Brussels: A food tour

We were in Brussels for only 2.5 days and I can’t tell you one landmark or historical site that we saw. Okay, that’s a lie. We actually saw quite a lot. We took a City Sightseeing Bus and saw most of the city during one of the full days. We got off a couple times to explore the area and even stumbled upon a museum dedicated to musical instruments around the world. We paid the extra 2€ and got the audioguide where we were able to listen to the actual musical instruments being played. Later in the day, we went…

We ended up with a free tour of Istanbul and it blew our minds!

So, we are headed to Brussels and I noticed that my ticket had a 13-hour layover. I tried to get a free hotel from Turkish Airlines, but that didn’t work out. (More on that later) But we were offered a tour of Istanbul for free99! So we took it. I mean…what else were we gonna do in the airport for that long? The tour started at 9am and we left on an air-conditioned bus. Which was pretty neat because around 9am, Istanbul got kinda hot. We made our way into town and stopped at an office to drop off our…

Don’t be like me: Travel mistakes and how to avoid them.

I’ve traveled a lot in these last few years. And while most of you may think I’m somewhat of an expert, it’s only because I’ve made a few mistakes a long the way. Okay…I’ve made a lot and each of them has helped me learn how to be a more effective traveler. Especially when traveling with kids, you sometimes can’t afford to make such grave mistakes while traveling with your young ones. Here are some mistakes that I’ve made in the past and hopefully you will heed these cautionary tales to help make your travel experience more enjoyable and cost-effective….

New Year, New Blog…sorta

January is the month that signals a time where everyone wants a do-over. “New year, new me” they exclaim. Well, I am not an exception. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about this blog. If some of you haven’t noticed, I’ve been really scarce with my blog posting. While I honestly suck at blogging and documenting my life for the masses, I think I started to shy away from sharing so much of myself on this platform. Putting myself out there created a lot of negative comments from people who don’t know me and I didn’t know how…

The drama of last-minute planning

The boy and I recently went to Egypt and we had an AMAZING TIME! (more on that later) But what some people don’t realize is that this trip was incredibly last-minute. I wasn’t going to go anywhere for October break. I originally planned on heading to Morocco to scout for the Raising Vagabonds trip there in March, but ended up sending someone else for me. Then I was going to buy a car here in Addis, so I felt like I needed to stay in town to monitor that process. I didn’t want to be out of town when everything went…

5 Reasons All-Inclusive Resorts are Sweeter Than Christmas Morning

The boy and I spent a week at an all-inclusive resort in Hurghada, Egypt recently and BOY ARE WE SPOILED!!! This place was so amazing that we will most likely never go back to using a “regular” hotel ever again (if we can help it). The water slides, the food, the staff, it was beyond anything we could have imagined. I could go on and on about this place, but instead I’ll just outline the top 5 reasons why you should look into an all-inclusive resort for you next family vacation. They are cheaper than staying in a traditional hotel. Think…

3 Ways to Feel at Home While on Vacation

Sponsored Post Since moving abroad, summer vacation is often spent in the States. While some leave the U.S. to travel the world during the break, the boy and I return home to visit family and friends. In past summers, we have spend out time traveling to California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia. During that time, we found ways to feel like we weren’t spending all of our time in hotels and eating crappy food, but rather we were living our home life in another part of the country. The following are three ways we have found it easy to feel…