Day 3389 – How We Can Travel So Much

Following this blog any amount of time, and you’ll find we travel a lot. I did some calculations a few weeks ago and found we’re traveling about 11% of this year. That’s amazing and awesome and wonderful. I am SO thankful for the freedom we have to travel as much as we do, but it definitely comes at a price.

As you know, we’re building a real estate investing business, and that has been taking most of our time. We know how much our ROI is for the business, it’s one of those things that will pay us back SO much more than other things. Building any business calls for some sacrifices.

Yes, we travel a lot, but I don’t talk as much about what our trips actually look like. On our Long Island trip, I did most of the driving because Bret was taking calls and working.

On our trip to Canada for a wedding, we stopped at Watkins Glen State Park (a MUST see, I have to say!). We had a few calls to return in the parking lot, so we took care of that and hit the trail.

We had JUST started our hike when we got another phone call. Bret sat down on the side of the trail and took the call. There was a slight embarrassment when folks walked by, but honestly, it’s something I’m mostly ok with. Sure, to the outsider, it looks like we’re not enjoying the scenery and being tied to our phones, but in actuality, taking that call is likely leading to a deal. THAT is worth any “what are those people doing?” vibes we might get.

After Watkins Glen, we headed over to Seneca Falls, the little town that It’s A Wonderful Life is based on. There’s a cute museum with all kinds of memorabilia from the movie. We were sitting in the car for a bit doing some work, made a call and headed in.

We got to look around for about 10-15 minutes and we got a phone call. Bret stepped out to grab it and I quickly followed. We then got back on the road while Bret talked to the caller.

We left for Canada from Maryland around 4:30 am. We stopped off for the hike around 10 am and arrived in Canada at our Airbnb around 7 pm. We ate, did some reading, and went to sleep. Just as we drifted off, we got a call and had to get up and do work. Again, that is likely leading to a deal as well. Again, well worth it.

We ended up sleeping about 10 hours (I can’t remember the last time we did that!….in a bed no less!

Because of a number of reasons, we had a ton of work to do while we were in Canada. So, after our morning coffee, we got to work. All morning and up until we had to leave for the wedding, we worked.

After the wedding, we made coffee and ended up working some more that night. There wasn’t too much work we could do in the morning of the next day, so we were able to swing by the Parliament of Canada, walk the grounds, and grab lunch before driving home.

I think it’s important to talk about the “behind the scenes” of working while you’re traveling. It can be easy to get caught up in this “laptop lifestyle” that folks talk about, and think that it’s easy. While it’s not easy, it is our choice. We knew what we were signing up for and we’re willing to make the hard decisions and tough calls now to have a life we’re dreaming of down the road.

Do you work on vacation?

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Day 3388 – A Few Favorite Photos From Canada Last Weekend

We had such an amazing time in Canada last weekend. It’s been such a busy week here that I really haven’t been able to do a proper full post about our trip. Y’all will have to still wait for that, but here are a few of my favorite photos.

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Day 3386 – Get Smart About Credit Day

I’m going to share soon about an AMAZING travel hacking course* I took a few months ago, but I wanted to share the link today because it definitely relates to the topic. What’s cool about the course is that it also talks about credit. So why not kill two birds with one stone and get free travel out of it?

Credit is one of those things that can be a big mystery. Thankfully, there are lots of tools out there to help you figure it out and that track things for you. My biggest source of updates and to keep an eye on all of my finances and budgets is Mint.com. I’ve used them for well over four years and have been super happy.

It tracks everything that I spend, I can change categories for things, and I get a very true and clear picture of where we are financially. The only downside with it is that it starts tracking from the day you sign up. So it can take a few months to see your trends. Thanks to Mint, we were able to see how much we were spending on food and gas and other things. Instead of a “well, I think we should budget XX for this” we can definitely say “we spend this much.”

What do you do to keep up with your credit?

*Affiliate link – I will get a small percentage if you purchase the course, at no additional cost to you. Y’all know I ONLY share things that I have personally used, done, and approve of. The course will more than pay for itself with your first bonus. I recently got a new Southwest Business card and will be getting about $900 of free flights because of the bonus.

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Day 3383 – Sneak Peek At Our Weekend!

We just got back from a weekend away in Canada and what an amazing time it was! The drive was utterly breathtaking since most of it was through peaking leaves. I’ll blog more in-depth later, but for now, here’s us at Parliament in Canada! It was one of the places I really wanted to see while we were there and I’m so glad we were able to fit it in.

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Day 3367 – Read My Books! – Read A New Book Month Day 29 (And Four Years As Sober Jennilyn!)

I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest my own books this month. As an aside, today is my FOUR-year soberversary! If God hadn’t changed my life four years ago, I don’t know if I would be able to say I published two books.

Being sober has changed so much of my life and I’m so thankful that reading more and writing more is included in that list. I have found my voice through this blog and my books. YOU my readers, have in many ways changed my life. Your interest in my alcoholism has encouraged me to pursue writing a book about my experiences. Your blog views have meant the world to me.

My first book, Trusting God With 2 Cents: 22 Days To Becoming A Successful Christian Business Owner, was quite a journey. I learned so much about myself, writing, and what God has to say about work while writing. It started in one place (very much about ME and MY experiences) and ended in a completely different (very much what GOD says about work, and very little about me).

I always said that I would consider that book a success if just one person was impacted. If you check out the link above, you’ll see a wonderful review. That book is a success to me.

Earlier that year, 2016, we took our fourth cross-country road trip. That trip changed me in so many ways. The biggest was my love of road trips was rekindled and my desire to share the joy of more travel was set ablaze.

The worst thing I hear is “I’ve always wanted to do that, but….” I want to grab folks and say, that’s just not true! I started my journey in sharing my knowledge about road trip travel in my second book, Planning an Epic Road Trip on any Budget. I also started my road trip community on Facebook.

I definitely see that book as a success as well because of the folks who have made changes in their travel lives because of it. I’ve loved growing with my community and sharing the joys of planning for and taking trips. If you want some help planning a road trip, come join us!

Even if you haven’t (and aren’t planning on) buying/reading one of my books, you showing up here on my blog means so much to me. I’ve blogged before about wanting to stop some days, but it is you, my dear readers, who help me to carry on. You are a part of my growth as an author and a blogger. Thank you.

Check out all of my 2018 Read A New Book Month recommendations.

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