WICT Greater Ohio
Inside Look
Volume 3 | June 2021










Jeannette Richardson
President
WICT Greater Ohio
Oh, that wonderful feeling.....those perfect, clear sunny days when the warmth of the sun hits your shoulders and the glare is too much for your eyes. You have been waiting…, waiting…, and waiting for this amazing, magical moment when you could return to “normal life.”

It has been more than a year of seesawing coronavirus infection rates, on-again, off-again lockdown restrictions, and simple quarantine fatigue. For many people in the US, it feels like that dim light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is finally becoming brighter. And with vaccinations against Covid becoming more widely available, Americans are looking to travel again. Much has changed since last spring, and travel suppliers say many changes are here to stay for better or worse.

With the country slowly opening up, what are your plans? Have you ever taken the time to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the wilderness, and, not to mention a decent workout? Hiking is the perfect way to spend the day. Hike a section of the US’s longest hiking-only path, the Appalachian Trail, or discover the ancient trees of Cook Forest where the hemlocks and pines are more than three hundred and fifty years old.

This month our newsletter will focus on ways to help you plan your summer vacation, providing travel tips when traveling on a budget, and offering various options to help you plan your summer vacation. It is recommended that you ease into your 2021 vacation planning as we are not out of the water just yet. 
 
WICTGO has had a good start to 2021. We hosted our Intentional Series webinars, kicked off our Mentorship Program, are currently offering Leadership Development Training through DeVry, and hosted a 5K Walk Run and it’s only June. Stay tuned as we have a great second half yet to come: Tech It Out, the Veterans Day 5K, Educational Development training opportunities, and much more.
We hope to connect with you soon!


Regards,
 
 
Jeannette Richardson
President
WICT Greater Ohio
Upcoming Events/Opportunities

  • WICT Greater Ohio Summer Social: Location and time TBD.
  • Spectrum Women Book Club: Tuesdays July 6, July 20 and August 3
  • Coming Soon: Community Outreach-Besa Be the Good, WICT GO, Tech It Out 2021
Summertime Traveling on a Budget
Summertime is officially here and many people are excited to travel and spend time with their families and loved ones. Here are a few tips to remember when planning your vacations on a budget.
 
  1. Come up with a plan.
  2. Travel out of season.
  3. Be accommodation-savvy.
  4. Pack properly.
  5. Book flights in advance.
  6. Be smart about how you fly.
  7. Embrace public transport.
  8. Don't eat away your cash.
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STAYCATION IDEAS

Going out of town isn’t always feasible for everyone. Whether it is due to your schedule, health, or budget. Staying home and doing a staycation is well worth the time. There’s less hassle of travel, more time for relaxation, and a more stress-free time off. Having a staycation is possible. Let’s explore some staycation ideas for summer.

UNPLUG
Whether it is for a few hours or a whole day, make sure you get some time to unplug from the world. Turn off your phone, tablet, or computer. Take some time away from social media and the news. Relax and enjoy life without the constant thoughts of your news or social media feed.
 
SPA DAY
Splurge on yourself. Book a relaxing massage. Make an appointment to get your hair trimmed, cut, or colored. Visit a local nail salon and get a manicure and/or pedicure. Pamper yourself and enjoy the moments of relaxation and time away from the daily grind. You will be doing a kind service for yourself and your well-being.
 
MAKING TIME FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
While you have some off time, take the opportunity to catch up with your family and friends. You can spend quality time with them in person by going out to lunch or cooking a beautiful dinner. Even having a video call or a simple phone call can help you reconnect with your loved ones. Making time for those we love even to have small talk helps nurture our personal relationships with those that matter most to us.
 
CATCH UP ON YOUR FAVORITE THINGS
Life can get overwhelming with your daily routine. Take this time to unwind and do your favorite things. Go to the park, work on your fitness at the gym, walk around the neighborhood, or read your favorite book. Catch up on your favorite shows you have saved on the DVR. Read your favorite blogs, or play games that help you unwind. This is your time to do what makes you happiest. 
TRAVELING ON A BUDGET
 
Summer vacation is all about enjoying the beautiful weather, sunshine, and great times! Thinking about getting away but have a budget in mind? Vacations don’t have to leave your wallet empty. There are many affordable options to enjoy a summer vacation while being budget-conscious.
 
PLAN YOUR TRIP
What is your main goal for this vacation? To go to a beach, a theme park, go sightseeing, or relax in a cabin?
 
Figuring out what you and your family want to do will help determine your travel destination. From there, you’ll be able to plan your travel - where you’ll stay, your meals each day, and the locations you’ll visit and frequent.
 
BOOK YOUR TRAVEL IN ADVANCE
Sign up for newsletters with your favorite airline to stay updated on the latest travel deals. Places like Southwest Airlines will have deals periodically for airline travel if you book out in advance or, within a specific timeframe.
 
BOOKING FLIGHTS
If you are interested in nonstop flights and want to still get a deal, drive to a larger airport. Do some comparison shopping. Look at the pricing to your destination and be willing to change the airport.

 Some nearby airports:
·        Cincinnati (CVG)
·        Columbus (CMH)
·        Indianapolis (IND)
·        Louisville (SDF)
·        Nashville (BNA)
 
Nonstop flights from Cincinnati to Orlando or other major destinations can be very affordable if you keep your eyes open.

Depending on your destination's, great deals can be found flying out of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, or Nashville.
 
BOOK LODGING
There are wonderful alternatives to hotels depending on the number of people in your group, budgets, and personal preferences. Look into booking your stay with Airbnb or VRBO.
 
SPLIT THE COST
Invite friends or other relatives to come along and split the cost of lodging with you. If you can all get together and split the cost of the stay, you can rent a nicer vacation home for less money. Try looking into places like Airbnb, VRBO, or other alternatives. 
 
For example, if you are going to Florida and have relatives or friends coming along, rent a vacation home. If you are splitting your time between the beach and theme parks, consider a vacation rental outside of Orlando. You can reserve a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathrooms home in a gated community for much less than traditional hotel room accommodations. Plus, commuting to the beach costs less than staying on the beach.

PLAN YOUR MEALS
If you are traveling by car, get snacks at the grocery before leaving for your trip. Snacks at gas stations or convenience marts are marked up higher for convenience. Consider packing bottles of water and other beverages in a cooler to help save funds when traveling as well.
 
Save on funds by planning your meals for the vacation. Pack quick foods like donuts, fruit, and cereal for breakfast. Have sandwiches, chips, or salad for lunch. Maybe some fast food for lunch or dinner on other days. Or if you have a vacation home, cook when you’re able to. Save on what you can, to enjoy your vacation the way you want to.

VISITING THEME PARKS
Theme park tickets are often less expensive during their non-peak season when schools have reopened, or throughout the week.
 
If you are going to a certain magical theme park this summer, bring a reusable water bottle. There are water refill stations throughout the park. They also allow snacks and other lite foods to be brought in when you enter the park as well.

BUDGET FOR FUEL
If you are traveling by car, be sure to budget for your fuel. Download some helpful apps like GasBuddy. It can help locate gas stations in your area and shows the current fuel price.

TRAVEL DURING THE NON-PEAK SEASON
Depending on where you are going, research when the slower season is. You can get great deals for traveling during the winter.
May Monthly Riddle
Can you guess the answer?

A man rode into a town with his horse on the 25th of June. He stayed in the town for 3 weeks, then left on June. How is this possible?
WICT GO Girl Virtual Walk Recap
Thank you to all of the participants who enjoyed the challenge of completing their 5K Walk/Run. Even with rain in the forecast, you all were determined to finish. We hope you consider incorporating this into your everyday lives!
 
Follow our Instagram page to see the highlights, testimonies, and stories.
 
Keep the momentum going by challenging yourself to establish a weekly self-care routine.
Happy Father's Day
WICT Online Learning Library and Free Online Learning Opportunities
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During this uncertain time, many of us are facing new challenges such as working remotely or having to self-quarantine. Just like this Forbes article reminds us, while we cannot completely control what is happening during this pandemic, we can look for opportunities to engage our communities in positive ways. 

To help you with this effort, the WICT Online Learning Library is open to members. Not a member? Join today and access this benefit and more!
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There are many different ways you can continue to increase your knowledge and learning.


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