WANDERLUST

Jennifer’s got a mean case of wanderlust. She had two primary dreams in life: one to be a mom (check), the other to travel the world (partial check). At 53 years old and with her daughter flying the coop, there is no time like the present. There’s a big wide world to see, and she wants to see it all. But seeing it all translates to having a clear plan in place, identifying and clearing any obstacles that may get in the way, and traveling efficiently as possible.

Having a Plan

Always have a plan. Jennifer is a planner. She loves set objectives and figure out the strategies and tactics to meet them. Coupling her love of planning to her love for travel will be a marriage made in heaven. Her first goal is to make a list of the places she wants to visit and she found a few articles to assist in this process:

New York Times 52 Places to Visit in 2017

And while foreign lands are so intriguing, sometimes we forget that there’s a travel playground right in our own backyard. Conde’ Nast Travel lists The 50 Best Places to Visit in the U.S.A.

Clearing the Obstacles

With kids out of the house, it doesn’t necessarily mean one can just pick up and leave. Jennifer has a job (outside of Becoming), and she’s got to have the dough. Because she and her husband own their own businesses, taking time off is getting easier as loosen the reins and more responsibility to others. And she’s also not opposed to traveling without her husband – she actually looks forward to trips with her friends. But the money thing can be tricky depending on how one wants to travel. Good thing is, she’s not the type to travel in high style. Her belief is to really experience a new place you don’t need to stay at expensive hotels, eat at fancy restaurants or even go to your destination during peak season. A matter-of-fact, sometimes it’s better avoiding all three to get the most authentic experience. And here’s an article that speaks to that very sentiment: A Guide to Traveling on a Budget

Traveling Efficiently

Jennifer tends to over pack. But she learned a valuable lesson the hard way on a recent trip to Japan. While she was struggling with all her bags through airports and train stations (hey, a girl needs her selection of shoes), her family was always a mile ahead with their single rolling travel bags. Truth is, she didn’t even wear half the shoes she packed, nor the cute sweaters or medley of cropped jeans. She pretty much had her daily uniform. If anything, she should have packed more underwear (but that’s another story). So next time, she’s going to school herself on the art of packing, and here are a few articles to help her out:

6 Tips to Get Your Ultimate Travel Wardrobe

How to Pack a Suitcase

As soon as Jennifer has her ducks in a row and hits the road, let’s keep her on her toes with the expectation that she shares her travel stories and tips in the very near future.

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