Parenthood and Passports - How travel changed perspective on immigration

How travel changed my perspective on immigration

For many Americans, the cheapest beach vacation lies just south of the border in Cancun, Mexico. The beaches in Cancun are beautiful, there are dozens of resorts offering swim-up bars, all-inclusive amenities, and guided excursions. Sadly, many who visit this enchanting part of the world rarely leave their resort and say little more than “uno…

Parenthood and Passports - Traveler or Tourist

Traveler or tourist? Why you should be both

There seems to be a debate brewing among travelers on the topic of tourism. Nowadays, the word “tourist” has somehow developed a negative connotation. In fact, in many circles, particularly among those who write about travel, if you call someone a tourist, it’s perceived as an insult. “Tourist” has almost become a dirty word. Personally, I…

Parenthood and Passports - Choosing the Right Airline for you

Choosing the right airline for you

Figuring out which airline is the right airline for you can be difficult. In fact, it is a lot more political in the states than I thought.   I’m one of those guys who will fly the airline that gets me to my destination when I want it to. But a recent conversation I saw…

Parenthood and Passports - Local Markets

The local market: a look at real life everywhere

Every time we visit a new country I try to get a feel for what life is really like for the people who live there. Maybe it’s a natural curiosity or a desire to break out of that tourist stereotype, but I’ve found there is always one sure fire way to get an honest perspective…

Passports - What to do if you leave something on a plane

What to do if you leave something on a plane

I know exactly how you’re feeling right now. You return home from a trip, start unpacking your luggage and carry-on bag and realize something is missing. Usually, it’s an iPad, a phone, or a camera; something relatively expensive and very important to you. Other times it is something important but not quite as valuable: your…

Parenthood and Passports - Open Letter to Pilots

An open letter to pilots and flight attendants

Before I get to the real point of this letter, let me first start off by saying thank you. I realize your primary job is to see to it that the hundreds of passengers sharing the giant tube in the sky with you arrive safely at their final destinations. And I appreciate that. I really…

Parenthood and Passports - Father's Day Gifts for travel lover

Father’s Day Gifts for a Travel-Loving Dad

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a horrible gift giver. Most of the time I end up being that person who buys the extremely practical, unexciting gift. At baby showers, I show up with diapers. At kids’ birthday parties, they get clothes or a gift card. And every Christmas and birthday, our gift to…

traveling solo

What I Learned from Traveling Solo

My first solo trip It was 7:15 in the morning on the first day of my trip. I sat at the airport gate waiting for my flight while eating a package of cold Pop Tarts that I bought in the gift shop. Perhaps not the breakfast of champions, but definitely the breakfast of a traveler. It…

Parenthood and Passports -Mama Traveling Childless

A Mama Traveling Childless

If you see a woman in her mid-30s on a flight tomorrow with a Bloody Mary in her hand at 9 a.m. and a dazed look on her face, please come over and say hi. That woman will likely be me. For once I’ll actually have time to talk to you, because for the first…