Roadtrip: NYC to Florida

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A week ago today I began a 1300 mile , 20+ hour drive through 9 different states and taking place over 2 days. And I did it by myself.

Stressed was an understatement. 5 days prior I purchased a new (but more economical) car, 3 days after that it was side-swiped by a semi-truck and I was already behind on packing and loading up the car.

So how in the world did I get from that to Florida in a couple of days?

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24 Hours in NYC

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View from the Top of the Rock. If you’re going to any observatories, pick this one so you’ll have the Empire State Building and World Trade Center in your view.

This Monday was my last day in New York. I spent the day taking in all of the sites, going to my favorite places and, of course, eating as much as I could. Once I got back to my apartment, I had logged over 9 miles of walking and I definitely felt it!

If you’re visiting NYC and have limited time to check stuff out, here’s where you should go!

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It’s Already Been a Quarter of a Century?

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Bushwhacker at Flora Bama – one of the better ones I’ve had in the PCola area!

I haven’t even been gone a week and I’m already ready to go back! For my 25th birthday, I decided to fly down to see the boyfriend in Pensacola, he promised he’d take me to Flora-bama if I came down. We spent the entire long weekend exploring and checking out the beaches.

For anyone who lives within driving distance and hasn’t been to the Florida panhandle for vacation, do it. It’s spectacular. I’ve spent several months researching the area and every. last. thing. to do there, finally this past weekend I got a chance to cross  almost all those things I’ve been dying to check out off the list.

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Beach Necessities

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One of my favorite beaches in Florida, and where I’d much rather be celebrating and enjoying Memorial Day weekend. I’ve been up all morning loading my stuff life into boxes and getting ready to ship it off. I’ve spent some quite a bit of time this morning shopping for stuff that we need for all the impromptu beach days we’ll be having this summer.

I put together a list of the top things I’m buying for this summer. All the things that will keep me from thinking, “man I wish I had thought to buy/bring XYZ”

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Take me to Texas

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Until this weekend two weekends ago I hadn’t been home in over FIVE months, it’s the longest I’ve gone without seeing my friends or family and let me tell ya – it has been really challenging! Flights have been so cheap lately so I finally took advantage of the travel voucher I scored back in December (read about how to fly free here).

I was born an raised in Texas. I never really, truly, appreciated it until I left. Something about you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone? My whole life I’ve been used to the ease, the friendliness, the culture, the cheap cost of stuff, and laid back, easy going way of life in Texas. So when I left home, I didn’t exactly know what to expect, but I didn’t expect a huge change in my way of life.

Spoiler alert: I was wrong.

I took a lot for granted and I spent this time soaking it all in and had an incredible time. Here’s a few of the things I got to do with my short time in Texas and I would highly recommend these places to anyone! Continue reading

Fly For Free? Sign Me Up!

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The one (only) perk of flying into LaGuardia is this view of NYC as you land

Discounts and free things are my absolute favorite, I’m an avid deal hunter and I won’t book a flight until I’ve checked Google Flights at least 5 times, over at least 2-3 weeks.

A few months back I got a $300 voucher from American Airlines to use on any flight, anywhere. When they offered me that deal to delay my flight just a few hours, I absolutely JUMPED on it. This deal isn’t always offered, but when it is, take advantage!

So how does it work? And when can you get on it?

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Little Travel Hacks

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I’ve been a little absent lately, sorry y’all! Busy travel week and getting stuff ready for the big move (more on this later)!

Who else is counting down the days until their summer vacation? I’ve had my countdown set for about a month now and I’m ready to go! With most summer trips comes the dreaded airport.

Most articles on vacation and airline traveling or even tips for your summer vacation will tell you things like, arrive earlier, anticipate delays, remember the liquids rule. You probably know these things. Your airline probably sent it in an email with the confirmation for you ticket to vacation.

I spent over two years flying at least once a month, so I want to share some of the things I do that make the airport part a breeze.

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