I always want to do all of the “swim with marine creatures” activities that are available. Swimming with dolphins has long been on my wish list. Swimming with dolphins, turtles, or stingrays sound so alluring. Are they good for the creatures in question? Here is how to have ethical animal encounters in the Caribbean AND my handy-dandy guide to some of the most popular attractions.
I have way too many fandoms… Since I love all things Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek, Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, and Ghostbusters, I’ve only represented a few in my quest to find awesome “nerdy” gift ideas that are practical. Only a few are even remotely romantic, but that is par for the course for the way my husband and I celebrate Valentine’s day.
Meaning: usually, we forget.
I’m forgetful. I’m also a bit unorganized. Even making lists doesn’t always save me from forgetting something crucial on my travels. What’s the one thing that everyone remembers to pack that would be ridiculous to forget?
I’ve forgotten it.
I’ve spent some time researching all these animal tourism experiences that sound wonderful. I want to do them all! However, I’ve come across the truth of many of them. Most touristy activities that involve captive animals also include horrific animal abuses at worst and neglect at the best. Spending my tourism dollars on ethical animal tourism is important to me. In fact, it is one way we can all make a huge difference.
It’s Christmas day, so what better time to discuss the virtues of travel? Especially since plane tickets are on my wish list this year. I’m currently in the US with my family, opening presents and enjoying the joyful sounds of my kids playing with their cousins.
So why is travel sweeter than Christmas morning?
Sometimes, you get sick on the road. In our case, before our first international flight with our children, one child was up all night throwing up the night before we left. What do you do if this happens? What should you bring with you on your travels? Should you carry a first aid kit?
As you know from this post and this post, I’m a big fan of the Zoey and Sassafrass series, written by Asia Citro. When she agreed to an interview with me, I may have had a bit of a fangirl freakout. But I’m not about to admit that here!
Asia Citro’s next book and the fourth book of the Zoey and Sassafras series, Caterflies and Ice, comes out on November 21, 2017. I was lucky enough to interview her and talk a little bit about her characters, writing process, and bugs. Yes, bugs!
Though I’ve not met her in person, she is warm, funny, and her love of bugs is infectious. There’s also a little surprise contained within!
I was so scared to travel and I never even considered traveling alone. My friends never had money or time. Frequently, both. If they did, they’d go with their significant other. I didn’t know that people traveled solo simply because they could. Nor did I realize how rewarding it would be. How do you alleviate the fear of traveling? How do you fight the foe called travel anxiety?
One thing I love to do for myself is write letters to Future Me. It has helped me realize when I’ve made progress in my life and thinking. It reminds me of difficult times and that I’ve persevered through them. I get snapshots of what my kids were like at certain ages and I’ve made sure to include more about my little precious people in my future letters to my future self. The snapshot shows me where I was on my journey and where I am now.
The three of us ended up with a long lasting virus, so we made a trek to a doctor’s office. Everyone is fine, thanks. I wanted to call to your attention a lovely trend I’ve noticed here. The artwork in my pediatrician’s office is incredible. Who else is going to tell you that?