Friday, November 28, 2014

Thankfulness Everyday Of The Year

Is everyone full of thankfulness????

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday because it forces people to reflex on their lives and realize what they have to be thankful for.  
Many times we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we fail to see the wonderful things that surround us each day.
It is easy to take for granted all the good and just focus on the bad.  
The more energy we expend into the happy, productive thoughts day the more aware we are of the products of our thoughts.  
Avoid negativity and Thanksgiving can be everyday!
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This year before my family sat down to eat we were asked to go around in a circle and state what we are thankful for this year.
We all had one common theme.
Family.
Not one person mentioned their job, their new house, car so on and so forth.  
Material things do not matter.
We have introduced two new kids to the family and what it has taught me is that no matter what family will always be there for you....



My niece, Poppy Day, on Thanksgiving morning asked me with a very serious look on her face, "Aunt Turkey, what sounds can you not live without?"

I would not say it caught me off guard but it made me think about what things I really love and what makes me happy.
It more was a question of what are you thankful for and what makes you happy.
I responded:
The sound of my Noah's sweet coos.
The birds singing in the morning.
The neigh of a horse.
My Dad's laugh.
The sound of the ocean lapping against the sand.
A seagull's laugh.
The way my hubby's voice says I love you.
The sound of boats on the river in the summer.
The way she says my name.

My list could go on and on but I left it at that....she is 4 after all!
Family hands down is the most wonderful thing on the entire planet....nothing comes close to what a family provides.

But other than family, what am I thankful for?

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 I am thankful for the wonderful places I have traveled to.

I am thankful for the opportunities that have been presented to me over the years that have taught me more about life.

I am thankful for the memories that constantly flash in my mind whenever I smell something familiar from a far away land or the photos that clutter my home to remind me of how wonderful life is.

I am thankful that places like Hawaii, the Caribbean and South America exist because they bring so much peace to my soul.  

I am thankful for the small trinkets that I have picked up over the years that remind me what my life has been like. 

I am thankful for my life.  My beautiful, wonderful, one of a kind, vagabond life.  

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I simply love Thanksgiving!

Lets try to live each day with love and appreciation because those two things are the backbone for a beautiful, happy life.

Basically, do not be a scrooge!





Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fishing Central America

Tarpon? Snook? Cobia? Red Snapper? Rooster? Blue Fin?  Yellow Fin? Mahi? Bill fish?

Who is excited now??

Would ya'll believe me if I told you that in a week long vacation you could fish from the Pacific to the Atlantic and rivers in between while in Nicaragua?

Well you can....read on :) 

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Unlike here in the States the commercial fishing industry in Nicaragua is small and the sport fishing industry is even smaller but very skilled.  
Imagine pristine Pacific waters that are rarely touched by man and going out on a perfect day and not seeing another boat.  Each cast bringing up something that gets your blood pumping. 
That is what you get in Nicaragua.

Now the fishing charter I went on was not fancy by any means, the boat did not have twin engines or a center console.  It was traditional fishing boat used by the locals with local captain.  We stayed just off the coast and had the best time!
This way is great, affordable option if you want to just get out and go for a couple of hours.  I believe it was $20/pp out of San Juan Del Sur.


First Mate :) 
Bay of San Juan Del Sur



This guy...




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Offshore Species: black, blue, and striped marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dorado.
Inshore Pacific Species: a wide variety including rooster fish, sierra mackerel, jack crevalle, bonito, hound fish, snapper, grouper, snook.
Freshwater Lake and River: tarpon, snook, guapote (rainbow bass), and machacas.

Best Season: Offshore: April – Sep (peak June – Sep); Inshore: year-round; Tarpon: year-round.
Type of Fishing: Fly and spin casting, salt water, inland lake, river.
Side Trips: Eco Tours.
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Now if you come to Nica to fish and only fish and want the fancy try these:



On the Rio San Juan the primary fish caught with these guys is Tarpon but you will also enjoy Snook and Rainbow Bass.  The Rio San Juan runs all the way from the Caribbean to the Pacific....you can imagine the fish you will find here.  If you are looking for a jungle adventure this is your guide as they will take you through numerous reserves and locations and provide accommodation for you at each stop.  They have been featured by several popular fishing shows and publications like Fishing Magazine, Fields&Streams, CNN Extreme fishing show and Discovery Channel Fishing Ambassador. 
When you book with these guys you get airport pick up and transfer, 8-12 hours of fishing each day, good meals and lodging, fishing license, T-top boats, professional guides, quiet fresh water with no waves and all pro tackle (fly and conventional).  



Located in the Rio Maiz National Park just minutes away from the Costa Rican border and southern Nicaragua border this lodge offers not only world class fishing but a chance for the ladies to lounge pool side or read in the large screened-in porches.  You would come here to explore exotic fishing, birding, hiking and kayak tours all while staying in spacious and private two bed suites with gorgeous bathrooms accompanied with hot water.  




Tranquilo 
I am saving the best for last....Casa Del Sur offers you a chance to fish onboard their 57 foot Spencer Yacht or take surf trip and sea turtle tours on their 33 foot Panga.  The accommodations are beautiful also as they are located on a organic farm situated 1500ft above sea level offering a cooler climate and it is just miles away from the popular town of San Juan Del Sur.  The lodge itself is a villa with 8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a private pool.  It sleeps up to 16 guests and consists of three pods each surrounded by its own private wrap-around porch. 

The Chole Frijole



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We go to either Central or South America every winter as it is an affordable getaway...book your fishing adventure today!!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Round The World Adventure






To Americans it may seem like a silly concept because seriously, "who in the world has time to travel the globe in one sitting???"

Well, for starters majority of Europeans, Australians, Kiwi's and Asian's do.  Those cultures all believe that students, when they graduate high school, should set off on an adventure of a lifetime.  And while it is up to them whether they stay in one place or travel the globe they planning is essentially all the same.

You may always be thinking...."how do students afford to do this???? I can barely afford to go to Florida!"

Have you ever heard of a Round The World Ticket (RTW)???

No?

Buying a RTW ticket can be far cheaper than purchasing separate tickets to link each of your destinations.  I do not think it is advisable to buy airline tickets while traveling.....simply a bad idea.  Normally, RTW tickets allow you to visit up to 16 different places with a minimum of three stops.  Most airlines are now part of a global alliance so it would be wise to pick a ticket with an airline that has multiple partners to open up your travel options.

At this point some of you may be thinking "why would I want to do this?" and the others may be thinking, "tell me more!"

Which one are you?  The person who is just fine sitting at home and learning from the comfort of his computer or are you the person that longs for adventure and to break away from the normal daily routine?

I am going to tell you more:

PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
I cannot push this anymore.  The planning part is the most essential while you are on home soil because once you get abroad everything gets more challenging....I mean everything.  Nothing is familiar and everything is unexpected.
What do you need to plan?
First, what is the mission of your travels?  Do you want adventure the whole time, do you want to explore nature, dine in all the food capitals of the world, mark off your bucket list?  Decide why you want to travel by making a list of ALL the things you want to see, that way you know what countries to visit and for how long.
Just remember - do not be in rush while on this adventure.  Take your time....you probably will not ever do it again.


How much do they cost?
That is up to you and how many stops you want.  So anywhere between $1,500 and $10,000.

Know the airlines.
The best way to travel the globe is to book your RTW ticket through one airline alliance like Star Alliance which is a coalition of 27 airlines and offer RTW tickets with a maximum of 15 tops.  Its member airlines fly to 1185 airports in 185 countries.

How you are going to book.
This is simple.  If you book through an airline directly you will follow a rigid schedule that will charge you fees if you dare change your mind BUT it will probably save you 30% off the price of point tickets.  These tickets are not really meant to be changed when purchased through the alliance.  When you book through a company like STA Travel you can change your tickets whenever you want with no charge and also you have people behind you to help throughout your voyage.
*It is kinda like when you book travel through United Military Travel it gives you a team of people with you the whole time to help in any way they can.  It is nice to know you are taken care of always.

East or West?
Believe it or not ALL RTW tickets require you to head in one direction or the other and keep moving the same way and also start and finish your journey in the same place.

Decide on your start/finish spot.
Now that you have decided on what countries you want to visit, how long you will be in each place and in which direction you now need to pick your start/finish spot.  Most RTW tickets require you fly in and out of a major hub like London, LA, Sydney, Bangkok or Rio and adding more out-of-the-way destinations will dramatically increase the cost of the tickets.
Does all of this sound confusing?
You are not alone in all this decision making.  Contact STA Travel or Trailfinders and they can help tailor your ticket to requirements.
Get creative with your travels...meaning you do not have to all of it by plane.  Once you get into a major hub rent a car or take a train to the next location. 

Understand the seasons and where you are going.
What if your whole reason for visiting Australia was to create an endless summer but you book your arrival in May.  Australia is in the southern hemisphere which means their winter is our summer vice versa.  Some countries have a rainy season, monsoon season, hurricane season, typhoon season, dry season etc so basically do you research and know what you want to do in specific areas.

So now that you have planned......prepare yourself for you being away.
I will not go into depth with this but cover your butt while you are gone......bills, house sitting, dog sitting etc.

Ok, it is time to leave.  Enjoy the ride!!!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

No Matter What...

This photo sums me up perfectly
This is what I received from the Universe today.

No matter where "there" is, Allie. No matter what you want. No matter what you need. No matter where you've been. No matter where you're headed. No matter when you ask. No matter how you ask. No matter who's there with you. No matter who else you're thinking of. No matter what, no matter what, no matter what. 

Every single day the Universe sends me uplifting quotes that make me realize that what I dream of, no matter what, is important.  They remind to not let go of what you have always envisioned your life to be, no matter how big or small.  

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have always imagined."

"Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself.  Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment."

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Another email I opened this morning from my International Living subscription said this:

"Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity." ~Will Smith

I want to reach outside of the box of what everyone deems normal.  
I am not normal.
My dreams are not normal dreams.
Normal people do not understand.

"People will tell you it's crazy.  Even people you are close to.  Especially people you're close to.  The people least likely to support your dream are the people who love you the most.  They'll tell you you're being unrealistic....that you're not being practical.  They want you to be safe.  And you're shaking things up." ~Valerie Young, International Living Magazine
But to me thats ok.

My thinking has always been quite different from the majority of the population.  What I think is crazy and asinine is to work your entire life through school, go into an exorbitant amount of debt to then go work for someone else who will determine your future.  You do not have control over how long you will keep your job, what you get paid, how many hours you have to work etc.  
What I think is crazy is that society has created a system in which everyone follows.  Live in the suburbs, sit in traffic half of your life to get to and from a job that you most likely hate all in order to pay for things that are of no quality and look just like what everyone has. 

That is what society has deemed "normal".

People are so brainwashed that when someone they are close to tries to escape the "reality" the words crazy, insane and stupid flow like alcohol at a wedding.  

What is so wrong with wanting more out of life for less of a price?

Have I confused ya'll yet?  
You may be wondering what in the heck I could want to do that people would bash so easily.

Live abroad. Thats it.  That is what I want to do.

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And why not?  It has never been easier to make a living via the internet than today....heck I am doing it right now!

You could live in a tropical paradise for 2,000/month and live luxuriously too.  There are so many expat communities out there it is mind blowing.  With approximately 7.6 million Americans living overseas, the expat community would constitute the 13th largest U.S. state by population size - just behind Virginia.  

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But enough about me....

What is your deep down dream?
That burning desire that nags you at your work desk or rides with you in car when all the windows are down?

I want this to inspire you to work at your dream every single day no matter what.  

Traveling can be a part of your dream....it is half of mine.
Take advantage of every day you are alive and get out in the world instead of saying "maybe next time" or "I just can't" because you can.  Make it work (all in reason of course).
I am not saying skip paying your mortgage or getting behind in bills but simplify your life.  

Get rid of all the extra baggage that weighs down most people and live lighter.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Some of people's favorite and most used phrases for Cabo include:

Tequila y Pacifico, por favor!
Mas margaritas por favor!
No gracias!
Una Mas!
Hola, hola!

Typically the most used phrases will include some sort of request for alcohol or food.  But whether it be spoken in spanglish or Spanish it will get the job done!

Lets discuss the who, what, when, where, how and why on Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.



Who: Cabo is a decadent destination that is best suited for adults.  Unless you are going to rent your own house with a private beach I would say that exposing your children to the public activities would be a bit much.  Let this be a trip where you indulge in all the adult activities you please and leave any guilt in the ocean.

What: There are thousands of things to do in this glitzy seaside town but to name a few here we go...

Beach, beach and more beach
Snorkeling
Diving
Parties 
Oh and more parties
Eat
Shop till you drop
Whale watch
Boat cruises
Golf
Surf
Fish
Spa 

When: May-June is the best time to visit because you can score some of the best discounts as the area recovers from a busy winter and preps for a potentially stormy summer.  If you being your hotel search by late winter you can find some of the best deals.  Not only are the prices nice but the weather is comfortable with temps rarely rising above 85.
December-April is when to avoid for many reasons: high prices, large crowds, spring breakers galore and difficult to find accommodations.  

Where: The most popular beaches are Costa Azul, Playa Migrino, El Estero, Playa Solmar, Santa Maria, Playa Acapulquito, Playa Palmilla, Lover's Beach, Medano Beach, Chileno Beach.
What about to eat? Try Hacienda Cocina Y Cantina, Agua at the one and only Palmilla, Cabo Surf Hotel and Manuel's Creative Cuisine.   


How: Cabo is located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in the Mexican state of Baja Californian Sur.  
So yes, it is in Mexico and yes you do need a passport to enter.
It is just a quick trip from the United States and United Military Travel can get you there fast!

Why: There are many reasons why you should go to Cabo.  Lets start with the obvious...you deserve it!!!!
But seriously, why Cabo over other destinations?
* The snorkeling and diving are out of this world amazing as the Sea of Cortez offers large schools of fish...all the time.
* If you want to pamper yourself in a high end luxury resort....Cabo is the place for you.
* Are you a golfer?  You will find champion golf courses here that celebs frequent.
* Foodies welcome!  The restaurants here are home to the top culinary chefs in the world - eat your heart out!
* Enjoy drinking?  Cabo has some of the neatest beach bars, dive bars and everything you could want bars.  
*Want adventure with your luxury?  Go deep sea fishing in the world class fishing waters, ATV riding in the desert, surf the killer waves and/or zipline.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In The Military? How Do You Celebrate Holidays Overseas?

Whenever holidays roll around I always wonder how our armed forces will celebrate while abroad.

How do duty stations accommodate the need of our domestic traditions??? 

And what happens if you are stationed overseas and your family is back home? 

What I found on the Military One Source website are tips to help make the holidays feel more like home (if your family is with you).
Here is what they say:


Bring the holidays with you.
When you are packing up all your belongs for the big move bring things (small things) for each holiday to make your new home feel more familiar.  Whether it be special ornaments, stockings, photos etc let your kids unpack the box with the "holiday goodies" to help them acclimate.  It can also be fun to add new treasures to the old ones.  Maybe ones that are representative of the area you are in - it will also teach your children about the local culture and broaden their "holiday horizon".

Advanced preparation.
If we think back orders are a pain here lets think about how long it will take something shipping from the United States to get overseas.  Also, shipping and handling will probably be higher so planning ahead of time on things you want or need for the holidays is essential.  If you are a lucky one with a postal service center it will make online ordering much easier but just make sure you know your correct address.  And what if you want to order perishable items?  Check with the local embassy or postal service office to see if what their restrictions are.  Apparently it is advised to start your "advanced preparations" in October!

Make a list and check it twice!
A list will keep you excited and busy and its a good way to keep your kids in the spirits of the holidays.  They may get excited for the third task on the list and they can mentally prepare for that day. Who knows what joy it may bring them to see what needs to be done and empower them to make their house feel like a home.  

DIY 
I am a huge advocate of making things yourself.  It will save you money and also create more activities to enjoy as a family.  What about a Christmas tree?  If your host country does not offer them switch over to a suitable alternative like a native tree or shrub.  Or even better make one out of wire and felt - it could be really cute!

Turkey? Duck? Chicken? Ham?
Typically, the heart of a holiday celebration is the meal.  Depending on where you are you may have to get creative on the main course. If you are used to having a turkey dinner but can only have duck...well thats all you can have.  Get creative and just go with the flow :)  Also, do your shopping early because the supplies with be limited.

Gather together and reach out!
Chances are everyone else around you is missing home and their friends so why not get together and celebrate as one.  Another way of reaching out is by volunteering and isn't that the true tradition of the holidays???

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Ok so what if you are deployed?  How do you feel the love of home???

By giving thanks in your community - whether you are thanking someone or they are thanking you.

Here is what the Army is doing over the holiday season.

["While the Thanksgiving meals are important, the holiday, as its name implies, is also about "thanks" and "giving." As such, Soldiers everywhere are participating in community activities and doing things to help the needy.

KUWAIT

This month, Soldiers stationed in Kuwait came together for a Thanksgiving meal with Kuwaiti school children in their early teens.

Staff Sgt. Jennifer C. Manaday, a civil affairs team sergeant with the 352nd Civil Affairs Command attached to U.S. Army Central, said she was happy to have had the opportunity to attend the celebration and learn more about the Kuwaitis while sharing some of her own Thanksgiving experiences.

KOREA

Meanwhile on the other side of Asia in Korea, Americans stationed there this month were learning how to make kimchi, the main Korean dish, from the locals at the Annual Kimchi Charity Event in Dongducheon.

Although the traditional Korean Thanksgiving Day, called chuseok, is celebrated every September 19, Soldiers had the opportunity to partake of Thanksgiving food Nov. 15 that was different from the traditional Turkey meal.

GERMANY

In Grafenwoehr, Germany, the Army Chaplains Office will donate $24,000 worth of commissary gift cards to Soldiers and families in need at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.

The criteria for who makes it onto the list varies from family to family. Those with Army Emergency Relief loans, debt, a new baby, "or even single income families with four kids who are just struggling," are eligible for the program, explained Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Barnard, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.

First sergeants disburse the cards to their Soldiers with little fanfare.

"A lot of folks aren't willing to ask for help even though they need it, so we try to do it discretely," said Barnard. 

"They're going through trying times," said 1st Sgt. Darrell Vargas, Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe. 

The commissary gift cards will help make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable for the Soldiers, he said.

"They will get to celebrate Thanksgiving together and take a little less out of their pockets," he said. "They're focusing their vouchers on food so they can buy gifts for the holidays."

Not far away in Gottschied Elementary School in Germany, Soldiers were spending their off-duty time helping German students practice their English.

MASSACHUSETTS

Tradition has it that the first Thanksgiving meal was attended in 1621 by the Pilgrims and American Indians at Plymouth in Massachusetts. 

Not too far from Plymouth is Natick, Mass., where Soldiers and Army civilians this month are donating hundreds of pounds of winter clothing that will go to homeless veterans in the New England area. 

Sarah Ross, the Human Research Volunteer program coordinator, and Darren Bean, an equipment specialist with Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment, wanted to do anything they could to help.

"We just wanted to give back," said Bean. "There are so many employees here, so many veterans on post, as well."

Bean added that there are more than 300 veterans on the installation and said that he and Ross thought to put a clothing drive together to help where some are hit the hardest.

"This is supposed to be one of the worst winters, so we decided it was a good idea," said Bean.

Ross and Bean said the drive focused particularly on winter items such as heavy coats, jackets, gloves and boots, but added that they also received other items, like hygiene products.

OKLAHOMA

Family members and friends of the 578th Forward Support Company at Fort Sill, Okla., are staying connected and involved with a physical fitness program that bridges the divide that keeps them apart from their deployed Soldiers over Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season.

The idea of "Walk for 578th" was the brainchild of Ashley Barre, fiancee of Sgt. Sean Bourgasser. Barre and other family readiness group members decided that since deployed Soldiers do some form of physical fitness training every day, they could feel more connected to their far-away loved ones by doing the same. 

To close the gap between deployed Soldiers and their family members at home, the Family Readiness Group, or FRG, decided to walk nearly 8,000 miles -- the distance that separates Lawton from the United Arab Emirates. All miles logged by loved ones through physical exercise is counted in the hopes of reaching the magic number before their Soldiers come home in early 2014. To do this, the FRG created a walk Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com /groups/578FSC/) in which spouses, parents, friends or other family members of the deployed Soldiers can join by "liking" the page to begin logging miles.

"Originally, the idea was just for the families, but now the Soldiers have started getting involved," said Vanessa Norman, 578th FRG leader. "We're running, biking, walking and jogging toward them; and they are running, jogging and walking toward us."

The event began Aug. 31, and what once seemed like a momentous challenge, now appears to be within just a few more steps. As of Oct. 25, the group had completed nearly 5,000 miles, leaving only slightly more than 3,000 miles to go. 

To aid them in reaching their goal, the 578th FRG has a final "hoorah" walk scheduled for December.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Eighty Soldiers from 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), carried more than 1,300 pounds of non-perishable food and supplies from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., to the Father McKenna Center in Washington, D.C., during a road march, Nov. 14, to help those in homeless shelters.

Spc. Jacob Caughey said it was easy to stay motivated throughout the five-mile march. 

"All I could think about was how all the food we were carrying was going to help someone," he said. "I felt great knowing that we were doing this public service."

Twelve of the 80 Soldiers also stayed behind to help serve during the morning meal. 

NEW YORK

A lot of Soldiers in New York will be away from family and friends this Thanksgiving.

With the last flight carrying the final contingent of the nearly 2,000 Soldiers lifting off from the runway at Fort Drum's Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield this month, the final deployment of the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, was officially under way. 

The brigade will be assigned to Regional Command-East, an area of Afghanistan that shares a border with Pakistan. Larger than the state of Virginia, RC-East includes the provinces of Bamyan, Ghazni, Kapisa, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Paktika, Paktiya, Panjshayr, Parwan and Wardak. 

Once there, Soldiers will begin their mission as a security force and advising brigade, primarily focused on providing support and assistance to Afghan forces. So in a way, the Soldiers will be giving their time and energy to help the Afghans have a better way of life."

(The following Army journalists contributed to this article: Sgt. Adam Keith, U.S. Army Central; Chelsea Bissell, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Public Affairs; Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs; Tazanyia Mouton,U.S. Army Garrison Natick; 1st Lt. Travis Womack, Fort Sill Public Affairs; Staff Sgt. Luisito Brooks, The Old Guard Public Affairs; and Sgt. Javier S. Amador, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.)]

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But what can we do for the people who serve our country???
A care package is a great way to start.
Check out anysoilder.com or operationgratitude.com where you can send packages for $15.  
It honestly is the least we can do...


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United Military Travel (UMT) gets Soldiers home for the holidays each and every day.  So if you have even just a few days and would like to spend it with your family give them a call.  Whether it is you traveling or your loved ones, it is all doable!  
UMT just wants the best for you and yours every day.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick Traveling

My current inspiration is that my child is sick right now....

for the first time.

As I was holding him close rocking him back to sleep and planning our doctors visit tomorrow I thought to myself, "what would I do if he got sick in another country?"

Seriously, what would I do???

Flushed cheeked little booger!
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There are two scenarios: 
1. Knowingly traveling with a sick child. 
2. Having a child get sick while traveling.

First this is all brand new research to me and I am going to relay to you all what I feel is beneficial.....this is not coming from my experiences.  

1.  If at all possible do not make your sick child travel unless absolutely necessary.  Even if they are in a good mood and seem fine it is a bad idea because their immune system is weakened making them more susceptible to other illnesses.  

2.  Your packing list grows.....a lot.
Go ahead and add these items to your luggage:

*plenty of single use paper products like towels, washcloths, napkins, wipes etc.  Anything that can go in the garbage.

3. If your child is still in diapers bring more than you think is necessary because if child is having elimination issues you will be glad you did.  
4. Where are you going to put your soiled diapers and/or clothes? Etc.  Pack plastic bags all of sizes to store them in temporarily.  Also, you can use them to catch throw up.
5. Everywhere you go take advantage of clean water.  Buy bottles, refill your old ones etc because you never should assume you will have a water source.  
Not only is it for hydration but for clean up as well.
6. It is advised to pack extra clothes...warm ones, cool ones and all in between.  Your child's temperature can change anytime so you have to be able to accommodate the changes.
7.  Research any nearby hospitals or medical offices where you will be.
8.  Hand sanitizers and soaps in general are a good idea.
9.  Comforts from home ie. blankets, stuffed animals, books, a photo etc.
10.  Patience....lots of patience and plan for the worse.

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If your child is still young enough to be nursing you need to be very conscious of what you put into your body.  
Stay hydrated with bottled water, watch your alcohol intake and remember to still eat healthy...aka no street meat!

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Your child's overall daily health is entirely dependent on you so do not get so caught up in "traveling" that you forget your daily routines.
Routines in fact will make the whole experience better!

The following is from BabyCenter


[• Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit in your car or carry-on bag.
• If your child regularly takes a medication (like an anticonvulsant or insulin) or has asthma or an allergy to bee stings, bring twice as much medication as you think you'll need. As a precautionary measure, pack the supplies in two different places (for example, put one set in a suitcase and one in your purse) in case one set gets lost. Also, ask your pediatrician to write a refill prescription before leaving home so you can skip that step while traveling.

• Always carry your insurance information with you. Most HMOs will reimburse you for out-of-area expenses, but to avoid any expensive surprises, call your insurance company ahead of time and find out its policy.

• Know your child's medical history. Get in the habit of taking a notebook with you every time your child visits the pediatrician, and bring it with you on vacation, too. The notebook should contain an emergency checklist with contact numbers as well as information about your child's past illnesses, treatments, vaccinations, and any allergies.


As well as covering all the medical bases, you'll want to put some extra effort into your bedside manner with a sick child. Being sick is never fun, but being away from home adds an element of emotional discomfort. To help soothe your child, stay nearby and keep to the same comforting routines as at home, if possible. Read him a bedtime story, or, if he feels up to it, run a bath for him. Some routines can be broken, though, especially if it will help make your child feel better. You might consider allowing him to sleep with you or nearby while he's feeling sick. You can monitor his health more easily, and he'll fall asleep — and wake up — feeling more secure knowing you're right beside him.]

They agree with me that a routine is good but just remember it is not set in stone!

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My sweet little boy currently has a common cold but it is enough to make him feel yucky.  He is three months old so he does not know why he is having trouble breathing and why he is sneezing all the time.  And today the doctor told me that colds generally last 7-9 days so chances are you will have to deal with it the entire duration of your trip.  If this were to happen while traveling I would hope that I packed enough tissues, snuggly items and baby Tylenol for fever. 

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