I’m working on travel stories this week

I may post this week if something really controversial or exciting pops up but I think I am going to take Spring Break to work on travel stories. I have a bunch of travel stories to share with you guys but I never get them finished. I want to share about San Diego and Southern California. I have a whole camping for dummies/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons story that stands half finished. I also have a story about taking a family to New York that is also half finished. Message me on Facebook if you see something we really need to hit, but otherwise I am going to try to work on these stories to help you plan your summer trips.

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MIsty

March 10th, 2014
11:21 pm

Theresa,

That would be great. My husband and I will be traveling by car across the country from GA to WA in a couple of months. :-)

How is the house selling/moving going?

Sk8ing Momma

March 11th, 2014
6:29 am

I took a cross-country train trek from Atlanta to Portland, OR with the kids a couple of years ago…We were gone 2.5 weeks and made several stops along the way. It was an AWESOME experience. If ever you want to hear or write about it, LMK!

Happy writing!

motherjanegoose

March 11th, 2014
6:41 am

Sounds fun! Someone I know is taking a spring break trip from northern MN to south TX and posting the experience on FB. They are delighted to see the sun and grass. Not sure if they have ever been that far south but it is neat to see what they are coming across. I love to travel and have been in all 50 states. Nolong car trips though. Some places are certainly more interesting than others. My daughter is taking Italian and wants to go to Italy, any tips on that? I have no clue.

motherjanegoose

March 11th, 2014
6:42 am

@Sk8ing…I would love to take the Canadian train trip. I am such a light sleeper and I am not sure if I could sleep on the train.

Winston

March 11th, 2014
7:21 am

Does this mean the end to cut and paste, write five sentences followed by “What do you think?” blogging?

Hey, Winston...

March 11th, 2014
7:52 am

…cut and paste this…

Will

March 11th, 2014
8:57 am

Yea Winston, cut her some slack, she has to Google first, then copy, paste, then type, “what do you think guys”. Rumor has it she doesn’t even bother to type that either she copied it years ago and just keeps pasting it.

But now she is working on “stories”. shes a BLOGGER!, google, cut and paste something about stay at home moms vs. working moms or something about school supplies.

Mr. Grizzard now denies he ever worked for the paper. He turns very red and attempts to change the subject.

Jaynie

March 11th, 2014
9:13 am

Will and Winston:

If you do not like this blog, why do you read it and then make negative comments? If you don’t like what Theresa writes, what she blogs about, her style of writing, why are you reading her material?

Becky

March 11th, 2014
12:10 pm

Sounds good Theresa..

Will and Winston..Do either one of you sign Theresas check for doing this blog? Yep, that’s what I thought..So until someone at the AJC has an issue with what she does here, can you two please go have a drink and or get jobs so that y’all have something to do..

WitchyWoman

March 11th, 2014
12:14 pm

@ Jaynie…I think people do that to feel important. If they are negative or nasty it gets them attention. If you notice on any blog or news article, those type people will post multiple times.

FCM

March 11th, 2014
2:31 pm

TWG the regular with breast cancer got great news today. After one treatment there has been a decrease in the size of the largest tumor and it is “softer”. The doctor was very pleased. She remains in good spirits and is very appreciative of the love, support and prayers, that have been sent her way. Please keep them up as they are indeed working at keeping her uplifted and of course, they are working because she got great news!

Becky

March 11th, 2014
2:53 pm

@FCM..That’s graet news..

DB

March 11th, 2014
3:20 pm

@FCM: To the regular with breast cancer: Great news! We’ll keep the prayers a’coming. Give her a big hug. :-)

motherjanegoose

March 11th, 2014
4:05 pm

@Becky ^^^^ like!

@ FCM, I sent you and email.

@DB…hope you got a chance to enjoy this pretty day! Let’s lunch soon!

malleesmom

March 11th, 2014
4:28 pm

@FCM – good news for the “regular”. Prayers from the tundra.

Single Mom

March 12th, 2014
4:48 am

Yearly trips are great. I used to have the mindset that I need to save money, pay bills, I can’t leave I have work… before I could take a vacation. As a result, I never took one.

That all changed after I had my son. I learned work will go on without me (and it has since I am no longer working), there will always be bills, and I can save money and go on vacation at the same time.

You don’t need a lot of money to go somewhere either. That was another mindset I had to change.
I learned to book hotels that had microwaves and fridges, so that I could save money by preparing foods.

There are so many places and things to do that suit anybody on any budget.

Life is so short. Enjoy it while you have it.

Single Mom

March 12th, 2014
4:51 am

Mothergoose- Lonely planet is a great resource for planning international trips.

A lot of people stay in hostels to save on costs and once they are in one city such as Italy, they ride trains and backpack to other cities in Europe

motherjanegoose

March 12th, 2014
8:36 am

Thanks! We are fine for hotels. I am a super picky pants about sleeping and need a private, quiet room. I am wondering what we should actually do. What are the best things we should include on our trip? Do you know? I have heard that is is good to take the train.

I am reading a new release: HOW TO BE THE WORLD’S SMARTEST TRAVELER by Christopher Elliot. It has lots of things I already know but good reminders too. He also recommends doing things when you are younger and not waiting to take an amazing trip. Our first trip to Hawaii, we saw many folks in their 70’s. Some could barely get around. Seems sad to wait until then to go but it happens.

Becky

March 12th, 2014
8:53 am

Just noticed my spelling for “great”..oops..

Kat

March 12th, 2014
9:08 am

@mjg: Perhaps some of those folks in their 70s were yearly visitors to Hawaii?

Hope the regular is doing well. I don’t believe in prayer, but I do believe in happy thoughts, so I’m sending those along with the hope that she stays positive through this.

motherjanegoose

March 12th, 2014
10:30 am

@ Kat…could be? We saw these people at tourist venues and if you go all the time, you may not frequent those types of places. I do not know …that is for sure. Since Christopher mentions this in his book and he is VERY experienced, I remembered that I saw the same thing. I contacted him with a travel problem and he was right on top of what to do. He has lots of experience, that I do not have.

Kat

March 13th, 2014
7:01 am

You’re right then. Even when I am a tourist, I can spot a tourist! :-)

Single Mom

March 13th, 2014
8:13 am

Mother Goose- Train is the best way to get around
I feel you on needed my own space. I just suggested it for an option in case you were on a budget. Hmmm… the best things you should take on your trip other than a passport: Money, open mind….

SJ

March 13th, 2014
9:52 am

@Sk&ing Momma – I would love to hear some details about the train trip. Sounds like something my kids and I would enjoy.

vee

March 13th, 2014
11:09 am

two great trips of mine:

1) cross-country drive with 17 y/o son in 1999. drove north a while, turned left, continued to the west coast, turned left, went down the coast, into mexico, back thru the southern states.

2) Amtrak sleeper car ride to Washington, DC in 2002.

catlady

March 13th, 2014
5:49 pm

My younger daughter is going to Europe for 2 weeks or something with her two best college friends to Amsterdam, Bruge, and some other nearby places. Her husband encouraged her to do it! She is much more of a traveler than I.

My bucket list is pretty small. I WOULD like to go to Scotland, very much. I would like to go around New England, Maritime Canada, and around the Great Lakes. And I would like to go to the island of Crete and see ancient places in Greece. My life won’t be ruined if I don’t go, but I think I would enjoy it. I especially think Scotland would make great sense to me, at a basic level.

Sk8ing Momma

March 13th, 2014
7:07 pm

@ SJ — Here are details re: our train trek:

We spent from 1 – 4 days in each location…
1. Atlanta —-> Washington, DC
2. DC —-> Chicago
3. Chicago —-> Minneapolis, MN
* Mall of America
4. Minneapolis —-> Williston, ND
* rented a car & drove to South Dakota: Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands etc.
5. Drove back to Williston –> Glacier National Park, MT
* stayed in Glacier for a few days
* the park is amazing
* horseback riding was a highlight
* fun lodging: staying in a barn loft (thinkefficiency apt.)
6. Glacier National Park —> Portland, OR
* visited family
7. Flew from Portland —> Los Angeles
8. Flew from Los Angeles —> Atlanta

We were gone for 2.5 weeks. We were originally scheduled to be gone for 3 weeks, but we had to cut off the first two stops of our itinerary because my fil passed the night (literally!) before we were scheduled to leave. As a result, we had to purchase plane tickets to start our trip in Minneapolis to “catch our trip already in progress.”

We had an AMAZING time and I highly recommend train travel at least once!

Me

March 14th, 2014
7:02 am

@catlady – If you have the opportunity to visit Scotland, please do!! We’ve been twice and loved it. The first trip was combined with a visit to Ireland while the second was Scotland only and allowed for a more detailed visit.

Kat

March 14th, 2014
9:22 am

I’ve always wanted to visit Australia!

SJ

March 15th, 2014
6:57 am

@Sk8ing Momma – Thank you so much!! This looks fantastic. I may look into this for next summer. I appreciate you sharing the info.

Carlos Danger

March 15th, 2014
11:53 pm

What’s up.

missnadine

March 16th, 2014
2:19 pm

I wish someone would fill in for her in times like this. A daily topic should be posted at least every workday, regardless of the author. Several people here, like mjg, catlady, single mom, and several of the men, would be guest posters. I would love to hear from some of these long-term members.

missnadine

March 16th, 2014
2:43 pm

My parents boarded a boat from Germany in 1958 with nothing but a baby, one in the oven, and 2 suitcases, and knew NOBODY upon their arrival. My father went to school at night, had a crappy job during the day, and got his Master’s in Chemistry in about 3 years. My mom stayed home, learned English, had a 3rd kid, and never had an ounce of help from anyone – there was no family less than 4000 miles away, and really no time/money for a social life. Her way of life seems to me the exact opposite of some of the people with their “woe is mom” stories, and when I think of her, barely knowing English, with no help, and with a part-time job as well, I realize how much we have become wusses (sp). I had help but no relatives either, as I do not live in the same country as my parents or siblings. That said, I did have it easier as I had friends, no langauage barrier, a husband that understood that parenting was a 50/50 role, and that my career was as important as his.

I felt this story backdrop was important because my next line would seem very snooty if I didn’t explain the circumstances. My 2 sisters and I flew to Europe, alone, every 3rd year, meaning, the oldest went in year 1, the next in year 2, and me in year 3. I flew with my mom at 1 and 3 years old, but flew ALONE every third year after that until I was 18. I would spend the entire summer all around Europe, visiting most of my relatives. I visited castles, took boat rides, went to museums, and even had my first beer and first kiss (in that order) in France. It was super cheap because all my relatives lived mainly in Germany, France, and Belgium. All my parents had to do was fork over the $$ for a plane ticket, and the rest was 100% paid for by my relatives. On the other hand, one of the European relatives would send a kid (one of my cousins) to our home for the same amount of time, with my parents paying 100% beyond the flight cost. I never appreciated this as I wanted to spend my time with my friends, not with people I didn’t know, even though they were family. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s did I realize how lucky I was. As a result, I still love flying and for many years I had a job that required a lot of overseas travel. Now that I work 100% from home, I do miss the excitement. I also am trilingual but Spanish is not of the 3 so it doesn’t help me as much as I would like!