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Over the weekend, Sarah from and I teamed up to go explore Springfield, MO. It is just around three hours from Kansas City and a very easy drive. Springfield is the third largest city in Missouri and filled with fun! Also, we hear it is “where dreams come true.”



Where to stay?














The tropically-inspired Ramada Plaza Springfield Hotel & Oasis Convention Center was our home for the weekend. It is conveniently located off I-44 between Tulsa and St. Louis, and only 30 miles north of Branson. We started our mornings right with a free breakfast buffet.

As bloggers, we were very excited that we could stay connected with free WiFi internet access. Though, we forgot our swimsuits we highly recommend you pack them and enjoy a relaxing swim in their outdoor heated pool. The Ramada Plaza includes an onsite fitness center to keep you in shape. Plus, get a delicious meal from their onsite restaurant, Fire and Ice.

If you’re flying into town you can free airport shuttle service. Plus, don’t worry if you’re road tripping like we did the hotel offers free parking, too.

Where to eat?















Black Sheep is more than greasy griddle burgers. These beefy patties are a true indulgence. There are 12 burgers in all, including one quinoa burger, and the range of flavors is impressive. One stunning burger, dubbed Cowboy Carl, comes with a house-ground beef patty topped with slow roasted brisket, briny pickles, candied bacon, white cheddar cheese, and a mound of spicy fried onions. This towering behemoth is nearly 6 inches tall, and takes some skill to eat. The group behind us got it while we skittishly chose the simple mouth-watering double patty cheeseburger with salt and pepper fries.

Then there are the boozy shakes, blended with Andy’s Frozen Custard and all sorts of sweet additions including slices of blackberry pie. Each shake is named after a rock star, so it’s no surprise to hear rock music on the stereo overhead. Even the fries here have a delicious twist.
Of course, there are a few not so calorie-packed options including gluten-free bread, veggie burgers, and at least two salads, which seem like a better fit for during more so typical active days of both of us. It’s ok though, it was a free cheat pass for the weekend!

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Cheers to good pizza! While on the Trolley Bike we met some great fellow Springfielders that owned this wonderful casual spot to hang out. Check it out after a fun night of dancing for the ultimate social spot. Located in Downtown Springfield, The Brick is the only destination in Queen City offering a full selection of pizza by the slice. We especially loved their garlic knots, delicious.



 What to do?

Andy B’s Entertainment

Andy B’s might just be the most exciting thing to do in Springfield. Not only can you bowl, but you can eat, play games and get in a great workout doing laser tag.

With 21 lanes of traditional bowling, 10 VIB (Very Important Bowler) bowling lanes, an underground laser tag arena designed to look, feel and SOUND like an abandoned mine, a large Arcade game room with every game you could want, FULL SERVICE Restaurant and Bar, and private event and meeting rooms downstairs… you’ll never run out of fun things to do at Andy B’s.

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The Trolley Bike is an open air “party bus” 14-passenger quadricycle. The trolley bike has six seats lining both sides and a back bench for riders to sit on. Only instead of just sitting there, these bike seats have pedals at your feet. That’s right, we got our workout in while we explored. Riders work together to casually pedal The Trolley Bike around a designated route and stop whenever a thirst needs quenching.

The Trolley Bike is controlled and steered by a Conductor (Brian was ours and he was awesome) who guides you on your tour and makes sure everyone is safe and having a great time. The Trolley Bike is perfect for bar crawls, bachelor/bachelorette parties, company outings, Springfield Cardinals games, charity events and so much more.
A tour on The Trolley Bike is hands down one of the most fun things to do with friends in Springfield MO. There is really no better way to explore downtown Springfield. Make sure you tell Brian that Sarah and Jenny said Hi. 😉 We will be back!

Fantastic Caverns

























If you find yourself anywhere near Fanastic Caverns, you have to visit. This was one of the neatest things we’ve seen. Not only do you get to ride around in caves, your driver even lets you touch the ceiling, but you’ll also learn so much about them.

Fanastic Caverns is a small, family owned business, it was discovered in 1862 by an Ozarks farmer – or more precisely, by his dog, who crawled through an entrance. Your driver will even show you the hole that the dog found, you won’t believe how small it is. It wasn’t until five years later that the first exploration took place: 12 women from Springfield, answering a newspaper ad seeking explorers, ventured into the cave. Their names remain on a cave wall today.

Fantastic Caverns is absolutely beautiful, the beauty is hard to capture in a photograph and honestly it’s a must see to even understand how truly amazing the caves are. The Cave is toured in jeep-drawn trams. Since you ride all of the way through, you experience the magnitude, the stillness, and the splendor of Fantastic Caverns while preserving its natural features. This is the perfect adventure for people of all ages. We loved it!

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Creative Escape Glass is a MUST!! We have never felt so artsy and had so much fun creating a masterpiece from pieces of glass. Plus, the owners could not be any sweeter. They were encouraging and helped us bring out our inner artist.

Creative Escape Glass LLC is a fused glass open studio where you can learn how to make your own fused glass pieces! We went during open studio time which allows you to create according to your schedule, once you learn the basics. No experience is necessary. They walked us through everything.

If we were locals, we’d be there every week!! Each week we have a specific theme or project style during the week and a Saturday Project which is normally a great beginner piece to help with inspiration. Check out our Studio Calendar to see upcoming projects.
There will also be formal classes where you can learn new techniques or make specific pieces. Our wide variety of classes include some classes appropriate for most ages. Date Night, Girls Night Out and Just the Guys events will allow for more flexibility in creating but add an additional element of fun. Private parties can also be arranged for groups of 6-12. For more info on classes go to their Classes page.











Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub & Restaurant







We found ourselves doing a little exploring at night and Finnegan’s was a great time. Springfield’s oldest Irish pub serving traditional Irish Food along with burgers, sandwiches, salads, two full service bars with 40 beers on draft and 17 Irish whiskeys on tap. Shuffleboard, foosball and pool – no cover charge.

We had so much fun exploring Springfield and can’t wait to go back. These are just some of the amazing things you can do in this unique, fun filled city. Stay tuned for our follow up as we plan to head back and explore the many other things Springfield, MO has to offer. Until then, we encourage you to find a travel partner or get out on your own and give Springfield a visit.

Disclosure: We were provided with hotel accommodations and press related access as part of our tour. However, all opinions are our own.

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weekend getaway in nyc

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do! I literally hummed this Jay-Z/Alicia Keys song on the plane as I saw the beautiful city line from 30,000 feet in the clouds. It was a great four days in NYC. I was flying there to throw a surprise birthday party (my very first and I definitely succeeded). This time I didn’t take Spirit Airlines but Southwest. There are many cheap flights you can get for a quick getaway with them. Even Kayak has this cool alert feature that will tell you when cheap flights are available.

This time I was determined to visit NYC the non-touristy way. I wanted to eat at different places and explore the many many local areas. First day of adventure and I went to this well-known German restaurant called Nurnberger Beer House in Staten Island. Great beer and it’s really neat how they pour it in specific glasses. I hear they actually do that in Germany where each glass is designated to the brand.

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 Excited for our adventure in this city for the fifth time!

walking the streets in NYC


I had already started off the day right as a non-tourist because I got to take the bus into the city! I remember thinking to myself thank goodness I didn’t wear any heels. I was so happy too that the sun was out. The day before it was super cloudy.


taking bus in NYC

Enjoy that view of the WallStreet infamous bull statue.

the wallstreet bull
subway in nyc

There are just too many cool spots to take pictures. I had my boyfriend/designated photographer have fun with me in taking random pics when walking in the city.

photography in NYC

The hotel we stayed at in the financial district of the city was super cool. I felt pretty fancy upon walking in the shiny entrance.

millennium hotel

Of course to any daily adventure, I have to try wonderful local places to eat. This cute place in the lower East side district was called The Meatball Shop. Mouthwatering to say the least.

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Enjoying that spring time breeze on the trail near the Hudson River.

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Always eating… it’s hard not to when there are trucks and stands on every block! Lovin this guys face.

hot dog stands in nyc

The High Line is a great place to visit and walk along. Beware of all the tourist and locals.. there are a ton and it can take forever to walk across the whole thing. I wore my flats and wished I had my sneakers. I know the plants are dead looking now but I know in the summer time it is just gorgeous. Perfect for more picture taking.  I definitely will come back in the summer.

high line in nyc

The hotel was near the Freedom Tower. Such a beautiful building but it definitely reminds us all of the tragic moment of September 11th.

freedom tower Brooklyn bridgeSo for a random image below, I got a chance to go to a night club and enjoy VIP bottle service! Super fun and eventful night. 
bottle service in nyc

My main purpose was to throw that surprise birthday party and it was a success. He was obviously very surprised and grateful 🙂 Do something spontaneous and head to NYC for a four day weekend. You won’t be disappointed. There is just too many things to do. Boredom is not an option.


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walk to end lupus now

Talk about a FUN weekend getaway in Dallas! I think sometimes a quick trip somewhere for three days is the perfect amount of time to reset and get loose with friends or family. In my case it was hanging out with my great long time friends since high school (2002 to be exact!). It literally was a reunion for us. The last time I recall our wildly friendly trip was in Kansas City. It was time to reconnect and explore a diverse city. The main reason we got together was to support one of our friends in the 5K Walk to End Lupus Now fundraiser event. It was full of emotion to not only see the accomplishment of finishing the walk but to see us all support her for the cause. To learn more about this cruel autoimmune disease or how you can help please visit the non-profit site here.

So one thing I was completely proud of was my capability to pack light. I mean one backpack for the weekend. That takes skill for sure. It was my first time taking Spirit Airlines so that was interesting to try and fit in my carry on requirements.

how to pack light

 First pic of our trip with these guys.

dallas weekend getaway

Ok so what I love about my friends… we really don’t care what we do out in public. I had to get my 10,000 steps for the day while my friend Tim had to do his 75 daily push up challenge. We wanted to get it out of the way so why not just publicly showcase it at the airport terminal?

waiting at the airport

Upon arrival, it was time to indulge in some awesome southern drinks.

kazoos happy hour

Walk to End Lupus Now 5K Adventure

Starting out at 9AM we made the 5K trek. It was great to meet people and learn either about their experience with lupus or how long they have supported their friends and family.

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5k lupus walk

Always with these guys, another pre-workout session of squats as a warm up.


I didn’t wear as much purple but I did manage to create some glasses out of purple pipe cleaners and found myself this adorable pup. Don’t worry, the owner dyed it’s hair with all organic ingredients.

dying your dog

walk to end lupus now

walk to end lupus now

 Your friends should motivate and inspire you.Your circle should be well-rounded and supportive. Keep it tight quality over quantity, always.

Adventure in the City

Success for the walk and next to exploring the city and enjoying it with good company. Can’t go on vacation without partaking in some food exploration. We found this nifty burger joint on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives from the Food Network app. I was ready to take a bite in their green chili hash burger.

twisted root burgers

I could’t help but take this shot.

great burger places in dallas

 Then we were off to the downtown area where we walked around the JFK memorial and the park nearby. The views of all the neat architecture was amazing.

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I felt like a little kid on this trip. Always a Kodak moment with me.

posing in dallas

posing in dallas

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Trying to get my posing on above. Also came across this artist who did a live spray painting of his work in front of the crowd. I thought it was pretty neat.

spray painting

I didn’t get to take a picture of our happy hour pit stop but I did manage to get this bathroom selfie!

friends in dallas

First NBA game!

While partaking in our aperitifs, we decided last minute to just go to an NBA game like the basketball fanatics we are. Another adventure with these guys as we hop into the back of a guy’s truck to take us to the American Airlines center. Well I guess our girlfriend knew the guy so it wasn’t AS sketch 🙂 Let’s say it was definitely a fun 5 min ride and the sky view of all the buildings were pretty cool.

riding in a truck

We made it safe and sound!

dallas big american airlines center in dallasDallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriorsdallasmavs nba gameSo after the game we decided to take an Uber back to the car and another adventure with us as we packed all 6 of us in a car for a few blocks of a ride. Too much hilarious fun. I didn’t get to take a pic of that as we were all crammed. I also didn’t get to take pics of our nightlife. Had to enjoy the moment of dancing on the rooftop bars with my pals!

friends for life

Great vacation this past weekend. So glad I could reunite with these guys. It definitely won’t be long as we reunite in August for our friend’s wedding in my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Stay tuned for that story!


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Best Instagram Accounts to Follow - BaseBodyBabes

The Best Instagram Accounts to Follow

As I continue down my blogging journey, I have come across the most creative go-getters out there. From the fashionistas that flaunt amazing outfits in the most scenic areas to the travelers that dare to seek new heights (literally). I would consider browsing through Instagram a hobby of mine. There are so many inspirational accounts out there. Not to mention I have advanced in my photography skills just by following these individuals I find amazing at how they portray their interests. Check out the top Instagram accounts that I follow. Of course don’t forget to follow me as I better my skills in photography! These are the categories I share on my blog, so why not show a little love for those that love what I love?!

Best Instagram Accounts to Follow - Bali


  1. AFAR – A community of travel enthusiasts.
  2. Cole Rise – One of the best…
  3. Murad Osmann – A guy and his wife traveling the world together
  4. Kirsten Alana – All. Over. The. Place.
  5. Nicole Warne – A realm of vivid color and endless possibilities (aka garypeppergirl).


Best Instagram Accounts to Follow - Alice Gao


  1. Alice Gao – NYC-based food photographer. More than just food.
  2. Ashley Rodriguez – Creator of Not Without Salt.
  3. Diane Cu – Food and other fun stuff.
  4. Njinla – Awesome food places in L.A
  5. Pheebsfoods – All about the berries, nuts, and healthy shizz

Best Instagram Accounts to Follow - BaseBodyBabes


1. Amanda Bisk – Former Australian pole vaulter

2. MsJeanettejenkins – Trainer and Nike Athlete

3. JenSelter – Bad ass fitness girl

4. Basebodybabes – Two sisters rocking it in fitness

5. MassieArias – Her fitness journey is inspiring

Best Instagram Accounts to Follow - BKstreetArt


  1. Brooklyn Street Art – Leading a conversation about art in the streets.
  2. Jose Parla – Always transitory.
  3. TravelWriteDraw: Fashion illustrator that travels all over the world to live sketch fashion shows

Best Instagram Accounts to Follow - SongofStyle


  1. Aimee Song – Founder of Song of Style.
  2. This Is Glamorous – Just what it sounds like.
  3. Sincerely Jules – Latina Fashionista in L.A.
  4. Andrearthur – Fashion Photographer
  5. Tuulavintage – fellow blogger


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all inclusive resort riu palace cabo san lucas

Viva Cabo Mexico

Viva Cabo Mexico! Nothing better than soaking up some sun on a beach when it was super duper cold back home in November 2014. I was so grateful that I had the opportunity to go to Cabo, Mexico with my dear partner in crime. The view from our room was amazing! Waking up to this beautiful scene every morning always put a smile on my face. Luckily the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive Resort was open from the terrible hurricane Odile that left this beautiful city in shambles. You can tell a little in my photo below that some of the palm trees had a little limp action going on.


I partook in some fine wine and dining in this cutesy turquoise dress.

jenny ching in cabo san lucas all inclusive resort

My favorite time of my days was when laying down on the beach during sunset. The water was sparkling and radiating beauty as the perfect temperature of a breeze brushed over.

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cabo san lucas beach bikini

 So grateful my hunk of a man took me to this beautiful place.Cabo Vacation Beach Sun Resort

A vacation isn’t anything without exploring delicious food.

Mexican Food, Restaurant, Cabo Food

Cabo Food, Mexican Food

This mole dish was amazing. My mom makes it for my sister’s and I but was so happy to get a taste while walking around the city.

Mole, Rice, Beans, Mexican

Cabo Beach, Lovers Beach, MexicoLook at how the beach just sparkles! And yes we did have to use plenty of sunscreen. There are plenty of deals to go to a resort like this in Cabo. Especially in the fall so consider a fabulous trip here as a check mark to the bucket list.


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Weekender in Savannah Georgia

Weekender in Savannah Georgia: There’s nothing better than taking a quick weekend trip to a place you would never expect to have ever visited and yet have a wonderful time. La vie est belle! I was invited to a lovely wedding but of course had to take tiny excursions along the way.

Straight off the plane and I was headed to the hotel to literally drop my bags off and quickly walk two blocks to the fabulous Rocks on the Rooftop Bar at the Bohemian Hotel. Talk about humid weather up the wazoo so I didn’t take any pictures of myself or you would have a party of frizziness galore. Check out that beautiful view below!


Of course after a night of drinking, an appetite of mine cried out and found our group scrummaging to find food filled with grease. Sweet Melissa’s was the hot spot for pizza with torturing long lines that I dreaded waiting while wearing heels. However, talk about dee-licious.



The walk back to the hotel seemed like a century but sleep happened not too long after… The next morning was a real treat.


The Stairs of Death is what I found out these were called on FourSquare but it led to the River Street filled with bars, cute cafes, and hip stores.

Explore2Morning brunch was calling my name and I found myself discovering this awesome southern cafe called Hueys.




Parmesan grits and eggs benedict 🙂 The weather was perfect so I definitely had to explore the River Market.


 Couldn’t resist the best ice cream in town by Leopold’s.



Let’s talk about the pull up contest I ran into. Guess who got first place in the women’s category?? Your very only with 11 pull ups 🙂




I love art. Couldn’t visit without stopping by one of the best art schools in the U.S.






Only 20 blocks of strolling around and I was satisfied. I had the chance to visit such a historical city and walk on one of the most beautiful streets in the nation (image above). Couldn’t have been a happier day. I suggest you take a trip to Savannah. Although I had a wedding to focus on, there are so much more things you can do. Check out this bucket list featured by Bucket List Journey Blog.


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Kansas City is ranked #1 coolest city in the U.S by Huffington Post

There’s no place like home. Well my second home that is. I am very proud to say that I am living in a city that is up and coming on the radar as being ranked recently as the #1 Coolest City to live in by Huffington Post! So much is going on in this city since I first moved three years ago. I mean this is the place that motivated me to start this blog, start my own fashion line (coming soon), network with amazing successful people, gain independence, and overall just an enjoyable place I have had fun in since graduating from college. Ok so you probably want to know what were the other top cities chosen… #2 Richmond, VA, #3 Charlotte, NC, #4 San Diego, CA, #5 Minneapolis, MN.

Kansas City is ranked #1 coolest city in the U.S by Huffington Post

photo credit: Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits via photopin cc

The sports community here also just makes everything so exciting. From the die hard Royals fans, proud Sporting KC fans, and Chiefs fans there is always a hoorah chant to yell at the top of your lungs.

Kansas City is ranked #1 coolest city in the U.S by Huffington Post

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Nearly everything here is affordable, people are nice, and most importantly this city takes pride in its good ol’ BBQ. Try out Q39, Arthur Bryants, Jack Stack’s,  and Gate’s for a real yummy taste of mid-western BBQ flair.


Boasting for being the first city to receive Google Fiber, connection that is up to 100 times faster than today’s average broadband speeds, that is deserving of some bragging rights. Also having the World’s Tallest and Fastest Water Slide which is a fun fact to mention as a random conversation topic. I like having those random topics to tell people at times 🙂


But one of my most favorite things to brag about is how Kansas City Is Building America’s Most Entrepreneurial City! The fascinating momentum I have seen this city provide in the entrepreneurial, start-up, and innovation areas just boggles my mind. Silicon Valley isn’t the sole standing place to learn how to be a millionaire. There are so many programs and think tanks to help you get started with whatever napkin drawing idea you have. Talk about making it to the Shark Tank in no time 😉


There is just so much that this city is offering as it develops more and more. Glad I have had the privilege to live here and experience what this #1 coolest ranking city has to offer.


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Things to Do in NYC: Try the WindowsWear FashionTour

Things to Do in NYC: Try the WindowsWear FashionTour

Have 2 hours to spare during your NYC adventure? Well here is a great opportunity to explore the history of fashion at it’s finest with WindowsWear. Not only get a fun tour guide to take you around the city, but you get the chance to see how major fashion empires set up their window displays during each season.

Things to Do in NYC: Try the WindowsWear Fashion

You not only get to learn about iconic brands such as where Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch started their journey to fashion fame but you also get a stellar opportunity to roam the famous streets of New York City without the hassle and stress of finding your way with your phone or map. You have a guide to do all that work. You can’t visit New York without visiting and learning why it is acclaimed as the #1 Global Fashion Capital of the World!

Ladies you can’t miss it. Gentlemen, try this as a unique date idea.


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NYC Fashion Week 3 Day Experience

What a freaking dope experience it was getting immersed in the madness of NYC Fashion Week. I’ll try to recap as much as I can from the adventures I went through but to say the least was that I will definitely give it a go around again next year!

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I had the privilege of experiencing front row seats to the Exteberria run way show featuring amazing women’s and men’s leather wear only a few hours into arriving in the city. On top of that, taking a picture with Nigel Barker was oober fabulous. Check out more pictures on my Instagram!

Front Row

I had a chance to meet a group of lovely fashionistas at a networking event on top of this really cool Monarch Rooftop Lounge my second day. From models, makeup artists, and handbag designers there were so many connects I made just by joining this event to meeting rising fashion entrepreneurs. The view was epic and was definitely worth it as I expanded my network of fashion lovers. That night I ended going with a couple gals to this rooftop lounge called 230 Fifth. You should definitely check out these places in the city.


My third day I got to go to a pop up shop for upcoming designers. Handbag designer Ella Danla (@EllaDanla) and AMco Clothing (@AdrianaMarieCo) were great hosts and premiered amazing new designs. What I love about these brands is that they showcase being positive and giving back to the community. It’s always so great to see brands that want to make a social impact.

Ella Danla

Really grateful to have gotten a chance to visit Fashion Week for a few days. It was awesome seeing all the avant garde type outfits strutting the streets. New York is definitely the place to experience the busy busy fashion hussle. Until next time…


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How to Travel for Free – I say yes please!

Traveling isn’t always just a privilege of the fortunate. It takes some adventurous and spontaneous spirit to really try any option to go scour the wonders of the world. Well you can bet your bosom that I discovered some really cool ways to take advantage of the travel bug. Depending on your traveling tastes and big time efforts to see all that you can see, you must be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Check out these awesome ways you can utilize that passport.

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

Want to attempt a unique way of traveling? Well this organization might be one to join. For a fair exchange of helping a family with some minor labor work on their farm or garden for a few hours, you get free housing and food provided. The length of stay all depends on what you negotiate with the family but regardless you get to be in a country you have always wanted to visit. So I say check this out and add some spontaneous adventure to your life while supporting organic farming. Learn more here. 

Similar to the WWOOF mentioned above, only that you can join this site to find ways to help in a variety of ways in exchange for free shelter and food. From painting to planting, building, babysitting, or shopping there are so many ways you can help a family or an organization. It’s a fair trade considering you get to explore a country of your choice and meet new people and a different culture. It’s a win-win situation for all! Learn more here.

Couch Surfing

Love the quote on this website’s page: “You have friends all over the world, you just haven’t met them yet.”I was thrilled to discover this site knowing that when I travel for work or leisure that this is a great way to reach out to someone who resides in the city to let you know what fun spots there are to visit. You can even schedule a meet up if you are willing. Joining costs $25 but that so worth it knowing that you can reach out to others who want to meet other travelers. Learn more here.

There are so many more options to travel around the world for cheap. From teaching English or being an au pair. If you really love traveling then you will find a way. Feel free to share your travel stories. I know I definitely will share mine. So ta ta for now you traveler enthusiast!


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