Going Down Under – The Itinerary

As I mentioned in my “Family Trip Planning” post, I turn 30 next year.  I considered several “dirty 30” vacation ideas before booking an Australia and New Zealand cruise.  The cruise is booked – now it’s time to plan, budget, and save! Before the Cruise With any cruise, I always recommend flying in at least the day before the cruise departs. Doing so gives you some wiggle room in case of delays, missed connections, or any other potential travel mishaps.  For this particular trip, I’m planning to fly into Sydney three days prior to the cruise departing.  This will give me Read More

California Here I Come

“California, here I come, right back where I started from…” Ah, California.  Nashville may be home now, but California was home first.  I was born and raised in California, living there until I was 16 years old.  No, I didn’t go to the beach every day.  No, I’m not super tan.  No, I’m not a “valley girl” and no, I definitely didn’t meet any movie stars.  To be honest, I haven’t been to most of the tourist sites that people are excited to see when they go to California so when my plans recently changed for my trip in September, Read More

Family Trip Planning

Too many chefs in the kitchen.  Too many hands in the pot.  Too many irons in the fire.  We’ve all heard these sayings before, but maybe not while talking about travel or travel planning though they certainly apply in travel planning situations. I turn 30 in 2020 (that’s just weird to type out) so some friends and I had been tossing around the idea of doing a “Dirty 30” vacation.  Then my parents found a cruise in August of 2020 that would go from New Jersey to Dublin, Ireland, and I decided I was going to do that instead.  It Read More

Resistance is Futile

“It’s essential to keep moving, learning and evolving for as long as you’re here and the world keeps spinning.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru When I was younger, my vacations with my parents and grandparents always resulted in my learning something.  I learned how to do basic math and addition in my head playing Blackjack with my grandpa at the table in my grandparent’s RV one summer.  Another summer I learned something about Custer’s Last Stand, but please don’t ask me to tell you what it was because I frankly don’t remember.  Somewhere during middle school I learned about John Muir, Yosemite, Read More