How to Plan a Fun, Cheap Trip

I love traveling, however, more times than not, I don’t have a ton a cash on hand that I can use to get away from day to day life.

These are some pointers I have learned from experience!

1st: Decide where your want to go. For whenever I need some time away, I pick a town that is in driving distance but is still far enough away that I can forget about my life at home. Usually around 3 hours away..  However I am attending a special convention out-of-state next month, so we will talk about that too.

2nd: Now that you know where your going, look for lodging. The cheapest way to stay some where is to camp. My husband and I love to camp and get in touch with the great outdoors, but I know its not for everyone. You can easily find hotels in the area where you want to stay. I like expedia. Another option is to stay in a cabin. If you book last minute, you can find some awesome deals. The down side to that, however, is that you run the risk of the cabin of your choice already being booked.  For my trip in February we are staying in a hotel. If you decide to do that, its probably best to stay at a hotel that has breakfast (when you are booking your room, make sure you ask if the breakfast is included in the price or if it is extra). I really think having your breakfast at the hotel saves you money in the long run. When we camp or stay in a cabin, I make sure to bring breakfast food to make. It would be cheaper than buying your breakfast every morning. This is a cute little cabin for 2 my husband and I stayed in a couple of years ago:)

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3rd: How are you going to get there? Obviously if your destination is around 3 hours away, the cheapest way to go is to drive. But you have many options of transportation! My best advice to you is to compare prices and decide what is best for you. Sometimes we decide to drive even if it is a great distance. (we are driving 16hrs to OKC in February:)) We decided to rent a van and car pool next month, so there will be a total of 10 of us driving together. It came out to around $80/person including gas for the transportation for the entire trip!

4th: What to do while your there.  This is my favorite part! And its the most simple. Before you leave, go online and google “free stuff to do in…” I know this sounds like I am giving a dumb step but this is how I do it!  I find the coolest places to go and things to do this way!GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHere is an example of how I would plan a cheap fun trip:

1. Where :  Maumee Bay near Lake Erie.

2. Lodging: Camping in Maumee Bay State Park. $27/night

3. Transportation: Driving (only 3hours away)

4.Things to do: We are going to stay from Mon-Fri.

Monday: We will be arriving this day so we will probably just do some exploring in town

Tuesday: Ottawa  National Wildlife Refuge for Bird Watching and  a picnic (free)

Wednesday: The Great Lakes Museum ($12/person) and  Sandpiper’s ($20/person) Dinner Cruise

Thursday: Hanging out at the state park, on the beach and maybe canoeing (free)

Friday: Toledo Museum of Art. On Friday’s they do free live entertainment! (free)

Total Cost: $172 for 2 people (since we will be cooking most of our meals, Im not including cost of food)

I hope this helped you guys a little!

Always,

m

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Photography Assignment #1

Hello, all:)

Ive had a growing love for Tom Ang. Not just because he’s an amazing photographer, but because his books have taught me so much!

Right now, Im reading: Digital Photography Master Class. I’m still in the very beginning, but I have to say, I’m in love:)

This is what his website says about it: Digital Photography Masterclass was conceived as a course in photography. We wanted to give readers the idea that they were learning directly from me, as if on a workshop. So chapters started with an introduction to the topic, peppered with analyses of how pictures work. This was followed by assignments and, best of all, examples of work from amateurs who actually did the assignments and sent them for review. (Thank you to all of you who took part!) Rounding off with interviews with star photographers, it’s a book with very rich variety of content.

So… this is Assignment #1: City Lights

I live in Dayton, Ohio. Its not bustling with traffic at night, or filled with wonderful colored lights, but these are some photos I took on my little adventure:)

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I really dont know why I love this picture (above) so much:)

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Not to bad for my first assignment….

To help you find inspiration and further your abilities as a photographer, I hope you look into one of Tom Ang’s many books🙂

Happy Shooting:)

always,

m

Photo Love

These are some of the photos Ive been drooling over the past couple days, and I thought Id share:)

The first 3 are from Nick Exposed. The next two are from Photo Q. And the last one is from Fashion-esque.

If you havent already take some time to check out their lovely sites:)

always,

m

Taylor Swift on Vogue

I was pleasantly surprised with Taylor Swift in the Febuary issue of Vogue. I think you will too, so have a look:)

For more information on Taylor’s interview check the links below:

http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/jam/taylor-swift-don-t-ever-feel-cool-kid-170906390.html#more-id

http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/taylor-swift-the-single-life/#/magazine-gallery/taylor-swift-the-single-life/

always,

m

Photo Love

Lee”scratch” Perry- spotted on The Selvedge Yard.

spotted on Satisfashion

jeff from the Midwestlye. I recently discovered these guys via Made to Travel, and Im in love:)

Audrey Hepburn spotted on Made to Travel.

Spotted on Chic N Cheap Living.

Zarna from Zarna’s Runway

Spotted on Mycropolis Architects.

From Nowhere to Nowhere - San Remo - Jim Worrall - Australia

photgraph by Jim Worrall

Always,

m:)

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

These are some things Ive stumbled upon in the last couple days that Ive really liked, wether they be photos or ideas:)

After watching Caddyshack the other night, I was moved to search the stars of the 1980 flick

And I just love this pic of Mr Bill Murray:)

How cute was Chevy Chase?? He was friggin adorable! (pics were found on Google)

And of course I had to feature my current Igor + Andre Obsession!

Danny Roberts Painting of a couple Kissing wearing bright colorful masks in a photo

Photo Inspiration found at Chic N Cheap Living:

And this amazing photo from Sara @ Aqui:

I was moved to send a card to those I love by Jamillah from Made to Travel

Arent these cupcakes awesome?!

Last but not least my love Adele

Oh, and if you havent already, check out Adele’s One and Only. My stupid computer wont let me add the video here 😛 But its friggin AMAZING!

Always,

m:)

(cupcakes and Adele photo found on Google)

What I’m In Love With This Week

I just started really browsing Blog Lovin, and I definitely decided I’m a fan:)

These are some post from fellow bloggers that I love from this week:

1. Igor + Andre’

Artist Danny Roberts Sketch of DNA Model Ali Michael & hardy in Teen Vogue March 2007 Editorial called Made in Japan Photographed by Nick Haymes

Artist: Danny Roberts

This man is amazing! All of his work is just beautiful. I actually used to paint and sketch but with life’s hectic schedule and lack of inspiration, I definitely fell off the wagon, but this blog motivated me to get back on. Which is why Igor + Andre’  was my #1 favorite of the week:)

Plus, there’s a Igor + Andre’ shop!! Do your self a favor and check Danny out:)

2. Discovering Elegance

I love this outfit post by Chelle Morgan. The look just speaks spring and I love it:) Check this girl out , she definitely has a style both elegant and perfectly feminine.

3. Denim on Denim

I love this look I found on Reserverade Fashion.

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I love this girl her style is so cute and she’s constantly wearing vintage and thrift store finds! Totally right up my ally. And I’m really loving the denim on denim this season.

4. Designer Thursday on Chic n Cheap Living

This week Chic n Cheap featured Rachel Zoe (fall 2011) I love the suits and dresses. It definitely had a 70’s twist to it and this look was my favorite:

Be sure the check out Chic n Cheap for style tips for body and home:)

5. Silver Ridge Studio

ok so technically this is a shop.. but ive been obsessing with this lovely store since I entered a contest, on Chic n Cheap, to win a piece from it.

Cate Parr is an amazing water-color artist and her work is truly wonderful.

This one is my absolute favorite:

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Go check out her shop, her work is something any home would be lucky to have. So be sure to enter the contest!

6. Last but not least, Osborn Shoes

I found a window into the Osborn Design world on Made to Travel.

Needless to say, I fell in love:). These are a bit on the pricey side, but a girl can dream!

Check out Osborn here. And be sure to check out Jamillah at Made to Travel for pointers on awesome brands, trends and style.

Ok, so that was my list of must see sites for the week, I loved them and I hope you do too:)

Always,

m