Things You Need to Know Before Becoming an Expat

Congratulations, you’ve taken the plunge and immerse yourself into a new country.  Or, you’re thinking of becoming an expat. It’s so exciting! It won’t always be all ice cream and tacos, though. There are things to know in order to mentally prepare for and have a great expat experience in your new country.

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Natalie and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Tourist Day: Guanajuato Edition

As we passed through the famous tunnels of Guanajuato City, Mexico, I began feeling excited again. I felt with renewed vigor, passing into a beautiful city that I’d never seen. Maybe this visit would be better than I thought!

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What We Learned While in Tulum with Kids

We took a family vacation to Tulum, Mexico over spring break. It was part of a larger trip that included visits to some famous Mayan ruins and would end in Cancun. To say Tulum wasn’t what I expected is an understatement.

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Best Mother’s Day Ideas for Your Wife Who Loves to Travel

It’s time to honor our moms, travelers or not. I’m a mom and I appreciate gifts that are thoughtful and practical. Sure, I’d love a box of chocolates or flowers for a random daily surprise. However, putting some thought into it and finding an unique Mother’s Day gift shows that I’m appreciated for the sacrifices I make for the family.

Here are the best Mother’s Day ideas for your wife who loves to travel, from my viewpoint as a traveling mom!

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Best Kids Luggage Sets: Guide for the Traveling Family

As a parent who loves to travel, you want to take your children with you when you explore. I do, too! The trip planning is done and now it’s time to pack. You’ve decided on getting a set of children’s luggage with wheels.  What is the best kids’ luggage set? Should you get your kids hardside luggage or soft luggage? Should kids even have their own suitcase?!

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Mayan Ruins in Yucatan: Coba vs Chichen Itza vs Tulum

The Yucatan peninsula is filled with amazing archeological sites. You know you want to visit Mayan ruins in Yucatan, but which one? Is visiting Chichen Itza worth it? What about Coba vs Tulum? Coba vs Chichen Itza? Or Tulum ruins vs Chichen Itza?

The choices can seem overwhelming! If you can see all three, do it. If not, here are some insights to help you decide on the perfect trip for you.

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Guide to the Best Toddler Carrier For Travel

I’ve often extolled the virtues of baby wearing. Did you know I also love toddler wearing? It’s how I survived having babies turning into toddlers who were only one year apart. When they were babies, it made life so much easier! You can nurse in a carrier, you can bottle feed in a carrier, you can chase your other kids around with your baby in a carrier, etc. Kid melting down? Carrier to the rescue! Traveling? Take that carrier! I’m here to help you find the best toddler carrier (for both travel and daily life) for you.

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Best Backpacking Towel for Traveling Families: Find the Best Travel Towel for You

During our last vacation, I realized that I really wanted a quick drying towel. We had beach towels and hung them outside at night, but they were still quite damp in the mornings. Of course, I want to find the best travel towel available, one that is quick drying, absorbent, and can fold up really small. I do need to fit four in a backpack, after all! It didn’t take long to realize that quick dry travel towels would also be a brilliant addition to our swim bags. It’s great when one product can fill multiple needs!

If you want to travel carry-on only, a compact travel towel is a must. Even for families! Maybe especially for families.

Why get a travel towel? What do you look for in a travel towel? Read on and don’t forget your towel…

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Guide to Visiting Chichen Itza with Kids On Your Own

One of the biggest reasons I wanted to visit the Yucatan peninsula was so we could take the kids to Chichen Itza. Tours are so daunting – spending several hours on a bus, arriving at midday to the ruins, and potentially having a tour with a large group. No thanks. I wanted to do Chichén Itzá with kids as easily as possible, but preferably without doing a day tour from Cancun. Here’s how we did it!

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Things I’ve learned from 2 Years of Traveling, Being an Expat, & Blogging

Happy 2nd birthday, Blissmersion!

When I started this blog and chose the name Blissmersion, a combination of bliss and immersion, I knew it would be a difficult name for people to remember. I chose it anyway. I knew when I started blogging that for most people it is a labor of love. The successful bloggers warned there was little-to-no money earned and many expenses (and are they ever right!) I chose to do it anyway.

Also, I knew traveling with a family of four, including two young kids, would be difficult and often expensive. We do it anyway. Two years ago, I didn’t know we’d become expats in Mexico. We did it anyway.

However, when it came time to write a post about two years of blogging, I almost didn’t. My desire to write had almost dried up to nothing and my sense of self was shaken by it. Even in the bad times, I’ve learned a lot about blogging, traveling, and myself.

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