The three questions John and I get asked all the time are, “How do you come up with all of these fun ideas?” “Do you ever work?” and “How do you afford to do all of this?” The main reason that we decided to start this blog was to answer those questions and give some more details into all the stuff we have done in the past/what we plan on doing in the future.
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– Lewis Carroll,
To be completely transparent, we have never thought of ourselves as the kind of people with “answers”, but we have always admired travel bloggers and wish we could do something similar. After we had enough people ask us these questions we finally realized maybe this IS something we could do. So if you are reading this right now, thank you. We really appreciate you being here!
For this post I will answer the first question and then address the other two in separate posts. Okay so, how do we come up with all these fun ideas? I wish that I had some magical easy answer for you, but unfortunately I don’t. The true answer is that we put a lot of work into it. We do a lot of research. We are really into doing things local to the area, so one of my favorite things to do is basically stalk Instagram hashtags. I follow a lot of Orlando and Florida accounts on Instagram and if I see a picture that looks really cool, I’ll either go to the location tag or go to the hashtag itself and look at what everybody else has been posting about that place.
“I think I’m nostalgic for a time I never experienced.”
– Erin McCahan,
We also love food, we are huge foodies! We use Yelp all the time, but we will also search hashtags for good food in the area that we want to try. One weekend we went to this cookie shop I had found that was supposed to be the best cookie in Orlando, (possibly the world?) so we had to try them. I had also saw on Instagram that a lot of people that go to this place for cookies also go to the ramen place next door. (They are both part of East End Market and there is a super cute plant place too!) So we ended up having the best ramen of our entire lives and the best cookies of our entire lives just from searching through Instagram hashtags.
That is just a few examples of how we find fun things to do. Mostly we just look it up. I know everybody hates when the answer is “google it” but sometimes that really is the answer! Most days we are literally like hey, let’s google something to do this weekend and then we go from there. It’s also a good idea to follow local new sites on Facebook because they always post what is going on near you.
“So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” – Jorge Luis Borges
Sometimes we come up with all of these ideas and neither of us actually like them. Sometimes we have too many good ideas and we have to put them on a list and save them for later. I always have a huge running list of things to do for wherever it is that we are. I still have one left from when we lived in Denver and we didn’t even do all the things that were on it. I started a new one once we knew we were moving to Orlando and we are constantly adding to the list.
If you have any other questions that you would like to ask us, please let us know! We would love to help you brainstorm ideas too. We are always looking for recommendations, so if you know somewhere awesome that you think we should visit, please let us know in the comments!