Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ways To Make Your Travels More Memorable

Everyone enjoys a vacation or day off from work once in a while. It’s your time to do whatever you please and relax. One way to get the most out of your vacation time is to travel.

While taking a trip is exciting, it’s even better when you pay attention to how you can make it last in your mind forever. Doing so will allow you to escape back to these amazing places whenever you desire. All it takes is the longing to want your vacation to be more unforgettable and some careful planning. See ways to make your travels more memorable. 

Consider the various options you have for getting to your destination. Your budget, personal preferences and availability will all play a role. You could gather all of your friends together and go on a road trip or go alone on your Harley Davidson with the wind blowing in your air. It all depends upon the type of vacation you feel would be the most fulfilling. Getting to and from your destination is all part of the fun. There are lots of choices, so be open-minded when you’re in the brainstorming phase. 

Moments & Memories
Definitely bring a camera to capture all of the different happenings along the way. Document these adventures so you have them for later. Page through the photos when you’re at home or create a scrapbook you’ll always have to remember the details of your trip. Stay in the moment while you’re traveling so you can recall various memories easily at a later date. If you’re distracted during your vacation, you’ll miss out on all of the great experiences unfolding right in front of you.

Interact & Engage
Once you’re at your destination, engage with the locals. Talk to people and find out what it is they love about their city. Ask for recommendations of places you should see while you’re there. Have authentic interactions and experiences you can take with you for the rest of your life. Make it a point to eat at local restaurants and get a taste for the native cuisine. Attend local events and festivals that get you out of your comfort zone. Make it a point to learn more about the location you’re staying. 

Start A Collection
Decide on what type of item you want to collect and start purchasing it at all of your travel destinations. Consider gathering golf balls, sports memorabilia or beer glasses from the places you visit. Take these souvenirs back with you and display them in an area of your home. You’ll be able to look back on all of the locations you’ve traveled and remember the fun memories you made. It’ll be exciting to see the collection grow over the years.

Taking a vacation is a great way to relax and get away from it all. It’s even better when you have a way to recall all of the fun you had. These are ways to make your travels more memorable.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How the Kids at Collegiate Academy Made a Difference for Their School and the World

I'm a grandfather, and I have three grandkids, and although they're still a little too young to be onto grand adventures of changing the world, I have seen many young people do things that have made a difference for their school and, yes, even the world.

Let’s take, for instance, Collegiate Academy. This particular school is located in the Southern United States, and forty percent of the kids are from families with economic needs. That means that the school often has to work harder to raise the money that students in more affluent districts can fund raise from their parents and community. The students at Collegiate needed creative fundraising ideas. (For your FREE digital school fundraising and marketing books, click here.

The dynamic kids at this school were not going to be deterred. The students understood that they needed to be part of the solution for their academic and extra-curricular activities, as well as scholarship aid. Kids can be self-aware and resilient, and it's why you can never underestimate them.

They had big plans and wanted a unique fundraiser, and after some discussions with school faculty, they decided to do a shoe drive fundraiser. The students challenged their teachers and school clubs to each fill ten bags of gently worn, used and new shoes. (Click here for your FREE school fundraising and marketing books).

Once they started their fundraiser, it was an all-out effort to collect shoes. Everyone got involved, and one of the best ways they discovered to help spread the message was to promote the shoe drive fundraiser on Facebook. They also placed shoe collection containers outside of their homes, and they asked their parents and adults to gather shoes at places or work.

The Collegiate Academy students stuck to it and maintained their focus, which helped them promote school and team spirit. Everyone wanted to achieve the common goal of fundraising success. And, they managed to engage parents, families and the local community for support because no one had to donate money. All supporters had to do was give the gently worn, used and new shoes they no longer wanted or needed and that were taking up space in closets, storage, and homes.

When the school completed one the most successful school fundraisers, Funds2Orgs, the leading shoe drive fundraising company in North America with many creative fundraising ideas for success, and accredited by the Better Business Bureau, issued Collegiate Academy a check.

In addition to raising funds, the Collegiate Academy students helped make an impact on the lives of many around the world because the shoes were sent to micro-entrepreneurs (small business owners) in developing nations seeking an economic path out of poverty for themselves. Also, the footwear collected in the shoe drive fundraiser were re-purposed, which helped our planet, the environment, and health.

Next time you're thinking of a way to raise money, remember the students of Collegiate Academy. And, as my gift to you, click here to download your FREE school fundraising and marketing books just in time to make your back-to-school marketing and fundraising efforts a success.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Road trips are easier for souvenirs

If you are anything like me, you love buying souvenirs while on vacation. Sometimes you end up getting carried away. There are stores that are in Florida that aren't in Indiana, so sometimes I end up buying too much. Our last trip to Florida, we ended up bringing home four suitcases and four carry on bags. I am usually a very light packer. I had everything from clothes to kitchen stuff to picture frames. We also drove down with my mom so we had extra stuff from riding in the car. 

I prefer to go on a road trip when I know I will be shopping it's so much easier trying to get your goodies home. You also aren't limited to what you can bring. I went to Trader Joe's and bought some cheese and ended up getting my carry on searched. I had no idea why they were searching my bag. I had all kinds of random things. All I could think of is the episode of I Love Lucy when Lucy flies home with cheese and pretends it's her baby. 

 It was so hard to manage all of our carry on bags. Most of the bags had fragile things in them. I am still not sure how I got them all under two seats. I did end up breaking a frame I have had for a long time. It was something I left at my mom’s when we lived in Florida. I was able to glue it back together with wood glue. 

You also have to be careful about what kind of gifts you buy when you are going to fly. I learned recently that you can't have a snow globe in a carry on bag unless it's smaller than a tennis ball. You don't want to put it in your checked bag or it will break. I am not sure why I didn't think about the fact that there's liquid in it. Lots of people collect snow globes. It would be very sad if someone loves a snow globe and they tell you that you can't fly with it unless it's in your checked bag.  

When we landed, we had so much to carry I had to get a luggage cart to manage all of it. I am still not an octopus so I couldn't carry everything. I don't get them very often but for five dollars, I don't have to try and carry eight bags to the car. I was so worried my friend was going to be annoyed we had so much luggage, but wasn't. It was funny because I looked at my bank account later and saw a weird charge and I was trying to figure it out. I even searched it online. I finally realized it was the luggage cart from the airport.