About me—Jody Rookstool

Recently I have been approached by customers who are curious to know more about me. I thought about what details about who I am that I could give to make myself and my business seem more personal to my customers and thought I’d just start at the basics. If you’d want to know more, feel free to ask any questions.

Just in case anyone doesn’t already know, my name is Jody Rookstool and I come from the never-ending land (no joke) of Texas. Currently, I reside in beautiful Utah with a family of my own. I don’t know a stranger and I suppose my range of interest and topics I enjoy talking about are to thank for that.

I have always had big dreams and wanted to accomplish so much in life, such as travel, start my own blog, build my own business. If I were to summarize life in a few words, I’d say that life really is what you make of it. Life will give you what you put into it, but it will also give you what you deserve.

Travel Agents for Travel, Ralph Slaske for Homes

The internet has been around for multiple decades and since then, business as we know it has changed. Websites such as Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline make it more easy to book a flight, hotel, rental car than bobbing for apples and all it takes is just a few clicks of a mouse. Boom! Finished! Isn’t it interesting that even though we have these conveniences and technology to make it fast and easy, people are still hiring travel agents? They might not be as silly as  you think because working with a travel agent has some awesome benefits.

Why work with a travel agent? Probably the same reason you would call Ralph Slaske of Slaske Builders to have a home built. That one-on-one relation with someone can make all the difference in a clients experience. Travel agents are salespeople, not so much business owners, but they still are required to have an understanding of the services their agency provides and to be able to provide the best possible customer service. From travel dates to providing transportation, the travel agent is in charge of absolutely everything. The goal is to give you (the client) a stress-free traveling experience.

Travel agents are available at all times for any cause, so it doesn’t matter if you need to book travel plans for a large business trips or even just simply visiting a new area. You might be curious about those benefits I mentioned earlier. Working with a travel agent can get you some extra information. For example, there are those who are knowledgeable about geographical areas or might know your travel destination like the back of their hand. Also, travel agents work closely with vendors and if you happen to get lucky and get the right tagent, they can assist you in gett the best deals possible.

Travel and the Increasing Reliance on Technology

As someone who has spent many years traveling all over the world, I have long been accustomed to thoroughly planning trips well in advance. Preparing in this way has helped me determine how to maximize my time by prioritizing destinations and activities, and it has likewise been helpful in allowing me to recognize the obstacles I might encounter along the way. Since my friends all refer to me as “Jody Rookstool, World Conquerer,” I am often asked to help others plan out their travels as well. While I certainly enjoy offering my assistance, I find myself increasingly concerned over how technologically reliant travelers have become.

Obviously, technological advancements have made traveling so much easier for many, many reasons. This is true when traveling at home and abroad, and it is rarely the case that drivers are pulling over to unfold unwieldy maps or to ask for directions and advice. It is quite convenient to just pull out a phone, open an application and allow technology to do the work.

In most instances, relying on technology in this way is perfectly acceptable, but my concern stems from the lack of prior planning. We are not always able to count on technology to be available whenever we need it, and travelers who forgo planning in favor of just figuring it out along the way will likely find themselves wasting time while trying to decide where to go and what to do. It may seem silly or even antiquated to create a loose itinerary for a vacation, but a little planning can go a long way.

Hiking on Vacation Requires Proper Footwear

17_HikingThere are a great deal of travelers who find themselves taking long hikes while on vacation despite not really being used to this sort of activity. While it is certainly not ideal to go on a two- or three-hour hike when you haven’t been on a long hike in several years, many vacationers compound the mistake by wearing the improper footwear while doing so. Even if you are just doing some urban hiking through the city of San Francisco, California and its many inclines or even the relatively flat streets of Washington, DC, the proper footwear is of extreme importance to ensuring that your vacation is not ruined by an easily avoidable foot injury.

According to Dr. Andrew Carver, a podiatrist, there are far too many people who make easily avoidable hiking-related mistakes while on vacation. Trying to do more than you are used to is enough for you to ultimately require a visit to a podiatry clinic, but trying to do it while wearing shoes that are not designed for hiking makes an injury even more likely. The foot doctor points out that while it is possible to enjoy an injury-free hike while wearing a pair of sneakers, it is much less likely in a pair of sandals or some other inappropriate footwear choice. There is a reason that most serious hikers wear hiking boots on every hike they venture out on, and even the less rigorous hiking trails feature elements that make specialized footwear an intelligent choice.

Nobody wants to be laid up with an injury while on vacation, so Dr. Carver suggests reading up on the various reviews of any potential hiking trail to see if it will require specialty footwear. Even if it doesn’t require specific hiking boots, it is always best for you to just pack a pair of boots in case the need ultimately arises. If you do not have boots or they are not available, then you should at least make sure that you are wearing athletic sneakers and not a pair of sandals or a type of shoe that is clearly not appropriate for a lengthy hike outdoors. Abiding by these simple hiking guidelines should prove helpful if you wish to avoid dealing with foot pain or a foot injury during your vacation.

Travel Destinations Made Possible Through TIE Institute Trading

One of the most obvious benefits of a wise investment strategy is the financial freedom that is ultimately afforded by a strong return on the investment. As TIE Institute trading strategies point out, one of the most common goals among investors is to save enough money so that they can reach retirement age and have enough left over to afford to travel to all sorts of tropical destinations. While there are countless options that hold appeal for one reason or another, many investors who get the travel bug are increasingly intrigued by a handful of small South American countries, including Belize.

The country of Belize is small but has proven to be a haven for those who enjoy crystal-blue waters that reveal coral reefs brimming with life. Scuba divers and snorkelers often head to Belize simply for the opportunity to discover the rich diversity of life that thrives all along the coast of the South American country, but there is much more to discover in Belize aside from just its underwater inhabitants.

Many smart investors have found that the arts and culture of Belize are quite appealing, and there are many who see real estate in the country as a unique investment opportunity that works just as well as a vacation property. The wildlife of Belize is captivating, the people are accommodating and the cuisine is unique yet delicious. Visitors to this country rarely leave disappointed, and the possibility of frequent travel to the country is motivation for consistently strong investment strategies.

RV Travel

untitled (238) untitled (237)RV travel is like no other.  I am full time in my motor home for the last ten years.  It has been a real adventure.  We tow a Buick Enclave behind the motor home and explore in it.  Where ever we go I have everything with me.  The storage in the motor home is limited but we found a way for it to work for us.  If you are considering going full time you should do it while you are healthy.  Many wait too long and miss out on the dream.  Kim Bettasso is a fellow full timer and loves it.