The Trip Jar ~ #FargotoSaratoga

Tomorrow’s the big day! This Saratoga-bound woman kicks off the first leg of her journey with her trusty partner in crime – my lovely mother. I’m so thrilled right now that I would compare myself to a minion headed to Villian-Con. Those of you who’ve seen the new movie Minions will understand that reference and have a pretty good idea of how I’m feeling. For those of you who have not, I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a good dose of cute and hilarious.

Anyways, I digress. Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I have done quite a bit of traveling this year. I spent five months in Texas interning with the American Quarter Horse Association. To return home, my mother and I road tripped through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota before we landed at our final destination – home. Along the way, I blogged about my travels, the people we met, sights we saw and what I thought of it all.

I’m going to do the same as I adventure out east to Saratoga Springs, where I will be working as an intern at The Saratoga Special, a newspaper that covers the races of the Saratoga race meet.

You may have previously noticed that my travel blogs are categorized as “The Trip Jar”. There’s a story behind this – not a long one but a meaningful one.

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My mom and I enjoying our trip to Costa Rica in 2014 — an inspiration for the trip jar.

My mother and I are very close and we enjoy traveling together. We also happen to be fans of good chick flicks, one of these being the movie Monte Carlo, starring Selena Gomez. It’s the perfect movie for women out there who love adventure, travel, good friends and hot foreign guys. No matter how many times I watch this movie, it never gets old.

The main character, Grace, has always dreamt of traveling to Paris after she graduates from high school. She waitresses at a small diner, and whenever Grace and her best friend Emma receive tips, they stash them in Grace’s Paris savings jar.

You’ll have to watch the movie yourself to find out how the plot progresses, but I can almost promise that you’ll find your heart melting over and over again.

That movie, plus an unforgettable trip to Costa Rica over spring break in 2014, prompted my mom and me to start our own trip savings jar. We each added money that we came across by chance. Initially it started with spare change, and then I began adding birthday money from grandparents, the money I earned galloping horses at the racetrack or random cash that I had forgotten about in a pocket.

It started small, but we now have a considerable chunk of change saved up to put towards a future trip.

If you dream big and take action, nearly anything is possible! Here’s a perfect example: tomorrow when you read my blog, I’ll be en route to Saratoga! #FargotoSaratoga