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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!

Visit Our New Location – Scottish Inns & Suites, Texarkana, AR

Posted: October 3rd, 2017 by

Scottish Inns & Suites Texarkana AR

 

The Hotel is conveniently located on Highway 71, just seconds off Interstate 30, and minutes away from Texarkana Regional Airport.

The Hotel is also near many local sites, activities and attractions:

  • Holiday Springs Water Park
  • Hobo Jungle Park
  • Broad Street Park
  • Spring Lake Park
  • Razorback Stadium
  • Four States Auto Museum
  • Lindsey Railroad Museum
  • P. J. Ahearn Home
  • Arkansas Convention Center
  • Texarkana convention Center

 

Guests will find all the essentials for A Good Night’s Sleep after a busy day. The spacious and comfy Guest Rooms are equipped with Cable TV with HBO, microwave, fridge and coffee maker. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Hotel.

A complimentary Continental Breakfast is available every morning and Guests can also relax in the outdoor Pool.

Guest Laundry facilities are available on site and the Front Desk is staffed 24/7 for any enquiries or assistance.

There are also plenty of well-known restaurants to eat nearby, including Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse. If a quick bite to eat is all you need, then Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Whataburger and Chick-fil-A are not far away.

At Scottish Inns Hotels, whether traveling on business or pleasure, we want you to relax and feel right at home. We are committed to offering you the amenities that you need for a wonderful stay. For a good night’s sleep® our affordable rates will let you focus on the things that matter, whether it is your family vacation or your business meetings.

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Book your next stay in Texarkana AR at the Scottish Inns & Suites

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April Showers and Flowers

Posted: April 14th, 2016 by

The month of April is everything we are looking for after the winter.

Glorious bursts of colors as flowers gently open to the warm rays of the sun.

Travelling can be dull and boring, so brighten the experience by checking out nearby Botanical Gardens



 

Nashville, TN

Cheekwood

 

Cheekwood Botanical Garden, not too far from the Scottish Inns Hotel located at 426 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210

Ranked #9 in USA Today 10 Best Botanical Gardens and features 55 acres divided into a dozen themed areas including a Japanese Garden, an herb garden, two perennial gardens, a color garden, water garden, seasons garden and an award-winning wildflower garden. Sounds relaxing and peaceful, so different to the Interstate that you may be travelling on.

 

Pine Mountain GA

Travelling south of Atlanta along the I85 means you can take a break wandering around the Callaway Gardens.  The Callaway Azalea Bowl looks wonderful this time of the year.

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This 40-acre garden is home to more than 3,000 native and hybrid azaleas, which explode into a colorful palette of pinks, reds, lavenders and whites each Spring. Additional plantings include 2,000 trees and shrubs that provide an array of foliage and blooms throughout the year. With wide walking paths that criss-cross the hillside gardens, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl is a delightful spot for a leisurely stroll in any season. A gazebo overlooking Falls Creek Lake is an ideal resting spot from which to drink in the picture-postcard beauty.

Glencoe IL

Visiting Chicago IL and need a break? Then take time out and visit the Chicago Botanic Garden. 385 acres with 26 gardens and 4 natural areas that include Japanese gardens and an English walled garden. This beautiful site is ranked #8 in USA Today 10 Best Botanical Gardens and is well worth a visit. Just a few minutes drive from the Red Carpet Inn located at 3207 Buckley Rd. N Chicago, IL 60064

 

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There’s even a tram to take you on a tour if you want a rest from walking. The tram ride is 2.3 miles and runs  through the Japanese Garden, the McDonald Woods and alongside the Garden’s 81 acres of water.

Happy Travelling!

California Dreamin’

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 by

A bucket list is a great way to get the most out of life.  One popular trip on a lot of people’s bucket list is a drive up Highway 1, on the California coast (preferably in a convertible). Don’t forget your sunglasses!

Downtown LA, Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign.- Wikimedia Commons.Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported

A great starting point is Los Angeles.  Allow a few days taking in the sights before hitting the road.  Here are a few  “must see” attractions in L.A. area:

  • The Getty Center in Pacific Palisades – located on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, visitors can view art from Pre-Renaissance to Impressionist periods in Europe.
  • The Getty Villa in Malibu- J. Paul Getty’s ornate Spanish Ranch house is now a world-class art museum. Admission is free but parking must be reserved.
  • Hollywood  & Highland- This busy intersection includes the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and 3 stories of boutiques, cafes and shops. Don’t miss the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Kodak Theatre.
  • Santa Monica Pier- The 1600 ft. pier opened in 1909 has a 1922 Carousel with 44 hand carved horses, a working roller coaster and a Ferris Wheel.
  • Beverly Hills- A trolley runs around the area allowing you the opportunity to hop off for a walking tour through the mansions along palm lined boulevards. Get more information at Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau.
  • The Grove/Farmer’s Market- The Grove is a new open pedestrian shopping area with green spaces, fountains, boutiques, and entertainment complex attached to the Historic Farmer’s Market, which has been in existence since the 1930’s.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood- Just a few minutes drive from Downtown LA or Hollywood, this theme park offers a behind-the scenes view into movie making and some really fun movie themed rides.
  • The Hollywood Bowl- Is the summer home of LA Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Bring a picnic and enjoy outstanding music under the stars. If you are in the box seats you can even order dinner in advance to be served at your box!
  • The Griffith Observatory- Built in 1935 in the Art Deco style, the observatory sits on a Mountain peak overlooking Hollywood and old L.A.  It is open Wednesday-Sunday until 10:00pm and admission is free, although there is a small charge for the planetarium sky show.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art- Located in the “Miracle Mile” district of Midtown.  The museum receives rare collections on tour. It shares the boulevard, known as Museum Row, with L.A. Craft and Folk Art Museum, Page Museum of Natural History and La Brea Tar Pits.

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Spring Break is Bigger and Better Than Ever!

Posted: April 2nd, 2012 by

Spring break actually started for some schools in mid February and runs the second or third week in April.  If you would like numbers, Tripsmarter.com has put together all the data on spring break 2012 dates and corresponding number of humans on break in a given week.

Are you looking for spring break ideas?  In addition to the traditional favorites, there and lots of alternative spring break opportunities.  How about a volunteer vacation?  Are you interested in snow or sand? Here are just a few ideas for a fantastic spring break!

The top ten spring break destinations don’t change much from year to year. Below is a list of top ten spring break hot spots for 2012.

  1. Cancun
  2. Panama City, FL
  3. Miami and South Beach Florida
  4. Europe
  5. Puerto Vallarta
  6. Acapulco
  7. Caribbean (Nassau and Jamaica)
  8. South Padre Island, TX
  9. Puerto Rico
  10. North American Ski Resorts

One alternative to the “sun or sand” routine is a volunteer vacation. There are lots of opportunities to enjoy fun and camaraderie of like-minded folks, while doing your share to help others in need. United Way is sponsoring alternative spring break for volunteers in the US, and non-profit house-builder Habitat for Humanity offers opportunities all over the country. Projects Abroad is now offering short-term volunteering abroad opportunities specifically designed for one-week spring break trips.

Check out this volunteer list of college student volunteer opportunities, and however you decide to spend your spring break remember to have lots of fun!