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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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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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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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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


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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