Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where I've Been, Where I'm Going

So it's been 9 months since my last post here on Arrows Sent Forth, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy traveling and writing elsewhere. So here's what's been keeping me busy lately, and then a preview of what's ahead.

Our Travels:

In December, we enjoyed a 4-night stay with extended family in Treasure Island, Florida (near Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater). Such a fun Christmas break getaway and a wonderful time to see family. We stayed at the Residence Inn there... a great option for it's super convenient beachside location and spacious family-oriented rooms. We mostly just relaxed, but did make a return to Caddy's on the Beach and the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market (two places I've blogged about from past trips). And we hired a Flytographer as a gift to my in-laws. Highly recommend!

Photo courtesy of Flytographer.

In March, we jetted off to Costa Rica! I had high expectations for this trip and it did NOT disappoint. This is a definitely a trip I want to flesh out in more detail in future blog posts. But quick synopsis: we spent 3 nights near Arenal, 3 nights in Manuel Antonio, and a final night in San Jose before flying back. Shoot me a message if you're contemplating Costa Rica and don't know where to begin from a planning perspective. I can point you in the right direction.

I rounded out May with a couple of girl's getaways (New Buffalo, Michigan with my college friends and Orlando, Florida with my girlfriends from England).

My Writing: 

I'm no longer planning trips full-time for Ciao Bambino, so I'm really hoping to ramp up my travel writing here and elsewhere. Here are some highlights from the past few months:

Tips for Visiting Buckingham Palace with Kids on Ciao Bambino

72 Hours in Dublin with Kids on Ciao Bambino

Why Family Travel Insurance Is More Important Than Ever on Ciao Bambino

How Much Does a Family Trip to Paris Cost? on We3Travel

How Much Does a Family Trip to London Cost? on We3Travel

Unscramble the Rails: Great Britain in Twist Travel Magazine (not yet available online)

Future Travels and Writing:

This summer, we'll spend a week up in Michigan with extended family, I'm whisking my sister and mom off to Colorado for a girl's trip for my sister's 40th birthday, and we're doing a big road trip to South Dakota in July.

I have a few fun writing projects lined up, and hope to do even more when the boys return to school. I've also got a really interesting and exciting entrepreneurial project in the works that is completely outside the travel space that I'm devoting some time and attention to. So stay tuned!

Note: I received a travel agent discount on my Flytographer session and my trip to Costa Rica. I was under no obligation to write about either experience and all opinions are my own.

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