Paying for Travel: 9 Ways We Make It Work

Paying for Travel: 9 Ways We Make It Work

"One question I always get when people ask me about traveling is "How do you afford it?"  Well, let me be really honest with you: WE. ARE. NOT. RICH.  We do not have sponsorships. (Although I wouldn't turn them down ;) -- HINT HINT AIRBNB) WE PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR ALL OF OUR LEISURE TRAVEL. We are a military family with two kids living off of ONE paycheck.  The only answer I can think of is: Priority. We prioritize traveling.  We don't do huge home improvement projects, drive fancy cars, live in huge house, etc.  We put our money where our interests are: travel.  Here are 8 ways we are able to afford traveling more than once a year:"

Tavia

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Harpers Ferry: 10 Tips for Planning a Trip with Kids

Harpers Ferry: 10 Tips for Planning a Trip with Kids

"We decided, this particular morning, to go to Harpers Ferry over going to Gettysburg. It was a last minute decision and I wasn't convinced it would even be worth the visit.  My step-dad described it to me as "a historical park with a city on a hill" -- and now we all know he is the WORST ever at describing awesome places.  Our time at Harpers Ferry was better than I could have ever hoped.  So much history, unbeatable nature & the weather could not have been more pleasant."

-Tavia

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GUEST POST: Jenny - An Adventure Worth Taking

GUEST POST: Jenny - An Adventure Worth Taking

"My husband and I are missionaries in the Baltic States and frequently fly throughout Europe for meetings and conferences and to the United States for support raising and to visit family.  With that said, our kids see their bags packed and do not make a fuss about it.  They don’t see the need anymore.  I have a daughter that is 8 and a son that is 4."

Jenny

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Travel Beds: Size Matters

Travel Beds: Size Matters

"There are a million options out there for Travel Cribs (AKA baby cots, pack n plays, etc).  I am not even about to go into comparing them ALL to each other, but I wanted to share this option since so many of my parent-friends are struggling with their tall toddlers and where they sleep on trips!"

Tavia

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Kid Friendly Krakow

Kid Friendly Krakow

"Poland was more than I ever imagined.  The people are extremely friendly, the food is delicious, everything is cheap, and the sites are full of complex history.  When you visit Poland, stay longer than we did.  There is so much more to see and we will definitely be going back for a more expansive tour."

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10 Reasons Why We love DAYTRIP

10 Reasons Why We love DAYTRIP

"However, once we had our second baby and we were looking at TWO overnight train rides; one from Prague to Krakow and the other from Krakow to Vienna.  I was dreading it.  I knew we wouldn’t get ANY sleep.  I knew we would be so tired that our days in Poland would be really hard.  A few weeks before we left the States, I started looking for an alternative.  I found On Day Trip."

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Prague with Kids

Prague with Kids

"Prague is a gorgeous city in the Czech Republic with so much history.  Before our trip, we had heard many great things about this destination and we were not disappointed. We traveled before peak season and found everything to be relatively slow, but the major attractions still had A LOT of tourists – I am assuming peak season would be almost unbearable."
-Tavia

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I left my Husband and Still-nursing Son in Another Country on Accident

I left my Husband and Still-nursing Son in Another Country on Accident

"...I was pretty thrilled with myself because I knew I would have time to get seats and get situated and all Jimmy would have to do is get on the train and give us food!!  PERFECT!!  We board the train. (<-- WORST decision we make all day) My parent’s grab a table and the 4 seats and take Charletta with them.  I am battling bicyclists to get our giant double stroller on the train.  After they finally get their bikes loaded and I get the stroller situated the door to the train closes and the train starts moving. IT. STARTS. DRIVING. AWAY....."
-Tavia

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From Florida to Virginia....and Back

From Florida to Virginia....and Back

"I imagined both kids crying (and probably me) crying the entire drive and me asking myself every 10 minutes why I wanted to do it in the first place. If you think this sounds dramatic, you’ve never driven in the car with a baby/toddler who is able to cry for four or more hours straight, who didn’t sleep AT ALL on an ELEVEN hour drive from Florida to Texas, and who’s cry is the same decibel as a firing rifle. Thankfully though trip went nothing like I imagined and I am so grateful."

-Tavia

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One Day in New York City with 3 Kids under 2

One Day in New York City with 3 Kids under 2

"Eventually we made our way over to Rockefeller Plaza to the see the famous Christmas Tree and we walked through Times Square on our way.  We ended the evening like good tourists at a local Chinese restaurant where we were able to get the giant circular table in the back. It even had a giant lazy Susan in the middle. I felt like I was in a movie. The food was so delicious, the service was prompt and the company was fantastic.”

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5 Amazing Weeks in Montgomery, Alabama

5 Amazing Weeks in Montgomery, Alabama

"I can not believe it's been a year since our time in Montgomery.  They say the days are long, but the years are short and this year went by in the blink of an eye.  While this trip happened a while back, it is worth it for me to share my experiences because they were so positive and we really did have such a good time."

Tavia

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Traveling Through the Trimesters & with a Baby

Traveling Through the Trimesters & with a Baby

"Since becoming a family of three we have found new ways to enjoy ourselves. We no longer spend our nights exploring the local bar scene, but we now have a new travel tradition that we love: we always eat dinner together in the hallway of our hotel while our baby sleeps.  We have ordered carry out and room service, but we still sit together where we can talk and enjoy each other’s company.  Traveling has always been a way for us to connect and this is a new quirk that we both get a kick out of.  It sounds silly, but it’s ours and we love it. We have adapted to this new normal.  Life with a baby is different that life without one.  Life with two babies will be even more different, but I know when this baby gets here we will settle in like all families do.  Our life will go on and be twice as exciting as it is now."

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Part Two: Braving Europe – Travel Days

Part Two: Braving Europe – Travel Days

"With a very transient trip, I tried to plan out our travel days before we even left the United States.  What I found is that you can’t always book train tickets in advance for European travel and I also learned that there are many ways to book European train tickets and it all depends on what country/region you are traveling to/from.  I spent a lot of time researching the most effective, most comfortable, and cheapest way to get from city to city.  We knew we would be carrying all of our bags plus a stroller and our baby, so we needed to be ready to pack light and move efficiently.

-Tavia"

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Braving Europe (Part 1) - Booking, Planning, Packing

Braving Europe (Part 1) - Booking, Planning, Packing

"Overall, the stress of the planning/booking/packing was totally worth it.  Our trip was absolutely amazing.  Jimmy always tells me that it was truly “the trip of a lifetime” because we were able to see so many things and get to so many places in 15 days.  I would (and will) do it again in a heart beat.

-Tavia"

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GUEST POST: Allie - Two For the Road

GUEST POST: Allie - Two For the Road

I’m Allie, first time mom of two wild, crazy twin boys named Brooks and Reagan, living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with degrees in Marketing, Art History, and Global Business, and a hunky surfer boyfriend from Chincoteague Island.  During college I spent time traveling Europe, which sparked a huge wanderlust in my soul. I married my surfer in 2012, and to our surprise we welcomed not one but TWO new members to our family on December 30th, 2014.  I’m blessed to have two jobs that allow me the flexibility to work from home, and allow me the opportunity to travel frequently.  While most of our travel to date has been confined mostly to car trips, I can’t wait to start branching out and showing my boys the big, beautiful world we live in.

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