being a “big helper”. I was a regular at all of the kids programs all through elementary, middle and high school. I went on organized mission trips with our youth group. My sophomore and junior year, I was a small group leader for elementary and middle school kids. One week I figured it out and I was averaging 9-12 hours a week with church based activities plus school, a job, and my family. Through basic training, I went on Sundays when we were allowed to go to church services.
After returning from basic training, I did a lot of self searching. I didn’t really feel like I fit into the youth group anymore. I hated high school my senior year because I felt lost. Maybe it was because I felt older. Basic training’s goal is to make a civilian into a soldier. It changed me. I can’t really explain what changed within me that summer. Maybe it was that I was gone all summer. My grandpa was really sick and we expected to lose him while I was gone, but we didn’t. He was still as stubborn as ever when I got back. Life changed dramatically that Summer. …
Yellowstone National Park was absolutely breathtaking. The hills and rivers and just absolutely everything was amazing. I also picked a great time to be in the park because the fall colors. The yellows and oranges near the water made for a stunning canvas for photographs. While I didn’t actually see all of the park, I saw a ton of it for one day.
I did Yellowstone National Park on day 3 of my 6 day road trip. I knew that one day wasn’t really enough, but I also knew that I didn’t really have time to fit more than one day in if I wanted to do all of the other things on my list. My goal was to hit Montana on Monday, but instead I spent most of the day getting to Cody, Wyoming.
If there is one thing that I have learned the most about the entire trip, it is that planning becomes a joke along the way. Also, coffee in the morning has become my best friend.
I got to Cody around 3pm on Monday afternoon, which didn’t leave much daylight for exploring the area. My WONDERFUL hosts, Tara and Jarren, let me follow them around for the afternoon/evening while they looked at and bought a camper. They took me out to a point on the reservoir that was absolutely gorgeous. We ordered pizza and pulled out a Yellowstone Park Map so they could point out all of the stopping points along the way.
From Cody, I went up to Cooke City along the Chief Joesph Highway. The drive from Cody to Cooke City was act
ually probably my favorite part of the entire day, but it took an hour longer than I expected because of constructions and I stopped every mile to get out and take a picture. The views were breath taking.
From Cooke City, I took the Northern Entrance into Yellowstone. …
Planning my first solo trip has been extremely exciting, nerve wrecking, and fun. I thought I would find someone to come with me, but most people my age don’t have the time or money to just take off work. My mom would love to come with me, but has a busy week at work. My dad is extremely jealous, but has other family commitments right now. This opportunity is my chance to reach out on my own and spend a little time with me. I know that in my solo travels, I will figure out more of who I am.
I see so many young couples that spend so much time together that they can’t possibly have time for themselves. To each their own. Every couple is different and has different needs. I like attention, but I also like me time. I will be the first to admit that my “girl time” with my best friend includes smashing pizza and alcohol (sometimes) and talking about boys.
Girl time can also be road trips. Brittney and I have been on two road trips together in the last month and it has been a ton of fun. My “Me” time though consists of a good book, my laptop, my camera, or just curled up watching a movie. But this upcoming road trip is 100% different than anything I have ever done, even with my parents. It is all me and no one else. It is a lot farther and a lot more destinations and things to do than I have ever tried in such a short amount of time. I am excited but horribly nervous to be in the car by myself that long. Google Maps estimates 37 hours of driving, but I know that it will be more than that with all of the sites, attractions, and stops.
I am renting a car and I am driving to Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and then home to Nebraska. The plan is to stay with a family friend in Wyoming the first two nights. I will be on my own in cabins the next two. The last night I am staying with my aunt in Colorado. The best part about a solo trip is that you don’t have to sacrifice your time for things that other people want to do. If I am on the road and decide that I don’t want to do something, I can always just skip it and find something else to do.
There are so many sacrifices that I have made in order to do the traveling that I have. Everyone has a reason for not traveling, and most say it is a money problem. They don’t have enough money for the trips that they want to go on. I have found that there are ways to save money on the trip, but there are also things to sacrifice if you are dedicated to your traveling experiences.
As of right now, I am against using credit cards for traveling purposes. I don’t want to rely on a credit card for free travel points, but I have been doing research and thinking about it figuring out more about it.
If you are dedicated to traveling regularly, there are things to give up to start building your travel fund.
Here are 5 sacrifices that I have made or cut back on so I can travel:
I have finally experienced the event that I have been waiting for since I was much younger. Country Stampede was not a disappointment. It is 3 1/2 straight days of drinking, camping, and country music. Could there be a better summertime combo??
A younger crowd of Country music fans fill the park as Kicker Country Stampede begins. Campers park anywhere they fit and people put up there tents in any location that they can. People from all locations jam into the park for three full days of fun.
Tuttle Creek State Park is five minutes outside of Manhattan, Kansas. The days are long and hot, filled with grilling, drinking, sunbathing, yard games, and loud music. If you don’t like all of these things, I don’t recommend Stampede for you. But if you are the average Midwest American, I strongly suggest going at least once in your lifetime.
When I got home after the last day, I was exhausted, happy, and ready to buy my ticket for next year. I cannot wait to start packing up the camper next summer. …
To me, Summer means camping. Fire pits. Tents. Roasting Hot dogs. S’mores over the fire. That crackling sound of the fire. Sleeping under the stars. And enjoying the sounds of Yia Yias (Grandma’s names for locusts) in the distance. Most of my childhood vacations meant packing up the tent or the camper and going. Very rarely did we stay in a hotel when we went on vacation. It is even one of my 5 Ways to Save $500 On These Travel Expenses.
One of my favorite family vacations was spent hauling our camper across the state of Nebraska, but many of our vacations or even long weekends included throwing the tents in the back of our truck and going.
Preparing for camping is sometimes the hardest part. It is nice to be able to check out your campground’s amenities prior to packing. Maybe if you have stayed at this campground before and are returning because you liked what it had to offer. But this isn’t usually the case.
While it is unlikely that you have this chance, when it comes to camping, it is better to over pack than under pack and end up at the store a million times for something you could have just brought with you. Camping should be a way to save money, but if you are running to the store for things you have at home, it is going to end up costing a pretty penny.
There are different amenities that come with campsites. Some of them are parking in the grass and setting up under a random tree where there is no real campsite. Others have picnic tables and fire pits. Others have electric outlets.
Depending what you reserve and pay for, each of them is a little different. A little bit or research can go a long way when it comes to packing and planning, so make sure you check out the campsites website if you can! …
My plan is a little crazy and adventurous, but that is what I aim to have my life to be. I never want my life to feel like I am on a hamster wheel. I never want another 9-5 job. I want to explore the world and do what I want. I talked about my why for wanting to traveling around the world. After telling my why, everyone has asked me how, which actually maybe be the real question.
My lease is up in April of 2017 and my goal is to set my cruise and disappear. I am not really sure on all of the details yet, but my goal for right now is to buy a new vehicle and a cute teardrop camper for this adventure across the US. I would love to just pack up and go, but I am a little afraid that the camper is going to make some of my adventures harder than they need to be.
Traveling by myself, a camper may be too much work at first. I have discussed the idea of an air mattress or even a regular mattress in the back of my jeep and using apps like Couchsurfer and AirBnb, as well as my numerous friends that I have all over the country. (Thanks to almost 5 years of military service.) I figure that I won’t really have a plan until I get on the road, but right now all of my pennies are going towards a new vehicle. …
I love traveling, but waitressing is currently my main source of income. I save quite a bit of my extra money when I can, but I don’t have a ton of expendable income that I just want to throw into a trip. If I had the choice, I would travel every week and go somewhere new. The great thing is, traveling doesn’t have to be around the world for you to experience something new. I would say that most people could make a list of the great things that they haven’t done within 8 hours of their home of residence.
My goal this summer is to do some extensive traveling throughout the state and within that 8 hour radius of my home.
There are a lot of expenses when it comes to traveling. Some expenses could be split depending on your travel partners, but I challenge you to find a location and go, even if just for a day or two!
Below are the 5 main travel expenses and ways to cut back the spending. …
There is just some things that I always seem to do while traveling. It can be a time to do things you have never done before, but it can also be a great opportunity to enjoy the things that get forgotten in every day life. When traveling, I always relish in the simple things in life, while enjoying a few new adventures. I always take the opportunity to enjoy things that I don’t always have time to do as much as I would like when I am at home. Whatever you love doing, make a vacation a reason to take the time you have to do the things you love.
Every person’s reason for traveling is different. Some people like traveling to experience new things. Some people travel to get away from the stress of a job. Either reason is a good reason to step back and remember the good things about life.
Here are my top 5 things I enjoy doing while I am traveling: …
Nothing in life ever gets accomplished if you don’t have a purpose driving what you are doing. Why do you do the things you do? Not just the everyday things that you have to do, but the things that you have to take time out of your schedule to do. The things that take a little extra perseverance or energy to do. I announced on Facebook a few weeks ago that my career would be traveling and that I would find a way to make money with it as I go. That was the reason that I changed majors. That is the reason that I work so many extra hours at work when I could be fine with just working half of what I do.
My why is this:
From a young age, I remember traveling. My parents were always so good about planning great trips. The one I remember the most vividly (because I was older but also because it was my favorite) was our self-titled, “Let’s Go West” trip. We had zero plans but we had a camper, a few bags of food and clothes and a map. We got in the car and headed west (Nebraska). On our list of places to maybe see was Scottsbluff’s Chimney Rock. We figured that was kind of the end goal and that we would just see some fun things along the way. …