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    Stephanie Montague

    Stephanie Montague is the founder of Poppin' Smoke,a website designed to encourage members of the military community to use their military benefits for (fun) travel. Stephanie and her husband have been traveling the world since he retired from the Army in 2015. Through Poppin’ Smoke, Stephanie shares everything she and her husband learn about Space-A travel and using military benefits while abroad. Stephanie shares news from military MWR facilities, updates from other military blogs, and links to great travel content on the Poppin’ Smoke Facebook Page.
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    November 23, 2022

    3 Easy Getaways Near San Diego

    Travel Tips

    We all need a break from our daily lives and our duty station, no matter where it is. If you're stationed in the San Diego area, you'll have great weather and a beautiful coastline, along with proximi...

    October 28, 2022

    Fall Getaways Using Military MWR Recreational Lodging

    Travel Tips

    Need a quick getaway before winter rolls in? You can visit some top destinations around the country without breaking your budget by staying in military recreational lodging.

    September 14, 2022

    8 Hacks for Making Friends When You Don't Live in a Military Community

    Military Life

    It’s easy to meet people when you live on or near a military base, but what happens when you have a job that doesn't have you living near a base or after you've retired?

    July 20, 2022

    Planning Travel While Your Service Member Is Deployed

    Travel Tips

    When your service member has a deployment looming, you need something to look forward to while he or she is gone. Planning a fun vacation— whether to visit family, relax on the beach, or explore a new...

    June 13, 2022

    Don't Miss These National Parks Along I-40 from California to North Ca...

    Travel Tips

    If you’re driving cross-country for your PCS this year, make the journey into a fun adventure! The route along I-40 from Barstow, CA, to Wilmington, NC, covers much of what was formerly the famous Rou...

    November 10, 2021

    Can’t-Miss Holiday Markets Near Military Bases

    Military Life

    Looking for some holiday shopping and Glühwein? Here are some of the best holiday markets near major U.S. military communities around the world. For the hard-core market-goer, we’ve also mentioned a f...

    May 26, 2021

    Hotel Alternatives for Your Military Travel

    Travel Tips

    The world is gradually opening up, and it’s finally time to get out and travel! Here are a few options that are fun, affordable, military family-friendly and safe.

    March 19, 2021

    Military Move to Rota, Spain? Here's What You Need to Know!

    Navy Bases

    Got orders to Rota, Spain? Congratulations--you’re in for a treat! Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota is one of the best OCONUS duty stations out there. Many folks who have been stationed there rank it as th...

    November 11, 2020

    Choosing an Alternate Path After Military Retirement

    Military Life

    When approaching military retirement, most transitioning service members prepare to immediately start a second career. Is there an alternative to jumping right back into the workplace?

    December 12, 2018

    7 Money-Saving Tips Over the Holidays...Whether You Travel or Not!

    Military Life

    With day-on, day-off schedules, use-or-lose leave, and of course, the December holidays, year-end would be the perfect time for military family travel...if only it weren’t so expensive. Fortunately, t...

    October 17, 2018

    Get Financially Prepared for Military Retirement

    Military Life

    Retiring from the military is one of the biggest transitions you'll ever experience in your life. Start early to strengthen your financial position!

    August 10, 2018

    Explore the Pacific Northwest with Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR

    Military Life

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state is one of the most popular assignments in the military, and with good reason.

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