Parenthood and Passports - Apartment or Hotel

Apartment or Hotel? Benefits to an apartment when traveling

When I was in my 20s, I would have never thought about renting an apartment when traveling. This was before the days of Air B&B, so just finding an apartment to rent took extra effort. It was effort I wasn’t willing to put forth, and truthfully, an apartment seemed like a waste of money. Hotels…

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 - Niagara Falls Canadian side

Niagara Falls: American vs Canadian side

Niagara Falls is one of those tourist destinations that children in the United States learn about in school. Growing up, you read historical accounts of crazy adventurous people going over the falls in a wooden barrel, or suicidal people choosing to end their life by leaping from the side into the mist below. So, as an American, the…

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…

Parenthood and Passports - Should Zoos Be Banned

The Great Zoo Debate

It’s an ongoing debate that seems to ignite every time there is an incident involving an animal at a zoo. Should zoos be banned? On one side of the argument there are those who say wild animals should not be kept in captivity. On the other side there are those who argue zoos serve an…

Parenthood and Passports - one day in Milan

24 Hours in Milan: How to Spend One Day in Italy’s Fashion Capital

How to Spend One Day in Milan Milan is a big city… A huge city, actually. It’s roughly the size of Paris, France, or Dallas, Texas. But the tourist sights are located relatively close together, so if you only have one day in Milan, you can easily hit the high points. Although, it will leave…

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 - A Baby's Memory

A Baby’s Memory and Why Travel Matters

How much does a baby actually remember? Somewhere in a baby’s memory bank are there experiences from infancy that will somehow feel familiar one day, but they won’t know why? Or are our little one’s memories fleeting soon after they happen? I tend to think it’s the former. The other day, my friend left a…

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