Planning Vacations as a Military Family

Planning Vacations as a Military Family

I have received compensation for this post from TravelCenters of America. All opinions and work are my own.   Planning Vacations as a Military Family “They took away my weekend pass.” He said. “What? How is that possible? We are leaving tomorrow!” I couldn’t believe what he was saying. We had been in Germany just about two months and we had planned our first trip. We were going to take the train to Salzburg and meet up with a friend of mine that live in Austria. We would spend two nights in Salzburg exploring the city. Salzburg was the first …

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So You Got Stationed Overseas: Why you NEED to make TRAVEL a part of your short PCS abroad

Thanks so much to LeAnna Brown for this guest post! Living in Europe for the past five years as a contractor with the US Army, I have had what most people would call a “Dream Life.”  I’ve learned to budget travel and travel hack, so we get to travel extensively and all over the world, not just Europe!  I’ve danced on the tables at Oktoberfest, I’ve climbed all 1710 step of the Eiffel Tower and I’ve cliff dived into the blue ocean in Croatia, to name a few adventures. I started shopping at the local grocery store the first week …

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Our Honeymoon 12 Years Later

  I thought it would be fun to tell you about my honeymoon, 12 years after the fact. I might not remember everything about that week but I do remember enough. We got married on August 3rd, 2002 in Santa Rosa, CA. The reception ended about 4 or 5 in the afternoon and after that we drove to San Francisco where we were going to spend the first night. We paid a lot for that hotel room but this was a once in a life thing. The room was tiny. I was kind of shocked but it worked well. We …

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Back From Sunny California

I am back from my 10-day trip to Southern California. It was just the type of break I needed. My husband goes back to work on Monday and it is back to the SAHM role for me until June. My husband is amazing and did quite well with the boys. He is ready to take on being a stay at home Dad after he gets out of the Army. Although this isn’t 100% yet, this is our goal 🙂 My time in California was amazing but super busy. I got to do a lot of great things and made a …

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Another Beautiful Day at Knott’s Berry Farm

Growing up in Southern California I have such fond memories of going to Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland as a child.  That is why I love taking my boys.  Now growing up we usually went to Disneyland during the year and not at all during the summer.  We would have yearly passes and most of the summer was blocked for us anyways.  So as an adult I refuse to pay all that money to go to Disneyland in July.  So this summer, since we were in CA in July we decided to go to Knott’s Berry Farm.  It is a …

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Paradise Springs at Gaylord Texan

I love to travel! Sadly I haven’t been able to for a while and probably have to wait a while more to be able to do it again. So I decided to look for some guest posters to talk about great places to travel.  Heather from Dallas Single Mom is going to be talking about the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX.  It looks like such a fun place to visit!  Thanks so much Heather 🙂 Paradise is coming to Grapevine, TX.  Grapevine, Texas is located right between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth and minutes from DFW airport in the …

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A Trip to Ancient Ephesus

Ben got home from his deployment in November. During the post-deployment block leave, we went on a Mediterranean Cruise.  I have been slowly blogging about all the ports 🙂 The next stop on our cruise was Turkey! I loved it!  I think visiting the ruins in Ephesus was one of my most favorite parts of the cruise. I had never been to a place that you could call “Biblical” before and it was just amazing! Ephesus is one of the 7 churches mentioned in the book of Revelation.  Paul also lived in Ephesus.  I just tried to imagine all that …

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On the way to Greece…

Here are some pictures from the cruise as we made our way to Greece from Italy.  We stopped in Athens.  I enjoyed some of what we saw there but it let me down overall.  Next time I go to Greece I want to see something else, like the islands.  It also was the only place we had rain so I think that had something to do with it too.