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New Year 2019 – Making Travel Dreams Come True

Posted: January 25th, 2019 by

New Year Fireworks make travel dreams come true

The start of a New Year is traditionally a time for setting goals, making resolutions or even starting afresh. Maybe travel has been on your mind lately, with dreams of visiting new places. Although January is almost over, it does not mean that you have missed your opportunity to think about what you will do with 2019! Today is always the best day to make a decision or change!

Big changes are rarely easy, so start with some small changes first.  Your life or situation will begin to change almost without you realizing. You can track changes with a diary or blog to evaluate your progress. Set SMART Goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely – to help you make your travel dreams come true.


Specific

Decide what you want to do and be Specific: don’t say I want to travel, rather say: I want to visit/see the Redwoods in California or the White House or maybe even Disneyland or wherever you have always wanted to go.

Measurable

Traveling always involves money and time, so research your costs, decide on your budget and when you want to go. It could be that you want to spent no more than $xxx on flights or gas, $xxx on hotels and you want to go in the summer or the fall. Then you need a plan for saving the money and a way to track that you are on target!

Achievable

When you have done your research on costs and have a plan for saving money, then you need to decide if you can do it. There is no point in setting yourself up for failure. If you realize that saving $xx every month is not going to work, then you need to rethink your goal. Very few goals are set in stone and they can be revised if appropriate. Life has a habit of changing and often in unexpected ways. Revising a goal does not denote failure, rather it shows a determination to succeed.

Realistic

This is where setting specific and achievable goals come together. It would be lovely to travel first class and stay in the very best hotels. But if that will use up most of your hard earned savings, then your plans are not very realistic. You may not be able to do much else at your chosen destination! But if travelling first class and staying in the best hotels is what you really want to do, then perhaps your savings will need to increase or you might need to move your trip time to later than you originally planned.

Timely

Goals without deadlines, set dates or plans are just Dreams. Make your dreams a reality by setting a date and setting small time targets along the way. For example if you need a passport, then set an application date that will ensure you have it in time for your trip. Check each month that you are on target for your savings by knowing how much you need to save each month.


So what are your New Year plans for 2019? Where do you want to visit? Who do you want to travel with? How will you get there? What do you need to take? So many questions……

Here on the Get Packin’ Blog we plan to visit one state a month, finding places for good food and activities. Will it be Florida or Georgia or maybe Oregon or Texas? All will be revealed next month…

making travel dreams come true

 

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Safe Travels!

6 Great Apps for Traveling

Posted: May 31st, 2016 by

6 great apps for traveling

Traveling in unfamiliar places can be frustrating

Where’s the cheapest gas, the best food, free WiFi?

Load these FREE apps and the answers will be at your fingertips


gasbuddy

Don’t leave home without this FREE App!

Gas prices can vary enormously by up to 20 cents a gallon or more.

The Gasbuddy App will find the cheapest gas price in the USA or Canada by city/zip or postal code.

Plus there’s a chance of winning $100 of gas every day!

Earn points for reporting gas prices and earn awards for posting gas prices

 


FoodspottingLogo_200px

This FREE App is a visual guide to good food and where to find it.

Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend dishes and see what foodspotters, friends and experts recommend wherever you go.

Unlike other restaurant apps, the Foodspotting App is about dishes, not just restaurants, you can find whatever you’re craving, from Dumplings and Dosas to Cronuts and Ramen Burgers.

 


Foursquare

Never feel like a stranger when traveling once you download this FREE App.

Foursquare is your ultimate city guide, in your pocket.

Find the best places to eat, drink, shop, or visit — in any city in the world.

Access over 60 million short reviews from local experts.

You can also save places you want to go, so you never forget

 


touchnoteOnce Upon A Time, people sent postcards. This FREE App makes it so easy.

The Touchnote App allows you to use your photos to create and send REAL personalised postcards – the easiest way to share memories, and make someone’s day!

There is a small postal charge, but you can handle it all from your phone. So no more looking for a place to buy stamps.

You can even include a micro-sized Google Map of your whereabouts.

And you can also share your postcards on Facebook.


BonjournalCreating a Travel Journal with photos is simpler than you thought possible.

Bonjournal is a FREE App that is a simple way to record and share your travel adventures.

The app helps you easily collect all the beautiful moments, stories and pictures from your journey into a single narrative.

Making entries each day means no homework when your trip is over!

 


wifi finderThe FREE WIFi Finder App will help you find FREE WiFi hotspots in more than 50 countries around the world:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United_States, Vietnam.

And you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to find the nearest hotspot — all the hotspots are stored locally on your device.


The Greatest Adventure Lies Ahead

J.R.R. Tolkien

Using these 6 great apps for traveling, means you can focus more on your Great Adventure,

rather than spending time looking for places to eat, visit, shop or fill the car up.

And you can make Grandma’s day by sending a postcard!

Don’t forget to sign up for an Inncentive Card and get a Good Night’s Sleep for Less

All these Apps are Free and available for iphones and Androids.