To say I've been lacking in my postings would be an understatement. To say I've been busy doing other things and working on other projects, that too would be an understatement. To say I've turned my life a little topsy-turvy lately, well, we won't even go there!!! No worries though, The Savvy Tourist will survive, as will my alter ego.
One of my latest distractions..er projects has really lit a fire in my heart. It is something I have always believed in but it wasn't until my dear friend asked for a little "assistance" with "something" that I actually got involved in the movement. There is nothing better than a "Mom and Pop" shop, or a family run business in a local community. That is all part of the American Dream that started this country on the road to prosperity so many years ago. Much of the country has lost site of that and so many small, locally owned businesses have been swallowed up by the larger big box conglamerates like WalMart. Remember the cute little bookstore in "You've Got Mail" with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks that couldn't stay in business when forced to compete with the bigger "Fox Books" around the corner? Remember how sad that was? Well, guess what? It is happening every day around the country and mostly in your community!!
It has become more and more crucial that we all understand the need to support and keep the money flowing within our local community. If each one of us shifted just $20 of our monthly spending to a local establishment, it could result in millions of dollars every year going directly back into our own local towns and communities. Check out this calculator to see for yourself!
It is because of this issue that I am working to support an organization called Why Local Matters. Please stop by our website and see what we are all about. Maybe you can help with some ideas as to how to keep the money flowing within your local community.
Why Local Matters is not the only thing that has kept me busy this year. I've done some traveling and I plan to do more. I've drank some wine and I plan to drink more. There is a huge road trip in my future and I am currently working on making it a very savvy trip using maps and apps and helpful hints from my very savvy readers. So, check back soon and I promise I will be here this time and hopefully you can assist me with my "On The Road With Annie" project.