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An Aunt, a Niece, and India

October 9, 2018 4 Comments »

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I instinctively held my breath and my whole body was clenched into a knot as I looked out the front window of the taxi. “Brake, brake brake!” was swirling around in my head wanting to scream it’s way out just as we swerved at the last minute avoiding the car in front of us and […]

The Last Niece Project Goes To…

June 28, 2018 2 Comments »

Niece Project first time in india

I surveyed the menu; I felt as if I was under a lot of pressure to choose exactly the right dishes. After all, a big life decision would be made based on this meal specifically. My youngest niece, Erin, was choosing her destination for her Niece Project, the very last Niece Project. She had the […]

Thrill Seekers This Way to New Zealand

February 7, 2017 5 Comments »

New Zealand adventure travel

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of New Zealand? For most people it’s adventure travel. And for some people like me, it’s sheep. But I’m sorta strange, so we’ll go with adventure as the norm. Even the tourism department labels themselves the “Home of Adventure Tourism”. I suppose it’s not too […]

Taking the Leap into Fear

January 24, 2017 4 Comments »

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“Okay, I’ll do it,” Lindsey said with more trepidation than excitement. What had I done? I just talked her into something that I had no desire to do, and now I have to go with her. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Sometimes I get so focused on others getting over their fears, I lose track of my […]

Getting There Niece Project 5.0

January 19, 2017 2 Comments »

Delayed Flights

We drove to the airport as the snow came down heavier and heavier with each minute that ticked by. I watched the fat snowflakes land on the windshield and melt and thought about the number 5. It’s shocking to me that this is my 5th Niece Project trip. And even more surprising – this is […]

New Zealand In-stagram Review

January 5, 2017 6 Comments »

New zealand instagram

“It’s like Hawaii and Colorado had a baby” – that’s how my niece Lindsey described New Zealand, and that’s actually pretty damn accurate.  I have been in few places in the world with this beautiful of turquoise waters, beaches, wildlife, and snowy mountain peaks.  A country where you can do it all, and we did. […]

Niece Project 5.0 Travel Decisions

November 14, 2016 14 Comments »

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“Have you decided?” I asked Lindsey with excitement and anticipation on where her big choice was going to be. However, this was niece number 5, I should’ve known the answer is never that easy. When I started this Niece Project journey in 2012, I thought the travel decisions on where they wanted to go would […]

How to Plan a Big Family Trip

August 26, 2016 5 Comments »

Family Trip Colorado

“This is probably the last time we’ll ever all be together,” my mom said when she was telling me why she wanted to have all 13 of us in the same location. I wondered if we both were thinking the same thing – finishing that sentence in our heads with “except for the inevitable funerals.” […]