It all started by my really good friend asking me to plan their Disney Adoption Celebration trip in March 2018. I am a HUGE Disney lover, and I have had annual passes just about my whole life. She knew I could do it and make sure it was a MAGICAL Disney Trip. So, I did… Continue reading What Started My Career as a Travel Agent
One of my favorite things about traveling is exploring national parks with their forests, trails, mountains, and lakes. Ocala National Forest isn't too far from where my grandparents live in The Villages, Florida, and even though I went there last year with my parents and Charlotte, we didn't have enough time to visit Ocala. Right… Continue reading Expected Monkey Sightings
Travelling alone is often a frightening proposition. The world is a big place, with languages and people and practices that don’t make sense, that are foreign in every sense of the word. In 2009, I was a ninth-grade student with good test scores, a relatively active lifestyle, successful in track and field, and few friends.… Continue reading The Expedition Never Really Ends
Walt Disney World in Florida offers a few different parks, but my mind was set on going on the safari ride in Animal Kingdom, so Charlotte and I did just that. This park didn't have nearly as many rides as some of the others, but in exchange for it, we saw many animals in a… Continue reading Safari in the Sunshine State
Travel is change; change can trigger. Change and mental health work at cross purposes to each other. Change of any sort can be symptom-inducing and a trigger for the worst aspects of mental health issues. Ironically, travel is in its every essence change. Change of place, change of environment, change of routine, change of circumstance. It is… Continue reading Travel is Change
As I'm writing this, it's a record temperature of -25 here in Chicago, so I'm going to tell you about Charlotte's and my first couple days in Florida last May; then, I can reminisce on the warmth. We flew into Tampa with my parents and stayed at the Quality Inn and Conference Center, which had… Continue reading The Best Beach in the U.S.
Thank you to everyone who entered the New Year Giveaway! I'd say it's a great way to start off the new year. I hope to be able to do giveaways more often in the future, so I hope you'll keep a look out for them and enter when they're available! Who doesn't love free stuff?… Continue reading New Year Giveaway Winner
One of the many benefits of living in Germany is taking advantage of the numerous festivals and traditional celebrations throughout the region.Christmas (Weihnachten) Markets, or more accurately Advent Markets, pop up in nearly every town and city across Germany in the weeks before Christmas.Hundreds of vendors peddle bakery items, wooden scenes and toys and hand-painted… Continue reading Christmas Markets Lift Your Spirit
Are you ready to enter the New Year Giveaway?! You should be! The prize bundle you can win includes a penguin keychain from Serengetee, a gold stainless steel reusable straw (with a pipe cleaner) from Sandcloud, and a shark fin ring also from Sandcloud. I'll also throw in a small gift as a surprise! Serengetee… Continue reading Enter Now!
A Family Trip Saved My Sanity Back in the fall of 2017, the idea of living in Germany was romantic and exciting. Starting my freelance writing business was exhilarating and empowering. Traveling Europe and sharing experiences with my husband and kids was endearing.Then we arrived, and I felt overwhelmed.We left 10 years of memories and… Continue reading Clarity at the Eiffel Tower