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New Year's Resolution: How To Travel More In 2018

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and if you’re like many people, you’re busy crafting your New Year’s resolution list right about now. If one of your resolutions is to travel more, we’ve got some suggestions on how to make it a reality!

How to Overcome Time Constraints

You’re probably busy. You might have a job, a side hustle, and/or a family. You likely can’t just take off and go. But does it mean you should let the wonders of the world pass you by? No! Start small. Get on the road whenever you can.


Start right there. America is a land of stunning, unparalleled beauty, and some of her wonders lie only a road trip away. Mark January 2018 as the month when you go on your first road trip of the year.

Use a web or app-based road-trip planner like My Scenic Drives or just Google your location. Find a quaint B&B, a spa, a vacation rental or hotel room for the weekend. The options are endless, and you might be surprised how many interesting landmarks are out there, close to your own backyard.

Long Weekends

Holiday breaks might give you a chance to hop on a plane and catch three to four days of sun in Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean. The downside is that holiday travel is often going to cost you more, but there are ways to mitigate that problem.

Business Trip Add-Ons

“Workation” isn’t a real word, but it’s become a popular way for busy people to enjoy some go-time when traveling for work, and it’s also a great way to save money.

If you’re lucky, your company has already picked up your transportation tab, so your travel expenses might just be limited to lodging, food and sightseeing. Just add a few days to your business trip if you can, and you’re all set.

If you’re a freelancer, telecommuter or digital nomad, you can work wherever there is an Internet connection. There are even digital nomad retreats all over the world for people like you.

How to Overcome Money Constraints

With the advent of civil aviation, the world has become smaller, travel times shorter, prices cheaper, and the era of mass leisure travel was born. In travel, things can get expensive, but there are ways to travel on a budget.

Look for the Experience, Not the Place

Unless you’ve been everywhere, consider destinations that are easier on your wallet. You may be able to find relaxing beaches, gorgeous hiking spots and historical monuments for a fraction of the price by staying in the continental U.S., rather than traveling internationally.  “You get what you pay for” doesn’t always apply in travel.

Travel Off-Season and Off-Peak

If your vacation time is flexible, try to fly during the low or off season. Traveling in September rather than August can make a huge difference to your wallet. As an added bonus, you might find the weather more pleasant, hotels and restaurants not as full and beaches not crowded.

Take this approach further. Want to fly on Friday or Saturday to maximize your vacation time? Smart, but costly. Friday and Saturday flights are very popular with leisure travelers, and airlines have very few incentives to offer discounts during peak times. If you can tweak your vacation schedule by a day or two, you can save big.

Join Hotel Loyalty Programs

You’ll often get hotel perks just for joining the program, like member-only prices, free Internet access, spa or restaurant discounts, etc. In addition, some hotel chains, like Hilton and Marriott, offer excellent benefits to their mid-level members.

Free breakfast and access to the club lounge can go a long way, and the best part is that you can often get elite status just for getting a hotel co-branded credit card.

Consider a House or Apartment Instead of Hotel

Renting an apartment instead of a hotel room can save a lot of money and provide you with much-needed space and a more immersive experience.

Thanks to Airbnb, vacation rentals are popular like never before, but Airbnb is not the only game in town. Many homeowners and brokers list their properties on multiple sites. Sometimes you’ll find a better deal on Airbnb, and other times on or FlipKey, to name a few.

Check Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

Many banks have joined forces with hotels and airlines in issuing cobranded credit cards, and they frequently offer fantastic sign-up bonuses. You can use these miles and points to book a fabulous vacation, but you need to be careful, because no amount of miles and points is worth carrying high-interest credit card debt.

Now you’re ready to go ahead and see the world at your own pace. Make your New Year’s resolution stick – and make your friends envy you for your travel skills and planning savvy.

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The holidays are all about family and friends, and if your loved ones happen to live out of town, it might also be a time for you to play host. While you likely enjoy their company, inviting people into your home does bring a certain amount of pressure. You want your guests to enjoy themselves, and they don’t want to disrupt your space too much. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the season. Here are our favorite houseguest tips.

Start Preparing for Guests Early

Like anything, half the stress of hosting and entertaining comes from the last-minute scramble. Make a list now of things you’d like to accomplish before your guests arrive, and then start checking items off. Some will have to wait until closer to your guests’ arrival date, but many others can be taken care of well in advance.

Linen sheet set

Image: Signet by Baltic Linen 1000 Thread Count Sheet Set

For example, you can de-clutter your guest bedroom ahead of time and then leave only the touch-up cleaning for the week of. Make sure you have adequate sheets, towels and toiletries a few weeks prior, and finish any laundry a day or two before guests arrive. Need room for multiple people to stay? Choose a sofa bed or shop for a trundle bed ahead of time. Breaking it down in this way makes it more manageable. Too late for all that? Then it’s time to prioritize. Concentrate on the things that will have the biggest impact on your guests’ comfort. Think about what you’d need if you were visiting someone, and start there.

Give Them a Place to Retreat

Even the most outgoing people need time to themselves. Take a fresh look at your guest bedroom and think about ways to make it more inviting, comfortable and relaxing. Guests will appreciate having an area where they can recharge solo, and you’ll like having a chance to decompress as well. Make their bedroom especially welcoming by adding some creature comforts.

Living room chair

Image: Belham Living Everly Arm Chair

Along with a comfy bed, make sure to have plenty of blankets and pillows on hand so your guests can stay cozy at night or during downtime. A fan is a good idea, too. It will help them regulate the temperature themselves and also provide some white noise. If you have the floor space, think about adding an accent chair or bench. Seating helps indicate that the bedroom is for relaxing, in addition to sleeping, and lets them rest without having to recline on the bed.

Alarm clock

Image: Atomic Alarm Clock

Add an alarm clock to the nightstand so they always know the time. The nightstand is also a good place to add a note with your WiFi password. People often like to do a little browsing when they take breaks. Putting a couple of your favorite magazines or the local newspaper out is a nice touch, too.

Luggage rack

Image: Winsome Wood Reese Luggage Rack with Shelf

Guests will appreciate having a suitcase rack to use as well as closet space for hanging items. A trash can is a must, and a basket filled with tissues and other toiletries will save you and your guests some hassle if they forget something. Providing a handful of snack options is a considerate extra. Guests will appreciate the gesture and the fact that they don’t have to ask or dig into your cupboards.

Plan a Flexible Itinerary (Including Downtime)

Don’t schedule every hour of the day, but do think ahead and have some options. Consider what you’ll do for meals and whether you need to stock up on groceries. Research local events you can attend together or solo. If you’ll have pint-sized houseguests, make a list of family-friendly destinations or activities (and get a few age-appropriate toys). Be ready to give some shopping and restaurant suggestions, too.

Bar cart

Image: Belham Living Trenton Bar Cart

For days or nights in, help guests help themselves. Jot down some basic instructions for the TV. Involve them in food prep (they’ll most likely enjoy having something to do), and let them help with simple (and not-too-grimy) chores if they offer. Set up a bar cart so they can mix their own cocktail. When they can do things for themselves, they’ll start to feel more at home, and you’ll both be more relaxed.

You and your guests want their time in your home to be as comfortable as possible. With some planning and a little prep, you’ll be able to avoid stress and focus on enjoying their company.

Happy Holidays

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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