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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These are the Happy Highlights and Lowest Lowlights

It has been a whirlwind of a year! Even though it has been incredible, there have also been some lows. When you move your household and/or travel with kids, there bound to be highlights and lowlights. Just like with normal life. That doesn’t change just by moving somewhere new.

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This is the Incredible Way I Spent the Year

Upon reflecting about 2017, it might have been the busiest year of my life. It was hard in a way I haven’t experienced before and brought about some of the biggest changes I’ve ever had (after having children, of course). It was also one of the most exhilarating years of my life. I’m still in awe about living in Mexico. I still can’t believe this is my home and it still makes me smile. Still, the time has come to say goodbye to 2017.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I'm in the sunshine, inside a car. Very happy.

The Highlights and Lowlights of 2016

Hello, travel lovers! I hope 2016 has provided you with many wonderful travel opportunities. We were supposed to be able to take a real, week long vacation somewhere, but that didn’t happen due to real life punching us in the wallet! Even with the lowlights, there were many highlights, too!

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This is the Sweet Surprise of Hippo Sweat and Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a serious pain my butt. Why can’t humans make their own slimy sun protectant, like hippos? Yes, hippos really do make their own sunscreen! I learned this on Wild Kratts. People call it hippo sweat (or blood-sweat because of the deep red color), but it’s actually a secretion that also acts as an antibiotic! Hippos are seriously cool. Dangerous as hell, but cool! Continue reading

This is How to Go On Local Adventures with Kids

It sounds so easy, but even local adventures can be a daunting task to plan. After all, toting around your toddlers and ALL THE THINGS you need when you go to your usual places gets tiring. How do you on a local adventure with kids?

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This is Why Adventure is Worthwhile

Adventure is worthwhile, according to Aesop. Traveling is an adventurous pastime, of course. I’d go on to argue that families should take regular adventures together. Yes, this includes local travel and staycations!

*Gulp* Does that mean taking the kids?

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How I Discovered My Kids are Good Travelers

This month, we discovered our children are great travelers, thankfully. They never asked, “Are we there yet?” during our first long roadtrip to Wisconsin for a wedding. I almost can’t believe it. Especially since they’ve started asking, “Are we there yet?” on repeat during short trips to our local park and grocery store.

This is what we learned.

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