4 things I hated about Key West, FL.

Traveling to Key West was quite the adventure. It was a two way highway after passing through Key Largo and several bridges. The view of the water was beautiful and exciting to see as we got closer to Key West. As a newbie who’s never been and lived there for three months – I want to share my first hand point of view on my stay and the four reasons I didn’t like it.

Too Expensive.

We stayed at Sisgbee Campground in our RV, which is a Navy Base right inside of Key West. It was a very safe Campground with a Commissary and Navy Exchange store. The prices at the stores were reasonable, but the quality just wasn’t there. When shopping off base at a Publix or another grocery store the prices were expensive. I honestly don’t know how people are able to afford living in Key West. A vacation is nice, but to live there, you would almost go broke, unless you’re rich.

Limited Resources.

Key West doesn’t have a Target, Walmart, or any other familiar store you’re used to. To go to a decent store you would need to travel to Miami which is two and a half to three hours away. It felt like we were in a foreign country inside of the United States. The most decent store in our reach was Kmart. The quality was very low and the store was a mess. Your best bet is the Navy base if you have access or ordering from Amazon. Again, this is only for folks who are interested in living there.

Hot as Hell.

It was extremely hot in the summer months. If you don’t like the heat, I would recommend coming in the winter and traveling some where else during the summer months more north. It was fun to go to the beach and swim in the ocean, but without the shade it was a bit miserable.

Prejudice/ Discrimination

Snooty people  gave us the stank eye and crooked smirk. It depended on the type of person we encountered, but there is definitely sprinkles of racism here especially on the Navy base.  I would say folks felt entitled or that they were better than others because of their status. There were customers who I served at the Navy exchange who complained about feeling like they were turned down for a hotel room or looked over simply for the color of their skin. Although, this is a common complaint all over the world, it was annoying and frustrating, so keep that in mind when visiting.

For more information on our experiences traveling watch our Youtube channel. We have a ton of resources available for traveling families.

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5 ways to cope with anxiety while on the road

Redesigning your life can be long a process and not really a fun one. It’s the breaking down of the depiction you have of yourself to slowly rebuild the true version of you. We previously defined ourselves through our jobs, our cars, our house, and all of our accomplishments. We had a false sense of who we were and coming to grips with that is a hard pill to swallow. Read on for five techniques to cope with anxiety and depression while you’re on the road.

Exercising is a healthy way to cope with anxiety or depression.

I believe the first step to unpacking the emotional pain we have is to be honest about it’s existence. Exercising is a great technique for physically working out the stress that clogs our minds.

Eat healthier and surround yourself with positive people.

Acknowledging that we aren’t feeling too good could open the door for someone to help us or for us to get help for ourselves. Questioning our feelings and how we got there could be the start to analyzing where the emotions stem from. Taking better care of your health can be the first step to improving your life and way of thinking.

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Sometimes therapy and even medication is required to get out of the dark whole we wind up in.

While traveling it can be more complicated to seek help due to the acceptance of your insurance and other limitations. It is extremely important to look into as many options as you can so that you enjoy your travel without the baggage (no pun intended).

Improving your well being will always be a working process.  Our goal as a family is to consistently work on being the best the we can be. That means breaking down fears and anxieties. It means examining certain behaviors and asking ourselves how can we do better. It is a goal that can never fully be obtained and that we believe is the truth to finding happiness.

For more blogs or an update on where we are visit our website at www.atravelingjones.com or check out our Youtube channel for content for family travel.

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