You’re Not From Round Here: The Pathway to Connections

It takes me a moment to register every time. There’s this look that passes over their face when I first speak. You can literally see some kind of switch flip in their brain. Their eyes show it. It’s a small movement. A widening perhaps, or a gentle flick back and forth. The brain…

The wondrous hell of a three day drive to your vacation (with kids)

We’ve arrived in Bloomington Minnesota after a three day drive to get here. Road trips with kids can be a grand adventure when the road trip becomes the journey. Sometimes when the road trip is just a looooong drive to your destination, it’s a mixture of wonder and hell! Here’s a snapshot of the musings, experiences, and discoveries on our Minnesota road trip. 1.  Americans love multi tasking. And by that I mean diving 70mph on a busy interstate surrounded by trucks and texting. Or even reading a book or newspaper. And…

Our Exciting US road trip plans for the next six weeks

We’re off on a six week road trip adventure. We haven’t been on a trip this long for some time. It’s the most excited I’ve felt about road tripping and travel for a long time as well. So much of the past year has been spent getting ourselves settled into life in the US, …

How to Rapidly Grow Your Email List With Interact Quiz Creator

Yes. Yes. Yes. Was my immediate response when asked if I was interested in testing Interact, the online quiz creator software, and potentially partnering with them long term (I am now an affiliate partner for them as I love it. Keep reading this Interact review to see why.) I jumped on a call with them the next day for an overview of…

Don’t miss the natural beauty of Hong Kong (it’s not all skyscrapers & dim sum)

If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong, you’re probably thinking of dim sum, skyscrapers and stunning Victoria Peak views. These are all fun and worthy things to explore on your Hong King vacation. However, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are beautiful beaches, marshes, wetlands teeming with life, and plenty of outdoor adventures. Did you know that three-quarters of Hong Kong’s 1,108 square kilometers of land is rural and nearly pristine? I didn’t know it either until Craig and I last visited Hong Kong. We did the normal touristy things: ride up…

19 Inspiring Things to do in Montgomery AL with Kids

Montgomery, Alabama is well worth a stop on your Deep South Road Trip for its important and inspiring Civil Rights History. It’s known as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement as it’s where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat which began the boycott movement which ignited the flame for the African American people to bring about change and make the world a better place. It’s also where Dr. Martin Luther King rose as a leader of that movement. Alabama’s capital is reemerging as a destination offering a…

22 Fun Things to Do in Jackson MS to Discover the City With Soul

What does it mean to be the City With Soul? This is what was on my mind when planning our trip with Visit Jackson to the capital of the State of Mississippi. Capitol Building I only knew of Jackson MS because of its Deep South Blues history and complicated slavery and Civil Rights history. And I knew I…

Learn How the World Changed on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of U.S. Civil Rights Trail for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. “Well that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Why does that matter?” Kalyra’s innocent response summed it up perfectly. I was talking to her about privilege and how some people have more of it than others, purely as a result of where…

Ban the Selfies! Book a Local Photographer to Capture Travel Memories

I’ve noticed a growing trend in travel recently – hiring a holiday photographer to capture your travel memories. I’ve been curious as to how worthwhile it is as all the photos I’ve seen have been amazing. I know if we’re thinking about it, you could be too. So when Wanderloud approached us sometime ago to test their holiday photography services, we said we’d definitely think about it. When …

Grokker Review: How to maintain a happy travel workout routine

Maintaining a fitness routine while traveling is extremely hard to do. You throw your workout gear in your suitcase with the best intentions. You are going to stay fit and slim on your trip! But then, you have a tour that starts at 6am and doesn’t get you home until 8pm. Or, you made new friends in the hotel so you want to spend more time chatting with them. Sometimes it is hard to keep…

Exploring your DNA ancestry trail around the world

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. While this was a sponsored opportunity from 23andMe, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. My Aunt is an avid researcher of our family history. She’s traced us back all the way to Alexander the Great and a few…

Moving abroad: How we’ve set up an apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina

Quite a few people have reached out to us who are moving abroad to the US – or they are thinking or dreaming about it. They found this post on getting settled in the US helpful.  As I have moved overseas many times before, I understand how scary and confusing it can be. There is a lot to consider and organize when you move abroad. We’ve moved abroad over 5 times, yet it’s still an extremely stressful, overwhelming, and exhausting experience, especially now that we have kids to think about. Although our specifics in this moving abroad post are …

15 fun things to do in Nashville with kids (they involve music!)

Nashville has a growing reputation for wild girl getaways – it’s overtaken Vegas as the number one place for bachelorette parties, or as we like to call them in Australia, hens weekends. Cluck cluck cluck. Despite all the pedal pubs and yahooing whizzing past you on the street (making you long for your wonder years), there are plenty of fun things to do in Nashville with kids. One family travel hack I have is that when you visit a…

A Cades Cove bike ride in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – we saw bears!

We saw bears. Lots of them. I thought that when, or if, that moment would ever arrive, I’d freeze, terrified. Instead, I was the opposite, squealing with glee and doing my best to stop myself from running over to cuddle them. I felt safe. There was an energy of permission for us to watch in open wonder as Momma taught her two babies how…