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About the Author

I'm a recent Clemson engineering grad (go tigers!) and have been traveling for as long as I can remember. I've always loved exploring new places and meeting new people. I started travel blogging to be able to do more of what I love, and get to share it with the world!

Mother-Daughter Date Night Cooking Class Review

By Hayley Braun | Uncategorized

If you're looking for a unique date-night experience, I'd highly recommend checking out a cooking class. It's a great way to learn some new skills, have a fun night out, and get a taste of different cultures without even leaving your hometown.

This is my review of our experience at Wynton's World Cooking School near Raleigh, NC.

A Mother-Daughter Date Night

For my mom’s 50th birthday, I wanted to make sure I planned something extra special. I looked into planning a weekend away, but it wasn’t practical with my work schedule (or budget). 

Then, I thought of the perfect mother daughter date idea:  a date-night cooking class, just like we had done in Peru

I searched all over the internet to find the perfect class. That's when I came across Wynton's World Cooking School. The menu sounded amazing, and the reviews were promising, so I decided to give it a shot!

When we met for our mother daughter date night, we were greeted by Chef Wynton himself. We were the first “couple” there, and I still wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. We sat down, uncorked our bottle of wine, and waited for the class to begin.

Our Wynton's World Cooking Class

Our entire time at Wynton's World was amazing from beginning to end. I'd love to do it again! Here's a little more about our experience:

Wynton's World Cooking School kitchen before the class

This was the set up when we entered Wynton's kitchen. It was a small and intimate atmosphere with only 8 of us, but we still had plenty of room to move around.  Wynton started off by telling us about the menu and how we should expect the class to go. We moved back and forth between the kitchen and the dining room with each course. This gave us time to socialize with the others in our class. 

For the first cooking session, each couple was assigned a specific prepping task. Wynton explained each task to the entire group, and then we broke off into individual couples. My mom and I started off by prepping the pasta dough. The instructions were also on the sheet in front of us, and Wynton was helpful in guiding us through the details.

For the first course, we had a fresh bruschetta that the couple next to us had made during the prep time. Wynton and his team made the transition from kitchen to table seamless. It was incredible how simple it was, but still so delicious! 

We got back into the kitchen, and began prepping the next course. After getting to know our classmates better and with a little wine in our systems, the whole class was having a great time. We laughed and teased each other about our lack of cooking skills, and placed bets on whose dish Wynton would need to re-do.  

 When it came to the pasta making part of the class, we were excited to see each couple got to make their own ravioli. It turned out great (despite our lack of cooking skills), and the best part is, we found the same ravioli cutter on Amazon to try at home! Who knew pasta making was SO easy?!  

After an amazing butternut squash stuffed ravioli, we were back to cooking for the last time. I sautéed the mushrooms, and then my mom started cooking the chicken. That's when Wynton surprised us with the grand finale: a flambéed chicken marsala! Again, it was both delicious and fun to make.  

Final Thoughts & Review

Overall, my mom and I had an incredible date night together. I would love to go back! I think it's the perfect experience to share with a loved one for any special occasion.

Whether you're with your best friend, spouse, mom, dad, sibling, or grandparent, you'll both enjoy the laid back and fun atmosphere in Wynton's World Cooking School.

Personally, I loved the way that Wynton highlighted Italian culture while teaching us about Italian cuisine. He explained the origins of the different foods, and the dining culture of Italians.

We later found out Wynton spends many weeks a year taking tour groups to different countries and has learned all of this first-hand. He has tours all over the world, everywhere from Argentina, to Japan, to New York City and more. We love to travel (obviously), so hearing Wynton's stories was an especially cool experience for us.

If you're looking for a fun mother-daughter or date-night idea, I'd highly recommend trying out a cooking class!


See how to use the Splitwise app for sharing travel costs with friends.

The #1 App You Need for Traveling with Friends

By Hayley Braun | Travel Tips

Love traveling with friends, but hate when the time comes to split the bill?  Try using Splitwise!

Splitwise is one of the best non-travel apps that I have ever downloaded for travel.  It's a simple, but super powerful way to track shared expenses on vacation.  No more worrying about the awkward "who owes who" conversation!

What is Splitwise?

Splitwise is a free tool for easily tracking expenses, and keeping all of your shared bills in one place.  When it's time to pay each other back, Splitwise will calculate the "IOU" amount for you!  

The app can be accessed through an iPhone, Android, or the web.

Splitwise can be accessed from a phone application or via the web.

Splitwise accessed on the web

Splitwise for Travel Expenses

I got Splitwise to share expenses between my roommates, but it didn't take me long to realize how useful it is for travel.  Here's just a few of the many times where it can help you out when traveling in a group:

  • Splitting the bill at a restaurant. It's pretty uncommon outside of the U.S. to find a restaurant that'll split your table's tab four ways. 
  • Dividing up gas or other transportation costs (taxis, Ubers, etc). 
  • Shared hotel or accommodation costs.  (BONUS TIP:  Check out Splitwise's Travel "Fairness Calculator" to decide how to split costs when each person has a different # of nights stay.)
  • Groceries and other supplies (paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper, etc) if you're staying in a rented home. 
  • Shared alcohol. Bring on the beer buckets! But really, a shared bottle of wine to watch the sunset is a must. 
  • Buying tickets in a group. This way you can get seats together at all the best events, and make the whole ticket-buying process easier. 
  • Loaning money. Maybe this is just me, but in Europe we would "spot each-other 10 euros" all the time when there were no ATMs around. 
  • ...and more!

How to Use Splitwise

1.  Download the Splitwise App

Download the Splitwise app on iOS, Android, or visit the website here.  

Get set up by creating a group, and inviting your travel companions to join Splitwise. 

Some basic menu options in the Splitwise app are shown below:

The main menu on Splitwise and how to use some of the app features.

2.  Start adding your expenses

To add a new bill or expense, click "plus" icon in the bottom middle of the screen.

On the next screen (shown below), you can add your bill.

How to switch the currency and payment type using the Splitwise app.

Two of my favorite things that you can do when adding a new bill in Splitwise:

  • Switch the currency type.  This is SUPER helpful to keep track when the currency owed keeps changing. (For example: when you pay for a hostel with a credit card in U.S. Dollars, then use the local currency at dinner or a market).
  • Decide how a cost should be split among the group.  With this feature, you can choose to split a bill with just 3 of 4 people, or specify if one person owes less than the others. (You know, for your one friend who swears they didn't have a bite of the appetizer)

3.  "Settle Up" with cash or Venmo

How to Settle Up using the Splitwise App.

When it comes time to pay each other back, find the "Settle Up" button.

The "Settle Up" screen will then give you the option to either record a cash payment to clear your debts, or send a payment via Venmo.  Easy as that!

Favorite Feature:  Simplify Debts

One of the options when using Splitwise is the debt simplifications, or "Simplify Debts" feature (found under Advanced Settings).  This feature was implemented to reduce redundant payments, and can really simplify your pay-back train in bigger groups.

For example, if I owe my dad $5, and he owes my brother $5, I would just pay the $5 debt directly to my brother.  Just another way that this app leaves less time worrying about finances, and more time enjoying your trip!

What are your other must-have apps for traveling with friends? 

Carnival Cruise Drink Packages: Are they worth the money?

By Hayley Braun | Travel Tips

Now that I'm over 21, my mom and I have a big decision when we cruise as a family: do we get the drink package?!

Every cruise line is different, and every group of travelers is different, so the answer is it depends. We broke down the Carnival Cruise drink package so you can decide if it's the right fit for you!

What is the Drink Package on Carnival Cruise Lines?

  • CHEERS! is Carnival's main all-inclusive beverage program.
  • This program includes both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (up to 15 per day) for a flat rate. The pricing is on a per person, per day basis. Check out our Quick Pricing Calculator below!
  • The program is for guests 21+ years of age.
  • There's also an unlimited soda program (Bottomless Bubbles) if you aren't interested in alcoholic drinks.

REMEMBER:

If you decide to purchase the drink program, be aware that anyone age 21+ staying in the same stateroom will be required to purchase the program as well (no exceptions).

Quick Pricing Calculator

What's included in the "CHEERS!" drink package?

Here's a summarized list of all of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included in the drink package:

  • All spirits, including cocktails (with a $20 USD or lower menu price per serving)
  • All beer, wine, and champagne by the glass (with a $20 USD or lower menu price per serving)
  • 25% off the menu price for any spirit, cocktail or wine by the glass, costing above $20 USD per serving
  • 25% off the menu price for wine and champagne by the bottle
  • Sodas, virgin cocktails or smoothies, milkshakes, and juices
  • Specialty coffees (regular coffee is available for free at the buffet)
  • Other non-alcoholic bottled drinks and water bottles
  • Additionally, 25% off beverage seminars and classes

    This is a condensed and summarized list based on Carnival's CHEERS! Beverage Program FAQ. Double check their website for more inclusions and restrictions before making a final choice!

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    More Important Info

    A beer bucket on the last Carnival Cruise we went on as a family.

    One of the reasons we chose not to get the Carnival drink package:  My dad and I LOVE an ice cold beer bucket, but you are not able to order it on the drink package due to the 1-drink-at-a-time limit. 

    • Remember, you must be 21+ for the Carnival Cruise drink package, and everyone staying in the same stateroom must purchase the drink package if one of you does.
    • There's no day-by-day option, so you must purchase the package for the entire duration of the cruise.
    • The package is non-transferable and sharing is not permitted.  You can only order 1 drink at a time.
    • You're allowed up to 15 alcoholic drinks per 24 hour period.

    FYI - Other Restrictions

    • The drink package is only for on-board purchases.
    • Cruises leaving from New York and Texas have different laws - check Carnival's website for more info!
    • 2 day cruises, charter cruises, and Carnival cruises from Australia do not have the option for a drink package.

    So... Is Carnival's drink package WORTH IT?

    At first glance, the Carnival Cruise drink package definitely seems like it's worth the money. However, it depends on the people in your party, and how much you plan on drinking each day!

    At first glance:  See the math

    The problem with the drink package is, this equation only makes sense if you're drinking that much EVERY day of the cruise, and only accounting for drinking ON BOARD the ship.

    WE KNOW YOU'RE AMBITIOUS, BUT...

    If you have a lot of excursion days, you may not be day-drinking nearly as much as you think.

    Also, a lot of ports have bars on-shore that you might choose to hang out at instead of drinking on the ship.

    Lastly, if you're drinking the max 15 alcoholic drinks a day, then trust me- you'll want to account for a hangover day too.

    After 1 "Missed Day":  See the math

    As you can see, the second you aren't drinking at "max capacity" for the entire duration of your cruise, this equation flips upside-down fast! This is why we typically chose NOT to purchase the drink package as a family. But again, it totally depends on your party's situation!

    THE VERDICT:  The drink package is usually not worth it when cruising as a family. 

    • If you still think you can drink $50 worth of alcohol, for 7 days straight, not including what you'll drink off the ship and not accounting for time spent at excursions... then the drink package might be for you!  Also, remember, this has to apply to everyone age 21+ that is staying in the same room as you.
    • We spend most port days enjoying the bars on-land, which are not included in the drink package.
    • No matter how determined I am to get the 15 drinks/day max value... there's always at least one hangover that gets in the way of that.
    • Beer buckets, full wine/champagne bottles, large fish-bowl cocktails, and other fun-to-share drinks are not included in the package (because it exceeds 1 drink at a time).
    • When cruising with friends and family, even if you would get value out of the package alone, it may not always make sense financially for the rest of the group. 

    Bringing your Dog on a Road Trip? Here’s Everything you Need to Know!

    By Hayley Braun | Travel Tips

    As anyone with a pet knows, your dog is a part of the family. And when it comes to travel with family, your dog might even be the most tolerable family-member to road trip with!

    So, here's everything you need to know 
    for your next road trip with your dog - from what to pack all the way to where to stop, we got you covered!

    Pack your pup's road trip essentials

    THE BASICS

    • Water bowl & your dog's regular food
    • Any medications
    • Leash, and collar with tags
    • Poop bags
    • Grooming supplies and a towel
    • Crate/Kennel, dog bed, or blankets
    • Favorite Toy
    • TREATS!

    JUST IN CASE

    • Keep a dog first aid kit, and download Red Cross's Pet First Aid app
    • A recent photo of your dog  (and if you're like me, you already have hundreds of these)
    • Vaccination Records
    • List of nearby Vet Clinics (or access to Google!)

    OTHER TIPS & TRICKS

    • For a lot of the "Just in Case" or other Emergency items, I have documentation saved in my Google Drive. That way no matter what, I can access my pet's (or my own) vaccination records from anywhere if needed!
    • Download a few more pet-friendly apps to help you along the way.
    • Try a less-smelly treat for the car to keep BOTH of you happy. Maggy loves these dental chews.
    • Lastly, get your dog their own "suitcase" to keep treats and supplies organized. A lot of these also come with portable food & water bowls!

    Make sure your dog is comfy & safe

    Even though, let's be honest, they can get comfy ANYWHERE.

    • Always use a pet seat belt
    • This is great for keeping your pup safely restrained while riding windows down! It'll also keep them from trying to jump in the driver's seat with you (as Maggy loves to do).
    • Don't let your dog roam around. It's safer for them and the driver!
    • Consider keeping your pet in their crate for the drive. A lot of pets even sleep better in a crate, and consider it a safe place.
    • Put a dog bed or blanket over the seat so they're cozy
    • Or, do it all with a "car seat"!

    We just got this for road trips with Maggy, and it's incredible. My other (dog) friend Bogey rides around in one and loves it, so we had to try.

    This dog "car seat", or dog hammock will keep your dog from roaming around, and even comes with a pet seat belt! It'll also keep your seats clean for your less-furry, human friends.

    You can find a ton of these on Amazon. We use the one pictured here, and it's been great!

    What if my pet gets anxious or car sick?

    (If you're lucky enough to have a dog that jumps at the opportunity to "GO FOR RIDE?" then you can skip this section!)

    This is super common in dogs, and nothing to be worried about! Our dog Polly used to get car sick on every road trip. A lot of puppies grow out of this, but if your adult dog gets motion sick, it's usually due to anxiety.

    Luckily, there's a few ways you can help:

    • Try not to feed them for a few hours before you leave.
    • Take your dog on a lot of short rides before attempting a road longer road trip. Also drive your dog to places that are fun for them, not just the vet! Dogs that only associate "car = vet" may get stressed or anxious easily on road trips.
    • Keep a cool and calm environment in the car.
    • Check out this article from VCA Hospitals for other signs your pet may be getting anxious, and how to help them!
    • If nothing else works, try medication.
      • A lot of human nausea meds actually work for dogs too. Talk to your vet to discuss what options may be best!

    Where to stop along the way

    • Keep an eye out for rest areas with a dog park. This is becoming more and more common, and you and your dog can both get a much-needed break from the car.
    • Check out BringFido.com for everywhere you can bring your dog. They have lists of hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, and tons of other dog friendly places! This is a great app to have on your phone as well.

    Good Luck, and Happy Road Tripping!

    We'd love to see your own road trip pictures with your dog - because who doesn't love cute puppy pics? Drop them in the comments below, and let us know if you have any more tips for planning a road trip with your dog!

    Planning your first Cross Country Road Trip

    By Hayley Braun | Travel Tips

    "I want to road trip across the country with my best friend."

    It's a guaranteed find on any good bucket list. Luckily, I was able to check "Cross Country Road Trip" off before I even turned 22!

    While a cross country road trip isn't the easiest or most relaxing vacation, it's something I think everyone should do. Before embarking on your first cross country road trip, read below for a few tips & advice I learned along the way!

    PLAN YOUR TRIP

    Pick the Perfect Route

    There are a few things you need to figure out before you set out on a Cross Country Road Trip. Most importantly, where are you going, and how will you get there? Here are a couple of questions to get you started:

    • How long is your ideal road trip? 
    • What's your budget?
    • Who are you be traveling with?
    • What do you hope to get out of this road-trip?
    • Where will you be sleeping every night?
    • North to South? East to West? One-way, or round trip?


    When we started planning our trip, this step was easy. Maddy had a job in California with a car there for the summer, so I would fly to meet her for the drive back. The catch? We only had 6 days before classes started in Clemson. Oh, and my 21st birthday was on Day 1.

    Choose your stops, and choose them wisely!

    Once you have the beginning and end of your journey set, it's time to decide what to do along the way.

    Our cross country road trip route.

    In general, it takes around 35 hours to get from Los Angeles, California to Clemson, South Carolina. This is assuming you don't stop to eat, sleep, breathe, or spend a night in Vegas. Obviously, it wouldn't have been a very good 21st birthday road trip if we skipped the Vegas stop! So, I went to Google Maps, and plugged in our 3 known destinations: Los Angeles, Vegas, and Clemson.

    I found that the best way to plan our stops was:

    • 1
      Use Google Maps to find the general route from your first to last stop. Include any must-see destinations along the way
    • 2
      Start adding stops along the way.
    • 3
      Look for interesting cities already along your route.  And keep in mind, on a 40+ hour drive, even a few hours away might be "along the route".  You can also save money by planning to stay with friends & family along the way!
    • 5
      Decide how many hours you're willing to drive each day (we stuck to 6-10 hours with two drivers). This will help you figure out if your trip fits within your ideal number-of-days.
    • 6
      Add or remove stops as necessary until you've perfected your route.
    • 7
      Leave room for mistakes, and unexpected adventures!

    And just like that, Maddy and I had the perfect 21st birthday Cross Country Road Trip planned. I flew to Los Angeles, and after a quick visit we headed back to the East Coast.

    PACK & PREPARE

    Pack like it's your job

    ....because it'll start to feel like your job after you re-do it for the fifth time that week.

    I'm not gonna lie, hotel-hopping every single night doesn't make for the most relaxing vacation. BUT, if you pack well and keep things organized (I always use the packing cubes below), it'll make your life so much easier!

    Must Have: Packing Cubes

    Packing cubes are a necessity for any multi-stop trip. I got a set of these a few years ago, and they have totally changed the game for the way I pack.

    • If you have a specific outfit you're saving for a certain day on your trip (ex. black dress for Vegas, country outfit in Nashville) this is a great way to keep it separated and out of the way of your everyday items.
    • If you're using a "shell" style suitcase or backpack, these cubes are also perfect to keep items in the middle section contained!
    • In general, on longer trips where you're packing and unpacking often, staying organized will save you a ton of time!

    Getting in and out of hotels each night with two full size suitcases, all of Maddy's belonging's from the summer (including a cat) was a near extreme sport. One idea is to separate out the things you'll use every night into a more accessible bag.

    That way on that days you arrive somewhere too exhausted to do anything but order a pizza, you'll have your pj's & toothbrush ready (without unpacking the whole car, again).

    Prepare for a long week of travel!

    While sitting in the car for hours everyday is part of the fun, it also can get boring. Here are a few tips to prepare for your time livin' life on the road:

    • Start a Cross Country Road Trip playlist.  We started the week off with some awesome playlists, but I think by the end of 41 hours, we probably listened to every Spotify playlist ever created.
    • Research some good podcasts to listen to.  We listened to the whole second season of the Serial podcast and loved it! Podcasts really help the time fly by.
    • Pack healthy, filling snacks! (And some road trip junk food, of course).  Stocking up in advance will save you time on stops later.  Packing more filling snacks (granola bars, trail mix, beef jerky) can make a great breakfast on-the-go, which also saves you more time and money.
      • If you do happen to be looking for beef jerky on the way from L.A. to Vegas... check out this alien beef jerky store we found (thanks, Erika!).

    PEDAL TO THE METAL

    On the road with our CATlas!

    Once you've planned, packed, and prepare, you're ready for your Cross Country road-trip! There's just a couple more things to remember:

    • Be flexible, and have a back-up plan.  The reality is, no matter how much time you put into planning your road trip, things are bound to change. Whether that's because of traffic, or because an unexpected night out has you attempting a 12 hour drive on 2 hours of sleep, be ready to be flexible!
    • Keep a physical map in the car with you.  I know this is a foreign concept for my generation, but trust me, there's some part of the country that are WAY out there. (Like, giant-ball-of-yarn on the side of the highway out there). You don't want to end up stuck with no GPS signal and no clue where you're heading!
    • Always have your travel agent (read as: my mom) on speed dial.  It's great to have someone with access to a full size computer when you need last-minute bookings or recommendations and can't browse from your phone.
    • Find a way to document your trip. Trust me, even a year later I am so happy to have our videos to look back at! You can also collect ticket stubs and small souvenirs along your way. Check out our trip video below.

    6 days, 11 states, and 41 hours of driving-- summarized in 1 minute! Learn how to make your own with my step-by-step guide to Creating Simple Travel Videos Using 1SE.

    Have fun, and try not to kill each other!

    For as long as I can remember, my parents have told me "always go on a road trip with the person you're going to marry." I guess if my mom & dad could tolerate each-other for 12 hours straight, that was a good indication they could do it another 25 years? (happy almost-25th anniversary, btw!)

    In that case, after 41 hours together, Maddy and I passed the marriage test!

    READ MORE:   My Bucket List Road Trips

    Creating Simple Travel Videos using 1SE

    By Hayley Braun | Travel Tips

    People are always asking me, "What app do you use make those videos?!"

    And today, I want to share my trick for creating simple, yet impressive travel videos - all using the 1SE application, or 1 Second Everyday.

    As you may already know, we are not the typical "travel bloggers". I work a regular 9-5 desk job, and travel with an above-average camera at best. I use very basic editing tools for my videos, and put relatively little time into making them. Honestly, it's nothing a 12 year old with a cell phone (or my mom) can't do!

    So long story short, I don't have any fancy camera equipment.

    Here's everything you need to know to create your first 1SE Video:

    Step 1:  Download the App

    Download the free 1 Second Everyday app (available on iOS and Android). If you like it, I recommend upgrading to Premium!

    Step 2:  Getting Started

    • Click the orange plus sign in the bottom right hand corner to start a new project.
    • Name your project, and choose whether you want to create using "timeline" or "freestyle".
      • My advice is based off of using "freestyle", which I think is a more unique way to use the app
    Step 1 in Creating a Simple Travel Video using 1SE

    The 1 Second Everyday application's start screen says it best- Record Less, Live More! Using this method to make travel videos is my favorite because it allows me to do just that.

    Hayley's 1SE Tips:  Timeline vs. Freestyle

    "Timeline" style videos are the typical way that 1SE is used. There's a calendar layout for video organization, making it a great option to document longer trips. In this set up, your video actually does consist of one second every day.


    On the other hand, I've always used the "Freestyle" option to document my travel. This allows you to place any number of one-second clips in any order. The extra flexibility is great since my trips usually don't last more than a week!


    Generally, "timeline" = more travel days, and "freestyle" = less.

    Step 3:  Choosing your clips 

    Step 3 in Creating a Simple Travel Video using 1SE
    • Click the large orange rectangle with the plus to add your first video (and all videos after). 
    Step 1 in Creating a Simple Travel Video using 1SE
    • Next, choose a video from your library. As you can see, I take 5-10 quick videos for every one I'l end up using.
    • Finally, choose your one second! Luckily, this is the trickiest part of the app. Using the orange slider, you can choose the best 1 Second to use.
    • Continue picking clips until you're happy with your video!
      • When I'm traveling, I use down time (in airports, on buses, etc.) to add videos of my days so far to the app. This makes them easier to go through, and less overwhelming at the end of your trip!

    Hayley's 1SE Tips:  Having trouble getting started?

    Check out 1SE's help page for a lot more great resources on how to select a second! They also have a ton of video-making inspiration on the main website.

    Step 4: Finishing your video

    • Once you've picked out your videos, click on each clip to add dates and locations. Sometimes I save this step until the very end so I can copy and paste the locations!
    • Once you're done, save or download your video from the app.
    • After downloading my 1SE Video, I'll remove the background noise, and overlay a fun travel song. Warning; this is a huge pain to do if you have to change anything. But, there's great news! 1SE has recently released a Pro Version that allows you to do all of this within the application.
    • Share, share, share! I have used Vimeo for publishing all of my personal travel videos.

    The Final Product

    Here's one of my favorite travel videos I've put together. On this trip, my mom joined me for a week in Spain, then I traveled around Portugal myself the week after.

    Like most travel videos I've made, it's only about a minute long, but packed with 2 weeks and 9 cities worth of adventures!

    Good luck, enjoy, & happy video making!
    SHARE your videos in the comments below. I'd love to see them!

    Hayley's 1SE Tips:  Extra Tips & Tricks

    • Use a variety of video types and angles. A couple I always like to include:
      • Views and scenery
      • Up close shots, especially where food is involved
      • A mix of group shots and solo shots
      • Fun takes!
        • I'm always forcing my family and friends to jump in the videos and have fun with it when we're traveling. Even when it's a little annoying in the moment, they've loved getting to see the end result!
      • Different swinging and scrolling angles (this ones hard to explain, watch my video above to see!)
      • Inside jokes and memories - while I keep most of my videos stuff I want to share, I always like to throw in a few things just for myself to look back and laugh about.
    • If you use a combination of videos and pictures, try to alternate and space the photos out.
    • Lastly, HAVE FUN WITH IT! There's always something you can do to switch it up. For example:
      • In my Cross Country Road Trip video, we made it a goal to get a video passing every single State Line sign. We also used the # of states we'd driven through so far as the "location".
      • For the end of my Spain & Portugal video, I surprised my parents with handwritten notes! Check out the video above.
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