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10 Gift Ideas for the Traveling Child

It’s that time of year in the United States.  Do you need some gift ideas for the traveling child? Do you need some ideas for your next long trip? Here are some great gifts for toddlers and preschoolers that also travel well. This gift list has a mixture of things I’ve purchased, recommendations from other traveling parents, and the best reviewed items I’m considering buying for our next trip.

While I don’t always do a lot of research before buying toys, it is imperative to read reviews before buying items that are meant for travel. Some travel toys are a GREAT idea in concept, but are not constructed well. This list has the best! Continue reading

Hello. Bonjour. Hola. Would you move abroad?

Would You Move Abroad?

My husband used to ask me, “would you move to Japan?” He’d lived there for a year and enjoyed it. I always said, “no” or “I need to think about it.” At first, it was because we had little kids and I thought it would be too hard to move abroad. Or that I’d be too isolated. Something changed in me. Around a year ago, when he asked me if I would consider moving to Japan, I said, “yes.” Continue reading

From the ground, the view to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Paris, Je T’Aime: A Spectacular Love Affair

Thank you, Simone, for this awesome post about  her adventures in the most romantic city in the world: Paris!

In late August of 2002, I was surprised for my 21st birthday with a weekend in Paris by my then boyfriend. To other people it must sound like the most romantic thing in the world. Normally, I would agree that this is a valid statement. Unfortunately, I believe that it only counts as being utterly romantic if you do not already argue in the car on the way to Paris and you do not stop halfway at a rest area to call your sister for advice on whether to continue or not. Continue reading

Why We Spend the Summer Out of Town

Thanks to Julie for this wonderful guest post about extended summer travel!

My kids and I do quite a bit of summer travel. We drive two hours away multiple times during the summer and stay for a week or two at a time. We’re rarely home for more than one to two weeks between trips. We stay with family. My husband joins us for a weekend or a long weekend sometimes.

Most people find this situation really strange. Continue reading

Getting Passports for My Kids: The Real Story

My eyes flew open. The fan stopped. Why did the fan stop?

“Mama!” A young voice yells. I hear the foot stomps getting closer to the bedroom door. “Mama!”


The door flies open. My 4 year old son bounds into my bedroom. “Mama, the power is out,” he says.

“I know,” I say, still drowsy. “Go back downstairs with papa, okay? I’ll be down shortly. Please don’t wake your sister.”

Of course, by this time, everyone is awake. Please let there be coffee, is my mantra on each step down the stairs. Continue reading

Travel in Your Backyard: Carriage Hill Metro Park

Big thanks to Andrew for this awesome post about exploring in our own backyards.

Often when we think of travel we imagine ourselves far away from home. Usually hopping on a plane and going somewhere tropical but that doesn’t have to be the case. The truth is that adventure is always lurking in your back yard and often it’s affordable. Sure, it may not be as glamorous as a whirlwind European tour but sometimes you have to take what you can get. My backyard is Ohio so I hope to highlight some fun, affordable, and overlooked spots for you to visit. Continue reading