The Itchy Travel Bug

There’s been a slowdown at work today and I may have spent it perusing travel pins on Pinterest and travel blogs. In doing so, I realized I never really posted anything about our trip to Denver, CO last year, so I plan to share a post on that soon. This also got me wishing we could just pick up and go on a vacation! My job and bosses are super chill and allow me to have a lot of flexibility, especially when it’s our quieter seasons. Unfortunately, my hubby doesn’t have that luxury and has to ask for time off from his fairly new job way ahead of time. Sure, we could do weekend trips, except his new schedule has him with split weekends. Friday off, Saturday on, Sunday off. Woe is me.

It was about this time last year when I wrote another post about my wanderlust. We had a pretty great set of adventures planned in 2016 and luckily were able to add in a few extra trips: our belated honeymoon to Colorado was in February, Tokyo in April/May, Pennsylvania in October, and our bonus trip to Georgia for the PCOS Symposium was in September. My in-laws moved to Galveston at the end of 2015 so we spent several weekends with them during the warmer months.

This year we will probably spend some time in Galveston with my in-laws again. The only other real trip/vacation we have planned is for my husband’s cousin’s wedding. It’s a destination wedding so we’ll be traveling to Florida. I’ve seen photos of the white beaches and can’t wait to put up my feet and lay back with a mimosa or two in hand. It’ll probably be rum and coke but you get what I’m sayin’. Alas, that’s not until the end of JULY!! Until then I’ll satisfy my travel bug by reading more blogs and figuring out how to convince my husband that we NEED to get away. Perhaps on a cruise ship. πŸ˜‰

Galveston

Exploring Downtown Galveston

 

“Houston, We Have A Problem.”

Beaches be trippin'!

Beaches be trippin’! No stinky seaweed!!

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to spend it with my mother- and sister-in-law. Girls-only weekend at the beach!! It was a much needed getaway for all three of us. I was looking forward to this all of last week. I needed a tan, bad. I was pale, y’all (compared to my college summer self who went swimming all the time).

Friday after work, my sis and I went to the in-laws’ house so we could leave bright and early in the morning and minimize traffic…or so we thought. As soon as we got to Houston we hit standstill traffic. A whole section of the highway was shutdown and they were diverting people off. After a lot of bumper-to-bumper traffic we eventually got to the beach(!!!). We spent some time out in the sun and water. Surprisingly, the water was pretty calm and warm. For the first time in forever there wereΒ no giant, stinky piles of seaweed out on the beach either. It was great! After an afternoon of soaking up the sun, we loaded up and headed to Houston for the night (My aunt- and uncle-in-law are the best! Uncle-in-law officiated our wedding <3). The next day we headed out to Galveston again for a baby shower and tried to squeeze in a few more hours of beach time before leaving our relaxing weekend behind. We were all set to head back to Houston and got stuck in all the traffic leaving the island. Just our luck. Spent another hour or two in Houston and decided we’d be good to leave late, right?! WRONG! Houston, I officially despise you and your traffic. What should have been less than 4 hours back to my in-laws’ home actually was 6 hours!!! Not to mention there was still the 45-50 minute drive back home from there. We spent the night at my in-laws’ and finally got home today. It was a crazy but fun weekend and we hope to return at the end of the summer with the guys. I just hope and pray someone invents teleportation soon. πŸ˜‰

Next year we might go to a beach out of Texas. What are some good destinations?

“Oh the places you’ll go”

Airplane Flight Wing flying to Travel on Vacation

Airplane Flight Wing flying to Travel on Vacation (Photo credit: epSos.de)

Uh oh. Seems I’ve got a bit of a travel bug. Maybe knowing I was able to pay my own way to St. Louis this coming week, and having to constantly check on flight prices has me thinking about other travel opportunities. Or maybe it’s because I’m adventurous by nature – you know, me being a Sagittarius and all. πŸ˜‰

I’ve always thought about traveling, but never really felt like it was something I’d be able to do, mostly due to my family never having money to go on a vacation. I didn’t realize that with the right amount of planning and saving, it’s not too difficult to find great deals.

I’ve found a few websites that are great for planning a trip, even if it’s just daydreaming.

Bookingbuddy.com – gathers your information for flights and then checks other sites for you (ex. hotwire.com, priceline.com, cheapoair.com, etc)

Adioso.com and Zaptravel.com – two great sites to browse for deals, especially if you’re not too sure or picky on where exactly you want to go or even when, for that matter.

Groupon.com – Groupon tends to have some deals on their getaways page that look affordable and fun

I have friends who are currently, or have recently, traveled to many places and I cannot wait for my turn! I want to go everywhere. First, I want to see other states and different seasons! I mean, I love Texas and all, but I want to spend some time in real snow. You know, the nice fluffy precipitation that falls from the sky everywhere but here? Yea, that stuff! Then there’s all the amazing beaches in the US and the Caribbean. And of course, my ultimate dream destination – Italy and Spain!

But for now, I’m off to start packing for my St. Louis trip! Let’s see if I can fit everything in my carry-on! πŸ™‚