This is My Favorite Travel Accessory: A Guide to Finding the Best Menstrual Cup

Mom travelers, well, any female traveler, this post is for you. It’s all about my personal favorite travel accessory: the menstrual cup. Wait! Before you groan, this post is not sponsored by any one brand. My favorite travel blogger lamented about people writing gift lists and putting some brand of menstrual cup on the list, because really… who gives menstrual cups as gifts?!

She’s right. It’s a weird gift to give someone (but I’ve considered it for a close friend), partially because period talk is still sort of taboo and actually far more importantly: because every woman has different needs.

Here’s why the menstrual cup is my favorite travel accessory!

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These are the Best Travel Car Seats for Flying with Kids

Which car seats are the best travel car seats for airplanes? When you fly frequently with kids, you want to find a car seat that is easy to install, uninstall, use safely, and is easier to carry though airports. Which are the best car seats for flying with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers?

I’m an advocate for car seat safety. Children should be in their correctly installed car seats, buckled properly by an adult every time, and rear facing until they outgrow the limits of their seats. These safety measures certainly extend to air travel. So far, my children have ridden in their car seats on each flight we’ve taken, even though they are past the toddler age.  I strongly encourage all parents to follow proper use guidelines to the best of their ability.

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How to Have Ethical Animal Encounters in the Caribbean

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.

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In honor of Valentine's day, the most romantic picture I have of me and my husband. Two people, silhouettes, kissing with the sunset and Pacific ocean in the background.

The Best Nerdy Travel Gifts For Valentine’s Day

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.

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5 of the Most Ridiculous Things I’ve Forgotten to Pack

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.

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This is Why Ethical Animal Tourism is Important to Me

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. Continue reading

Kids Getting Sick While Traveling: First Aid Kit

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?

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Don’t Fear The Bathrooms (What You Need to Know)

It’s about the bathrooms, folks. If you are going to explore off the beaten-tourist-path in Mexico (and I recommend you do), you will need to know a few things about bathrooms here. They aren’t scary (mostly)! They are just bathrooms, like anywhere else. However, as a traveler, here are some things no one will think to tell you in advance.

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9 Travel Blogs You Should Be Reading (Besides This One)

There are probably a zillion travel blogs out there and with all kinds of different focuses. I decided to round up my favorites and share them with you! Each have a different focus than this blog, but as I’ve gleaned so much information (and great stories) from them, they are all worth a look!

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7 Quick Tips About Traveling with Kids

Are you a seasoned traveler or a novice? Either way, traveling with kids changes how you do things. While a flight delay might be an annoying experience for a solo traveler, it can be downright awful for those with young, hungry, tired, and bored children.

These tips will help you when you travel with toddlers and preschoolers on a plane. Make your travel days go smoothly. Or at least as smoothly as possible. Go forth and embark on family friendly travel! Continue reading