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The 4 Best Ways to Visit the Panama Canal

February 28, 2019 1 Comment »

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As our Uber pulled into the Mira Flores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal, I suddenly had a memory race through my mind. I was transported back to being 13 years old again traveling with my parents for spring break in Florida. We always went to the same little place near Sarasota for the week. […]

The End of the Niece Project

February 4, 2019 10 Comments »

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This is it – the end. When I started on this project I wondered if I had the ability to stick to such a long-term project and now… poof…it’s over. I never wanted kids of my own, I’m not sure why. It just never really hit me. I waited and waited, but I never heard […]

How to Spend a Day Like a Local in Jaipur

December 12, 2018 No Comments »

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This article was originally published on The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. The moment I stepped off the bus and onto the pavement in Jaipur, everything changed. I no longer was in the protected voyeuristic tourist mini bus, suddenly I was thrust into the local culture. But it […]

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 […]

Why I Love to Take Teenagers on Small Group Tours

February 21, 2017 4 Comments »

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Travel broadens people’s views. And a teenage mind is a petri dish for being broadened. As a kid your world view is small, it’s your family, friends, and school. For most teenagers it doesn’t go much beyond that. Sure they get exposed to friends of their parents and their friend’s parents, but it’s all still […]

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 […]

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