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Fun at Long Beach

Long Beach Washington is beautiful anytime of the year. With it sandy beaches and wonderfully charming town there is always something fun to do. The community is always putting on different events from art shows to book fairs and many more.

In October they put on a book fair where authors from all over come to attend with their books in hand. This year event was great with around 30 authors including myself attended. This lasted for half of the day and was quite eventful. This is definitely an event you will want to attend next year.

If you decide to head to Long Beach I suggest you stay for the weekend and really take in the town and the beach. There is this great little Inn that I stayed in called Coastal Inn and Suites. The price was decent and the rooms were comfortable and clean. I think the part I enjoyed the most was the customer service I received from this place. They went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed. The breakfast that was included was also delicious. This place is going on my must return list.

All and all this is one of the greatest places to visit in Washington State.

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Thrifty Traveler Kid’s Getaways

Yes, you read that right. The next book in my Thrifty Traveler series is coming out and it is for KIDS.

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If you are like me and love to travel with your family, then you have probably seen first hand what traveling with children is like. If you are still waiting to take that trip then you are in for a treat. It is super exciting when planning your family’s vacation and you fantasize about the fun you will have and the memories your kids will make.

This feeling stays with you as you pack and plan for your vacation. You load everyone in the car and excitedly drive off. About twenty minutes into the trip the questions start… “Are we there yet? How long until we get there?” Followed by, “I have to go to the bathroom, and I am hungry.”

Suddenly your trip starts to lose the fantasy and reality has set in. You realize that your kids are, well your kids. They are not like the kids on TV who act perfectly and say the perfect thing all the time. This can be a bummer for a parent because this is not what you pictured. Well, there is good news… The trip is going to be amazing and the kids are going to have a great time, and remember this for the rest of their lives. It is all worth it.

However, they are kids and they do get bored easily. Here are a few tips of what I do with my kids for road and plane trips. I allow my kids to have a little bit of electronic time in the car just like I do at home. They can use their tablets/phones to play games for one hour each day we are on the road. I also have the portable DVD players in my car so they are able to watch a movie as well.

I don’t mind a little screen time but I really want them to learn when we take these trips and experience the new places that they have never been, and they cannot do this with their heads down on a screen. I started making fun pages for the kids to use when we travel such as a fun scavenger hunt and vocabulary page. I have included a few of those here.

However, I really felt like it would be good for them to have an entire activity book that they could use on any trip. That is where my new book comes in. It will be filled with pages where they can write about their dream vacation as well as journal pages to write down special notes on each trip they do take. There are coloring pages and different activities for them to use. This will help them with their memories and they will learn a little something along the way. This is also nice for parents who can look back over it as their kids grow up because we all know they grow up way too fast.

I have attached three pages here for you to print out for your little ones that they can do at home. I will be working on this activity book and it will be out before summer. Stay tuned…

Lots of Love Kaylee

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5 ways to travel without leaving the house

Traveling and being social is something that people do by nature. As humans we love to interact and see new things. We love fresh air and we get stir crazy when we are stuck in our homes for too long. However, this is not something we can always avoid and sometimes we are forced to stay home. Maybe you are sick and need to stay in or you have a sick child at home which requires you to stay with them. Maybe you just don’t have the money to get out of the house, or the weather is not permitting you to leave. Well here are five ways to travel and enjoy the world without spending any money or leaving your house.

#1 Virtual Tours of National Parks

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There are many beautiful parks in the world and when you are stuck indoors you can find many virtual tours of parks. Here are five for you.

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

#2 Travel Podcast

This is a great way to hear all about trips and learn about places you want to go when you can finally leave your house.

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A couple good ones are Amateur Traveler and Women Who Travel

#3 Read a Travel Blog or Book

A really great travel blog is Wonderful Wanderings.

#4 Living Room/Bedroom Travel

This is a great idea for a vacation when you can’t leave your house. Take a blanket and put it on your living room floor or use your bed. Grab everything you are going to need except for computers and electronics. This can be food, drinks and even grab the cat if you want. Now pick where you are going to go and then gather all of the movies and shows that have to do with this place. If you want to go to Mexico then gather all your favorite Mexican food and all the movies or shows that take place in Mexico and spend the day watching them. Only leave for bathroom breaks and shut out the rest of the world just like you would when you are on vacation.

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#5 Virtual Museum Tours

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There are many museums that offer virtual tours online now and these are great. Click here for a list of them.

Being stuck as home is not always the ideal situation but hopefully this helps you leave your house without actually leaving your house.

Lots of Love & stay safe.

Kaylee Shadows

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Free Bookmarks


Hi there, I have attached a pdf copy of my bookmarks for you to have. You can download them and print them out. I suggest using cardstock so they are of better quality. I make mine back to back but you do not have to if you would like to use one or the other.

These are fun and a reminder to figure out your travels this year. If anyone needs help planning their next trip please let me know. 

Lots of Love 

Click the link below for the template of your free bookmarks…

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Cashmere Here I Come!

Cashmere Here I Come!!!
Hi there, I am super excited to announce that I will be in Cashmere Washington on March 10th at 4 pm to talk about budget-friendly tips for traveling and show off my new book. Thrifty Traveler’s Romantic Getaways. You can buy this on Amazon or from me at the event. I am giving away goodies with it that night. If you are in the area I would love it if you stopped by. If not let me know of a location you would like me to do an event at and I will see what I can do.  I hope you all have some great travels headed your way.

Lots of Love