Tuesday, September 10, 2019

This dog isn't playing #Van Life

This dog isn't playing around. Traveling from Virginia to Alaska takes a lot of you and your pets (or service dog in my case). I take advantage of rest areas to give him a chance to run, play and enjoy grass under his paws for a little while. Every rest area that we've been to have had dog walks. The few that have small, dog parks are a real treat for us both. We often head to the picnic tables after my service dog has "taken care of business". I can sit down. He can play. What's not to love?

Well, my service dog is a husky and huskies are known to be the cats of the dog world. You have to understand that they are sometimes as stubborn as they are cute. This video is proof that you can take the dog out to play, but you can't make him chase his toys.

Traveling with my service dog in South Dakota #Van Life

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Moving tips to help you have a successful move

These moving tips to help you have a successful move were employed in my latest relocation. After eight years in the same home, my husband's company decided to move us to another part of the state. To say that we didn't want to move is an understatement. We set about contacting moving companies after the shock wore off. We also pulled out some of the tips for moving that we've used in the past. They made the move much simpler. This video has some ideas. I'll type a few more in below.

See my YouTube video Moving tips for an almost stress free move

  • Evaluate your assets.
  • The first thing you need to do if being relocated is look at your assets. I'm talking about making a written list of everything from paydays to people. It makes relocating much less stressful after you see where you stand.
  • Don't buy boxes.
  • Buying them will put a hole in your pocketbook. Using free boxes will help you save money on a move and recycle at the same time. We talked to Walmart, dollar stores, grocery and liquor stores and a couple of gas stations. Friends brought us boxes from work. It all helped us save money and was better for the environment.
  • Contact several movers
  • The prices quoted varied. One wanted over $5,500 to relocate our furniture while two others were in the $3,000 range. A couple of companies were only interested in giving us an internet quote. We nixed them and also the one that stood us up. Boundless Moving and Storage did the job and did it well. So, my big recommendation is to hire good help!
  • This is where looking at all your assets come into play. The advantage of a corporate relocation is that they pay for it. A DIY move is usually less expensive but more stressful. Don't be shy about bartering. Ask friends to help in exchange for helping them when they need help.
  • Cleaning
  • If you have advance notice, start socking a few dollars back each week. Contact a cleaning company to see what they'll charge. If you have a friend that might help make her or him an offer. Just say, "I have $50 bucks. Can you help me clean?" So far, I've not been turned down. The extra hands to help clean up after a move are a godsend.
  • Food
  • Meal costs add up fast when you're eating out more often. One of the best moving tips is to save the coupons that you can. Look for deals on pizzas and drive-thru ordering. I was thrilled to find out that my Straight Talk Wireless rewards offers promo codes for restaurants and other companies.

These are a few moving tips to help you have a successful move. Check out my video through the link above for more ideas that can make your relocation a little smoother.

One more thing...
Treat yourself after the work is done. Go to a park, movie or take a day trip. After all the boxes are unpacked, you deserve to  have a nice relaxing day.

You got this!

Monday, May 06, 2019

Travel Schedule Summer 2019

Summer travel season is upon us. It's time to gas the campervan and hit the road. Exciting times are ahead! You can come along on the journey by registering for a postcard subscription on Patreon.

The subscription guarantees you a postcard on one of the places where I travel. Where are the 2019 summer road trips? I'm glad you asked! Some of my summer road trips for 2019 include these states:

All road trips began from home base in Tennessee.

New Mexico

North Carolina

Road trip to Alaska

Road trip from Alaska

Explore upper East Tennessee. To include Abingdon, Virginia; Bristol, Virginia; Boone North Carolina

I'll be steering my campervan to any of the state's scenic byways. Possibilities include: Natchez Trace or part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

The land of Mickey Mouse in Orlando, Florida.

Christmas in New York.

These road trips are shaping up to be a fabulous summer! Be sure to join us on Patreon for postcards and special footage on all of my travels! Don't forget to always #BeBodacious.