Raising Vagabonds and changing the game in family travel.

We’ve all seen this meme. Finding its way through Facebook groups and Tumblr pages. Perpetuating the myth and misconception that you if you have children you can’t possibly be like “what country am I going to next?” We also know those people who circulate this madness. That single friend who thinks it’s funny to continue to highlight her choice to not procreate by demeaning those who do. Or that veteran parent who has reached the age of parental freedom and is celebrating by traipsing the globe, but forgetting those years of weekend soccer games and bake sales. Attempting to taunt…

How to: Milan and Rome in under a week

If you read my previous post on how we went to Italy for under $2000, you would know that I promised you a real breakdown of the trip and how we enjoyed it. If you didn’t read it, go read it now so you can completely understand how much we packed into a week for really really really cheap. (Considering it was two of us and I travel with a human garbage disposal) For the trip, I had to create an itinerary for us. When I travel alone I usually wing it, but with the boy, I have to plan…

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…

Don’t sleep on Groupon.

**Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.**     Have you ever booked a random flight deal on an impulse and then found yourself wondering what do you do in that random town? No? Me neither. But if you have, I’m here to tell you that you have options to figure out how to entertain yourself in Randomtown, U.S.A. and not want to throw yourself out the basement window for all the boredom. So, let’s just say you find an amazing deal to…Las Vegas…(I know, like you would ever really need to know why to do in…

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…