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

“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…

Parenthood and Passports

Traveling with kids when the world is scary

“There has been another attack.” Those words hurt my heart. They tear into my soul and send my mind racing. I hate those words and the stories that will inevitably follow. I feel helpless. Heartbroken. As if somehow I was directly impacted. I immediately hit my knees and pray. I pray for the lives lost.…

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…