The Random Writings of Rachel: Big News! Read All About It!

Big News! Read All About It!

But before we get to the news, a quick story: Angel and I found out a couple days in advance that we had a surprise 3 days off of work from Wednesday-Friday. That was, of course, good news (as much as we love our jobs!) and we decided to quickly plan a mini-vacation somewhere. We ended up choosing the easiest somewhere available to us, and headed over to Hong Kong! The trip involved a really sketchy hostel, me bragging to Angel that I knew who Chow Yun Fat was, and a selfie with a giant panda.

 Angel said "Close your eyes!" right before snapping the photo. Apparently, I listened.

 I impressed Angel by telling him that Chow Yun Fat was in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. What I didn't tell him was that the name was most familiar to me due to my long standing history as a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean because that doesn't seem to sound as cool.

 Angel is very law-abiding.

 A real panda!

Now, I promise that this story has something to do with my announcement, and that's because, if you want to hear all the details (the tragedies! The triumphs!) of our spontaneous trip to Hong Kong, you're going to have to head over to my brand-new blog:


It's in soft-launch stage right now as I work on pulling things together and lining up content, but I've really never been the type to keep a secret and say, "I have such exciting news that I can't tell you yet!!!" so I decided to just tell all of you now.

Here's what you really need to know:

1. The Random Writings isn't going anywhere. I've been wanting to branch into writing articles that include actual useful information instead of the humorous vignettes and random topics that this blog is well-known and loved for, and I decided it would be a better idea to focus my actual information posts into an appropriate niche blog and keep The Random Writings random.

2. I came up with the idea of The Vacation Plan as a site where useful travel information meets adventure meets humor meets real life. My goal is to create a catalog of the tales of real vacations--to satisfy our human curiosity about the lives of others, but to include links, directions, and all sorts of information to help others planning trips to the same location.

3. I need guest posts!!! Obviously, I do not travel all over the world, and I have no desire to. However, I do want The Vacation Plan to be filled up with information on destinations everywhere from Bali to Berlin to small towns in Oklahoma (sorry, Oklahoma, names of any of your small towns are escaping me). Vacations need not be long, expensive, or elaborate to apply. I'm just as interested in the tales of weekend trips to the next town over as I am in elaborate multi-country itineraries. Email me or mention in the comments that you're interested in contributing a guest post and I'll send you the details!

I'm shooting for a full launch of the site at the beginning of the new year (because is there really any better time?). In the meantime...you may not have noticed, but I haven't actually started a blog in a really long time. I don't exactly remember all that goes into it, and I feel like technology and expectations have changed a lot in the last three years! I welcome any and all help, advice, critiques, and especially guest posts as I get this new blog off the ground. If you're interested in getting involved in this project, any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you all so much, I'm excited about my new venture into a different sort of blogging.

If you want to come along for the ride, and read about our travels in detail (including next week's trip to Hong Kong Disneyland!) be sure to follow on Bloglovin'.

35 comments:

  1. Very good idea Rachel! I look forward to seeing what you do with the new blog :)

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  2. Love Angels haircut! Looks amazing. And congrats on the new blog!

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  3. Great idea and congrats! Love the panda selfie!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  4. I can never read your posts without smiling. What a wonderful adventure you and Angel are having.
    Your Vacation Plan idea is wonderful. I am currently working on several posts regarding our recent trip to Tortola, BVI and the sailing school we attended. I would love to contribute to the Vacation Plan site when you are ready for guests.

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  5. What an AWESOME launch Rachel!! Can't wait to see what you share :) And you two are hilarious. Wish we could hang out in China together.

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  6. Great idea! Can't wait to follow along and get some useful tips!

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  7. I love the idea! I'll try to be more organized and keep better notes on our next trip so I can submit something.

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  8. What fun! Congrats on the new blog!

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  9. Ha! Oklahoma. I could give you a list of small-town names if you reeeeeally wanted some :) I don't know how people handle two blogs, because I can barely-not-really handle one BUT I am sure you will do a fantastic job.

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  10. Exciting on all counts! yay vacation and yay more writings!

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  11. Awesome! Congratulations on the new blog and hope it is as successful as this little nugget :) I don't travel much, or at all, and have limited interest so I can't help you :( Have a great weekend Rachel! -Iva

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  12. So fun you went to Hong Kong! We are going to try to go in a couple of months! Let me know If I can help you with your new blog and guest posting :) I do post like that all the time:
    http://meandmr.com/post/101720524941/tokyo-in-20-hours
    http://meandmr.com/post/100911774181/dallas-guide
    http://meandmr.com/post/100254125931/8-activities-for-all-tourist-visiting-austin-tx
    And then of course you know that I'm traveling all around right now...shoot me an email if you want my help! I love this idea!
    Melaniezelnick@gmail.com

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  13. What a great idea! I'll be emailing ya :)

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  14. trips and smiles and new blog ideas? all good things! so excited for you, and happy to help however i can :)

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  15. What an awesome idea! I can't wait to see all of the lovely places you'll be sharing! Also--that picture of you and Angel with your eyes closed is adorable!

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  16. hoooray! super great idea with the new blog! yay! so glad you are having fun in hong kong but whoa we would not have survived in that hostel either...so tiny! i'd be happy to do a guest post on one of our travel adventures if you want!

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  17. Ooo, how exciting! Congrats, can't wait to read more on your new blog!

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  18. That is awesome! Way to go lady!! Great idea:)

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  19. wooo wooo. I'd totally be interested in contributing to the vacation blog.

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  20. Congrats on the new blog!!! I'm excited to follow along!

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  21. What a great idea!! Excited to read along:)

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  22. Your panda selfie makes me so happy. Seriously, I cannot stop grinning. And yay for the new blog!

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  23. Love, love, love the panda selfie!! Congrats on the new blog!

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  24. Congrats on the new blog, a great idea and I look forward to reading more travel stories!

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  25. It sounds like there are big things on the horizon for you. How exciting! I've only just discovered this blog and you're already creating another one :) Congratulations. Please keep us up to date linking up with IBOT :) Visiting via #teamIBOT

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  26. Look forward to seeing the new blog! I might be interested in a guest post if you need anything on Europe. :)

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  27. Congrats on the new blog!

    Nothing like taking on more work, right ; )


    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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  28. That's such a great idea! I can't wait to read more on the new space :) Also, I'm not traveling much in the next couple of months but once this kiddo is out we'll be doing more - locally but also Ireland of course, so I'd be happy to guest in the future if you wanted

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  29. All the best with your new blog ... I've only been to Hong Kong once and that was just a stopover so all I saw was the airport!

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  30. What a fun little trip...pandas are awesome!
    Your new blog sounds super cool! I don't travel much, my husband used most of his vacation days over the summer when we had our son but I could totally do a post about a "stay-cation" in my hometown of Lancaster, PA. We do have some pretty cool, unique stuff. Everything from Amish farms to hip new restaurants to great shopping. If that sounds like a fit you can email me at littlecityadventures@gmail.com. But no pressure, just an idea :)

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  31. I love this idea for a new blog! I've been doing a lot more traveling lately, and I have been loving travel blogs. I'll have to check yours out. Thanks for sharing this exciting news with Hump Day Happenings.

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  32. That's cool! I've often thought of starting a new blog, but then I remember I can barely keep up with one lol.

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  33. How exciting for you starting a new blog!
    I never go anywhere so I can't help out, but I'm sure you will find people who can :)

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  34. Such a great idea (and your trip looks like so much fun)! I'm Canadian so I could offer insight into many of the bigger Canadian cities and I just went to Vegas/Grand Canyon in the summer and loved it so I could possibly help in that department!

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  35. That is exciting news!! :) And I love the closed-eye selfie!

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