• 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 plan their…

  • 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 BUGS! Need…

  • 5 Perfect Date Nights in Barcelona

    After more than two years living in the vibrant city of Barcelona, one thing is for sure. I love city life! Of course I can appreciate the peace and quiet of suburbia with it’s rolling hills and crickets chirping at night. But something inside me is drawn to the electricity that the concrete jungle offers! After all, there’s constantly new restaurants to try, shops to pop into, a cafe on every corner, simplicity of transportation and always a festival with something to celebrate. Living in the city as a single has loads of benefits and ways to meet people. And if you’re married, like Tony…

  • How to Live Abroad: 12 Tips from Expats

    So you’ve made the decision that you want a change in your life. You’re ready for a new adventure and are planning to go live abroad. Congrats to you, brave soul! Welcome to the club. You are in for the journey of a lifetime. Buuuut, there’s one problem. You don’t actually have ANY IDEA how to live abroad or where to start. And as the days to your departure get closer, anxiety starts setting in. Are you really ready for this? Where will you live? How will you learn a new language? What about public transportation? Where will your kids attend school (if you’re moving…

  • My Expat Advice for Choosing an International School

      When you are preparing to move abroad, the list of decisions and things to consider seems endless!  And when children are involved, understanding what the best option is for their education is top on the list.   In this featured podcast with The Expat Cast, I loved sharing my advice for choosing an international school for our two older children and a local trilingual school for our youngest. Check out more of the podcast on Choosing an International School here and my high-level tips below for making this big decision as an expat family. *Listen on the website, on an iPhone with the Apple Podcast…

  • 5 Things Not to Bother Packing 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, here are a few things NOT to bother packing. If you do a quick search online for “packing tips when traveling with children” literally hundreds of articles will pop up. Each one promising the best tips, fail-proof methods and must-have products. We tend to think if we over prepare for any and every situation, we’ll be better off. But as someone who has a “less is more” mindset,…

  • Host an Amazing Thanksgiving While Living Abroad

    After two years of tackling our favorite holiday here in Spain, Halloween, we’ve really got it figured out. (See previous article Why Halloween in Barcelona is Amazing) . But how in the world do you host an amazing Thanksgiving while living abroad? The food, the football, the family. All a bit foreign here! While our family back home are basting birds, cozying up to Thanksgiving Day parades on TV and putting finishing touches on apple pie, it’s just another normal day here in Spain! We can’t NOT celebrate it. No way! So in continuing our beloved family traditions while embracing new Spanish ones, I roll…

  • 10 Perfect Gifts for Travel Lovers

    So now that holiday season and shopping is fast approaching, take a look at your gift list. Might you have any gifts for travel lovers to purchase? What in the world do you get the person that has seen so much of the world already? Gift giving can be tough if you have an avid traveler. But don’t fret! These 10 gift ideas (plus bonus stocking stuffers) are perfect for travel lovers this holiday season. Living abroad in Barcelona for the last two years with my husband and three kids, I can honestly say I’d love any of these travel gifts! So rest assured, these…

  • 4 Unique Ways to Capture Your Travels

    Over the summer, we traveled back to the states to visit family as we do every August. As I was relaxing one morning at my mom and dad’s house, enjoying some American coffee and oversized corn muffins, I came across a drawer filled with DVDs. Home videos (transferred from old VHS tapes of course!) from when my sisters and I were little. As excited as I was to pull them out and show my own kids, I felt a tinge of sadness followed by guilt. My three kids will probably never stumble upon a stack of old home movies. These days, precious family memories are…