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“Life’s too short to sit around worrying about it” – Interview with Eric and Stacey of Tonight’s Better Together

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Photo provided by and used with permission from Eric and Stacey Berglind, Tonight’s Better Together

Today’s interview is with Eric and Stacey Berglind, a married couple who blog at Tonight’s Better Together. Motivated by their desire to keep their own romance alive, they share creative ideas for date nights for “anyone that’s fed up with same old dinner and movies or corny, uninventive Pinterest [date night] lists.” They also give readers glimpses into their marriage and life as West Coasters who moved to the East Coast. In this interview, Eric and Stacey share some fun facts about themselves and the best advice they’ve ever received.

Names and blog:
Eric and Stacey Berglind at Tonight’s Better Together

Fun fact about you:
Eric: I’m a certified scuba diver
Stacey: I was Miss Borrego Springs, beauty pageant queen for a small town

Funner fact:
Eric: I’ve broken nine bones thus far in my life
Stacey: I was nudged by a bull shark in thigh deep water in North Carolina and lived to tell the tale

Funnest fact:
Eric: If it is furry I have to resist the urge to hug it (animals only)
Stacey: I’m allergic to bees because I’ve been stung by scorpions too many times

What do you think has been essential to your success as a blogger?
Both: Identifying the right form of social media and developing a consistent posting schedule has been crucial to our continued growth.

What was something that surprised you about blogging?
The willingness of the blogging community to reach out to each other. We have built friendships with people from all walks of life through blogging.

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Date ideas that don’t suck!

Who or what inspires you?
Our own relationship inspires us to develop new content for our audience.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
Eric: Going snowboarding with a helicopter
Stacey: Go swimming with a whale shark

If you aren’t doing anything related to blogging, what are you doing in your free time?
Both: Working full-time and trying to be outdoors as much as possible with our furry mutt.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Life’s too short to sit around worrying about it.

Readers: Join me in thanking Eric and Stacey for sharing their time, stories, and advice with us! If you want to learn more about them, check out their blog Tonight’s Better Together, with all the links to the usual social media sites.

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Advice on booking travel… and bucket list ideas – #TravelSkills summary

Most weeks I participate in the #TravelSkills Twitter chat (Fridays, 12pm ET/9am PT, for one hour). They’re always around a topic related to travel, and people share great tips and interesting stories. Normally I’d just leave it on Twitter, but this past Friday had several tweets that really stood out to me, so I have to share.

The topic was about booking travel (specifically airline travel), so I’ve included some of the tips that were shared during the chat related to this topic.

I’m also including the top three tweets I liked the best (all in response to other questions asked during the chat).

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I wrote off an entire area as “not for me” but I was wrong

“Why would you want to travel to ___?!?” (Fill in the blank with any place you wouldn’t wouldn’t want to go on vacation.)

“What are you going to do there, anyway, besides ___, ___, and ___?” (Fill in those blanks with the activities that place is stereotypically well-known for, and that don’t interest you.)

I love traveling, and I really want to go as many places as possible, but sometimes it’s simply because I enjoy traveling anywhere, not that I’m particularly looking forward to going to that specific place. It’s hard to get excited about a place that you think has nothing for you.

I have several places like this, but recently I’ve had to change my mind about one of them.

Until a few months ago, I thought the only reasons to go to Western Montana (apart from visiting family) were Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park (which I thought only had skiing), and hunting/fishing. Since I’ve already been to Yellowstone (wouldn’t mind going again, though, but it’s not as high priority as somewhere I’ve never been), only go fishing when other people are going, and don’t have a great desire to try hunting or skiing, none of these made this area really appealing as a travel destination.

Then I went to a travel industry event with representatives from Western Montana’s Glacier Country, Missoula, Whitefish, and Kalispell and found out that my assumptions were very wrong.

Although pleasantly surprising, it was a bit uncomfortable to admit that I’d written off a really interesting place because I’d gone only on these assumptions and hadn’t really looked into it.

(Of course, if I’d really been planning to go, I’d have looked into it a bit more then, but sometimes it’s hard to look for things you don’t expect to find, so I’m sure my searching wouldn’t have turned up as big of a list.)

Now I have a real list of things to do when I go to Western Montana.

In addition to my first guess about Yellowstone, Glacier NP, and hunting/skiing, the area’s also known for beautiful natural landscapes, Native American history and culture, local food/drink/foodie experiences, biking trails, music and nightlife, museums and art, historical buildings, lakes and beaches, and bucket-list worthy events.

Here’s my current list of things I’d be interested in doing in the area (bucket list style):

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