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Running the Streets of Siem Reap

Running the Streets of Siem Reap

I packed my running clothes, hoping I could run on my trip. I wasn’t entirely sure it’d be safe, and I didn’t know if I could bear the heat even if it was safe, but when  I got to Cambodia, I learned that my friend, […]

World Tourism Day and Being a Respectful Traveler

World Tourism Day and Being a Respectful Traveler

Today is World Tourism Day! Did you even know that was a thing? To be honest, I didn’t. It turns out that the day was created in 1980 to create awareness about tourism and its social, cultural, and economic value. This year the World Tourism […]

Understanding the Differences Between Sustainable Tourism and Eco Tourism

Understanding the Differences Between Sustainable Tourism and Eco Tourism

The travel industry is one of the largest in the world and is expected to continue growing in the upcoming years. In 2016, international tourist arrivals grew by 3.9%.  With this growth comes the realization that tourism has the potential to benefit communities through conservation […]

Tips For Planning Your Next Trip

Tips For Planning Your Next Trip

How to plan your next trip I spend a lot of time researching trips. It’s how I fill the non-travel part of my year–it’s honestly something I love doing. Recently a friend of mine, who is thinking about taking her first trip to Europe, asked […]

Steps to Simplify Your Life

Steps to Simplify Your Life

My brother-in-law jokes that he could pack up my entire home in a matter of hours. I think this is an exaggeration, but it’s not too far off. I used to have more stuff–boxes from college full of Mardi Gras beads, closets full of shoes […]

How to Expose Your Kids to Different Cultures Without Leaving The Country

How to Expose Your Kids to Different Cultures Without Leaving The Country

We could hear the beat of the music as soon as we stepped out of our car. We grabbed our things and joined the line of people making their way toward the music. I could sense my son’s apprehension—he kept his head down, watching his […]

My Christmas Surprise for My Kids: We’re Going to Europe

My Christmas Surprise for My Kids: We’re Going to Europe

Last year I struggled to come up with Christmas gifts for my kids. They didn’t need anything, and we’re not a family who buys things just for the sake of buying them. I ended up buying a ukulele for Emma and a box full of […]

My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

India is one of those polarizing destinations–people either love it or hate it. It’s raw and gritty, and I feel you have to be there awhile before you start to see the beauty of the place. Even then, it’s a love-hate relationship. Nothing is easy. […]

Experiencing the Bangkok Buzz

Experiencing the Bangkok Buzz

First impressions: Bangkok is huge, congested, and hard to get from point A to point B. There seems to be no real downtown area, or at least none that I can tell. It’s a huge urban sprawl, with skyscrapers randomly thrown about. I have no […]

Jodhpur: Where the Simple Act of Going Somewhere Becomes an Adventure

Jodhpur: Where the Simple Act of Going Somewhere Becomes an Adventure

Jodhpur pulsates color. Flower garlands and colorful fabrics dance in the wind against the blue walls of the city.  Cows meander down the streets. I didn’t know much about the city; I only knew that I wanted to visit on my second trip to India after […]