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21 Bucket List things I CAN accomplish this year

Lately my blog has been boring to me, I realized early this year I was not going to accomplish much travel and it led me to just focus on reading and watching a lot of Netflix.  Not really much to blog about there.

This morning I was looking at my actual bucket list (not the one on this blog) trying to find something that I could accomplish this year. I told myself when I turned 30, I would tackle 5
“bucket list” items a year.

So far I have accomplished one: para-sailing which I still need to write about. As I am not really traveling too much more this year I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to tackle those non travel goals. So I looked at my list (it has over 1000) and decided I would tackle a few of the items on there.

I found 21 items that I realistically can tackle between now and 2016, and while only a few are travel related (I am going back to Disney and there are multiple things at Disney that are on my bucket list that are Disney related.) most are things I want to accomplish that do not require traveling. I really need to add more to my bucket list on this site, because I really do want to accomplish more than travel 🙂

My list:

1. Try 15 different types of Ethnic Cuisine
2. Take a cooking class
3. Write my book
4. Go Ice Skating
5. Learn to say Hello in 25 languages
6. Make a quilt to donate
7. Learn to eat with chop sticks
8. Try to paint with Bob Ross
9. Save one month of expenses in my emergency fund.
10. Give up caffeine
11. Watch every James Bond movie
12. Take a jumping photo
13. Start a cookbook of my favorite recipes
14. Go to a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show
15. Eat fried bubble gum at the State Fair of Texas
16. Bake an apple pie from scratch
17. Go on a ghost tour
18. Go on the Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot
19. Go to Mickey’s “Very Merry Christmas” party
20. Drink a Gran Marnier Slush in France at Epcot
21. Eat something from the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot

What would you like to accomplish this year?

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Things people do not tell you when you start planning a RTW adventure

It has only been three short months since I decided I am tired of pursuing the American Dream and ready to pursue my dream.  It has been an absolute insane few months trying to streamline my life and make sure I am set up to travel comfortably long term.

I have been toying with the idea of this for years and when I finally decided it was time, the light at the end of the tunnel started to show itself.   There are things that have started to happen that I didn’t really realize would happen. Some are great, some are not so great.  So here are a few things I have noticed in the three short months since I started planning this.

If you hate your job, you will really start to hate your job that much more.
I hate my job.  Like Really. Hate. My. Job. Every day I have to remind myself that once my debt gets paid off I will be able to save money and get on the road. I also have to remind myself that this job is needed to get on the road so I need to suck it up no matter how often I get pissed at work.

Saving money is work.
I say this with air quotation marks, mostly because I am so dedicated to getting rid of debt that I am turning down so much so I can have fun in the future. Dreams require work and I didn’t get in debt overnight (well actually I kinda did… but that is another story) and debt will not disappear overnight either. I am constantly budgeting, checking my accounts, researching ways to boost savings… I am constantly focused on my budget.

You will realize how quick you can save money with a few adjustments.
Well this is often something you read from bloggers I made a few changes and was able to save X amount of money. This is true, I made a few changes and just like that I saved 1k. A few changes really can make a difference.

It is hard deciding where you want to go.
Truth is I am not even at this stage, but I am already dreading it. Every day I find something new that I must do, and truth is I am not excited about picking and choosing where I want to go. I am really dreading this.

You will have to find balance.
When I first started this, I was staying at home, forcing myself to live paycheck to paycheck and I would sweat the bottle of water I bought. I also turned down getaways and all sorts of things. I am not leaving next year, and when I do decide to go I will really tighten down, but right now I am trying to find balance so I don’t go crazy. Sure I need to pay down debt and save money, but at the same time I need to live too. If you planning on leaving in a year, sure you may need to tighten down, but if you are like me and your departure date is between 2-4 years you can live a little (not much) but a little less stringent.

As always comment below with your advice. I promise I am going to update this blog with travels, I know my blog has been a hodge podge of mess, but this year has been a really weird year for me I am really hoping to get back on track with adventures, very soon.

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Thailand Books


Summary: From the author of One Pink Line comes a story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself—and her harrowing fight for survival.

After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors—and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.

The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn


Set in: Colorado
Summary: Ryan Adler and his twin sister, Jane, spent their happiest childhood days at their parents’ mountain Colorado cabin – until divorce tore their family apart. Now, with the house about to be sold, the Adler twins gather with their closest friends for one last snowboarding-filled holiday. While commitment-phobic Ryan gazes longingly at Lauren, wondering if his playboy days are over, Jane’s hopes of reconciling with her old boyfriend evaporate when he brings along his new fiancĂ©e. As drama builds among the friends, something lurks in the forest, watching the cabin, growing ever bolder as the snow falls – and hunger rises. After a blizzard leaves the group stranded, the true test of their love and loyalty begins as the hideous creatures outside close in, one bloody attack at a time. Now Ryan, Jane, and their friends must fight – tooth and nail, bullet and blade – for their lives. Or else surrender to unspeakable deaths in the darkened woods.

I was at work one day, wondering what to read, when I suddenly remembered I was trying to read a book set in each state. So I went to my trusty Kindle Unlimited and searched Colorado and this was found, when I saw it was narrated by Luke Daniels I got really excited. (yes I listen to a LOT of audio books at work they help me tune out the chatter)