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21 Places to Soak Up the San Diego Sun

There are endless things to do in San Diego.  Here is a list of 21 great ways to spend time in the San Diego sunshine! 1. Cabrillo National Monument Cabrillo National Monument and Statue celebrate the first European to set foot on the West Coast […]

12 Essential To-Do’s Before Traveling Internationally

12 Essential To-Do’s Before Traveling Internationally

It has been over 10 years since our first International trip to Europe, back when I only had to pack and plan for myself.  Now that we are preparing for our next big trip as a family of four, I find a checklist essential.  Here […]

Quick Guide: Set Up Traveling Mailbox in 10 Steps

Quick Guide: Set Up Traveling Mailbox in 10 Steps

One of the most common questions that we are asked is “What do you do about mail while you’re traveling?” It is actually a whole lot easier to manage mail than you may think.  There are a few options out there, but we have recently […]

11 Travel Movies That Inspire

Sometimes there is nothing I love more than watching good, inspirational travel movie.  Here are some classic travel movies and a few of my favorites: 1. Given The true story of two legendary surfers who take their young family from their home on Kauai to […]

Stay-cation: Play Tourist in Your Own State

Stay-cation: Play Tourist in Your Own State

When I started keeping a journal a few years back of all the attractions I wanted to visit across the country, I stumbled across some places in Illinois that I never even knew existed.  In fact, I was 21 years old the first time that […]

The End of Our Mexico Adventure: Cancun

The End of Our Mexico Adventure: Cancun

We left Merida, and took the ADO Bus to the city center of Cancun, about a 4 and a half hour journey.  It was pouring rain when we arrived, and my husband, now well practiced at negotiation, bargained a taxi ride to our hotel.  Although […]

Connecting with Family & Friends in Merida

Connecting with Family & Friends in Merida

Spending time in the capital city of the Yucatan, Merida, was not even on our radar, until our traveling friends brought our attention to a Worldschooling Gathering taking place there in April.  We were very excited about the opportunity to spend time with our friends […]

Ek’ Balam

Ek’ Balam

We used Valladolid as a base when visiting the ruins of Ek’Balam.  The ruins site was only about a half hour drive away from the city center, and there didn’t seem to be an easy way to catch a Collectivo, so we chose to hail […]

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Stepping Back in Time: Valladolid, Mexico

Stepping Back in Time: Valladolid, Mexico

After spending a week and a half on the gorgeous Riviera Maya, it was time for us to head inland to the charming city of Valladolid, located in almost the center of the Yucatan peninsula.  We arrived into Valladolid’s ADO bus station, where we stepped […]

A Cenote Tour & The Coba Ruins, Mexico

A Cenote Tour & The Coba Ruins, Mexico

After a busy, but fun-filled weekend in Playa Del Carmen, I decided that I wasn’t in the mood to figure out all the details of how to get to the Coba Ruins, so instead we just booked a tour that would take us to Coba […]

Tulum Boat Ride and Snorkeling

Tulum Boat Ride and Snorkeling

After we left the beautiful Tulum Ruins and cooled off a bit, we walked toward Playa Pescadores, vowing that we would taxi back on our return. The kids entertained themselves and many passers-by on our walk, as they belted out more songs from Moana. The beach was […]

Tulum Ruins, Mexico

Tulum Ruins, Mexico

When we woke up the morning after our day at the beach in Xpu-Ha, we were unsure about attempting another full day outing to see Tulum in the hot sun.  We decided we’d just do a quick trip there and back, skipping the beach due to […]

Reunion in Playa Del Carmen and Xpu-Ha, Mexico

Reunion in Playa Del Carmen and Xpu-Ha, Mexico

A few days after arriving in Playa Del Carmen, we had a reunion with friends that we had met in San Diego at the RV Rally in January of 2016.  Their family joined us for a long weekend in Playa Del Carmen, before we would reunite again […]

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Yucatan, Mexico

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Yucatan, Mexico

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles were all necessary to get us to Mexico.  Once we arrived it became more like Rickshaws, Colectivos, and Motocars.  But I’ll get into that a little later… It all started with our first Uber ride to the San Diego Amtrak Station, where we boarded a train and spent […]

Sea World California

Sea World California

This winter we went to Sea World for Homeschoolers Day.  Because we went with a large homeschool group, we got a great deal on a half day admission, which allowed us access to all of the animal exhibits.  That was plenty of time for the […]

We Are Now on YouTube

We Are Now on YouTube

I have been playing around with IMovie software and decided it was time for me to learn how to make videos.  I have begun with a slideshow of photos and short video clips that give a summary of our travels over the last few years. […]

What Do You Have to Gain?

What Do You Have to Gain?

When I saw this quote, it immediately resonated with me.  I know, I know, this is not my first blog post to address this subject.  But, fear and doubt is such a powerful fight in many of our minds and definitely in my own, that […]

Setting Off On a Worldschooling Adventure

Setting Off On a Worldschooling Adventure

I have some exciting travel news.  We are setting off on a new travel adventure this spring, which actually involves leaving the country! We are going to attend our first ever Summit for WorldSchooling families, which will be a gathering of families from different countries, […]

Sweet Home, Chicago

Sweet Home, Chicago

One of the incredible things that we enjoy about living unconventionally, is that even though we are away from family for much of the year, the time that we do spend together when we return is intentional, quality time.  When we returned in the Fall, […]