What’s on Your Bucket List?

It’s almost 2015. 2014 has been quite interesting for me. The last trip I took, which was to honor my Grandmother’s life, actually inspired me to live more. By her example, she encouraged me to experience new things with the people I love. And so, that is what I’ve decided to do. There are a million places I want to go, but the following 5 are on my immediate to-do list:

1. Cruise to Alaska
After making the trip to the left coast and struggling to acclimate to the time change for about a week, I’ve decided that the experience was worth it. There is nothing stopping me from doing it again to see Alaska. While I’m a hardcore Carnival girl, the Alaska trip is going to have to be on Royal Caribbean because they have the Alaska Cruisetours which include the wondrous glass-domed Wilderness Express!

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2. The Napa Valley Wine Train
Yes, another trip to the left coast. But who doesn’t want to take a trip whose focus is drinking wine? Olivia Pope would heartily approve!

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3. New England/Canadian Cruise
So, umm, yeah, I’m originally from the northeast, but I haven’t had an opportunity to visit places like Boston and Portland. An itinerary like this:

Day 1 New York, NY
Day 2 Fun Day At Sea —
Day 3 Boston, MA
Day 4 Portland, ME
Day 5 Saint John, NB, Canada
Day 6 Halifax, NS, Canada
Day 7 Fun Day At Sea
Day 8 New York, NY

4. Hawaii (Again)
I missed my luau due to an itinerary change (more on that later). Who goes to Hawaii and doesn’t do a luau? Apparently, I do. But there is already a plan in place to rectify this. I also didn’t see any whales on my trip and I’d like to do an excursion just for that.

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5. A Solo Cruise
While I absolutely love traveling with my friends and family, I want to do a cruise by myself and experience travel all on my terms. I can stay in the room all day or be out all night without having to consult or notify anybody. No compromises while on vacation!

What’s on your bucket list?

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Our First Travel Day: Long Beach

While it’s not my first time traveling to the left coast, it has been so long since I’ve done it that it might as well be my first time.

Since I’m going to be gone for so long, I decided it would be more cost effective to leave my car at home. I used the Curb app to schedule a taxi. It will only let you schedule for the current or next day, so I had to schedule a reminder to remind me to schedule a taxi. Lol


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Curb is really easy to use and you can even pay for the trip (including tip) right from the app. They give out discounts for referrals, so if you’re using the app, share with those you know so you can get a little monetary assistance.

Once I made the reservation, I received an email to confirm. In my city, Curb contacted the Yellow Cab Company. I arranged for the taxi to arrive at 10:15, but he was a little late. When I called to find out where he was, the automated system knew it was me and told me that he was 0.2 miles from my house. Right after I hung up, the driver called to ask for directions. He had passed the house. He was a really nice guy and got us to the airport in no time. I’m only 3 exits away on the interstate, so it was a quick drive.

We flew on the new American Airlines. Our trip west was on US Airways and was a direct flight. Check-in was a breeze. My bag weighed 52.5lbs, but they didn’t even blink an eye. I guess they charge for overweight bags if you are significantly over the mark. My Mom has the TSA Preβœ”οΈ and was able to breeze through security in less than 5 minutes. I, on the other hand, was stuck in a long line. I told the officer that was monitoring our line that Mom had time to take a nap while she waited. Lol

By the time we got to the gate, our flight was boarding, so our timing was pretty perfect. I will say, the flight was way too long. I mean, I wanted a direct flight, but who wants to be stuck in one spot for 5.5 hours straight? I would prefer connecting flights if I have to go this far again. Luckily, that’s what we have coming back.

The flight was uneventful and I was able to watch the movie God’s Not Dead. I thought it was going to be a sappy, religious movie, but it was actually pretty good. It helped while away the hours. I only had one snack, so I had to purchase something else. I bought Pringles for $4. That’s just unnecessarily expensive. I looked at the meals they had, but I didn’t like the options. They would have been more filling and satisfying than those chips. And the chips were cold. 😏

Once we landed and got our luggage, we headed over to Super Shuttle to catch a ride. I also reserved this prior to our trip. They got us checked in and I immediately received a confirmation text letting me know they had a van coming. We only waited about 10 minutes before the van to Long Beach came. We had a good ride and driver. It took about 30 minutes. I passed exits of some of the famous streets I’ve heard of like Crenshaw and La Cienega. The amount of traffic on the 405 was interesting and CA has an interesting way of merging traffic on to the highway: they have a traffic light. Each green allows three cars to merge. Interesting.

I’ll continue Long Beach on the next post. It includes a trip to Wal
-Mart!πŸŽ‰

Until next I write,

Your Cruise Girl

Preparing to Honor Hawaii in Photographs

I have many hobbies. Photography is not one of them. I enjoy taking photos, but I want it to be easy. A quality photo is not something I want to put a lot of work into. Having said that, wouldn’t it be a shame to use my very old Sony Cybershot with 7.2mp to capture the beauty of Hawaii? The least I can do is purchase a more updated camera, right? I mean, how often will I get to Hawaii?

So, after some research and comparisons, I came up with this:

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A Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS. In blue 😜!

Now, I will say that my Sony Cybershot has served me well. There really is nothing wrong with it and it still works perfectly. It’s just outdated. Here are the features of my new love:

From the Canon website:
*10x Optical Zoom helps ensure outstanding optical performance and versatility.
*20.0 Megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for outstanding performance.
*Shoot 720p HD video with a dedicated movie button.
*Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
*Intelligent IS automatically chooses from eight different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
*Scene Modes such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome provide creative freedom to capture your photos.
*ECO Mode helps reduce power consumption for longer battery life.
*Help Button provides simple explanations and easy control of your settings.

I’ve been playing around with it and it takes some really good pictures. I think Hawaii will be proud.

Until I write again

Your Cruise Girl