How To Make Travel A Priority and Tips For Solving The Time & Money Roadblocks


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By Ryan VanDenabeele, Caribbean Bloggers RumShopRyan, and Castaway Crystal. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
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We see a lot of comments on Facebook and Instagram from people saying things like, “OH, I wish get to X” or “I wish I had the money to do this.” or “You guys are so lucky!” We see comments like this as self imposed roadblocks to these rewarding travel experiences. 1. We are not lucky, this is a lot of hard work and we chose to make Caribbean travel a priority, that’s why the whole RumShopRyan/Caribbean Castaway thing was born. 2. Stop wishing and #JustGo! We understand that money and time are the biggest factors when it comes to pulling the trigger on a trip. You just have to fix those and change your mind frame to make travel a priority and we are going to give you some tips on how to do that.
Tips for Making Travel a Priority
#1 Figure Out Your Motivation
#2 Make Your Savings Automatic. Instead of having to rely on your willpower to save, make it automatic by setting up a direct deposit every month into a traveling savings account.Best apps for saving money
#3 Weigh The True Cost Of Things #4 Make Your Credit Cards Work For You.
#5 Get A Weekend Job or Side Hustle
#6 Turn Everything Into A Mind Game. Would I rather go out to dinner with my husband tonight or in six weeks when we’re in The Bahamas? Would you rather go to the bar on Friday night, or enjoy a drink in Old San Juan next month? Play those mind games and you’ll see your travel become a priority.
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Hi! We are Ryan (RumShopRyan) and Crystal (Castaway Crystal), we document, photograph, and film the best the Caribbean has to offer. Whether it’s stunning beaches, relaxing hotels, friendly restaurants, or soggy beach bars…we want to share it and inspire others to explore the islands.
Who Is RumShopRyan:Howdy! I’m Ryan and I hail from the land-locked, can’t get any further from the ocean, state of Kansas. I moved to laid back southwest Florida in 2001. I didn’t know a single person and didn’t have a job. Risky I know, but the ocean was calling and I had to answer.
I’m a huge fan of Kansas City sports, so you’ll probably see a lot of Jayhawks, Chiefs and Royals attire in my photos. Kansas City is a great town and I’m glad I’m from there, but the coastal life was calling. It’s kind of like Kenny Chesney’s “island boy” song. Check out the lyrics and you’ll see what I mean.
I write because I’m passionate about the Caribbean and the island lifestyle, and it’s my way to share it with you. If it has anything to do with the Caribbean, rum drinks, beach style music, or Caribbean culture, you’ll be able to find it on this site.
When in the Caribbean you’ll find a camera around my neck and note pad in my pocket. This is how I document the experiences in unique and interesting ways and bring it back to you, the Castaways.
Who is Castaway Crystal: I was raised in Southwest Florida so it’s no surprise that I have a love for beaches, water and nature. As a child, most weekends were spent fishing in the warm gulf waters on the family boat. As an adult, most weekends are spent soaking up the sun on Ft. Myers Beach. Even though I have always loved the coastal life, I don’t think I fully appreciated it until I moved to Nashville, TN. I’m all about experiencing new things, and as a Licensed Massage Therapist I thought it would be amazing to massage some of Nashville’s biggest stars (a girl can dream right?). But I missed the sun and sand too much—and let’s not forget the rum runners! After a year I couldn’t take it anymore, this sun bunny moved back to her coast of somewhere beautiful.
I’ve always been passionate about photography and writing but my passions never really had a purpose until I met Ryan. I couldn’t be happier being Ryan’s first mate and sharing my photos and stories with you. May they inspire you to go after your tropical dreams and wishes. Make a plan…Set a date…Just go!

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