I love the holidays and I love giving gifts, but it can also be stressful, especially if you have a tight budget or the person has “particular taste”. So that’s where I come in! I’ve created a travel holiday gift guide to help you master the holiday season versus staying hidden in a dungeon.
Not all road trips are a vacation or for pleasure, sometimes life smacks you in the face and you need to help others. On October 8th devastation and chaos would soon sweep over Northern California, Sonoma County and the people that live there. Thousands of structures like homes and businesses were burned to the ground. There was little notice for people to evacuate let alone grab valuables or clothes.
Waking up to see the lose this community had endured made me want to help in any way I could. I drove 10 hours to Santa Rosa to donate the goods I had collected. I dropped the collected items at a local donation warehouse and took a dozen teddy bears to the Sonoma County Fair Grounds for the families that had to evacuate.
There is such a strong community there and it was amazing seeing them come together in a time of need. There were overpasses with signs thanking the first responders and all those helping, it truly made me smile.
A huge Thank You! goes to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country, for hosting me and supporting my journey. They took in a lot of fire victims and also collected donations. They really have a wonderful caring team which made everyone feel welcomed.
If you would like to help Northern California or those in need… https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation they also accept monetary donations via phone by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999
One of the best ways to inspire you to travel or go on an adventure is watching flicks where they go to amazing destinations. So here is my ongoing list of travel movies I recommend, be sure to add your favorites in the comments below!
Alex Winter & Keanu Reeves play a couple of high school buddies wanting to start a band but risk the failure of their history class which means Ted would be sent to Military school. I mean, adventure is in the name. This movie gives you a history lesson and great quotes.
I love Jon Favreau! I swear the DMV instructor who tested me when I was 16 is his body double. Anyways….this is about Chef Carl (Favreau) and his passion for food. With the help of his best friend and son they fix up a food truck and travel across the country delivering cubanos.
Time travel is a tricky thing, this is why River Song keeps a diary – to keep everything in order. Because I’m a fan of actually remembering my trips, I keep travel journal! Sorry The Silence, won’t work this time. I’ve created journals for certain trips, other journals for that years travels in general.
This is a great way to jot down those special details that you can share with family, looking at you Dr. Jones Sr. Also a great way to display all those little papers that end up in a shoe box or junk drawer. However , I must warn you not to place a fragment of your soul in them to create a horcrux, because you know, bad things.
First thing you need is something to write in. You can easily pick up a journal at a store like Target or Michaels, some specifically made for travel or you can make one yourself. Because I collect so much on my trips, I will get a 3 inch binder and cut down paper to size.
I don’t take a huge binder with me on my trip, so I collect items that are accessible to me and add them in later!
-Things to add to a journal-
Checklists: stuff to pack, places to see etc.
A map of the locations you’re visiting. You can even mark your travel journey
Sketch or draw things you see, doors are really an easy thing to draw quickly
Collect stamps or mail yourself postcards from that location. I love doing this and writing my days adventure on the postcard. It may take longer to get to me depending on where it’s sent but it’s a nice surprise in the mail
Receipts and tickets
Local stickers or small embellishment like pressed pennies
Things that create pockets like coffee collars, envelopes you find in hotels stationary kits
Speaking of, I like to use the hotel stationary to recap the day and them tape or glue it into my journal later
or simply just words
Get creative! You can add anything you want, these are your memories. Share how you keep all your travel memories in the comments below.
Have you ever been on a vacation, just get home and feel sad for weeks after? Yup, that’s how I felt when returning from our London/Paris trip. So instead of moping around I decided to turn my passion for travel and geeky pop culture into this site.
Hang out with me in your fandom pajamas while I share some rad places I’ve seen and explored. We can take a break when there’s new Netflix shows to binge or it’s opening night of a movie we’ve been waiting to see for months. For me it’s usually Disney and Marvel movies, which I also love talking about.