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5 Ways to “Get Away” when you can’t Actually Get Away

September 20, 2016 in Travel Tips / Uncategorized

Sure, buying a plane ticket and escaping to somewhere AMAZING sounds fantastic, but let’s be real – we can’t all do that!  Sometimes we just need to put our day to day routines on pause and find a change of scenery in order to recharge our batteries a little.  If you can’t make a grand escape somewhere exotic, here are a few ways to shake things up a little and get away without actually getting away.


Camping
1.  Go Camping

Camping is a GREAT way to recharge!  One, because chances are, you have campground close by.  Two, it’s an inexpensive way to escape reality and Three, it’s an easy weekend trip.  ReserveAmerica.com is a handy resource to find places to camp.  Just decide what part of the world you would like to camp, and find campgrounds in and around that area.
We did this last minute on labor day weekend.  We found a site in a campground nearby and went for a night.  While it would have been nice to stay longer, it was still a lot of fun and a nice change of pace!

Hiking through Glacier NP - Montana

2.  Take a Hike

Hiking is a fun way to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors.  A quick google search or alltrails.com will help you find a hike nearby (or wherever you prefer to go) that suits your needs.

3.  Explore Towns that Surround You

The internet makes finding cool new places a really simple task.  All you need to do is search!  Find areas that are around you within a reasonable distance that you haven’t been.  Sometimes the best places really are closer than you think.  Make it a day trip!

4.  Discover Unique Shops Nearby

This might sound weird, but I get really excited when I find a really cool coffee shop.  Why?  I just love a good latte.  Maybe you do too.  Or maybe you prefer a neat antique shop.  Take a walk and see what local shops you may have missed.

5.  Utilize TripAdvisor

I’m not getting any sort of compensation for talking about TripAdvisor.  I just plain love utilizing them to find great new places!  Look up the top places in your area.  Or, look up the top places in a town close by.

 

Have any other ideas?  Feel free to comment below!

Photos from Airplanes to Inspire Your Wanderlust

September 6, 2016 in Everything Else / Uncategorized

A mile of highway will take you a mile, but a mile of runway will take you anywhere.

There aren’t any views quite as unique as those you get from the window seat of an airplane. Working in the aviation industry, I see a lot of these incredible views and they always inspire my sense of wanderlust!  I also snap aerial photos when flying commercially.  Here are some photos that will hopefully intrigue yours as well!

a girl and her travel bug photo

5 PERKS OF BEING A PART-TIME TRAVELER

April 5, 2016 in Everything Else / Uncategorized

Many travel bloggers out there were somehow able to escape their lives and start traveling for a living.  Thats great for people who can do that, but how many people actually have the means to live a life of full-time travel?  Not many.  And while it would be a fairytale to be able to do so, there are certain perks to being a part-time traveler.

1.  YOU CAN MAINTAIN A STEADY PAYCHECK

While it certainly isn’t impossible, few travel bloggers successfully earn enough of an income to survive.  As a part-timer, it’s nice to have a steady paycheck that you can depend on while being able to put some of the funds toward your travels.

2.  YOU CAN KEEP A HOME BASE

Part-time travelers are able to have a place to call home.  I, personally, enjoy having my own place to go back to.  Mostly because I enjoy printing the photos from my trip(s) and hanging them on the walls.  🙂  In the end, it’s always nice to have somewhere to call your own.

3.  YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

As nice as it would be to travel continuously, I think I have a greater appreciation for it since I don’t.  I treasure my paid time off of work, and knowing that I have a trip coming up gives me something to get excited about!

4.  YOU CAN SEE FAMILY AND FRIENDS REGULARLY

There is no spending long amounts of time away from the people you love most.  I know from experience after moving so many times that relationships can be difficult to maintain when you aren’t around those people often.  Settling down is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture and build long-lasting relationships.

5.  YOU WON’T EXHAUST YOURSELF

Travel is exhausting!  And some people want to cram multiple stops into a short amount of time.  After your time away, you’ll have plenty of time to settle down and recuperate in time for the next trip.  Plan adventures that work with your pace.


It’s OK to be a part-time traveler, and it doesn’t make you any less adventurous than those seeing the world full-time.  It just means you have different circumstances.  Don’t let anyone make you feel differently!  Have more reasons to add to this list?  Post them below!

Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself

January 5, 2016 in Everything Else / Uncategorized

Jen in GettysburgWhen I first started this blog about a year and a half ago, I posted a relatively lengthy introduction to myself.  Since then, I have acquired some new readers and I would like to give a rather informal re-introduction.  So here it goes….

My name is Jennifer.  I’m no one spectacular, just your average Jen residing in the Baltimore area.  I went to college, I work a 9-5 marketing job, I’m a part-time photographer (hobbyist mostly but odd jobs as well), I love lattes, and of course, I have a burning desire to travel.  Like most other people, I have a stack of bills and very little time.  Oh, and I drive a VW bug.  I call it the travel bug.

My travels are mostly restricted to long weekends and 3 weeks of paid company vacation time.  I am by no means one of the “quit your job and see the world” bloggers;  I have way too many bills for that.  And besides, I would actually really like to own a home.  I consider myself more of a part-time traveler.

I started this blog because I felt compelled to share the more adventurous parts of my otherwise boring life with the world.  I wanted to meet like minds.  I wanted a place to share my photography.  I also wanted a place to simply post about anything interesting relating to travel.  I wanted to inspire others to see everything they can in their own time frame.  This blog is my “escape” from reality when I can’t always be where I want to be.

Somehow over the last year I have not only found other people who share many of the same passions as myself, but I’ve developed relationships with great companies such as AdoramaPix, Destination Gettysburg and Tinggly.  It has been such an exciting journey and I’m so grateful to them, and those of you who carve a little time out of your busy day to check up on this blog.  Thank you!

So that’s the short of it.  Be sure to check out the about me page for a little more information.  Kick back and take a look around.

I’d love to meet you as well!  Feel free to say hello and introduce yourself in the comments below!  🙂

{GUEST POST} Why Traveling Should Be Your Top New Year’s Resolution

December 29, 2015 in Guest posts / Uncategorized

Have you made your list of resolutions for 2016 yet? In addition to decisions about lifestyle changes and professional growth, maxing out travel opportunities should definitely be an area that you should include in your New Year’s resolutions. Why? For starters, traveling allows you to expand your horizons, meet new people and learn more about the world. It also provides an excellent opportunity to do a bit of soul-searching, develop new skills and push the limits of your comfort zone.

 

Female on train

Photo Source: www.bemusedbackpacker.com

Solo trips: An Ideal Opportunity for Soul-Searching

Although many people prefer traveling in the company of their family or friends, solo trips can also be a fun and rewarding experience. Traveling on your own to distant places allows you to grow as a person through contact with different cultures, environments and people. Solo trips can serve as a journey of self-discovery. There is no better way to step out of your comfort zone and unleash your inner adventurer than to set out to discover some beautiful places and cities. To prevent unpleasant surprises, make sure to plan your trip ahead and do detailed research about the place you’re about to visit. For example, online real estate platforms are a great source to find up-to-date news about different accommodation possibilities.

 

Backpacking adventures: Developing Basic Survival Skills

Backpacker photo

Photo Source: www.sxc.hu

Whether you decide to travel alone or with a companion, backpacking is an excellent way to see the world and develop basic survival skills on the fly. Camping trips offer a unique chance to face the wild, armed only with your survival gear, self-confidence and ability to adapt to unexpected circumstances. And the best part is, you do not have to venture beyond the borders of your home country to put your survival skills to test. A short trip to the nearby forest for a few days of camping will be enough of a challenge for beginner backpackers in their pursuit of adventure, thrills and an escape from monotonous daily routine.

 


Wild Explorations: A Chance to Work on your Photography Skills

camera photographing elephants

Photo Source: luminous-landscape.com

An often-neglected aspect of travel is the opportunity to capture intriguing details of the trip. Shooting film will help you upgrade your photography skills and experiment with new perspectives and camera modes. Avid cameramen know this well and they often use travel as a chance for professional growth, while wildlife photographers get a chance to live a nomadic life doing what they love most. If you never let go of your camera and are always hungry for new environments, traveling will provide a perfect chance to blend your two biggest passions. Enjoy every minute of your holiday and have tons of fun.

 

Weekend getaways: An Exciting Break From Routine

Tent view

Photo Source: pixabay.com/en/tent-mountains-sani-pass-765064/

 Even if you do not have a lot of spare time on your hands, you can still use your free weekends to escape from fast-paced city life and experience the world in a completely different light. Weekend getaways and short trips to the countryside are an excellent way to deal with stress, and relax and recharge your inner batteries before returning to the everyday routine. Even a small change can make a big difference, especially if you are feeling tired and worn-out from work, responsibilities and everyday have-tos.

 

Braving the world: A path to independence and self-confidence

Mountain standing in awe

Photo Source: pixabay.com/en/mountain-canyon-landscape-travel-1031130/

Traveling is also an excellent way to gain independence and boost your self-confidence. Getting lost in the middle of a strange city may be a tad stressful, but it will induce you to heavily rely on your skills, increase your flexibility and find a strong foothold in yourself regardless of the shifty circumstances.

Traveling is an important aspect of life; no growth happens without change. Encounters with new people, challenging environments and different cultures are the best way to test your communication skills and flexibility. If you want to grow and develop as a person, traveling should definitely be a part of your New Year’s resolutions – and besides, fun happens on the go, which is all the more reason to open the door and venture outside to explore the world in 2016.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Oliver Hyde is an experienced business consultant from the UK. His job allows him to travel, which also happens to be one of his greatest passions. He has been exploring Africa this past year and this journey is something he will never forget.

 

 

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