Travel: International

The Monk in Malaysia – Stories From Our Travels

The Monk in Malaysia – Stories From Our Travels

“Is that man a German?” The old monk asked me, peering at my husband who was wandering outside the monastery. “Um…..” my mind started to do that thing that writers’ minds often do when they are presented with semantics. I guess the logical engineer’s answer […]

Dreaming Big Dreams – A 5 Year Old’s Travel Wish List

Dreaming Big Dreams – A 5 Year Old’s Travel Wish List

In my house, we often talk about “dreaming big dreams.” In fact, it’s one our core family values. We love “big, hairy, audacious goals” because we’ve learned that when you commit to doing something that is challenging, it pushes you out of your comfort zone. […]

Putting On The Ritz in India – An Unexpected Adventure Abroad

Putting On The Ritz in India – An Unexpected Adventure Abroad

When my husband (then boyfriend) came along on a trip to India, he had one request. He wanted to stand before the Taj Mahal. He wasn’t alone in this desire. It’s on the must-see list for virtually every tourist – national and international. The Taj Mahal […]

You Might Suffer From Wanderlust If….

You Might Suffer From Wanderlust If….

Did you know there’s an official wanderlust gene? Crazy, right? While that’s super cool and all, most of us that suffer from wanderlust already know it and we don’t need to get our genes tested. If you’re thinking you might suffer from wanderlust but don’t […]

No More Buying Souvenirs – Here’s What I Do Instead

No More Buying Souvenirs – Here’s What I Do Instead

I’ve never really been a “souvenirs” person. To be honest, I’ve never really been a “buying crap” type of person. I’m just not interested. Please don’t take it personally if I don’t bring you back something from my trip. It’s not you. It’s me. There […]

What a $5 Bill Taught Me About Love

What a $5 Bill Taught Me About Love

We had been on the road in South East Asia for several weeks. Our travels had taken us through Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and we had just arrived in Thailand. Unemployed and without any desire to return home, we were trying our best to make […]

5 Tips to Eat Cheap While Traveling

5 Tips to Eat Cheap While Traveling

I love to travel and I love to eat good food all over the world. In fact, I really believe that food is one of the best ways to experience the culture in another country. Eating breakfast in Ireland is quite different than eating breakfast […]

Thirsty Thursday: A Lesson in Travel Budgeting

Thirsty Thursday: A Lesson in Travel Budgeting

My husband and I are often asked how we can afford to travel. We’re usually asked if we’re independently wealthy (haha, nope) or if our families help fund our trips (no). The easy answer is that we’ve made traveling a priority, so we don’t stop […]

Childhood – The Universal Language

Childhood – The Universal Language

My husband and I are rebels. Ok, not really, but sometimes it feels like it. I mean, despite everyone’s wisdom about waiting to travel until kids are bit older, we packed our bags and took our 3 year old to Italy. We flew planes, rode […]

The Naked German: Adventures in International Hosteling

The Naked German: Adventures in International Hosteling

“That’s the trouble with you American girls,” said the naked man standing two feet away from me. “You’re all so prude.” I nervously peered toward the door, silently begging my husband to hurry up and come back into the room. “It’s ok, it’s ok.  It’s […]