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10 Steps to Plan a Vacation on a Budget

Planning a Vacation on a Budget Have you ever planned a vacation only to realize you couldn’t afford it or came home with a lot more in credit card debt than anticipated? We’ve all been there at one time or another and it’s not fun. However, planning a vacation on a budget doesn’t have to be difficult and it is certainly not impossible. I’ve spent the last several years figuring out the best way to travel on a budget while maximizing my vacation days and having the time of my life. My husband, Sam, and I generally travel once a

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20 Must-Pack Items for Your All-Inclusive Vacation

Booked An All-Inclusive Vacation? Heading to an all-inclusive resort at a beach destination? How exciting! Now that you’ve booked the much-needed vacation, one of the biggest stressors is probably what to pack in your suitcase. I’m always worried I’m going to miss an essential item or not think of something that could’ve made the trip so much better.  This post has everything you’ll need to get the most out of your all-inclusive vacay. I don’t include the basics like clothes, swimsuits, and simple toiletries because those vary depending on your location and length of your trip. However, you will find

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8 Reasons Why I Still Love Southwest Airlines

Over the holidays, Sam and I were two of thousands left flightless due to Southwest Airlines’ “meltdown” after a 2022 holiday snowstorm. After our cancelled flight Christmas Day, we rebooked for three days later, only to have that flight cancelled as well. Finally, we opted to book an expensive $900 flight on a competitor airline so we could get home to our lives and our pup. Even after all that, we’d still vote Southwest Airlines number one. And no, Southwest did not pay me to write this – I really do love flying the airline. Beyond the last two rough

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15+ Best Beach Bag Essentials

Beach Bag Essentials: How well you pack your beach bag can make or break your day at the beach. There is nothing worse than arriving at the beach for the day only to realize you forgot the beach essentials like sunscreen or the beach toys. Packing for a day at the beach can be a lot of work. You don’t want to forget the essentials, but you also don’t want to forget the extras like a hat or your favorite beach read that will make your day more enjoyable. Below you’ll find your beach bag essentials for the perfect beach

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The Essential Personal Item Packing List

According to the FAA, 2,900,000 people fly in and out of United States airports everyday. Airlines’ personal item allowance makes those flights much more comfortable for those almost 3 million individuals daily. There are certain items you want to make sure you pack on the flight with you to ensure comfort and productivity. This post is dedicated to items necessary while on the plane, not to carry-on luggage such as clothes. Having just the right items can be the deciding factor on whether a flight is enjoyable. I fly twice a month, on average, and my personal item bag is

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