The unexpected gift which turned into a magical treasure for Anya. Two years ago, on Anya’s 9th birthday, we were invited over to our neighbors for a special homemade dessert to celebrate her birthday. These are friends we’ve made since living in Spain and we have just connected with them on so many levels. They are a young couple and had a newborn baby, but we all just connected.
London is an exciting city for all ages, with a long list of things to see and do for the entire family. Remember Alan and I lived there for nearly 3 years, when we were first married. We finally introduced the city to the kids in 2013 and we had so much fun touring around on the hop on hop off bus. We are big London fans and the kids keep asking to return.
If you are a family that loves to travel, but doesn’t really like the “planning” part of the trip, this is for you. We have done our fair share of trip planning and we know how stressful it can be. When you are limited on time, it can be difficult to organize, prioritize and fit it all in. We were recently introduced to the concept of Travelove and immediately liked it. The concept of having a family friendly trip custom designed for you, was very appealing. We’ve decided to partner with them and that is why we can offer you 20% off any Travelove Trip! Read on to learn more about it.
We’ve all had them and after 3 years of travel I can tell you we have had more than our fair share. Yep it is the dreaded Travel Day! These can go smooth as silk or they can be a complete nightmare. We will share one of our recipes for disaster with you and then we will share some what we have learned along the way with our 7 Tips For A Pleasant Travel Day.
I am sitting here in the heat of summer, melting away and trying to plan activities for this winter. I promised the family we would experience snow this winter, so I am using it as an exercise to help my mind go to a cooler place. It isn’t working! We haven’t taken the kids on a ski trip for about 4 years. It think it was our trip to Wintergreen Virginia in February 2011. Look how small the kids were! So, it is time to hit the snow again.
About six months ago, we were traveling in Asia. It was so hot there and my hair was so long, I just wanted to cut it all off. My mom told me to wait until we were in the USA, because it would be easier to get it cut how I wanted there and they speak English. Since I knew I had to wait a few months to get my hair cut, I kept looking in the mirror to see how short I wanted it. Then I decided I wanted it above my shoulders and Mom suggested we look into donating my hair.
Many times we are asked about how we plan our travel. It seems you want to know how we book our flights, research activities, destinations and accommodation. As you know that is a loaded question, as we like to use the tools available to us. Sometimes one tool is better in a certain location than others. I am sure you have used review sites to help you plan and decide on where you will go or what you will do. We all know how reviews and opinions of others to help you plan. We do too! But now there is a new travel planning tool in town and it is called Yonderbound!
When planning to move abroad the vast number of things to do can be a bit daunting. We have now made several moves, and with each one we have learned new lessons. It doesn’t matter where you are moving from, or where you are moving to, since many times you need to go through the same motions. The core of the moving checklist remains the same, with a few subtle differences regarding the location. We’d love to share with you some lessons we have learned along the way, after moving countries and homes more than times than we care to count.
We arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam late at night. The streets weren’t too crowded and it seemed to be a typical city vibe for 10 pm. There were a few pedestrians out and about and a light consistent traffic flow around our hostel. Little did we know what we would be in for the next morning.