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…

Parenthood and Passports - Why Every Family should travel off the grid

Why Every Family Should Go off the Grid

It is no secret that we are a society obsessed with technology. I read a sad statistic the other day that the average smartphone user touches his/her phone 2,617 times a day. Granted, the researchers who conducted the study counted every tap, swipe or click individually. But still, those 2,617 touches added up to 145…

Parenthood and Passports - Weird things you'll see in Belize and Guatemala

Weird Things You’ll See In Belize and Guatemala

To say life in Belize and Guatemala is different than it is in the United States would be somewhat of an understatement. America may share the same continent as these two countries, but that’s basically where the similarities end. Life moves at a slower pace in this part of Central America. It’s somewhat primitive and…

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 - Belizean Shores review

Belizean Shores

On Ambergris Caye, we stayed at the Belizean Shores Resort. It is a Sandy Point property, the largest hotel management company on the island. The rooms were spacious, clean and more than adequate for our family of three. Belizean Shores is probably the oldest of Sandy Point’s properties. For that reason, the pool area was…

Parenthood and Passports - San Pedro with kids

Ambergris Caye and San Pedro

Ambergris Caye (pronounced key) is the largest of the Belizean islands. It’s roughly 25 miles long and half a mile wide. It is one of the most popular places for vacationers to Belize. How to get to Ambergris Caye: You can get to the island one of two ways. You can fly on a small…

Parenthood and Passports - Rio On Pools Belize

Rio On Pools

Rio On Pools is located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, just a few miles away from the Rio Frio Cave. The area is known as a swimming spot for locals, and some tour groups stop there on the way to the Caracol Mayan ruins. Accessing Rio On Pools There is a small parking area…

Parenthood and Passports - Mayan Ruins

Mayan Ruins near Belize

Belize has some of the most impressive and well preserved Mayan ruins in the world. Caracol, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech are three of the best known Mayan ruins in the Cayo District of Belize. But if you want to experience the mecca of Mayan culture, I would recommend making the trek into Guatemala to visit…

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

Rio Frio Cave

Rio Frio Cave is located inside the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. From the town of San Ignacio it will likely take you about one hour. Most of the road is unpaved and rather bumpy. Cost to Enter Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is free to enter, although they ask that you make a small donation…

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