Moving: New PCS Orders means ROADTRIP

That’s it! WE ARE MOVING! TO… 

SAN DIEGO, CA

I was really happy when I found out that we were going to PCS to San Diego, mostly because we vacationed there when we were dating. I really liked our experience there and I think we would fit right in.

YES, I am THAT new 20s military spouse that is learning her way one step at a time through the military lifestyle. It’s only been 2 months after all. Luckily, there are a lot of helpful websites/blogs (military.com & militaryspouse.com) and support groups/services offered to military families to guide them through their first (or more) PCS.

In a couple weeks, B and I will be PCS’ing for the first time since we got married. PCS stands for Permanent Change of Station. It’s basically moving from one duty station to another. I’ve know a couple of military families that were lucky enough to stay in the same place for years (it’s possible, but not the norm), the reality is that most are hit with last minute “Pack your things, you’re moving”! Nothing is usually permanent.

We have been looking at all our options for transportation from Norfolk to San Diego and we have decided to take our own vehicle and go on road trip! Yes — many have called us crazies. It’s a 38 hours drive after all (if all goes well!).

The main reason why we chose to DRIVE to the West: Discovering new places, we love traveling after all! I have been to the U.S. several times when I was younger, but mostly on the East coast. This is a great way for us to see more of America. We are really looking forward to seeing iconic wonders of the U.S. It is also our first BIG trip together since I became a MRS.

Yes, I know, it’s not a “vacation”. We are PCS’ing, but I have heard many military families driving to their next duty station.  We will stop several times during our trip — mainly because B will be doing most of the driving. I am not an experienced driver (only got my license in January 2015).

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Driving to the West coast means we will need to plan where we will be staying and what we will eat. It’s also ALL about BUDGETING. My sister drove from Louisiana to Virginia to come our wedding and she suggested many budget-friendly Bed and Breakfast places, so I will look into that. She also said that it’s very difficult to find good places to eat when you are on the road, since most exits only have fast food joints. I really want to avoid fast food. I know, I know it could save us a few bucks, but at the expense of our health.

Do you know any budget friendly restaurants and/or Bed & Breakfast places we could stay?

We are planning to stop in several states including NC, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas & Arizona.

Thanks for your input everyone!

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Military Discounts

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Coming from Canada and being myself a military brat, I was still surprised how generous many American businesses are when it comes to giving discounts and free stuff to military service members and their dependents. Below, I have listed what I believe are great/good discounts. If you want a complete list of military savings, please visit Military Benefits or Military.com.

*** In order to qualify for these freebies & discounts, you need to show proof of military/active duty/veteran/dependent status.

AT&T – 15% on wireless monthly plans

Banana Republic – 15% off on full priced items

Bush Gardens/Sea World/Sesame Palace /Adventure Island – One complimentary admission per year + 3 direct dependents

T-Mobile – 15% off on wireless monthly plans 

*** More will be added to this list