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…

The Terrible Twos are a LIE!

I love my child. He is literally my favorite person on this planet. But when he is sleepy or hungry or hasn’t pooped in a couple of days he is not someone I want to share space with. I love him, but nah. We were in Egypt recently and a few days into our trip, we were exploring the Sahara desert on ATVs. It was the most fun we’ve had in a while. He rode on the back and screamed with glee while I embraced my inner Ryde or Die Chick. We saw a Bedouin village and watched the millions…

Interested in living abroad? 6 ways to help your family adjust to your new home.

Living abroad alone can be challenging, but living abroad with children can be enough to test even the strongest of families. Depending on the ages of your children and their affinity to their home country, their feelings can vary from extreme excitement to dread and opposition over having to leave their home and friendship circles behind. Preparing your children for a move overseas can help make the transition as positive as possible. When I prepared to move to Japan with my son, the process happened so quickly that I didn’t have enough time to adequately prepare him for the transition….

We’ve been in Addis for 2 weeks now…

The boy and I have been in Addis Ababa for a little over 2 weeks and here are some of the reflections I’ve gathered so far: 1. I absolutely LOVE my place of work. (The jury is still on out on my actual position, as the chiren aren’t here yet. And I haven’t yet assessed the level of crazy with the coworkers either) But the passion admin has and the action they take to ensure we are well taken care of, are taking care of ourselves, and are working collaboratively with one another for the good of these kids is…

6 ways to make traveling with kids easier

Planning travel with children can seem like an overwhelming task, even for the experienced traveler. The uncertainty of toddler tantrums or pre-teen mood swings can make a family vacation seem as fun as a root canal. Whether they’re yours or someone else’s, factoring a child’s needs into your travel plans is more than just downloading apps on the tablet or packing enough snacks for a road trip. In my son’s short 10 years on this planet, we have been to 14 countries, 23 international cities, and on countless planes, trains, and busses together. We have discovered some amazing parts of…