Category: Travel

Africa’s Not Sad, Y’all

Africa

Africa is a big continent. People talk about it like it’s one country, one place. It’s actually made up of 54 countries that are unique in their own ways. Today, though, I’m talking about it as one place, and I’m here to say, “Africa’s not sad, y’all.” I live in Southern Africa, and I’ve traveled to Northern and Eastern Africa. I still need to step foot in the Western and Central regions, but I don’t need to go there to…
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Choosing Souvenirs

Choosing Souvenirs

When I go to a new place, especially a new country, I’m fascinated by all the trinkets and souvenirs that my eyes behold. It’s like a little piece of culture that grabs my attention, because it’s usually different and unique to the place I’m visiting. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of souvenir shopping and then get home, open your suitcase, and realize you brought home a whole lot of useless “stuff.” Over the years, I’ve refined…
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Do We Speak English Here?

Do We Speak English Here?

I live in a foreign country but my language skills are, well, I actually don’t have any. I’m not one of those people who are blessed with the ability to pick up a foreign language easily. South Africa has 11 national languages. English is one of them, so I lucked out. However, after nearly 7 years of living outside my home country, I’ve learned that English word choices from one land to another can vary as much as the weather….
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Boutique Hotel Gone Wrong

Experience

Do you ever have those experiences that just go terribly wrong? Just so wrong? It’s in those moments that the choice lies whether to laugh and chalk it up to memories, or let it ruin the whole kit and caboodle. We had a boutique hotel  experience a couple of years ago that went terribly wrong, and that left us laughing until our sides hurt. The experience went something like this… It was a beautiful Spring day in October when my…
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Exploring Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand Chiang Mai

Last month our family of four ventured to Thailand for an epic vacation. It was so.much.fun. We spent a week in Koh Chang, a day in Bangkok, and then we flew up to Chiang Mai for eight days. It felt like every day was filled with some awesome new adventure. If you ever find yourself in Chiang Mai (which I highly suggest you go), then you might check out some of these family bonding, memory making activities. 1. Riding Elephants….
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Bangkok For A Day

TukTuk

My family recently returned from a vacation in Thailand. While Bangkok wasn’t our main destination, we made the most of the twenty four hours in this incredible city. Our kids were such sports as we dragged them all over the place! If you’re ever in Bangkok for a day, here are some ideas for a glimpse into this bustling city. 1. Chatuchak Weekend Market otherwise known as Jatujak Market. After our week in Koh Chang, we arrived into Bangkok on Sunday around 4, meaning…
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Camping at Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake Hike View

A trip to Redfish Lake is every wonderful thing a lake vacation should be.  My little family recently spent 4 days camping in this Idaho wilderness, and it was bliss.  For 4 solid days we didn’t think at all about politics, highlighting-and-contouring, calories, or Pokemon. Instead, we soaked up towering mountain peaks, a sparkling lake, and the sweet sweet smell of campfire. Redfish Lake, just outside Stanley, Idaho, is a beloved gem of a place, for both native Idahoans and long distance visitors. The…
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A Week In Koh Chang, Thailand

Koh Chang Thailand

A yearly family vacation is essential to building family bonds and memories. At least, I think it’s essential. We picked Koh Chang, Thailand for this year’s family fun, and what fun we had! If you’re contemplating a trip to Southeast Asia, Thailand is a great choice, and Koh Chang should be first on your list. All sorts of adventures were to be had on Koh Chang, otherwise known as Elephant Island. A mere five hours from Bangkok (our AirBNB hosts…
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Living In A Drought

PumpingWater

When I was kid in elementary school, I remember hearing talks about El Niño. Although I didn’t quite know what it was, I thought it was some once-off thing that got blamed if the weather wasn’t just right. Now I’m an adult, and El Niño has reared its ugly head once again. The results are much more catastrophic than I ever knew as a youth. In South Africa, the country I call home, we were not prepared for what El Niño…
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