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August 2018

Choosing the RV Life

We have some really exciting news to share with you all! We are ditching the apartment life and heading for the road!

Considering how big this news is, lets start from the beginning! As most of you know my husband, Evan, is in medical school. Because he is a medical student, he has 4th year externships. These externships are interviews with various hospitals around the country to learn as well as discover which hospital you want to do your residency at. The crazy part about externships is that you are required to pay for all the travel costs. Let me break that down. For 14 months you are expected to travel to various hospitals, sometimes only at a hospital for a month at a time, and foot all the costs along with your standard tuition fees. This is an insane amount of money to expect students to shell out. Most solutions are to just take out some more loans, and to leave your family while you travel around.

For my husband and I, this was not going to work. 14 months apart and trying to cover the costs of two rents, two utilities, two everything was just unfathomable. We went through various options, me moving to our base hospital (5 of the 14 months are at this hospital). This would allow me to see my husband at least a little more, but that just didn’t seem like a viable option either. This led us to a third, crazy option. Let’s live in an trailer!

Yes, I am completely sure we were out of our mind when we first suggested the idea. But as we really sat down and thought about our options, it honestly made the most logistical sense. This way, we could be together and the plus side is that we get to travel to some beautiful places. However doing this meant that we would have do fork up a lot of upfront cost, a new truck and the cost of the trailer. There is a big positive, the travel trailer could be resold at the end of our journey, allowing us to recoup a huge chunk of the costs we have sunk in at the beginning. At the end of the day, we will really be saving an extraordinary amount of money as opposed to our other options.

Considering that Evan and I have never owned a travel trailer, we don’t have a lot of knowledge of how to renovate, what we need to organize, or what little things we aren’t aware of but will need. So I have been slowly researching, asking questions and of course pinteresting! 😉 We are going to be needing all the advice we can get, so if you have any, please let us know!

As we go through this crazy transition from apartment life, to living in an RV around the country, I will be posting updates on where we are, the ups and downs. If you want to follow along, please like our blog and Instagram!

 

Malibu Wine Safari

Wine, safari rides, and good friends. There is nothing better!

I discovered Malibu Wine Safari’s through Amanda Stanton from the Bachelor, and couldn’t resist getting out there to try it out myself! My husband and my friend from college, Victoria, were kind enough to join me on this safari adventure!

Malibu Wines is a gorgeous winery 40 minutes North of Los Angeles. You can choose to relax and enjoy wine at their garden location, or you can choose to go on one of their 5 Safari trips! These Safaris include varying wine tastings, a trip around the venue enjoying the views, meeting the exotic animals, and if you choose the right tour you get to meet Stanley the Giraffe!

Stanley the Giraffe is the vineyards celebrity, he has been on multiple commercials and was featured in Hangover III! He has since retired from the movie life, but is such a fun part of your tour of the vineyards! I highly recommend a Safari that includes a meet and greet with Stanley.

We chose to do the Giraffe Tour which started with a Safari ride around parts of the vineyard overlooking the exotic animals they house. You then go on to feed the alpacas, donkeys and zebras some cut up carrots and lettuce before getting your first flight on wine. The first flight of wine had my favorite wine of the safari, their rose wine (I definitely bought a bottle before I left). You then head off to see more of the vineyards as well as get a glimpse of the Bachelor Mansion! After your glimpse of the Bachelor Mansion you get to see Stanley, which was my husbands favorite part! Stanley is fed almost every 20 minutes with heads of lettuce making him one of the friendliest giraffe’s I’ve ever met. After your time with Stanley you head off to your second flight of wine coupled with cheese and crackers at the vineyards adorable cottage.

This Safari is worth every penny and is a must do event if you are in the LA/Malibu area! If you head to the Malibu Wines, be sure to let us know!

 

xoxo- Kayla

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Prices as of 8.24.2018 Please check the Malibu Wine Website for Updated Prices.

The Safari Trucks You Ride In!

Enjoying Our First Flight Of Wine

Views Of The Vineyard

Loving These Views Of The Vineyard

Feeding the Zebras

Love Feeding The Zebras

Views Of The Vineyard

Views Of The Vineyard

Safari’s Are Best With Friends

When Stanley Photobombs You!

Wine and Crackers

Finishing Up Our Second Flight Of Wine

For One Week-Live The Dream!

There are endless ways that travel helps you, from your emotional state to your physical well-being.Travel keeps you young and enlightened. Unfortunately, most of us don’t utilize these precious days off. “According to a 2016 Bankrate study, more than 50% of U.S. workers give up at least some of their paid vacation days each year. Worse yet, in a 2014 survey, 42% of Americans claimed they don’t take vacation time at all.” –Forbes

If you work a 9-5 job, you most likely get a standard two week vacation plan. My biggest recommendation to you is not to squander your time off. At the bare minimum take one week off to get out of your area, to see somewhere you’ve never seen before. Take a week that you would just sit at home, watch TV and work on random chores. Instead, replace this time off with a memory you will never forget. You only get 52 weeks every year, that’s all the time you have. Don’t waste your year away sitting in an office cubicle. Embrace the beauty and fun around you at least one week of the year.

For one week, have the trip you’ve always envisioned; see Paris, Italy, The Space Needle, or the Great Wall. Yes you have responsibilities, yes you have bills to pay and things to do, but all those things are temporary. Your trips as a family are lifelong memories that you will always cherish. You will never regret missing a week of work to do something that gives you true joy.

Travel gives you a chance to detox from the everyday struggles in your life, to try out new cultures, and see the endless beauties of the world. Travel keeps you healthy, it keeps you young, it keeps your heart full of adventure and excitement.

Something my dad said the other day is that, “Adventures and changes are what give you the great stories, never getting out of your comfort zone gives you the most boring stories.” Adventures are simply trying something new that’s outside your comfort zone. You are only given this one life, why wouldn’t you want to get out and see what’s out there?

There is this fear that trips will be too stressful, that you won’t have the funds, or that you can’t make the time. My rebuttal to you would be, are you going to let that stop you? Arrange your life to accomplish your dreams, don’t allow your life to dictate your dreams. You can do and accomplish anything you want, the trick is having the confidence to believe in them!

Confidence is key to having the trips you’ve always dreamed about, don’t second guess yourself!