Day 3211 – Sometimes You Have To Go Through The Storm For The Most Beautiful Places – repost

This time last year, I was enjoying a wonderful vacation with a very dear friend. I wrote this post the first full day there, and I think it’s a good reminder, no matter what you’re going through right now.

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Originally posted 4/26/17
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On my flight from Baltimore to Tampa, we hit some really bad turbulence. The drink orders had just been taken, and the turbulence started. Even the flight attendants had to sit down. We did get drinks eventually, but I would say the turbulence lasted 80% of the 2 hour 20 minutes, flight. Even the landing was a little rough.

I spent most of the flight reading an amazing book (click here to read what it is and how it is changing my life). As we were making our final decent, I realized what I could learn from such a crazy flight. I knew that I was going to an amazingly beautiful place. Having explored a few of the beaches, and having spent time outside on the back patio of friend’s place, I understand why so many folks move here. Even though I didn’t know how great it was before my feet hit the ground, I had an idea of how good it would be. It wasn’t easy getting here. But isn’t that true of the journey to the great places in our lives? Your broken heart leads to your deepest love. Your failed business prepares you for an even better business. Your rough plane right leads to one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen.

If you’re stuck on a plane ride that is making you want to throw up, remember that the destination could be more amazing than you’ve dreamed.

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Day 2849 – How To Travel To St. Petersburg, Florida For Under $140 – or – Travel Secret – Visit Your Friends

I want to give a huge shout out to my friend Mara Glazer. She put up with me for four days, and showed me around the amazing St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. She got me some food, picked me up and dropped me off at the airport, and drove me around. What I love about having business owner friends is that we can both work and not feel like we’re ignoring the other person. If you’re a business owner, make sure you surround yourself with other business owners!

I had a realization while I was in Florida that there is a travel hack I don’t think about that much, it’s one of the reasons we’ve been able to travel so much for so little – visiting friends and family. I’m sure you can think of people in your life who live in other parts of the country. Maybe they’ve moved for work, or to be with their spouse. I’m sure they miss seeing you and would love to have a visitor. I lucked out in that my friend lives in a truly beautiful place. I could not stop commenting at how clear the water was (funny enough, at Clearwater Beach). The sand was so smooth.

So if you think you can’t afford to travel, think about your friends in other places, would they like a visitor? Can you sleep on their floor?

Now, without further ado, here are my actual numbers from my trip to Florida.

A few notes – Mara bought some food for me, did all of the driving, and didn’t charge me to sleep in her guest room. I used Southwest miles, which means I had to spend money to earn the miles. But we use our Southwest card like cash – paying things off each month. I used my Dunkin Donuts app to buy my coffee at the airport. There was a special of $1.49 any size coffee if you use the app.

Plane ticket fee after miles – $11.20
Snacks and toiletries – $14.68
Dunkin coffee at airport – $1.58
Meal with Mara – $55.09
Magnet souvenir – $4.27
Shirt and magnet souvenir – $18.17
More food and beach snacks – $8.43
Parking for the beach – $13.50
Lemonade on the beach – $2.70
Snacks for the plane – $8.88
Drink before flight – $1.49
Total spent – $139.99

The biggest lesson I learned is that travel with friends is the best way to travel. You can share costs, and really, it’s the best kind of travel.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip!

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Day 2846 – Sometimes You Have To Go Through The Storm For The Most Beautiful Places

On my flight from Baltimore to Tampa, we hit some really bad turbulence. The drink orders had just been taken, and the turbulence started. Even the flight attendants had to sit down. We did get drinks eventually, but I would say the turbulence lasted 80% of the 2 hour 20 minutes, flight. Even the landing was a little rough.

I spent most of the flight reading an amazing book (check back tomorrow to hear what it is and how it is changing my life). As we were making our final decent, I realized what I could learn from such a crazy flight. I knew that I was going to an amazingly beautiful place. Having explored a few of the beaches, and having spent time outside on the back patio of friend’s place, I understand why so many folks move here. Even though I didn’t know how great it was before my feet hit the ground, I had an idea of how good it would be. It wasn’t easy getting here. But isn’t that true of the journey to the great places in our lives? Your broken heart leads to your deepest love. Your failed business prepares you for an even better business. Your rough plane right leads to one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen.

If you’re stuck on a plane ride that is making you want to throw up, remember that the destination could be more amazing than you’ve dreamed.

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Day 2845 – My View For The Next Three Days


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