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Peru Protest: Stranded in La Joya

Peru Protest: Stranded in La Joya

One day we were basking in the beauty of the breathtaking oasis of Huacachina, Peru and sandboarding head-first down 1,400 feet high sand dunes.  Two days later we found ourselves stranded in the Peruvian town of La Joya. The name translates to “the jewel”. Believe me, this place is no gem. Are We ...
Is The Ugly American Dead?

Is The Ugly American Dead?

We’ve all heard about ugly Americans. Tourists from the U.S. who talk too loud, wear garish clothes, compare things in other countries to how it is done in the U.S., and expect everyone to speak English. A Case in Point Many years ago I was sitting at my daughters’ soccer practice when a very& ...
Is a Land-Based Galapagos Trip Right For You?

Is a Land-Based Galapagos Trip Right For You?

Have you dreamed of visiting the Galápagos Islands? I certainly did. It was right at the top of my bucket list. Then in the spring of 2019 Steve and I spent four weeks as land-based visitors to these famed islands. This was one of our most anticipated trips and our most expensive to date. In& ...
The Bottom Line: Our 2018 World Travel Costs

The Bottom Line: Our 2018 World Travel Costs

You may be wondering what it costs to travel the world full-time. I think you will be surprised to learn that it can be less costly than you think. When Steve and I first toyed with the idea of traveling the world full-time we thought it might be a pipe dream. Our main concern was … ...
Press One for English

Press One for English

Steve and I are pictured above with English language students in Strasbourg, France. There is nothing like foreign travel to make you examine your beliefs. It used to annoy me when businesses offered a Spanish option on their phone menu. I was even more annoyed when they asked me to press one for ...
Oops! Did We Do That?

Oops! Did We Do That?

Many years ago I was picking out pastries in a bakery in Paris with my older daughter Stephanie.  When the clerk pointed to a pastry I confidently replied “por favor”. My daughter quietly said, “Mom, that’s Spanish”. Mistakes like this are the makings of cute stories and fond memories. As Steve ...