How to Travel Without Really Traveling

As I’ve probably said a few times before, I’ve definitely been bitten by the travel bug recently. There seems to always be an unrelenting itch to want to explore someplace new! I recently just booked a trip to Iceland this spring and a Caribbean cruise with my family this summer. Can’t wait! You know me, I’m already planning my outfits. lol.

Traveling is SO great, but what happens when you come to the age-old dilemma of being broke? Or not having the time or resources to make it happen? We’ve all been there. Today’s post will hopefully give you some ideas to quench your thirst for travel, while still maintaining a budget.

The biggest way that I like to satisfy my desire to travel, is by exploring my own backyard! Granted, I live in the most vibrant, wonderful city IN THE WORLD. (sorry, I’m a tad bit partial haha) But no matter what city you find yourself living in, there’s so much to do and explore right under your nose! So often I feel like people take for granted the exciting and interesting things happening in their own city and never get to enjoy it for themselves.

One of my best friends recently moved to NYC and has been really good about making the most of her time here. She’s always exploring new events, neighborhoods and sights! We were recently having a conversation with her roommate, who is a native New Yorker, and she admitted to never doing most of the things that my friend has enjoyed during her short while here! If you have a heart for travel, don’t take for granted what lies beyond your front door. There’s so much to do and explore, without having to fork over money for an expensive plane ticket or use a handful of vacation days.

One of my favorite ways to travel locally is to go on unique excursions! One of my favorite websites to use is Cloud 9 Living!

Cloud 9 is a company that offers a wide variety of excursions and experiences in major cities across the country, from east coast to west coast! (And of course the BEST Midwest!) They have local adventures for every type of person and occasion

Reasons Why I love Cloud 9 Living:

1. They have experiences all over the country!It makes it easy to find local adventures or great adventures while traveling to a new city. Anywhere from Hawaii to Nashville!

2. They have a wide variety of experiences! If you’re looking for something more adventurous they have flight lessons, hang gliding, and race car thrill rides, to name a few! If you’re looking to get to know your own city a little bit better, they have unique food, wine, and neighborhood tours. If you’re looking for a romantic local getaway they have wine and sail evenings, dinner cruises, and spa days.

3. They make great gifts!Like I said in one of my Christmas blog posts, one of my favorite gifts to give, is the gift of experiences! Cloud 9’s slogan is “Create a Memory, Give an Experience”. LOVE this! Material possessions will fade, but memories will last forever. The time that you invest in someone can’t be replaced or bought! With such a wide variety of options, you’ll certainly be able to find the perfect gift!

I was getting into a bit of a winter slump, itching to get out after being cooped up during the recent cold winter days, so I ended up trying my first Cloud 9 Living experience! I debated between treating myself to a spa day or a ski trip, but then decided on a deluxe helicopter tour! I wanted to do something totally different, that I wouldn’t normally treat myself to. I also thought it would be a fun way to explore the city in a new way! And boy was I right! It was an experience I will never forget! Seeing the city from a new perspective was so amazing. I felt like I was floating above the city in a bubble, seeing everything in such a raw light. The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge all so up close and personal! After stepping off the helicopter, I left with a new found love and appreciation for New York City. Definitely gave me an extra dose of gratitude to be living in such a remarkable city.

So, if you’re looking for something exciting and fun to do during these dreadful summer months, I highly suggest you peruse Cloud 9 Living! There are so many great options that engage you in the city you live in or allow you to escape for a day! You’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated without forking over tons of cash or using precious vacation days! OR if you’re looking for the perfect gift, especially with Valentine’s Day around the corner, think of giving the gift of a memorable experience.

Tip: When in the mood for travel, save a few bucks and explore you’re own backyard for the day!


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