Parenthood and Passports - one day in Milan

5 Times Traveling Stretched Me

One of the things I love most about traveling is that it forces you out of your comfort zone. The language, the food, the architecture, everything around you is unfamiliar and foreign. I like to say traveling stretches your comfort zone. When I was a child I took ballet. Before each lesson we had to…

Parenthood and Passports

“Someday…when we retire…”

The other day, I was on the treadmill making a pitiful attempt to get my butt in shape before bathing suit season when I found myself in an all too familiar conversation with a good friend of mine about travel. “So where are you going next?” My friend asked. “We are thinking about Colombia in…

Parenthood and Passports - Hanging Bridges Costa Rica

Why you should learn another language

Headed to another country soon? Here’s an idea, do not speak English, unless English is the native language of that country, of course. Instead learn at least some of the native language. A few years ago, I was hit with the desire to travel to countries that did not speak English. For most of my…

Collector doll travel

My Collection of Creepy Dolls

When I was a child, my paternal grandparents spent a lot of time traveling. They went to some amazing places and visited the majority of the earth’s continents. Every time they went to a new place, they would bring dolls from other countries for my sister and me. These weren’t the type of dolls we…

Playa del Carmen Mexico travel

Visiting vs. Experiencing a Country

I have a friend who always uses a travel agent to book her vacations. She wants to make sure she is staying at well-respected, well-known, usually all-inclusive hotels. She wants her excursions or tours prepaid and planned for her, and she doesn’t want the hassle of hailing a cab, riding a bus, or buying tickets…

how to take a baby passport photo

How to take the perfect baby passport photo

Taking a passport photo for a baby is fairly simple, yet so many of us are afraid to attempt it ourselves. If you plan to travel internationally with your children, they need passports regardless of their age. Our daughter got her first passport at three-months-old, prior to her first international trip to Costa Rica. Unfortunately,…