At the beginning of 2020, I do not think anyone was making New Year’s resolutions that would fit within the setting of a world-wide pandemic. There is no way we could have prepared for government-forced shut-downs and travel bans that would impact every country at the same time. Every person on earth currently, whether “necessary” or not is being impacted by the introduction of crazy unknowns.Read more
It may be odd, but I love taking my children to the grocery store with me. I like to set time aside to spend getting what I need, but I also like taking our time to just look around. Of course, when my children were very small, it was harder to do this. However, once they turn three or so, I love the conversations that come up and the amazing learning opportunities.Read more
At the beginning of 2018, I set my word of the year to be reflection. I feel the entire year could actually be summed up by that word—truly looking at and thinking about what I do and why I do it. Looking back over all my travels and adventures, I have had the opportunity to reflect on how we travel as a family and what we enjoy in our travels.Read more
Where you can stay has evolved thanks to the internet and people wanting more options when traveling. Honestly, people travel differently than they used to. It is more about simply visiting a place, but some have started to long to delve into the culture in their stay. If you have ever looked beyond a traditional hotel, the options now include igloos, tree houses, huts, and more! What I wanted to give you is a list of the general options for places to stay and the pros and cons for families.Read more
The city in the middle with villages surrounding. When I went to West Africa, my main goal was to learn how the locals lived and get a taste for what life was like for them.
The small home on the edge of the farm on the side of a mountain. When we went to Indonesia, our main goal during my husband’s internship was to be close enough to be able to see him while he worked and enjoy the beauty of the country.
We went to Disney World on our honeymoon. It truly was magical. We decided we wanted to go back on our five-year wedding anniversary.
Five years and three kids later, we went to Disney World. Yes, we were a little crazy, but we were so excited to take the kids! We knew it would be a completely different experience, AND IT WAS! We had a blast, but in a whole new way. Somehow taking children made it a different kind of magical. We definitely want to go back.
We walked into the only hotel in the city. I was thoroughly surprised at how “normal” the hotel seemed to me. The dusty dirt roads and mud brick buildings surrounding the hotel made me wonder what I would see when I went in. While traveling in West Africa, camel rides and markets were on the docket, but I was looking forward to meeting locals and seeing what life was like! I was in college, and my desire to wander was strong! Read more
We rolled out our mat. I had already washed our laundry, and it was hanging to dry. We had fresh eggs and local fruit for breakfast. I was not used to such a variety of fruit and just loved trying them all! Read more
We were being led by close friends down what looked like an alley way. It was late afternoon, and we had made it to the big city we would be staying at for the next two weeks. Being from Alabama, the island of Java had more people in one city than I had seen my entire life living in the United States! (At least that is what it felt like!)Read more