Island Escape the perfect remedy for recharging your Soul Hard to believe we are already into the fall swing of things. Now is a good time to recharge with a mini Canadian Island escape to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Just a quick flight from Vancouver, BC or Seattle, WA. My fiancé and I … Continued

I really don’t like grocery shopping.  It’s probably because I don’t enjoy cooking.  However, one of my favorite things to do when traveling overseas is going to supermarkets. It all started when I lived in Japan as an undergrad.  My first excursion outside my host family’s house was to their local grocery store (a fraction … Continued

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Your smartphone has an amazing video camera, but just clicking record may not result in getting quality footage for your travel videos.  EpicMakers edit your footage and turn them into slick videos ready to share it with the world. While EpicMakers take care of editing your video, here are some quick tips to make shooting … Continued

“Look, Mama!  Shopkins Stonehenge!” I glance over at my 6-year old son who has taken all of his Shopkins and strategically placed them in a circle formation with Uno cards underneath to represent the cap stones. I’m filled with pride, a giggle and find myself a little misty-eyed at the sight. We had arrived home … Continued

I once used basketball skills taught to me by my dad to navigate a Chinese hospital.  My son was the basketball and I was the player. We were in Fuzhou, China, a small-by-Chinese-standards city of about 7 million people, on the Tawain Strait  – the sliver of ocean between Taiwan and southeast China. And, our … Continued

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a beach resort city on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahia de Banderas. With a year round climate of 70-100 degrees Fahrenheit, beautiful tropical beaches, and activities every season, it’s no wonder that Puerto Vallarta attracts tourists year round. People love Puerto Vallarta for having the activities of a resort town with friendly … Continued

Who is Jonathan Ball? “He skipped the senior prom for boot camp and took his first plane ride to report in San Diego. The environment was challenging and purposely disorienting, but he loved it. He volunteered for all tasks and immersed himself in the training to gain experience and expertise over eight years of service, … Continued

The polar bear sauntered down the beach toward us. My heart pounded as he squinted in our direction, no doubt weighing the nutritional value of the 20 or so tasty morsels wrapped in fleece, down and Gore Tex just 40 yards away. I hurriedly took several photos, then looked around and figured I could probably … Continued

Traveling internat ionally with kids creates a lifetime of memories and instills a love for adventure and learning about other lands, but there are a few things to keep in mind once you’ve ventured across the oceans. Schedule, but don’t overschedule. Have an itinerary of what you want to see and do, but don’t fret … Continued