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High School Students Going Abroad? Here’s How to Find the Right Program

High School Students Going Abroad? Here’s How to Find the Right Program

When my daughter mentioned wanting to go on her own trip the summer between her sophomore and junior year, I immediately said yes. I was the one who had prioritized traveling and learning about other cultures, so I had to say yes to this sort of request. […]

Summer 2018: Going in Different Directions

Summer 2018: Going in Different Directions

We rang in the New Year in Paris and spent the first eight days of 2018 in Italy, so we got a good start to the 2018 year, but it’s the summer trips that I’m most excited about. Emma had expressed wanting to go on […]

Tulum: Mexico Beyond Cancun

Tulum: Mexico Beyond Cancun

As Oliver and I board our flight to Cancun, I feel like I somehow stepped into a time machine back to college. There are men wearing neon tank-tops talking about how much beer they plan to drink once we land to others who brag that they have […]

No Show

No Show

Oliver and I had a tour booked for today. The tour was scheduled to begin at 8:00 am when a driver would pick us up at our hotel.  In our original email correspondence, they asked for my hotel name, but since I was using Airbnb, I […]

First Airbnb Experience

First Airbnb Experience

This morning, Oliver jumped on a trampoline with his two new friends, both of whom only spoke a little English. They ran from the trampoline, to the kitchen to grab a piece a fruit, to the house, and back out under a coconut tree. I […]

Rainbow Loom Friendships

Rainbow Loom Friendships

Perhaps my favorite part of being in Tulum, Mexico with my 8-year-old son, Oliver, (on his first trip out of the country) was watching him become friends with two local boys. We stayed at a place I found on Airbnb that had several small thatch-roof […]