Well, I have been out of blogger world for about 4 days now. Just got back from a mini vaca with the family. We really had a wonderful time....lots of firsts for "Little Bit"....swim, baseball game, zoo, etc...! Besides getting to spend quality time together as a family, we scored some great deals too.
Any great trip starts off with a little planning. We always check our local library for guide books. Then we go online and Google the location to get more ideas. I printed out maps of all the locations we thought we might visit. You can also find brochures at the visitor's center and/or hotel lobby once you get to your destination. (These also come in handy when time to scrapbook the trip!)
We always try to get the best deal we can on our hotel stay. Priceline.com is our friend! We got 3 nights stay for the price we would have paid for 1, if we had bought through the hotel.
My husband and I are baseball fans. If possible we try to work in a game wherever we go on vacation. We have been to 9 different MLB parks together. We try to get fairly cheap seats and go on a promotional night. We have gotten 2 different hats, disposable cameras, baseballs and even a concert after the game. This trip we got fleece blankets!
A great trip can only get better with a little shopping! I like to find stores that I don't have easy access to at home. We found a great little plaza with fun shops, architecture, flowers and water features. They had a Pottery Barn Kids store that I just think has awesome stuff...usually a little more than I want to pay though. However, we did find a great, new stuffed friend for "Little Bit"...Hank the Hippo. He was only $1.99 and she instantly fell in love with him!
I also try and seek out scrapbooking stores when we are traveling. There was an Archiver's on the way to a Botanical Gardens we wanted to checkout...so of course we had to stop! I found this awesome little binder with zipper pouches (to hold my clear stamps) for 50% off. Also picked up some flourish stamps and paper.