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Thrifty Traveler’s Romantic Getaways… Trailer…

Hi there, I have been working like crazy to get my book out to you before the end of September. My new book “Thrifty Traveler’s Romantic Getaways” will be featured at the book fair in Long Beach Washington on October 5th. I will be there selling books and T-shirts and much more. 
A little preview for you is the trailer for my up and coming book. 
Check it out… 

Also, don’t forget that it is now the time of year to make sure you have an umbrella or maybe two. I like to have an oversize one for when my hunky love and I are together. I also like the mini to carry in my purse whenever it is needed. Check out my faves below.

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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 

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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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. 
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