Recommended Travel Books

I love to read. I really love to read. I read pretty fast and devour books by the dozens on a regular basis. On a normal one-week beach vacation, I need at least 5 books preferably 10 to just make it through the vacation. This is why my kindle is a necessity. Bag weight alone without it would dwarf me. One of my favorite pastimes is reading travel books that feed my wanderlust. Some of them give me inspiration for our trip, some of them just give me inspiration about a different way of life, some tempt me to cook […]

Trip Prep To Do List – March 2016

Things are starting to roll and we are getting ready for our Round the World trip!  In addition to checking things off our list, we met the fabulous Bender Family in Orlando and Keith & Nicole got away for adults only ski vacation.  It was really nice to talk with other people who are traveling full time face to face.  If you are traveling and are visiting Florida, we would love to meet up! Every purchase we make now is highly scrutinized.  Are we going to take that with us?  Are we going to store it? Can we do without […]

Learning to Drive a Manual Transmission Car

One of my goals for us before we leave for our trip is learning to drive a manual transmission car.  We want to do this for one big reason: In Europe, manual transmission car rentals are the norm.  And because they are the norm, they are vastly cheaper than an automatic transmission.   An automatic transmission vehicle can be 2-5 times more expensive than a manual transmission one.  For example, a quick search on Kayak for a car rental in Ireland for 2 weeks in March shows a manual transmission car as cheap as $2 / day.  The cheapest automatic transmission […]

Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay Wetlands

Welcome to Green Cay Wetlands Sign One of the best things about living in Florida is being able to be outdoors year round.  One of our favorite places to take a walk in the morning or late afternoon is Wakodahatchee Wetlands or Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center.  Wakodahatchee is a derived word from the Seminole Indian Language and it means “created waters”.  The wetlands park was created from unused land.  The land is from Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department’s Southern Region Water Reclaimation Facility (say that 3 times fast!).  They pump treated water into the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The […]

Fear and Washington DC

So today, I dropped my son off a school for a field trip to Washington DC.  We live in Florida, and this field trip lasts for 3 days and 2 nights.  I’m freaking out.  There is a small part of me that is freaking out because I’m going to miss him and he is far away from us.  But mostly, I’m freaking out because he is growing up.  He is more a little man than a little boy every day. There are things that I know will happen while he is in DC that I can’t do anything about: He […]

Trip Prep To Do List – Feb 2016

This month we got a lot of things done or started. The monthly activities are only going to ramp up from here on out.  It was also a crazy month on the personal side; insane at work, a family death and funeral, a friend in the hospital, a root canal for Nicole, and a 40th Birthday for Keith. I hope February treats us a bit better! House Fix up house for rent – We met with a realtor this month to make sure we are doing all the right things to the house to make sure we can rent it. […]

Family Fun at Lion Country Safari

Welcome to Lion Country Safari In West Palm Beach, there is a zoo that is different from most other zoos. Lion Country Safari is a drive through zoo! The animals roam freely through different sections in the park. Sometimes they are behind fences or moats, sometimes they wander freely and can walk right up to your car. This is awesome and a little strange to get to close to some of these very large animals. Look how close the animals get to the cars! Up close and personal There are 7 sections of the drive through safari. Las Pampas, Ruaha […]

6 things to see and do in Barcelona with kids

We recently got to spend about 48 hours in Barcelona with the kids. A little less than 2 days was enough to experience a little bit of Barcelona and know that we want to go back. These are our recommendations on things to see and do with kids in Barcelona. If you are looking for a place to stay on your trip to Barcelona, we recommend the fabulous Cathedral Bas Apartments. Barri Gotic and walking around the old quarter. It is easy to get lost in the old small streets. It is filled with people and there is tons to […]

Trip Prep To Do List – Jan 2016

This month, we did a lot of preparing for Christmas and our visitors over the holidays.  Fortunately, preparing for the holidays always involves a lot of cleaning and this was a good opportunity for us to get rid of some more stuff.  But, it wasn’t great for getting lots of other stuff completed on our trip prep to do list.  As of Jan 1st, 2016, we leave in 438 days.  This sounds like a long time, but I know it is going to go fast and there is a lot to do.  Welcoming in 2016 means we have to ramp […]

Cathedral Bas Apartments Barcelona Review

View from the roof of Cathedral Bas Apartments We stayed at Cathedral Bas Apartments which was an Apart-hotel. It was right in the center of the gothic quarter of Barcelona or Barri Gotic. The apartment was pretty perfect for a couple of days in Barcelona. It was easy walking distance to a ton of places. One of the kids’ favorite things is just across the street from the apartment; there was a small park next to an outdoor restaurant. Every day, sometimes more than once, we took a break for the kids to play in the park. I spent a […]