What travel-related New Year’s resolutions will make trips better?

What travel-related New Year’s resolutions will make trips better?

Ahhh… the often-hackneyed New Year’s resolution list!  But you won’t find this one telling you to exercise more, eat less and drink wine in moderation. Instead, this list of travel- related resolutions is to help make your family’s journeys for 2018 and beyond even better.  And unlike the oft-repeated “eat more superfoods”, they are realistic ideas and things you … Continued

Five Gifts for People Who Love to Travel

Have a wanderluster on your gift list? Here are some ideas for your family and friends – both practical gifts and those used to inspire future journeys. Shhhh… don’t tell my family, but everything on this list going to be under our tree. SholdIt Traveling with my young boys is one of my favorite things to … Continued

Thankful for a leap of faith on a journey to Vietnam

Six years ago today, the day after Thanksgiving, my husband, Nick, and I boarded a plane with a one-way ticket to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I still remember my Facebook post from that day. It said, “Leaving on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again.” It was a 27-hour journey to … Continued

Neighbors to the North – Visiting Toronto

One of my favorite family vacations as a kid was my first time out of the U.S.  – a trip to Toronto.  It was also one of the first trips that I helped my parents plan, weighing in on what to see and do.  I’ll never forget crossing the border under the Maple Leaf flag, … Continued

Why are grocery stores great places to visit in foreign countries?

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

What do Shopkins have to do with Stonehenge?

“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

How I used basketball skills in a Chinese hospital

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

Tips and Tricks for Traveling Internationally with Kids

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

My Vietnamese Massage – A Not So Happy Ending

I was in the southernmost part of Vietnam; the Ca Mau peninsula, a remote area surrounded by the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand. The tropical landscape was rich with tamarind and mango trees and mangroves, rice paddies and fish and shrimp farming canals formed every bend. The air was heavy and hot. And, … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel