Sometimes I get flack for traveling with my dogs. Although I try my best to find activities to include them in my travels it does not always pan out. And when it doesn’t I have to rely on a little local help at the destinations we visit. And when I say local help, I mean local dog care facilities.
My first trip of the year is planned and booked. This trip is unique in the fact that I have never planned a trip so close to my departure time. This trip was part of another trip I was going to take in the Fall of 2014 but got canceled because the company I worked for went out of business. I was left with the decision of either going on the trip or paying my mortgage… decisions decisions.
When I went on my first curse I was 28 years old. I was skeptical that my friend Laura and I would be the only young people on the entire ship. Well it turns out I was wrong. And here’s why. Cruises are an inexpensive way to travel which is handy because when you’re young (unless you are Zuckerburg) you don’t have tons of money to spend on travel.
Two years ago I started Paws For Beer from my love of travel, beer and my dog Boomer.
It’s funny how things can change in two years. Two years ago I was making a good income, had 280 hours of vacation, 7 paid holidays and one dog. Last year the company I worked for went out of business. I was fortunate enough to find work but my income is almost cut in half, I have 20 hours of vacation for the year, no paid holidays and now two dogs.
When you travel with a dog you start to realize that there are a lot of places you can not take your dog. Most places are more than happy to let people bring their kids along, but a dog… meh not so much.
Which I ask the question why? My dog does not kick the back of your seat when flying on an airplane. Or start screaming at the top of his lungs because he did not get that ice cream cone he thinks he needs. Or plop himself down in the middle of a busy walkway because I have kept him up past his bedtime and he is too tired. No, Boomer would never…. well I’m not sure about the last one, as I have yet to see Boomer out of energy… ever.
My friends and I joke often that I should be a travel agent. Except I’m not joking. I think I would be excellent at it. I love to travel, I love to plan and I love to share my thoughts on where I have been. Sounds like the perfect fit to me!
I am often asked for advice on where to travel to. I seem to specialize in road trips, as many of friends have been moving away 🙁 and they want to know what there is to do along the way to their new destination. I oblige them, give them my recommendations and send them on their way with a small frown on my face. No one likes to see a friend leave, right?
So there is a common theme among long term travelers. The less you spend the longer you can travel. Make sense, right? The problem is if you travel by car, like I do, there are some high costs such as fuel and insurance that bog you down, however there are also some benefits to driving your car. Check out my tips below on how to keep costs down while on road trips.
Below is the itinerary that I used for our Fall 2013 road trip through Idaho, Utah and Montana. Over the next few postings I will share stories from our travels. Be sure to check back often so you don’t miss any of our adventures!
Boomer and I hit the road for another adventure! Below is the itinerary we used for our Washington Trip in May. Over the next few postings I will share our stories from this trip.
8:00 am Depart for Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
Drive Time: 3.5 hours / 220 miles
11:30 am Arrive Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
1:10pm Depart for Wild Horse Wind and Solar Center 25905 Vantage Hwy
Drive Time: 17 mins / 11 miles
1:30 pm Arrive Wild Horse Wind and Solar Center
9-5:30 pm; tours 10am & 2pm
4:00 pm Depart for Ellensburg WA
Drive Time: 35 mins / 20 miles
4:35 pm Arrive Ellensburg WA
•Iron Horse Brewery
Brewery / Tasting room 1000 N Prospect 98926 R 2pm -8pm (509.933.3134 call for tour)
Brew Pub 416 N Main Street Ellensburg, WA M-Sat 4-9pm
Stop for night
8:00 am Depart for Leavenworth WA
Drive Time: 1 hours / 58 miles
9:00 am Arrive Leavenworth WA
Maifest May 10th -12th
Studio 1890 635 Front Street 10am – 5pm (Bavarian photo)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum 735 Front St 2pm – 5pm $2.50 fee
4:30pm – 5:30pm Icicle Brewing 935 Front St 12 to 11pm
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Munchen Haus 709 Front St open 11am pet friendly
7:00 pm Depart for Wenatchee WA
Drive Time: 31 mins / 25 miles
7:30 pm Arrive Wenatchee WA
Stop for night
Columbia Valley Brewing F-S 12-12 538 Riverside Drive Wenatchee 98801
7:30 am Depart for Winthrop WA
Drive Time: 2 hours / 98 miles
9:30 am Arrive Winthrop WA
11:00 am 49’er Parade
Old Schoolhouse Brewery 155 Riverside Ave 12pm – 10 pm
8:00 pm Depart for Omak WA
Drive Time: 1 hours / 45 miles
9:00 pm Arrive Omak WA
Stop for night
8:30 am Depart for Grand Coulee Dam
Drive Time: 1 hours / 53 miles
9:30 am Arrive Grand Coulee Dam
10:00 am tour Free / 50 mins