#1 Why a travel blog?
Before I started blogging, I was part of the only travel community available digitally - mainly a few Yahoo listservs. It wasn’t until I was invited to visit Japan for a couple of weeks in 2009, that I decided to create a blog. I wanted to create a place where my family and friends could read about my trip. After I returned, I kept posting my thoughts and ideas and "Around the World with Meredith" was born.
#2 What makes She Is A Trip different?
My goal is not to be different, but to simply share my experiences and perspective. Travel culture can be overwhelming, so I wanted to create a blog that was relatable, resourceful and a little entertaining. I was starting to become a travel-snob, which we in the blog & social media world need to be cautious of. It only took being on the receiving end of that snobbery once to bring me back to my senses. Whether it’s a day trip to a neighboring city or two weeks in Hawaii, I enjoy creating unique and memorable experience with and for my loved ones.
#3 How do you fund your travels?
I used to think this was such a vulgar thing to ask, so chances are if you have asked me, I lied. It's kind of like when someone compliments your shoes or ask about your handbag and you feel like you had to add, “ but it was on sale”. Now that I think about it, that is just as tacky. Anyway, to answer the question, there are three ways I fund my travels. First, I save for travel just like I save for retirement. It’s a large part of my life, so I treat it like bill. I don’t touch it unless I am paying for something related to a trip. A calculator and a calendar are your bestfriends. Example:A monthly nail appointment is about $35. That is $420/yr, more than a last miin flight from Charlotte to New York. My philisophy is, " Your budget shouldn't dictate where you go, the type of experience you want should." You may need to save a little longer, but it will be worth it. Secondly, from time to time, I am invited on trips that only require me to bring spending money. Lastly, for the last four years, domestic travel is a part of my job. It is time consuming to always be looking for a deal, but I am logical and that tends to save me money. If you do have room to splurge, keep comfort, safety and that once in a lifetime experience at the top of the list.