LIFE JOURNEYS

Travel Mamas 10th Anniversary – My Blogging Journey & Most Popular Stories

Ten years ago I didn’t know what a blog was. Today Travel Mamas is one of the top travel blogs in the world. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of TravelMamas.com, I share my blogging journey below. Plus, I count down our 10 most popular blog posts of the past decade! My Blogging Journey After years […]

Are You Ready to Turn Your Hobby into a Business?

So you want to turn your hobby into a business. Maybe you’re seeking a side hustle to supplement your income. Or you want to dump your day job in favor of something more fulfilling. You might be ready to take the leap from doing your hobby for fun, to earning some cold hard cash for your efforts. […]

Why and How to Host a Vision Board Party

If you are asking, “What’s a vision board?” – obviously you are not nearly as obsessed with Oprah as I am. So, I’ll give you the scoop. A vision board is collage representing things you would like to attract to your life. Here’s how and why to throw a vision board party to get the magic started.

The Travel Mama’s Bucket List – Updated!

This bucket list is made up of unaccomplished dreams, awaiting fulfillment.

8 Best Business Books for Women

You’ve got great business ideas. And you have the skills to implement them. But do you know where to start and how to get your ideas heard? It’s time to put your business plans into action. Or maybe it’s time to start your own business and be your own boss. This carefully curated list of business books for […]

World Vision ~ Give Great Gifts & Make the World a Better Place

This holiday season, give beautiful handcrafted gifts from World Vision that your loved ones can unwrap and enjoy. At the same time, feel good knowing that your presents are helping to make the world a better place. How? Simply choose from World Vision’s Handcrafted Gifts Catalog, and a donation will be made to help alleviate poverty […]

Should Your Teen Do a Gap Year After High School?

Don’t you wish sometimes that you could have time off to clear your head and explore the world? Luckily for today’s teens, they can take a gap year after high school before entering college or pursuing a career. The popularity of gap years has spread across the Atlantic and is increasingly becoming an option for […]

Which Animal Are You? A Fun Look at the Human Spirit

Trainers use laid-back companion dogs and docile goats to mellow wild cheetahs and skittish racehorses. My theory is that some people have the untamed spirit of the former, and others have the even-keeled souls of the latter. Partnering with someone who possesses the qualities opposite yours can be mutually beneficial. Which animal are you? Wild Cheetahs and Laid-Back […]

Make Your Travel Dreams Come True with Retirement Planning

There often seems to be this big debate when it comes to traveling versus saving for your retirement.  I don’t think the two have to be polar opposites. It’s entirely possible to live a well crafted life that includes plenty of travel now and during the years after you stop working. Here’s how I intend to make […]

Watch “He Named Me Malala” with Your Kids

“There is a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or to stand up.” – Malala Yousafzai Great changes are made when people are willing to speak out about injustices, even at the risk of grave personal danger. Martin Luther King, Jr. had the charisma and vision to propel the Civil Rights Movement […]

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Israel

Ripe with history and bursting with spiritual significance, Israel is the birthplace of two major world religions, Christianity and Judaism, and home to important religious sites for another, Islam. Before my recent visit, I had my own ideas about what this country would be like. While there, I was shocked to learn the following fascinating facts from my group’s […]

Are You Rude Quiz ~ Discover How You Rank on the Politeness Scale

Inconsiderate people suck. And they seem to be everywhere lately. After a few run-ins with cranky, manner-less people this week, I started wondering…do rude people even realize they’re being jerks? Maybe they don’t know how they’re supposed to behave in public to be courteous human beings. But then again, maybe they’re just jerks and they don’t […]

West Wing and Oval Office Tour – Feeling Like a VIP in DC

When I learned I could bring a guest with me on my West Wing and Oval Office Tour, I knew right away who to ask: my dad. An invitation to visit the White House enabled me to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with my ever generous, American history buff dad. Why was I invited for a West Wing and Oval Office tour? […]