Lesson of 2017

“If you have the money, the time and the health, go!”

This past year has been full of success and determination. I made an Airbnb account in January of this year and booked four different trips around Texas. (Click here to save $40 when you book your first Airbnb trip!)

I traveled around every two to three months and had the best company every time. Each trip was different but just as special.
I often get asked:

  • Why do you leave town so much?
  • How can you afford it?
  • Are you scared to go on your own?
  • How does your boyfriend feel about you leaving?

I simply say, “If I have the money, the time and the health, I’m going to go.”
You don’t even have to go far or stay for that long. Just go.

I save for months at a time, even working two jobs from time to time when I know I have a trip in mind. I budget and would rather my money go on a trip than material things.
If I have the dates off from work or find a three day weekend coming up, I take advantage of it.
I am a 25 year old woman who has yet to get married, does not have children or any major debt to hold her down. I am still young and healthy and before I settle down into marriage with a husband and maybe children or become the primary guardian for my aging parents, I need to do this now while I still can.

If your circumstances allow you to travel, go and don’t think twice.
There will be a time that you have the money and the time but your health has declined.
There may be a time you have the health and the time but you are too low on funds.
What if you have the funds and the health but you have no time?

When you have all three things lined up, just go!

– R. Vargas

Shulammite Spotlight

During this months Shulammite Spotlight, I would like to shine the light on A Girl & Her Van.

Alex & Talkeetna roam around in her loyal VW and have the idea that a life lived passionately is better than any paycheck. 
I am currently obsessed with her blog and Instagram account and I’m sure you will be too!

Random fact time: I have wanted to save money for an Airstream/RV since I was a little girl to travel around and enjoy the simple life.
Needless to say this video encouraged me to keep on saving in hopes of someday having one of my own.

I’ll be going out of town this week on a road trip with my best friend Chelsea where we will be staying in the Airbnb of my dreams so stay tuned!


– R. Vargas

Road Trip Essentials:

When it comes to packing for a trip, I’m a bit of a procrastinator.
All I care about taking on a road trip are books, journals, and my camera.
I felt I should be a little more prepared on this trip though so I looked at a few blogs to help me keep track of what I need to pack with me in my carry on bag.

Thanks to these helpful blogs:

Daily Hailey 
Pop Sugar
Hot Beauty Health

I now have my Road Trip Essentials:

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  • Books
  • Book Light
  • Extra Pair of Glasses
  • Hygiene Bag
  • Make Up Bag
  • iPod+Charger
  • Camera+Charger
  • Charger Backup
  • Journals+Pens
  • Planner
  • Ziploc Bag for misc.
  • Passport
  • Coin Purse
  • Watch
  • Wallet

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Inside my hygiene bag:

  • Deodorant
  • Aromatherapy Oil
  • Face Creme
  • Body Scrubber
  • Sanitizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Gum
  • Q-Tips

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Inside my make up bag:

  • Lip Balm
  • Soft Matte Lip Cream
  • Pills
  • More Face Creme
  • Bobby Pins
  • Mirror
  • Cleaning Cloth for my glasses

I still have to pack my actual suitcase but I feel a little more at ease now that I have my Road Trip Essentials packed and ready to go!


-R. Vargas