• Why I’m Becoming A Travel Agent (On Top Of Everything Else)

    When I announced that I was becoming a Travel Agent, most people we’re very enthusiastic. Travel has always been my passion and I already spend a fair amount of time helping others book trips. It just makes sense, right? I’ve been blogging for years and travel has always been a large part of those stories. I believe in making memories as a family and stepping outside our every day life to try new things. Travel writing has given me more opportunities to do that, but the landscape of that industry has been shifting. Currently, it’s all about that model-like family on Instagram. If that’s you, work it. Leverage it! But…

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    How To Save On Flights To Your Dream Vacation

    Finding ways to save on flights when we go away is always my top priority in regards to travel. As a family of five, we could be paying anywhere from $1000-5000 on just our airfare. That’s a huge chunk of cash that’d I’d rather save for another vacation! Driving is an option in some circumstances, but because time is money (or in my husbands case, lost days of work) we usually try to find cheap flights or alter our plans. However, there are some tricks I’ve come across and I want to share them with you!   How To Save On Flights For Your Dream Vacation My first piece of…

  • 5 Ways To Bring Down The Cost Of A Vacation

    I recently found myself pondering why travel is so important to me. Most people enjoy a getaway now and then, but traveling means so much more to me than just taking a trip. It’s a big priority in my life and it’s why I’m willing to sacrifice a lot of things to make it happen and to bring down the cost. Everyone has something they love to do that fulfills them beyond their daily tasks. For some, it may be an outdoor sport like golfing, skiing or hiking. Others may enjoy a solitary indoor activity, like sewing or painting.¬†For me, it’s travel. Unfortunately, it can be an expensive passion. You…

  • The Best Kept Secret at Disney’s Private Island | Castaway Cay

    We recently spent a day on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. This 3-acre long plot of land in The Bahamas is leased by Disney Cruise Line, and they dock here for a day on nearly all their Caribbean cruises. It’s always the highlight of the itinerary thanks to the turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and Disney level of service. But did you know there’s a best kept secret at Disney’s private island? While on board, guests receive a Disney Navigator that lists all the activities and dining options for each travel day. The same happens for your time at Castaway Cay. On this trip, we noticed that there was a children’s…

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    Buying Timeshares | The Other Side of the Argument

    When you mention the idea of buying a timeshare, people tend to think you’re crazy. They can’t get past the up front cost, which to be fair is a significant chunk of cash. But there is much more to buying a timeshare than simply being financially locked in. There are also some wonderful benefits! My parents bought a timeshare when I was a teenager. Because of this, we were guaranteed at least one wonderful vacation every year as a family. Using my parents points, we’ve traveled to Mexico, Florida, New York, Hawaii, and beyond. It’s allowed us to stay in hotels we couldn’t have afforded otherwise. Not only did we…