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Dear Women, Please Be Safe!

My heart is saddened as I write this article. I hope that some good comes out of the evil that happened, recently, in Columbia, South Carolina.

It is the town of my Alma mater. First of all, South Carolina is a wonderful place to travel, live, and go to college. It is my home state. I love it. South Carolina has some of the best food and friendliest faces you will ever encounter. The weather is great, year round. People, especially retirees, are flocking to South Carolina because the cost of living is low and the economy is thriving.

When a horrific act of pure evil rocks your home state it is so heartbreaking. I am writing this post to honor the life of Samantha Josephson. I hope this blog post is read by someone, somewhere, and I hope it saves at least one life to honor the life of Ms. Josephson. I have a young daughter. I cannot imagine how her family is feeling!

Dear Women,

I am writing you this letter to remind you that we, women of all size, ethnicity, and age, are capable of being independent, strong, smart, and sexy boss ladies in the 21st century! However, we are still vulnerable.

There are men out there who still believe that women are inferior beings. There are still men out there who believe that if you are not accompanied by a male chaperone, you are fair game! There are people out there who are pure evil! Protect yourself, stay alert, and stick together!

Love,

A Concerned Mother

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Please bless our daughters and sons with a better world!

Here are a few tips to stay safe and hopefully save a life!

  • Let someone know where you are going.
  • Stick together. So, so, so important.
  • I typically feel safer using public transportation with a lot of other people vs. me and a cab driver. I will not ride in a cab alone.
  • Stay with the crowd.
  • Make sure your phone is charged and memorize an emergency contact number.
  • Don’t get too intoxicated. If you have a few drinks, go to a well known pub. Watch the bartender make your drinks.
  • Never accept a drink from someone that is not the bartender!
  • Never, ever, ever leave with some person you just met.
  • Be vigilant.
  • Follow your gut. If it feels weird, get out fast!
  • Stay out of dark areas.
  • Park your car near a door, camera, or light.
  • Make sure you stop for fuel at a well lit service station.
  • Yell, scream, fight if you are harassed. Make a scene. Set off the alarm on the car. Pull the fire alarm in an elevator or apartment complex.
  • Take a self-defense class.
  • Carry pepper spray.
  • Learn to shoot a gun and/or get a concealed weapon’s permit.
  • Tip from the Oprah Show: Never let them get you to the next location. They will be in more control there.

Written to honor Samantha Josephson’s life!

Love,

Priscilla

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Why Should You Talk to the Locals, Check Reviews, and Pay Attention?

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We love to travel. We have put many hours in the seats of airplanes, automobiles, and boats exploring this beautiful planet! We have seen some of the most beautiful places in the world. Every place we have visited has had one thing in common: amazing people who want to share their culture and their town!

Traveling is good for your health! But, it can also be dangerous, spendy, and stressful. Here are a few tips to make it more enjoyable.

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Why ask the locals for advice?

The locals know about all the hot spots. We have found that you can find out so much information by asking the people who work at the hotel. They are so informative. All you have to do is ask!

They know where the best food is. They know which tourist attractions are worth wasting your money on. Go where the locals go. Ask what a local typically does on a Saturday night around town. They may not tell you where their favorite fishing hole is but they are probably willing to share their favorite “watering” hole!

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Why should you check the reviews?

There are so many review websites out their today. Yelp is my favorite! Before you waste your hard earned money, check what others have to say. After all, they have already wasted or not wasted their money there.

Check the town websites or local news for events. To save money, use websites that offer discounts, such as Groupon.

Why should you pay attention to your surroundings?

Especially in an unfamiliar area, pay attention to your surroundings. If the vibe seems sketchy and you feel uncomfortable, get out! If you pull up to a restaurant and no one is in the parking lot during a peak time, run away!

Traveling can be such a fun, educational, and inspiring experience! Hopefully, these travel tips will inspire you to take the path less traveled, but carefully!

Love,

Priscilla

 

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Foodie Traveler

There are two things in my life, other than friends and family, that I love so much I could not live without. What, you ask, could be on the same level as the love you have for your family and friends?

The first is food…duh! How did I figure this out? Well, I am the pickiest eater I know. I refuse to waste calories. So, when I eat, I want it to be good. I have grown into quite the home chef, according to family and friends, because I am typically not satisfied after leaving a restaurant. What makes it even worse, I am from the south, we know not to be rude. So, we typically push our plates to the side and never return to the restaurant. Paying a bill for food that was inedible20171028_155650 and/or unsatisfying is enough to break any foodies heart.

The second love of my life is travel and adventure. Most of my life was spent in the southern United States. I knew from an early age that I wanted to become more cultured. If I have a few minutes to watch television, I am either watching, the History Channel, Travel Channel, or a cooking show. To me, travel is all about learning new cultures and history, seeing our planet so that we want to preserve it, and experiencing new cuisines. So, I love to travel too. But, I think I love to travel so much because of my love for eating new cuisines.

The good thing for me is that travel and food go together like peas and carrots!

Read our reviews of local restaurants, pubs, and tourist amenities from South Carolina to infinity and beyond! Follow us on our adventures on Instagram and Facebook @cantshutmymouth.

Featured picture is of a pie making class we took in Talkeetna, Alaska.