8 Things You Think About When Hiking With Your Father

June 16, 2016 15 Comments »

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“I don’t know how you travel with dad, I don’t think I could do it,” my siblings often mention to me. We all have distinct memories of growing up and my father being the ‘leader’ of the family and family trips. He was the one who made all the decisions and ultimately the family dictator. […]

Same Same and Something Different in Shanghai

June 7, 2016 4 Comments »

Shanghai Shopping

“It’s like China town…but it’s in China,” Ling my Shanghai guide said in a bit of a disappointed tone. I wondered if she had heard that from a former guest, as I doubt she had ever been to a China town in another country. But I laughed and agreed whole-heartedly with her. I surveyed the […]

DIY Forest Bathing for Wellness Travel on a Budget

May 17, 2016 9 Comments »

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Have you heard of Forest Bathing? Forest bathing isn’t a bathtub in the forest, or a jump in the lake, or even running nude through the forest – it’s simply a forest walk. What is Forest Bathing Mindful forest walks, called Shinrin Yoku, started in Japan (not sure that walking in the forest really has […]

How Do You Make Money Travel Blogging

April 12, 2016 22 Comments »

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I have been blogging and traveling for nearly 10 years now and whenever I meet someone and they learn I make a living by traveling around the world blogging, they are excited and then their brow furrows in stress. It’s at this point I become a mind reader; I know what’s going through their head. […]

Why I Hate My 40’s

February 12, 2016 67 Comments »

Whomever said your 40’s are great are full of shit. We’ve all heard and read it – “40 is the new 30”, “40 and Fabulous!”, “Age is Just a Number!”, and the list of magazine headlines that prop you up go on and on. I’m going to call bullshit on them all. I hate my […]

Heart of Stone

February 11, 2016 14 Comments »

love in unusual places

Love and I are not getting along.  This past year hasn’t been a good one for me and love…at least romantic love. I know that people love me – in fact, that’s the best thing about having your heart broken – and realizing the whole world of other people who love you and are there […]

Giving Thanks for Beds

November 25, 2015 8 Comments »

The day is over; you’ve worked hard, played hard, and maybe even had a little wine with friends. You go through your nightly ritual of brushing your teeth and washing your face, and then comes the moment – the moment when you get to lie down in your bed. Our beds are one of the […]

Leaving Pets Behind to Travel and Reuniting

November 23, 2015 13 Comments »

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I felt like a negligent mother as I made the last minute frantic stop at the store. I stared at the wall of toys and wondered which one she’d like. I used to know what she liked 9 years ago, but what if she’s changed. I mean she had to have changed in 9 years […]

The Fear of Being Still

October 29, 2015 5 Comments »

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“Welcome back,” he said to me as I hear the familiar sound of my passport being stamped. I smile genuinely and say thank you. A little burst of happiness goes through my body and sort of wakes me up from the 9 hour flight from Berlin. I know people say that the U.S. immigration can […]

99 Best Travel Tips (and Some Life Tips, too!)

September 10, 2015 67 Comments »

I’ve been on the road for 9 years (actually, it’s now up to 17 years traveling in 2024!) to all continents and about 65 countries and I normally shy away from doling out my best travel tips, as everyone’s tastes are different. But after all this time living on the road, I think I have […]