We will be spending a day in Santa Barbara soon.  Of the cruise ports we will be visiting, Santa Barbara is the only one we’ve not been to before.  A vacation may only last one or two weeks so planning is a way to extend the trip.

I used to go to the library and check out all the books on the places we were planning to visit and then if I thought the book had a lot of information we could use, I would go to the bookstore and buy the book.  I’d go through page after page with a highlighter and book markers, making notes of everything that would interest us.

Then came the internet (that thing Al Gore invented!) and there were websites like Cruisecritic.com and Trip Advisor to help steer me in the right direction.  It’s nice to get confirmation from someone whoo has been where you want to go and what worked and what didn’t.  That is how we found @furycharters and @kusadasitourcompany

Those sites are still there and I do use them but I follow travel podcasts too.  Now….. I know most are out to sell a story to make money but if you watch enough of them you get a feeling of an accurate description and not just an Instagram opportunity.  Though I don’t mind a nice Instagram photo!  I am more inclined to follow someone who is in the heart of the area, goes behind the scenes, is wearing clothes that fit the activity – not a poser in a sundress hiking a trail that needs boots and a pair of pants to keep the bugs off your skin!  Some of my favorite travel sites are:





Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.    Oh, and I still don’t know what we will do in Santa Barbara but I’m eager to check out the options, if you have any ideas please let me know!

#travel #beaplanner #takeachance #liveyourlife #destiny #embracedetours #takeaweekendtrip #changeyourroutehomefromwork #simplethings


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