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podcast show notes | episode 025 | how & why we travel

This blog post serves as SHOW NOTES for our podcast — Cultivate a Good Life. This is not a comprehensive outline of everything discussed in this specific episode. The notes, links, and tips below are just some of what was mentioned. Everything we’re highlighting here will certainly make so much more sense when you’ve listened to this episode. If you haven’t already listened, you definitely should. And you should also just go ahead and subscribe to the podcast. It’s good stuff.

episode description

Both of us LOVE to travel and in this episode we talk about why we travel and how we make it work with our husbands and families. We share our secrets of how to get good deals and save money, allowing you to go places on your bucket list and cultivate adventure and experiences that truly bless your life. We also share about traveling with others and packing tips! Episode 026 is all about documenting your travels so watch for that!

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show notes

Set aside money, so when deals become available, you’ll be able to act on it and go!

When you travel with others, make use of each person’s skills and talents and give everyone a role (research, logistics, photographer, etc.).

Three things to remember about traveling:

1. Time away is important, especially time without your kids.

I have to love my marriage more than I love my kids.

Here’s a link to episode 024 “Date Your Spouse” that we referred to.

Use trusted family, friends, young college students, or young married couples to watch your kids while you are gone.

2. Be open to having new experiences and going to new places.

3. Think about the kind of vacation you want to have. Is it to relax? To see every touristy thing you possibly can? To connect with your husband? To connect with your friends?

Think of your “why” behind your travel.

Here’s a link to the blog post of our Iceland trip.

Don’t be afraid to rent a car and drive around. Drive in neighborhoods to see how / where the locals live.

How to find travel deals:

Groupon (package travel deals)

Next Vacay

Google Flights

Scott’s Cheap Flights 

Flight Hub

Just go!

Packing tips:

Think ahead to what you might want to buy. Will you ship things home or take an empty or partially-empty bag? Stuff a duffle bag into your suitcase just in case!

Think ahead if you will have laundry services or not.

Comfort over cute! ;)

Condense! Take a pair of shoes that you can wear with multiple outfits.

Wear things more than once. Just bring enough underwear. :)

If traveling with others, think about doing fun little gifts for your travel mates (luggage tags, shirts, swag bag, etc.).




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5 Responses

  1. Lori says:

    Thanks for this episode! Lots of great info! I, also, think I could live where we travel and look up houses on Zillow! 😊

  2. Jeri Schille says:

    Hi! I listened to your podcast about travel this morning and thought it was helpful and had some great suggestions. However, I am hoping you’ll continue the conversation by talking about lodging. I find that hotels etc are the most expensive part of traveling. I would love ideas about lodging when traveling both as a couple and as a group like you talked about today.

    thanks! 😊

  3. CHristine says:

    When you make t-shirts for your group, do you make them yourself (cut vinyl & iron on) or do you order them from somewhere? We have a family trip (24 people) this summer for an African Safari. Sooooo want to make shirts for everyone, but not sure which way to approach it. Thank you for any tips.

  4. Kendra Peters says:

    As of late, my job has been pretty stressful and negative. I have been listening to the podcast on the way TO work so I can listen to your helpful, positive shows. You 2 are like my therapists. Why spread more negativity? You have helped me realize and deal with my stresses. You (both) have helped me remember what I have in my life to be thankful for (hubby and kids). So….Thank You :)

  5. Siboney Norton says:

    Just wondering what tips you have for inexpensive hotels while traveling internationally?