Why You Should Follow Your heart (and its wild journey)

I never realized I felt like a visitor in my own country until recently relocating to Raleigh. Now that I’m here and experiencing the feelings that I am, I know that was what that unsettled feeling always was. That desire to roam and seek, feeling like I never belonged, or perhaps not even wanted. I thought I just wanted to travel. I though I just enjoyed being free and turning up in places not knowing anyone and not being able to be found. That definitely comes into play, and it’s because of that, I ended up…

Visit Graceland, Sun Studios and Studio B, TN (Feel the Spirit of Elvis Presley)

There’s probably very little people alive who do not recognize the name Elvis. There are very few people alive who can be recognized globally by first name only. Elvis was a transformative spirit; an individual guided by something special to use his talents to touch the lives of many. He burst through a restricted world where music was tame and …

How to slip into Serenity at Chimney Rock & Lake Lure NC

I feel like my spirit lived in Lake Lure in a previous life. It’s elevated every time I arrive and see the forested green of the pine trees surrounding the lake. Lake Lure sits in the Hickory Nut Gorge, surrounded by lush mountain tops and sheer granite cliffs. In the distance are the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Hickory …

Unplug and let nature work her magic

It happens every time we go for a walk in nature. “Do we have to?” It could be Savannah or Kalyra whining. You decide. “It’s so boring.” Is it? That’s interesting. What wouldn’t be boring to you.” I don’t know, playing games and fun stuff. My heart deflates a little with a, damn you society, with all your flashy gadgets pulling them away from the simplicity and beauty of nature and present moment awareness. “I’m…

Need a Beach Vacay? Best Things to do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Al

“I didn’t even know Alabama had beaches. It reminds me so much of the Gold Coast in Australia.” We heard this comment more than once from our Australian friends and followers. To be honest, it was a long time before I realized Alabama had beaches too. And even though I knew it was on the Gulf Shores and close to Pensacola in Florida, I still didn’t believe the beaches would be any good. Boy was I wrong. In fact, Alabama has 32 miles of white sand beaches. And it turns out that the best things…

7 Best Things to Do in Bloomington, Minnesota (or nearby)

Looking for tips on the best things to do in Bloomington, MN? You are in the right place! Bloomington, Minnesota is home to the renowned Mall of America®. It’s also close to the Minneapolis International Airport and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, and is situated in Minnesota, the state of 10,000 lakes. If you’re looking for a dynamic family vacation that involves adventure, nature experiences, fun attractions, signature experiences and family-friendly hotels, then Bloomington…

A Taste of Minnesota at the Radisson Blu, Mall of America®

Radisson Blu, Mall of America How many times have you been out exploring on your vacation and realized you’ve forgotten something in the hotel that could enhance the day a little? Sunscreen, hats, cameras, money, tickets even. The list is endless and the struggle can be real coming up with a solution or alternative! During some free time on …

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…