Six years ago, I almost died.

I was traveling in Peru, working as a volunteer for an immersion program that encouraged travelers to live with host families and work in childcare centers to increase their language studies. I was to be in Pisac and Cuzco, Peru for a month and I was ecstatic to see what this journey would bring and how it would change me. But the day before I left, I found out I was pregnant. My partner and I were planning. The month before, we talked about having another child and I even prepared by removing my IUD. We were told that it…

Our week in Italy and how we did it for under $2000!

As you know, I’m constantly trying to save money when I travel. From flight glitches to Groupon, I’m always in search of a way to make my money stretch. I’m constantly telling people that traveling with kids is not expensive and doesn’t have to be limited to the continental United States when you’re on a budget. That’s why I HAVE to share how we went on a family vacation to Rome and Milan for $1950.69. You heard me. Less than $2000 for two people. Flights, food, EVERYTHING! Here’s how I did it: Transportation One day I was minding my own business and I get…

5 things you need to know before traveling to Tokyo.

I’ve been living in Tokyo for a year now and it’s a beautiful and exciting place to visit. I’m often asked a lot of questions from people interested in visiting and I thought I’d put together a few things that I think are important to know before coming to visit. Here they are… There are no public trash cans. Or very few, rather. There are bins that collect bottles and cans near vending machines and sometimes outside of conbinis (convenience stores). But don’t bank on these being everywhere. It’s not uncommon to have bags of trash in your book bag because there is nowhere…

24 hours in Abu Dhabi: Pt. 1

This is a rant. I’m just gonna put that out there first. The TripAdvisor review will come later. I’m hot and stinky and really really tired, so this is what you get right now. We begin our journey landing in Abu Dhabi Airport at 2:30AM. We left Narita Airport at 9PM, so I really don’t know what time my body thought it was by the time we landed. I didn’t sleep well, but the boy remarked that he “slept like a baby”. So I was already irked. We landed 2 hours ahead of schedule, therefore we had to wait for the…

How to travel the world with your child and not lose your mind or end up with them in CPS when you get home.

In other words: How do I make travel with my kid look so easy and effortless? The long and short of it is: I only put the good photos online. Nobody wants to see the ones of us arguing or me crying in a corner because I am trying really hard not to book a flight back home because he’s being incredibly ungrateful and I’m frustrated and tired from booking so many countries in a small span of time. *ahem* Traveling with your kid can be amazingly rewarding and fun. You get to spend all of your time with your…

Here and there: The art of being busy.

  I’m a busy person. I work 40+ hours a week as the school counselor to a group of wonderful young ladies. I run this blog, which is often overlooked and poorly managed, but I enjoy it. I’m working on a business (which details will be revealed sooner than you think) and working with/developing my team and having business meetings until 1am because they are on the other side of the world. And on top of all that I’m a mom/cook/housekeeper to a little boy who thinks (and is often correct) that my world revolves around him and his needs….

Community.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been involved in community service. When I was growing up, my church would raise money for shelters and have food drives during the holidays for the less fortunate. When I went to college, I joined Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Incorporated because their values surrounding service and activism were in line with my own core values. Even while in graduate school, I volunteered in Peru for the summer teaching English and helping out at a local daycare. Whenever I travel, I try to visit a shelter, an orphanage, or community center that…