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5 Steps to Creating an Amazing Travel Vision Board

Just like a Dream Board, a Travel Vision Board is a tool to help clarify and realize your goals. It is a fun, tangible way to open yourself to the abundance you’d like to receive (and deserve according to Chopra) in your life.

Creating my Travel Vision Board each year is a process I truly enjoy because I’m able to daydream about all of the wonderful destinations I’d like to visit again as well as those I hope soon to cross off my bucket list. Using vivid images to paint a picture of what I’d like my future to look like, can be a very invigorating experience.

Here’s my 5-Step Process to Creating an AMAZING Travel Vision Board!

STEP 1: Create your Travel Bucket List

Here’s your chance to DREAM BIG and make a list of all the places you’d love to visit. Where would you like to go, near or far, before you leave this earth? Make your list and don’t limit yourself based on budget, schedule, etc. It’s a Bucket List after all!  You may not get to all of the places right away, but this is just a brainstorming exercise.

Need inspiration for your travel bucket list?

STEP 2: Find your Inspiration

Here’s where you gather all of your favorite pictures, visit Pinterest, Google, and your favorite websites for images that represent each item on your list, a beautiful visual that makes you feel good, or an interesting tip you’d like to be reminded of. It’s your board so be as creative as you like.

For my board, I found images, quotes and more that I downloaded and saved to a file on my computer to use for the board. You can label the items as you save them, or you can be a free spirit like me and just let the image speak for itself.


STEP 3: Create a Collage of Your Images

Through the power of the Internet, there are a lot of great tools you can use for this step. Pinterest is an easy free site that you can use for the basis of your board. Simply, create a new “board” on your account, I labeled my “Travel Inspiration” and start pinning away. The great thing about using Pinterest is that you can add to this as the year goes on, you can link to great articles that you’d like to revisit and really the sky is the limit as to how flexible you can be with this board.


Or you can uses an online collage creator like PicMonkey. To do so, choose the “collage” option and upload your pictures you saved. You will be able to choose your layout and edit the photos as you place them on your “board.”

STEP 4: Post your Board!

Probably one of the most important steps, is to post your board so that you can have a visual reminder of your vision. You can save the final version and use it as a screen saver to your computer or on your phone. If you’d like, you can print a copy and post somewhere in your office for inspiration during those long work days.


STEP 5: Use your images to help motivate you to making your dreams a reality!

Now here’s where the real work begins. Pick one or two locations, randomly or strategically and begin planning your getaway. Contact a great Travel Agent to help you get started!

Leave a comment: What are your top Bucket List Destinations?

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Every Girl Deserves a “Me” Day!

me-dayAs a military spouse with my husband deployed, I can often get overwhelmed with all that I need to on a daily basis. The girls have to go here or there.  There’s always some paperwork I need to take care of “right away.” Staying ahead of the housework that needs to be done so we don’t live in a pigs pen.  I work a full-time job that sometimes requires 45 hours in a week instead of 40.  And there are a host of other things that pulls me in a million directions all at the same time.

That’s why I make time for a “ME” day at least once a month. (Sometimes more if I’m really stressed.)  Several of my girlfriends ask how I do it. How can I go out to eat or the movies by myself? My answer is simple, I love my own company!!  I find the serenity of being out in the world alone, doing exactly what I want to do, and just enjoying the pleasure of my own company to be exhilarating.

addictedThis month I treated myself to lunch and a movie.  My first stop was to see the much-anticipated movie by Zane, “Addicted.”  I was really excited to go see this movie because I read the book when it was first published and I’ve been acquainted with Zane through my work in the literary industry. (If you haven’t purchased her latest anthology Z-Rated, please do and read my story, “Possessed Penis.”) So I made sure to go support this movie in its opening weekend.  And glad I did! The movie was great. I was worried it would be a 1999 movie, since the book was written around that time. But to my relief it was hip, sensual when it needed to be and delivered exactly what I had hoped for.  Definitely a must see for lovers of erotica and thrillers.  I was also glad to see the movie theater was filled to capacity.  I have rarely ever experienced a Black movie in San Diego selling out. So the matinée on the opening day being filled was exciting to see.


After the movie, I decided to treat myself to my second favorite cuisine of all time (seafood is my first favorite), Thai food.  There is a Thai restaurant, Issara, about a half mile from my house that I’ve been trying to get into for the past year.  Every time I decide to go either their closed (they close one day in the middle of the week) or I get out-voted to some fast food chain by the girls.  So that day was going to be the day.  I went in and to my delight, was greeted by a bar. So I pulled up a stool, ordered an apple martini and the Ginger Basil chicken with moderate heat.  The food was okay. I would give it a 3.75 on a scale of 1 to 5.  It really didn’t come close to my favorite San Diego Thai restaurant, Bankok West Thai Cafe.  The presentation was nice, but Bankok West hands down has the most incredible presentation… and flavors!

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Anywho, it was great to just enjoy the solitude of my own company.  After lunch, I was ready to pick up the girls from school and resume being Mommy, Ms. Fix It, Detective, Problem Solver and Navy Wife.

For those skeptics, who aren’t sure that flying solo is for them, read this wonderful blog, 7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life.  I agree wholeheartedly that once you do it, you’ll find yourself doing it again and again!  myself:


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