• How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Spain

    When my family and I first moved abroad and became expats in the amazing city of Barcelona, we didn’t take notice to how we may have…”stood out” amongst locals. I mean, with so many other things to worry about and decisions to make, there simply wasn’t time to NOT look like a tourist those first few months. Looking back now two years later, it amazes me to this day that we never fell victim to pickpocketing – since we didn’t exactly blend in! And here’s the thing. Standing out in a world of wallflowers is never a bad thing. But when you’re an…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 4 Unique Ways to Capture Your Travels

    These days, precious family memories are stored away in our phones or “the cloud”. Photos have, arguably, lost some of their value and capturing truly special moments has been redefined thanks to social media. So our family has found a few unique ways to capture our travels now. 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…

  • Cruising from Barcelona to Rome

    Month: November 2019 Accomodations: 3-Night cruise aboard the MSC Divina departing Barcelona, heading to Marseille, France and Genoa, Italy, ending in Civitavecchia, Italy (Port of Rome). Lovely experience! We adored our stop in Genoa and could have spent another full day there touring around. We enjoyed it a bit more than the day spent in Marseille as there was not much to see in this port and visitors should be cautious of certain neighborhood areas. Air B&B 3-night stay at Pantheon in the Window, Rome Italy (Truly an incredible and safe location right in the city center of Rome and within walking distance…

  • How to Unpack After Your Travels

    Packing for a trip can seem like a daunting task – especially when you have small children to also plan for. But for many, nothing is worse than arriving home from a trip and needing to UNPACK. My husband, love him dearly, is one of these people. As someone who travels frequently for work, he arrives home exhausted. Understood! Typically, he’ll tear open his suitcase and pull out whatever goodies he’s purchased for the kids, which I find adorable. But then his suitcase will make its way to the floor opened….and unpacked – sometimes for days. He’s not a lazy person! I’m sure…

  • La Pobla de Lillet, Spain Photo Gallery

    Month: November 2018 Accommodations: Air B&B – Mas Merolla, Gombren Listing link here – https://abnb.me/8r6AAq74L0 Our Favorite Thing To Do: This home is situated deep in the countryside of Catalunya in the heart of tiny Gombren. Surrounded by nature, the smells and sounds of this incredible home are the perfect getaway from city life. We spent our time hiking and exploring the area – little trails, lush meadows and shaded forests. It was a perfect weekend of outdoor simplicity for the kids – technology free! Our Best Tip: The nearest town of La Pobla de Lliet where you’ll find several small shops and…