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    Stephanie Montague

    Stephanie Montague is the founder of Poppin' Smoke, a website dedicated to helping members of the military community take advantage of their travel-related benefits. She has been traveling and living abroad with her husband 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. Also, through her Facebook group, U.S. Military Retirees and Veterans Living Overseas, Stephanie facilitates a large and growing community of veterans who are interested in living overseas after their military career.

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    April 19, 2023

    4 Washington, DC, Getaways to Get You Back to Nature

    Travel Tips

    The Washington, DC, area has something fun to do any day, any time. But one of the best things about DC is that you can travel only a few minutes out of the urban areas and feel as though you’re miles...

    March 22, 2023

    3 Getaways for Florida Locals

    Travel Tips

    Florida is a popular vacation spot for visitors seeking sun and sandy beaches. If the military has sent to Florida, where should you go for your getaways?

    February 13, 2023

    Rhode Island Getaways: These Military Lodging Facilities Give You Acce...

    Travel Tips

    There are so many things to do within a day’s drive of Newport! Here are 3 getaways from Rhode Island that you can visit conveniently and affordably by staying in military lodging. 

    January 23, 2023

    3 Year-Round Colorado Getaways

    Travel Tips

    Got orders to a base in Colorado? You’re in for a treat! The state is full of unique things to see and do in every season! When you want a break from your duty station, you don’t need to travel far to...

    December 09, 2022

    Experience the Best of Washington With These Outdoor Getaways

    Travel Tips

    The Pacific Northwest is famous for its outdoor recreation opportunities, so while you're stationed in Washington, make the most of them! This region offers fun adventures for every season.

    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...

    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.

    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?