Well it’s no wonder… 

Good Afternoon!                             I don’t want to bore you too much today,  (haha)  however, while we wait for the actual fun to begin  (our road trip)  I am Gathering as much information as I can,  about vacationing in the U.S.  vs. vacationing in other countries. So I’ve spent the morning online,  planning vacations,  as if I were taking one.  I planned vacations for two adults.  My Focus today was one all-inclusive packages,  which apparently,  means different things to different people. When I say,  I want an all-inclusive vacation,  I want           accommodations,  airfare, shuttle or taxi to and from the airport,  gratuities and taxes, all meals and drinks,  (alcohol included)  because let’s be honest,  a great deal of people, spend their vacations doing more drinking,  then they probably would do in 6 months out of the whole year!  To me that’s an all-inclusive vacation.  I found quite a few of those,  at least thirty, unfortunately however,  I found them in places such as Mexico,  Dominican Republic,  Jamaica,  and the Bahamas.  I didn’t find many  here in the U.S.,  I did find a few though and this is how the prices compared.  First,  let me add that prices fluctuate greatly from one day to the next,  so these results are based on my search for today.  I searched the U.S. for all-inclusive vacations for two and the cheapest I could find  (my all-inclusive)  was $3,979.91 priced for January 2017,  for 7 nights and this was in Florida.  Then I searched other places and the most inexpensive all inclusive package I could find  (my all-inclusive)  was for two people and it cost $1,530.89 and that was in Cancun Mexico.  That is a huge difference!  As we all know,  the U.S. dollar is worth 18 times more than in  Mexico, so I can understand how they could afford to have such cheaper rates as compared to ours. 

I spent many years working in hospitality.  I did housekeeping,  laundry,  front desk and I was a live on manager.  Running a hotel is not cheap by any means.  Most hotels make the majority of their money in the peak season.  So unfortunately in the off season,  a lot of hotel rooms go unoccupied.  So it really isn’t feasible for them to slash their rates,  after all they have to make a profit as well. So there’s not a lot we can do about that.  I do promise you however, in the end,  I’m going to show you,  how you can vacation with in the U.S.  on YOUR  budget.  Meanwhile, giving a boost to our economy. Let’s face it,  the U.S. is in desperate need of one.  Too many families,  too many children,  hungry,  homeless and without hope.  We need to come together and find a way to help U.S.  and I’m not speaking about those who don’t or won’t help themselves.  My focus is on the hard working,  struggling families that need a little help, a little boost,  if you will.  We can’t wait for our government to do it. I do believe however that we can contribute,  by buying locally,  giving back to our communities,  traveling locally,   within the U.S.  I’m not saying never venture out, other cultures have a lot to offer and teach!  Hell I’ve always dreamed of going to Jamaica!  I’m just saying,  that for the most part,  let’s leave our money at home.  We have some of the most beautiful beaches,  mountains,  deserts and forests in the world,  right here in our own Backyard! Check them out,  I’m going To! Come on,  come go with me! 

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So now the foot work begins! 

As I wrote in my previous post, I have reached out to countless agencies in hope of receiving help, unfortunately it seems there is no funding available anywhere. So, what can I do to help myself and so many other Americans who face the same struggles and obstacles? Well I have been doing some research about how we can boost our economy, these are just a few ideas I’ve seen while researching;  raise minimum wage,  tax cuts,  Affordable Care Act reform,  Social Security reform,  allow exports of natural gas and the list goes on. Now I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about these issues, I assure you I do not. However, I am sure that there isn’t a whole lot I can do about them. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say “I want to make a difference somehow” but I’m not sure I would even know where to begin. Unfortunately,  most of what needs to be done in that area, is up to our government. So I did some more research. I found out that Americans are not taking their earned and paid vacations?? The ones who do however,  are going to Mexico, Canada and other countries. That of course got me thinking, if Americans took their vacations and took them at home in the United States, well that would certainly be a start in boosting our economy. So I’m taking a road trip!  I plan to cover as much of the United States as I can including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. I am going to try to promote U.S. I’m looking for destinations and ideas for every Walk of Life, every budget and all ages. Resorts,  hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and campgrounds. I plan to interview owners,  employees guests and locals. I will be taking lots of pictures and film coverage.  I hope you will join me on my quest! Today I sent out the first of my emails,  in search of a few sponsors to help me get started. Seeing as I am in Florida,  this will be where I start my journey. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to express them. Now wish me luck!

Overcoming obstacles.

Hello, my name is Juanita. I am new to blogging and this will be my first post. 

I am about to embark on a crazy, scary and exciting Journey. 

You see I have recently found myself in a tough situation. I am a Survivor of domestic violence. I am currently residing in a domestic violence shelter, in a city and state,  in which I am unfamiliar. I no longer have a place to call home, no vehicle and no job. Thank God for my unemployment check. I have been tirelessly pounding the pavement in search of work to no avail. I have tried to get help from various agencies, unfortunately I do not meet the criteria for some services and others simply have no funding available. I am not looking for pity,  I am a Survivor! If I can’t find a job,  I will create my own! I am going to see if I can somehow make a difference. 

I’m not going to Pickett or protest or anything like that. This isn’t about politics, hunger, suffering or pain, it’s just the opposite. I refuse to just lay down and die.  I hope to bring awareness to our problems in another way so buckle up we are going on a road trip!