Exploring Joint Base Elmendorf – Richardson

So, you’ve got your PCS (Permanent Change of Station) orders, and you’re headed to the breathtaking landscapes of Alaska! More precisely, you’ll be calling Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) your new home. Nestled between mountains and surrounded by natural beauty, JBER offers an exciting chapter for military families. Here’s your handy guide to exploring the towns, attractions, and features of this uniquely stunning area. Getting There: Airports Near JBER Your journey to JBER will likely bring you through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, just about a 20-minute drive from the base. It’s the main gateway to Alaska and well-connected with several major U.S. cities, making your PCS move a bit smoother. From the airport, you can either grab a taxi, rent a car, or arrange a base shuttle (if available) to get to JBER. Exploring Local Towns 1. Anchorage – Just a stone’s throw from the base, Anchorage is not only […]

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How to travel with pets overseas

Traveling with pets overseas requires careful planning and adherence to various regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of your pet and compliance with the destination country’s requirements. Here are the general steps you should follow: 1. Research Requirements: Research the specific requirements and regulations for bringing pets into your destination country. This can include vaccination requirements, microchipping, health certificates, and quarantine regulations. 2. Visit the Veterinarian: Schedule a visit to your veterinarian well in advance of your travel date. Your vet can provide necessary vaccinations, health certificates, and any other documentation required by the destination country. Some countries require specific vaccinations or treatments that need to be administered within a certain timeframe before travel. 3. Microchipping: Ensure your pet has a microchip implanted if it’s not already done. Many countries require pets to be microchipped for identification purposes. 4. Pet Carrier: Purchase an airline-approved pet carrier that meets the […]

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Must-Know Acronyms for Military Relocations

When dealing with military relocations, understanding the various acronyms used in the process can be crucial. Here are some must-know acronyms related to military relocations: PCS: Permanent Change of Station – This refers to the official relocation of a military member and their family to a new duty station. TDY: Temporary Duty – A short-term assignment away from a military member’s permanent duty station. CONUS: Continental United States – Refers to locations within the contiguous 48 states. OCONUS: Outside Continental United States – Refers to locations outside the contiguous 48 states, including overseas assignments. BAH: Basic Allowance for Housing – A monetary allowance provided to military members to cover housing costs when government housing is not available. POV: Personally Owned Vehicle – A military member’s private vehicle. TMO: Transportation Management Office – The office responsible for coordinating the transportation of household goods and personal effects during a relocation. HHG: Household […]

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Making Successful Moves with Pets

I volunteer at an animal shelter and a frequent reason for owners surrendering their animals is they are moving, and they feel it is too difficult to take their pets.  We always took our pets with us when we moved, so I needed help understanding the problem. So, I asked a group of military wives to assist me to determine if a “How To” article would help or if moving is an excuse to not have a pet. Most thought it was an excuse, but there were some valid points made for not taking pets on a move.  Below I provide I tips on how to move with an animal.  I would like to extend a thank you to the Kings Bay Military Wives Group on Facebook for helping me with this article.  We have made many moves with pets, so I thought I would share how we did it. […]

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Military Travel Discounts

A growing number of businesses in the travel industry honor U.S. service women and men by providing them with some pretty outstanding military travel discounts. What is presented here is only a sampling of what currently is available from some of the major players in the travel industry when it comes to discounters for military service personnel. Keep in mind that oftentimes these companies not only have discounts for military service women and men currently on active duty but they also have programs for vets as well. *This post may contain affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here. Thanks for supporting us! Sandals Sandals is a travel industry leader when it comes to all-inclusive travel packages. Sandals resorts are located at luxurious tropical destinations. At this time, Sandals is […]

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The Best Hotels for Military Families with Pets

We just completed our 9 day (turned 10 day) cross country move from Georgia to Washington.  There was a lot of prep work and a lot of lessons learned along the way. For the most part, our hotels were great and one was, well…not the best! However, everywhere we stayed accommodated dogs for a reasonable price with some preparation beforehand. *This post may contain affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here. Thanks for supporting us! Making Cross Country Travel Plans If you read any of my social media posts about our crazy cross country trip, you will know that we had quite the adventure. On day 3 of our adventure, we had to spend an extra night in Texas, and I spent 2 hours calling 6 hotels and rescheduling […]

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Businesses You Can Run Successfully While Traveling

You may be at a juncture in your life at which you would like to travel a bit more than you’ve been able to do historically.  This desire may be coupled with the fact that you’re also interested in working for yourself.  With the advent of these two desires, you want to identify a business that you can successfully pursue while traveling. Through the list of possible businesses you can run online, you may find something that you think is perfect for you.  On the other hand, this list of potential business options may actually provide you food for thought from which you may be able to come up with your own business idea that is ideal for a person who is traveling. *This post may contain affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see […]

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The Best Tips for Military Families at Disney

Disney World is one of the most magical places on Earth. From the smells, the treats, the rides, the characters, and the smiling and friendly staff, Disney is a favorite vacation location for us. Want to know how we did Disney in a week for less than $2,500 for a family of 4 (at the time it was 3 adults, both parents, a grandparent, and 1 child)? I will share my budget and tips for how we made amazing memories in the happiest place on earth! We love Disney so much, my daughter and I have been 4x in the last two years with a combination of different family members and friends. *This post may contain affiliate links – if you purchase something from this post, I receive a small commission with NO extra cost to you. To see my full disclosure click here. Thanks for supporting us! Buy Military […]

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Tips When Traveling With Your Infant

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own. If you have questions about my full disclosure, click here. When I was 19, I traveled to Spain with my family for a family vacation.  The first leg was with my step-mother and two-year-old sister from Atlanta to England.  When we went to de-board the plane, my sister fell out right there in the aisle – full out wailing, and complete humiliation for me! My stepmother walked right off the plane. And there I was. Like a cat herder – railing it in. If that is not natural birth control, I don’t know what is. I vowed that I would do everything I could to have a plan with my own children. Yes, I know you are laughing because plans usually go out the window […]

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Why It’s Absolutely Fine to Stalk Your Movers

Why I Stalk the Government Movers There are opposing views to this idea, and that is okay! Some feel the need to stay out of the movers way and let them do their job.  But the other group feel compelled to be more “involved,” and that is perfectly okay.  After all, the stuff in your home is your stuff – everything you have worked for or been gifted.  You are placing that in someone else’s hands. Let me give you some examples: When we filed an insurance claim after a hurricane hit our home – I made sure my roofer and I were there to ensure that he saw everything.  When my father was having his house built, he went every week to see the work site.  As a teacher, I welcomed parents in to see my method of teaching – it is their child. There is oversight in many […]

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