There are so many places across Wisconsin that are underrated and I have yet to explore. Who am I kidding, there are just so many places everywhere I have yet to explore. Here are some interesting places that I think you should visit: Apostle Islands …
There are so many different restaurants across the globe just waiting to be found.
Restaurants can be very pricy in high tourist destinations and very populous cities like New York, Chicago and London.
There are a few ways to ease the cost of eating out when traveling.
Find Coupons: they can be online, in booklets or in pamphlets
Bring your own food: bring a cooler of food you already have at home
Go to a grocery store: buy food that you know you are going to eat and be able to cook
Every time I went on a trip longer than 3 days we have packed food along. My dad would make hamburgers, pork chops, brats, grilled chicken and freeze it. He would pack along rice, mash potatoes and canned vegetables too. Of course there would be a whole box of snacks to munch on as well. We would buy the more perishable items such as milk, cheese and fresh fruit/ vegetables at a grocery store where we were vacationing at. All that money we saved on going out to eat we used it else where.
Everyone loves to save money, I know I sure do! Traveling can be very expensive no matter the destination. You have to have money for: food, activities, hotels, transportation, souvenirs, and so on. Not everyone plans out a budget, which is totally fine but knowing …
Many of us are either panic buying toilet paper or enjoying our time binge watching shows on Netflix.
This global pandemic has put a damper on everyone’s travel plans, especially for spring break.
There are several travel bans, limited hours for many places and an overall social distancing recommendation. If you have made travel plans for these next few weeks, I am so sorry. This virus was not foreseen and a lot of these changes are happening all at once.
My recommendation as well as the CDC is to stay home. Limit your exposure time. Although most of us will be just fine and the death rate is very minuscule, there are still many, many people out there who are susceptible. Do your part. Wash your hands and we will all get though this.
Just remember, if you plan to travel and book that $65 round trip flight to wherever, most likely everything, if not most places will be shutdown. There is no point to make yourself venerable or become a carrier all for a little “fun in the sun”.
Everything will still be there once the world recovers! You are not the only one this virus has effected, just be patient and soon enough you will be sipping margaritas on the beach next to me.
The trip is booked. The flight is purchased. Now it’s time to pack your suitcase.
Regardless of where your destination is and how you are going to get there, you need to pack a bag of some sort. Through personal experience and searching for helpful hints online, I came up with a few tips that might help you.
Start by finding the best suitcase, duffle bag, purse or what you have it for where you are traveling to. Making sure you are up to date on airline luggage restrictions and what you can and cannot bring on a plane will alleviate embarrassment at the terminal (this goes for trains and ships as well).
- Think ahead: check out the weather, where you are going and how you are going to get there.
- Make a list: writing down what I need to bring helps me stay organized and makes packing a little less stressful.
- Plan for the unexpected: make sure you have a few spares of socks, underwear, shirts, etc.. because you never know what will happen.
- Roll your clothes: surprisingly, I never rolled my clothes when packing. But- it does make a lot of sense and seems to save some space in your suitcase.
- Helpful things to bring along: foot insoles for your shoes, portable charger, rain poncho, first aid kit, lip balm, passport/ credit card theft protection wallet, hand sanitizer, spare cash or credit card and a reusable water bottle.
- Entire set of keys: it would be wise to not bring your entire set of keys, just bring the ones you need to get home with.
- Guidebooks: these books will weigh you down, instead read up on your destination before you leave.
- Uncomfortable shoes: more likely than not you will be doing a huge amount of walking. Find a comfortable pair of shoes or use insoles.
- Don’t pack things you can buy there: some things you may or may not need on a trip, why waste space when you can buy it where you are going- examples: razors, nail polish remover, lint roller…
- Overpack: this seems like an obvious “rule” but trust me, I am the type to pack everything I own. Just pack the basics and essentials!
Most of these tips should be common sense by now, but we often fall into the “must pack everything” trap all too often. Just remember, all of those things are dispensable but you are not. If you lose, leave or have something get stolen you can always replace that item.
For example: After I was coming back from Europe, my bag was on a flight to New Jersey and not to Wisconsin like we were. Everyone else on the trip found their bag at pick up location but me. I was freaking out! All the souvenirs, my best clothes and memories were in that bag. After a week, the airline company found my bag and shipped it to my house. That experience made me reflect on my own privilege and how material we all can be sometimes. Everything will work out in the end.. so don’t panic.
Feel free to comment on your own personal experiences packing or other helpful tips!
We are connected more now than ever. We can read about unfamiliar places and we can see videos about different cultures, but there is a problem with all this connectedness. Reading or seeing images about places you have never experienced yourself could potentially alter the …