• How to Travel as a Family Without Leaving Home

    The thought of packing a suitcase and heading for a memorable vacation these days seems like a mirage, I get it! Our family, along with my parents, were forced to cancel a week-long Mediterranean cruise that we were soo looking forward to! Isn’t it amazing how much we fantasize about our next vacation – now that the freedom to travel has been ripped away? But, I’m here to give you some hope! And to tell you that there are ways you can travel as a family today and now…without leaving home! As a blogger who writes about living abroad and traveling with family,…

  • Hotel vs Vacation Rental – The Ultimate Comparison

    Remember that adorable Christmas movie The Holiday staring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet? Two single gals in opposite sides of the globe looking to escape everyday life – so they decide to do a house “switch”! Love that Rom-com! And these days, trading the hotel experience for a more intimate vacation rental is common! So which is right? Which is best? The rise in popularity with vacation rentals like those offered on Air B&B or VRBO Spain“>Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) is the assumed cost savings. Why pay for a hotel room when you can rent an entire home for the same amount,…

  • 5 Ways to Enjoy an Art Museum With Kids

    Truth be told, we didn’t mean to visit the Kunthisories Art History Museum with our kids during a recent trip to Vienna.  It just sort of happened!  In an effort to include something child-friendly into our trip (since the city isn’t as toddler focused as Barcelona!), we meant to purchase tickets for the Museum of Natural History.  An honest mistake, I swear! Both identical buildings, grandiose and awe-inspiring from the exterior, sit right across from one another in an area of Vienna called Museum Quarter Wien.  In our haste to achieve smiling faces we quickly jumped online and purchased tickets – to the…

  • A Magical Christmas in Brugge, Belgium

    When it came time to plan our family Christmas trip last year, we had our sights set on a magical and unforgettable experience in Belgium. The problem was choosing which town to go to! So, being the spoiled and overzealous travelers we are, we chose to visit the three most popular during the holiday season – and we were NOT disappointed. Perhaps we’ve watched too many Hallmark Christmas movies or sang one too many carols over the fireplace – but our dreams of a magical Christmas included all the trimmings. Twinkling lights, frost on the ground, and the smell of hot cocoa filling…

  • Beget, Spain Photo Gallery & Trip Details

    Month: July 2018 Accomodations: Bed and breakfast stone house booked on Hotels.com – Mas La Cabanya de Beget. Shared accomodations in this 6-bedroom house. Our Favorite Meal: Although we dined at the one restaurant in the village of Beget, Can Jeroni which was a delicious Spanish lunch, our favorite meals ended up being the home cooked ones from our Air B&B host. Our Favorite Thing To Do: If you’re into the outdoors, exploring and hiking this tiny village is a real dream! Nestled in the deep woods of Girona, Catalunya, Beget feels like a lost treasure discovered. At least that’s how we felt…

  • Tackling Jet Lag in Toddlers

    The best tips for keeping toddlers jet lag free and parents’ stress free while traveling abroad. When I was in college (sooo roughly 20 years ago, gulp!) my parents took me to Australia on a business trip. It was an early graduation present. So friekin cool, right? It was the farthest I had ever traveled away from home (and still is!) 17 hours total in the air. The other side of the globe, really. And as far as my invincible college-age nose-pierced free-spirited self was concerned, the 10+ hour time difference was exciting! I couldn’t wait to sleep until noon and go to…

  • Plan for Travel Day is Coming…Are You Ready?

    According to the U.S. Travel Association, more than…wait for it…768 million vacation days went unused in 2019. WAIT…WHAT?! That can’t be right. The number is hard to comprehend. Despite the fact that Americans are known by the rest of the world to be overworked and overstressed…,why the heck aren’t people using their days to unwind and disconnect? That can’t be good for anyone’s mental (or physical) health…right? We all need a break! And so National Plan for Travel Day was born. Yup, it’s a real thing! Celebrated on the last Tuesday of every year, it’s a day to encourage (even force) Americans to…

  • Travel Smart with These 7 Essential Items

    Travel Smart with These 7 Essential Items

    Oh the joys that traveling brings! Whether you’re heading out solo or as a group, to deepest seas or highest mountain ranges, the excitement of another adventure never gets old! New experiences, people, food and cultures are waiting to be discovered. But with the joys of traveling also come annoying prep work like organizing all your identity documents as well as PACKING! While no one really looks forward to packing for a trip, the right preparation can mean the difference between a great vacation and a horrible one. What do I mean by that? One word – PICKPOCKETING. Two more words – BED…

  • Stop Packing These 5 Things For Kids

    Whether you’re preparing for a long road trip, a quick weekend getaway or an overseas flight, parents have a tendency to over-stress about what to pack for kids. After lots of travels with our family of five, I beg all parents to stop packing these five specific things for your kids! I promise, they’ll survive without them and you’ll be grateful to no longer stress about them. Trust me, as a mom of three little ones who tends to overthink EVERYthing. If you do a quick search online for “packing tips when traveling with children” literally hundreds of articles will pop up. Each…