extended travel

General, Life Lessons

5 people who should just stop travelling

As much as I’d like to encourage everyone to get up and get out there, a recent flight reminded me that there are those people who as soon as you meet them you realize should never leave their home country again. Nix that, their home. It’s because they make travel so much more difficult for the rest of us. So if you fall into this list, I’m talking to you. Stop. And if you can’t, then at least stop travelling. 1. The entitled recliner: Congratulations!  You’ve discovered your seat can recline! And despite your four foot frame have also decided that there simply isn’t enough “leg room” there for you in an upright position. Instead, you’ve decided to maximize your space by taking this ride with your head in my lap. Seriously? Here’s a clue: If you can see up my nose when you are looking straight ahead, you’re too far back. And if you must recline, which in some circumstances is absolutely warranted, then can you go slow or offer a bit of warning? Ramming my tray table into my lap or my computer into your headrest is only going to make me accidentally on purpose make your life…

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Family Travel

The Plan: The Route for our Round the World Trip


With just over  6 weeks to go before we head off on our Dream Trip, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. First up: Where are we going? This has been one of the hardest questions to answer. Just imagine: one year of your life to go wherever you want! Where do you even begin? The truth is that while there are a few spots in the world that have tugged at our hearts and demanded our attention from the beginning, we’d happily stop in almost every country if we could swing it. Our limitations are time and money and avoiding winter (you thought I was kidding?). And so, after a lot of hand- wringing we’ve finally come up with what we think will be the big picture working itinerary for this trip. We’re expecting that this list may look different when we’re done with it. World events, unexpected weather changes and whimsy will likely send us off in directions we hadn’t banked on. The type-A in me is trying to accept that and we’ve intentionally left a lot of it open and flexible so that we can have some spontaneous experiences if the mood strikes. But our…

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Family Travel

The Best Family Travel Souvenirs

Peru Mom

The temptation to pick up a trinket every time you leave home is strong. The “what-didja-bring-mes” that used to greet me as soon as I walked through the door are a testament to years of me doing exactly that. Then I stopped and started focusing on memories instead. Sometimes the memories live in a tangible object. There’s the mask we bought from the carver after asking our guide to take us up into a less touristy part of Thailand, the hats we paid too much for in Peru because we saw the babies the money would help to feed and the schoolchildren who would read because of it. There’s the 2 x 3 framed carving I brought back from south Africa in the days when carry-on sizes were unlimited (ah the good ol’ days). I saw it and knew I had to have it because the child on the dad’s shoulders in the carving so reminded me of my husband and son doing the same back at home. Each one of those items was purchased because they held meaning for me at a particular moment in my life. They still do. When I walk through my home I relive those…

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