Taking the Leap into Fear

January 24, 2017 4 Comments »

taupo bungee jump new zealand

“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 16 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 […]

The Perfect New England Getaway Without Lifting a Finger

July 19, 2016 15 Comments »

New england getaway cruise

I grew up in the landlocked Midwest. Summers were spent at swimming pools, running through sprinklers, and sliding down a big yellow slip’n slide we set up in our yard. That was my only real exposure to water activities and water culture. I’m comfortable with cornfields, mile roads, and farming culture because that’s what I […]

8 Things You Think About When Hiking With Your Father

June 16, 2016 15 Comments »

cami de ronda father daughter

“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. […]

Sharing the Gift of Travel

May 26, 2016 3 Comments »

One of the most rewarding types of travel and writing I do is traveling with my nieces as part of the Niece Project. It’s not simply about building important relationships with my nieces or being a travel mentor to them; it’s about inspiring other Aunts and Uncles to do the same. Every year that I […]

Finishing Business on the Camino de Ronda

May 19, 2016 15 Comments »

camino de ronda

Have you ever traveled somewhere and while there you learned of new areas to see or things to do, but you didn’t have time to include it in your first trip? It happens to me all the time; I go to a place, get a deeper understanding of it, and say – I have to […]

A Story About Love and Bells

February 9, 2016 11 Comments »

story about love

This Valentine’s day, skip the flowers and chocolates and why don’t you travel to hear and see a great story about love in Saxony Germany. When I came across this story in Annaberg-Buchholz Germany last fall I was so uplifted by it; it was practically a Disney fairytale. And it made me believe in the […]

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