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The most expensive cities in the United States.

The Most Expensive Cities in the United States.

Thrifty Traveling is extremely important when vacationing or doing any kind of travel. Spending money is unavoidable but how much you spend is up to you. No matter where you go there are always budget savvy ways to save money. However, avoiding these cities will help your budget tremendously.

San Fransisco, California

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This is a beautiful city to visit but it can be one of the most expensive.  With their taxes and surcharges that are added to every meal, you can guarantee that your bill will be about 10% larger then you expected. Parking is outrageous in price as well as the $8 toll to go over the Golden Gate Bridge. Relocating to this amazing city is also costly as the typical 3 bedroom house is around $950,000 and up. Don’t think that renting is any better because in this fabulous city to rent a 2 bedroom apartment is around $4500.00 a month. 

Napa Valley, California

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This city is beautiful and if you are a wine lover you will enjoy all of the tastings that Napa Valley has to offer. However, you will not be tasting these wines for free as they can vary from $5 to $50 person for tasting. This is a great place for site seeing and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. You can save some money for lodging if you don’t stay close to the vineyards but remember you will need to drive farther out to see them. This is another city in California that is costly to live in. If you are thinking of relocating here you are looking at spending a pretty penny as houses run around $899.00 and up. 

Manhattan, New York

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Manhattan is probably the most expensive place you will find. If you are just visiting or planning to relocate then you need to plan to spend a pretty penny here. This is one of the greatest places in the United States to visit with all of the glamour and entertainment. However, this all comes with a hefty price. The average hotel room will cost around $700 a night and you will spend close to $500 on meals. If you are thinking about moving to the Big Apple you will be spending quite a bit as rent goes for around $4000 to $7000 a month for a 2 bedroom. If you are looking to buy then the average 3 bedroom house cost 4 million on up. This is a very expensive place to be. 

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is a great place to visit with their Red Sox games and great scenery. However, vacationing here might be the only thing you want to do. The housing cost in Boston is extremely high. Rating this city as one of the top 10 most expensive places to live. Ranging from around $500,00 and up for a 3 bedroom house and that is if you live on the outskirts of the city. Prices go up into the mullions the closer y9ou get to downtown life. 

Miami, Florida

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Miami is another place that is beautiful to visit, with the sandy beaches and warm weather. This is also a city where you can experience every culture and all while staying inside the United States. Vacationing here you can find some great deals on lodging and the food isn’t too overpriced if you do your research. However living in this city is expensive, as most house range between 700,000 to 1 million. Maybe just take a trip to this beautiful city. 

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honolulu is heaven on earth and one of the most beautiful places to be. With the amazing climate and natural surroundings, you will never want to leave. However, with the cost of living in Honolulu, you will want to make this a vacation spot only. Not only is the housing cost high but adding in utilities, food, and cost of transportation and you won’t have any money left to have fun. 

Having the money to travel and vacation is all part of the journey but spending all of your money will leave you feeling down and out. These are some of the most expensive cities to live in and vacation to in the United States, but if they are on your list of places you must see then do your research to find the best prices available and don’t be afraid to use deals and coupons to help cut down the cost. 

Lots of Love 
Kaylee 

Try some noise-canceling earbuds for your next trip and sit back and relax without the worries of crying babies or annoying airplane passengers. 

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Camping fun

Camping is one of the most relaxing and inexpensive trips you can take. Recently my husband and I joined some amazing friends for a group camping trip up by Naches, Washington. We had a huge group site right by the water. It was beautiful and with all of us it only cost $20 per family to stay for four days and three nights.

If you are looking to get away for a few days and don’t want to spend a bunch of money then I recommend camping for sure. If you are anything like me and you are more of a glamper than a camper well that’s ok too.

A huge shout out to Fire Cloud Entertainment for the taking these awesome photos.

Happy travels

Kaylee

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Safety for Family Travels

Safety when you travel… a must…

Hi there, As you know I am all for coming up with different ideas and tips to save money when traveling. I can also tell you that I will mostly come up with this stuff when I am traveling and I realize that I have forgotten something. Gurr it is so frustrating. I just recently came back from a trip to California with my family as my husband and I decided to surprise the kids with a trip to Six Flags. This is not a short trip for us as we are about 13 hours away from Vallejo, California. However, with 8 people it is much cheaper to drive down there than it would be to fly. As you can imagine there was a lot of prepping and planning that went into this trip.  I will be honest with you as much as I love to travel I was worried about traveling with all these kids. I was afraid we wouldn’t have enough money or food. I was worried they would whine the entire time and that my husband and I would be so stressed out we would not be able to have any fun ourselves. I am happy to report that none of that happened and we had a great time. 

(This is us on the way out of town)
As you can imagine traveling with lots of kids can be stressful especially when it comes to safety. For my husband and I, we have 7 kids between the two of us. However, my oldest son is out on his own now with his own kids and he had decided not to come on this trip. This brought us down to 6. I am not so worried when it comes to my teenager who is now 17 but all the other guys are 11 years old and younger. Going to a large city like San Fransisco with 5 young kids who get easily distracted you can imagine my mom brain going crazy. Before we left my husband and I sat down with all the boys and explained the do’s and don’ts while we were on vacation and a huge part of this was about safety. Here are a few tips I wanted to share with you that we use when vacationing with young children. 
Tips
Never wander off on your own
Do not talk to strangers no matter how nice they may seem
Do not count your money in public
Always know the safe word
If we get separated stay where you are and we will find you
Do not go swimming without an adult present
Never tell anyone you are from out of town

A few items we also chose for safety was a whistle for the kids to wear just in case. This might sound funny but for us, with a large family, it gives a little extra sense of security knowing that your child could whistle if they were in danger. The only tricky part is getting them to understand they can not whistle it for fun.
Vacationing is amazing and being able to take these trips are memories you will never forget. Just remember to stay safe.

Next year I will be working on and finishing up the third book in my thrifty travelers series which is all about traveling as a family. Stay tuned for that.

If you haven’t started your own adventure yet and bought a shirt I still have some left. Check them out on my website or send me a message to get yours today. 

Here are a few more pictures from our trip. 

Lots of Love 
Kaylee 

Relationships, Thrifty Traveler

Time for a change

It’s time for a change!

Hi, I am super excited to announce the new changes in my business as well as a little sad. I will be closing down Shining Relationships with Kaylee Shadows. First off, I have loved doing Shining Relationships and enjoyed the people I have met and the people I have helped. I think one of my favorite memories is when I spoke at a suicide prevention rally at a high school in Spokane Washington. This is an area that touches my heart and I want to be able to help in. I have enjoyed the many conversations with couples who have needed advice and the people who have come to me to learn more about loving themselves. This is the part that makes me sad. However, I have not made this decision lightly, but I know in my heart it is time. I have been stretched so thin between relationships and traveling that I am not giving myself or anyone the attention that is needed. As much as I love relationships and the work I have done there, I know that I love traveling more. I also have seen that this is an area that I can help people a ton. I can help people travel and take vacations on any budget. I can help those families take their kids on trips they never thought they would be able to. What about the couple who wants to take a honeymoon but thinks they can’t afford it? Yes, they can, and I can help. This is my calling, and this is where I am needed. I am shifting away from Shining Relationships and focusing on Thrifty Traveling. I hope you continue to stay with me through this, but I can understand if this area is not for you. If so, you can either unsubscribe or unfollow my work and there will be no hard feelings. However, if you are interested in great tips and deals on traveling then stay with me. You will notice the change of everything very soon. For those of you who are still wanting relationship stuff I will still be posting stuff on my website www.kayleeshadows.comunder relationships and I will still have my Let Your Light Shine Facebook group that you can join if you haven’t already. My relationship advice podcast with my husband will also continue so you can listen to that or watch it on YouTube. Thanks for all your support and I hope to see you on this adventure as well.

Lots of Love 
Kaylee 

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8 Hour Ghost Town Trip

Whether you are a fan of ghost towns or just a fan of old towns then this trip is for you. Ghost towns are deserted towns with few or no remaining occupants. These are great for history buffs and people who like to see things from before their time. These towns are usually filled with spirit energy and if you are a ghost hunter this is the place to be.

Ghost Towns are awesome and a lot of fun if you are into that kind of thing. Washington State is full of many towns that have been abandoned or small towns that have very little life left in them.

If you are up for a drive then this 8-hour road trip would be perfect for you. This ghost town map has been circling around for years but for the first time you will see up to date photos and details of these ghost towns, so grab a friend and some snacks and hit the road.

There are seven locations to visit on this trip and it will take roughly 8 to 12 hours depending on your starting location. This can be done in one day or split into two days if you prefer. If you are going to camp over for a night then be sure to go in the warmer months because some of these locations are close to Canada and very cold during certain times of the year.

Being that these are ghost towns you will need to use Google Maps to find them and it would be wise to print out or save pictures of the trip because there will be many times you will find yourself without service during this trip. Be safe and travel wisely.

Ready or not, it’s time to find some Ghost…Towns…

Govan Washington

Your first stop if you are traveling along Highway Two is Govan. This town used to be a ranching community in the 1800’s. This town is basically deserted with only a few people left there. It is also surrounded by fields and many farmers. There are a few structures including abandoned houses, a post office, and an abandoned school that is frequently visited by a crow. This town has a super creepy feeling especially around the school house. If you look under the front entrance of the school you will find a special wooden memorial box.

Sherman Washington

The second stop is Sherman which is only 15 miles from Govan. This town used to be a great place to live back in the late 1800’s, but eventually was abandoned. There is still a beautiful standing church and cemetery there. Take a stroll through the cemetery at the top of the hill and see what is left of this town.

Bodie Washington

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Your third stop is Bodie which is completely abandoned but still has quite a few standing buildings left. Bodie used to be an old mining town in the late 1800’s. There are many log buildings still left but watch for bears as they leave their tracks all over. This old town has a creepy feeling as you walk through but it is a must see on this trip. As you leave from Bodie to head to your next destination you will see quite a few old building a long the way. This is one area that you may lose signal at, so make sure you have your map ready for you will miss the turn to Chesaw.

Chesaw Washington

You are about half way done with your ghost town adventure and your next stop is Chesaw. There isn’t much to see in this old town as there are only a few buildings standing. This is one place you can drive right through on your trip as there isn’t a whole lot to see. There are some people still living here and making use of the old buildings, so this is a great place to get that old town feel in.

Molson Washington

This is your 5th stop along this trip and by far the best town out of all seven. Molson is very close to the Canadian border. This town was a big deal in the early 1900’s and the town developed well. It was short lived and eventually the population fell to 12. This town has been made a historical site and even has a open museum. There are pioneer buildings and old artifacts that you can touch. They even have turned the old school house into a museum that is open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Nighthawk Washington

This is the sixth stop along the way and just like Chesaw this could be left off your map as well. This small ghost town now has a population of 10 and there isn’t a whole lot to see. This town was once a hopping place to be back in the 1900’s but now it just has a few old buildings and you will leave with the feeling that you just trespassed on someone’s land. If you do decide to drive through here, remember that people are still living here and probably outside.

Dyer Washington

You made it! This is the last stop along the way before you head home. However, you might just want to head home and not stop at this one. There is not much left here as the old buildings that used to stand have now been blown down. This town is hard to get to and has many dirt roads. If you decide to stop you will see a bunch of old pottery and old metals, as well as a few standing buildings.

You did it! Time to go home and relax from the trip through Washington. There are many more ghost towns to see and visit all over the country. Are you up for it?