Make This Year A Year Of Travel

Traveling is a bit of a luxury, isn’t it. But if you work hard enough, and be as frugal with your money as possible, there’s no reason why you can’t fit in two vacations this year to the destinations you’ve been dreaming of. If your destination of choice is a tad expensive, like Bora Bora, then you’re going to need some inspiration to help you find the vacation destination of choice. Whether you’re looking for a bit of winter fun, or summer sun, there’s something out there for everyone. So here are a few ways in which you can make two nice vacations affordable, and some of the best destinations around the world to try that you might not have thought of.


To make your vacation affordable, is going to be hard. You need to put in the work to make sure you’re scraping together every last penny. To some people, the cutbacks in life are more than worth it when you have to amazing vacation destination to go on. So put in some extra shifts at work and begin putting aside the extra money into a savings account ready to book the vacation. You need to try and cut back on the other areas in life such as your social life, where you often might spend a little bit more money than you need to. Reduce your outings to once or twice a month, rather than every weekend, and stop spending money on food! Spending money on food is most likely going to be one of your biggest outgoings each month. Even just a trip to the supermarket to buy a meal deal is all going to add up. Then all you need to do is find an affordable vacation. Look out for the deals, and see if a last minute deal is going to save you a bit of money. A lot of companies overcharge for vacations which is why it is so important to shop around rather than going for the first vacation you see.


Meribel is a beautiful ski resort in the French Alps, so if you’re looking for a bit of fun and an adrenaline rush, this is the place for you. The destination is absolutely beautiful, and it is a firm favorite with so many people. There’s plenty to do there when you’re not on the slopes as well, just check out this Meribel area guide for more information! If you haven’t considered a ski/snowboarding vacation before, there’s a couple of reason why you need to. They’re just so much fun. If you don’t know how to, there’s going to be plenty of places near you that will offer classes teaching you how to do either one. If you’re not a fan of the cold, you’ll often find things get pretty hot, and you’ll most likely get sunburn whilst you’re up there. There’s plenty to do food and drinks wise, and you’ll often find that there are plenty of bars and restaurants dotted up the mountain. Just hope off the ski lift and head into one of the establishments for a couple of pints before hitting the slopes. All you’ll need to buy beforehand is a bit of equipment, but you can usually find this cheaper on the internet.


America is often on many different buckets lists, because there’s just so many different places people want to go. A lot of people are drawn to the attractions of Florida, whilst others are looking for the crazy heights of New York. One thing we do know with this vacation however, is that it can be rather expensive. Even just booking the vacation can put a dent in your pocket, let alone the spending money. But again, if you shop around you will be able to find good deals. If you go for two weeks, you can easily go to Florida with flights and accommodation for 1000.

Make This Year A Year Of Travel

You just need to be frugal and not always go for the biggest and best hotel. After all, you probably won’t be spending that much time in it anyway! Make sure you budget enough for spending money as well. Although the food portions may be big, the price it comes with can be a little expensive. You will be looking at spending a lot if you want to visit all the attractions as well!

So there you have it, two affordable vacations, and how to make them a little more affordable. If you’re going to do anything in 2018, make sure it is a year full of new travel experiences.

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How Travel Affects Your Mental Health

How Travel Affects Your Mental Health

by Alek Sabin

Poor mental health, sadly, is far too often an issue that many people leave unaddressed, or go about fixing in the wrong way. Every person has different ways that they deal with a troubled mind, as in the things that they do everyday to cope with any sort of mental health issues. However, sometimes it can be good to get away for a while so that you can get out of your own head and get a break from your usual environment.

For this reason, traveling is often a recommended thing to do after someone goes through a particularly trying chapter in their life, such as the loss of a loved one or dealing with something like addiction. Here are some ways that travel has a positive impact on your mental health…

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Jackson; The City with Soul

Jackson is an affordable yet exciting up-and-coming city in Mississippi. Though, I have visited Mississippi on many occasions, I have not had the pleasure of visiting Jackson. But I will say that after watching the Visit Jackson docu-series, I have become fascinated with the culture and their strong sense of diversity. So, I plan to add Jackson as a destination on my travel wish list.

I’m sure that after you check out the docu-series, you will also want to add Jackson to your list. This is a city that has something for everyone; food, culture, art, entertainment and much more.


If you’re a food fanatic, the food scene is one to check out. There’s a culinary variety to please just about anyone, with restaurants like Big Apple Inn on Farish St., Johnny T’s Bistro & Bar and CS’s just to name a few.

Jackson is much more than soul food but if that’s what you’re looking for, you can find it too. The Crawdad Hole is another great spot to eat – there you can experience a crawfish boil like the locals.

Big Apple Inn

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Texas State Fair + 5 Fall Activities

The Texas State Fair is one of those bucket list items; you just have to go! Especially, if you live in Texas. While, I always wanted to go, talked about it and planned for it, for some reason I wouldn’t follow through. This year seemed like it would be the same. But I made it out to the fair with the family and it was so much fun!

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Five Free/Low Cost Things to do in Columbus, Georgia

It has been over six years since I moved away from Columbus, Georgia. And though we have visited several times the last few years. It has always been for short periods of time, about a week or less.  But this summer I was able to spend a little over three weeks in what I once considered home. This time was not only great for spending time with my family but also for discovering new gems in the small town that has a special place in my heart.

So, I’ll say that I was impressed by the progress the town has made since we moved away. So much, that we contemplated moving back. But then bounced out of it, I guess my love for Houston is much stronger. Either way, I thought I could pass on details on things to do while in Columbus. This would be especially useful to military families who move in and out of the Columbus and Fort Benning area.

Uptown Water Park

When I lived in Georgia, this was not around. I also didn’t have any kids, so it would not have been a place where you’d find me. However, now that I have two girls it was a great and refreshing way to cool down during the summer days we spent. What is it? It’s a giant Splash-pad, adjacent to a playground and overlooking the river.

Columbus, GA Water Park

Columbus Public Library

This is not a new attraction, and possibly not one that most people think to visit. But there’s something beautiful about the library; the architecture is what I’m probably drawn to. The Aflac Children’s Room is divine; it’s like walking into a story book. The space is large and perfectly decorated. We easily spent two hours there, while the girls picked out books, colored and played with other children who were visiting.

Stroytime at Columbus Public Library

Library Fun

Coca-Cola Space Center

I had visited before and though it is not a large center, there are a handful of hands-on activities for the little ones. Our personal favorite was the simulator, not only is it informative but it is also fun, as it moves simulating a spaceship’s blast off. My littlest loved it of course – as if she were on a carnival ride.

Space Center Columbus
Mercy’s Jamaican Kitchen

I am a self declared foodie. So I am always on the hunt for the next best meal. I had driven by Mercy’s on several occasions but had never stopped. All I could think after trying the food, was why didn’t we eat here sooner. The food was delicious, so flavorful! The portions were also perfect, so much that we split our plates with the littles. My oldest is not as picky as the littlest, this is depending on her mood of course. But I was honestly surprised that she asked for more. With that said, yes, restaurant is family friendly. 🙂

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Jamaican Cuisine

Jamaican Cuisine

Thai House

I have searched and searched and searched for another Thai Restaurant since moving away. I have not found one. Not even in Houston, a city known for its diverse cuisine. Because I was in town for Father’s Day, this is where we chose to celebrate dad. My parents had never been and they loved it, those two are as picky as my little ones. I often think they were food critics in another life. 🙂 So, if they liked it and had nothing bad to say, then it is worth recommending.

I could go on with my list. There are a few other places that offer great cuisine in Columbus, Ga but I will save them for another post perhaps.

As always, thanks for stopping by and make sure to share or pin this post so that others can discover Columbus’ little gems.


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Road Trip Getaway to Savannah

Savannah! Knowing that I lived in Georgia for a few years before, you probably expect me to say that I have visited Savannah several times. Truth is, that we had to move away for me to become interested in visiting. For whatever reason, we always traveled South, to Florida. On this last trip to Georgia, I decided that Savannah was a MUST! And I’m glad that we did it.

Day 1 –  We arrived and checked in at Hotel Indigo on Bay Street. The staff was welcoming and resourceful. The room was clean, modern and had a great view. After deciding what our night would look like, we went downstairs to Five Oaks Taproom for drinks and walked over to River St. for dinner at Chart House. We then walked around town a bit and called it a night – it’s age catching up with us. Just kidding! It’s really just parenthood. 🙂

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