Jan 242015
 
I Traveled to Cuba! Here are the First Gorgeous Photos.

Cuba is one of my favorite places I have ever traveled, but I have never written about my 2008 trip… that is, until now.

You see, for the past 50 years, it has been illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba, except in rare circumstances. Finally, however, it looks as through the travel ban between Cuba and the U.S. will be lifted!

Once I saw the news that relations with Cuba were thawing, I immediately contacted my [...Read More!]

Jan 142015
 
A Warning About Getting the First Passport for Your Child

Much of this travel blog exists to explain how travel is easier and more fabulous than people imagine. Today, however, I must rant about how much harder it was to get our baby’s passport than we ever anticipated. In total, it took us FOUR attempts and five months. Why?

Here are the main issues: The hours that post offices offer to submit passport applications are as slippery and thin as eels. Moreover, both parents, plus [...Read More!]

Dec 302014
 
What Makes a Popular Article: Top 10 Reads of the Year

Woo hoo, what a year it’s been! Over the past 12 months, I began to get the hang of this travel-as-a-new-parent thing, and voyaged through New York, Florida, Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico, Niagara Falls, and the White House. I also published my 600th article on this site! There was even a professional fashion makeover that happened.

Now, the fun question at the end of year always is: Which articles were most popular, and why? For [...Read More!]

Dec 262014
 
Travel Fashion at Two Free Washington, D.C. Attractions

Several months ago, I was contacted by a clothing company whose name rang a bell. “Hmm,” I murmured… “You’re called prAna?” Suddenly it hit me where I’d heard of them.

TWELVE years ago, I bought a pair of durable black travel pants for my first solo voyage (Mexico), and the company that made these pants was called prAna. Why do I remember this? I am now 33 years old, and have worn those [...Read More!]

Dec 182014
 
The White House Summit: All the Glamorous Parts!

Now that I’ve written about the purpose of the White House Travel Bloggers Summit, allow me to gush about its glamour. This post will cover the fashion, idols, beauty, and thrills of those remarkable 48 hours in DC. Get your eyes and heart ready, chum.

First, architecture! As you can tell from the fact that I have a giant category of my blog entitled “Sexy Architecture,” I swoon for pretty buildings… and the White House did not disappoint! [...Read More!]

Dec 142014
 
Why Was the White House Conference Mostly White?

One of the biggest honors of my life is that I was able to attend the White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Engagement. One of the greatest sadnesses of this wonderful conference, however, was that, despite the fact that a stated aim of the conference was to encourage students from all racial backgrounds to study abroad, nearly all of the bloggers in attendance were White.

Now, I have great respect for [...Read More!]

Dec 122014
 
Join the White House #StudyAbroadBecause Movement!

Today I returned to my Boston classroom after the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Engagement. Breathless and exhilarated from the amazement of the previous 48 hours, I asked my 7th grade students, “Why do you think the U.S. government is putting all this new energy into getting more Americans to study abroad?” Students’ hands shot up.

“Studying abroad makes the world a safer place because people from one country can [...Read More!]

Nov 282014
 
A 1st Birthday Party: Tips in 7 Funny But True Steps

Want to win at throwing a 1-year-old’s birthday party? Stink at entertaining, like me? Follow these easy steps, laughing all the way.

Step 1: Force baby into overwrought formalwear. Purchase discount baby tuxedo (replete with frilly blouse), and slip it onto squirming baby. This is worth it, despite the fact that the following will happen to this tux: bow tie crumpling, crotch ripping open to permanently expose diaper, and baby soiling tux via an impressive variety of methods.

Step 2: Cake Smash… [...Read More!]

Nov 232014
 
How to Decorate Your Home in Photo Collages of Travel

Love travel? Take nice photos? Here’s how to decorate your whole house in a creative way that few people try: Photo collages in large, secondhand frames! Below are the instructions, accompanied by pretty photos of my finished products. 

1. Get secondhand frames. Gorgeous, large, high-quality frames can be purchased for less than $5 each at thrift stores, yard sales, fundraising bazaars, internet sales (watch out for Craigslist weirdos), and acquaintances. Note which kind of back opening each [...Read More!]

Nov 172014
 
Should You Stop Dyeing Your Hair to Win More Travel?

Money for travel is hidden in all sorts of strange places. It turns out, there’s even travel loot sitting on top of your head!

Did you know that our recent Puerto Rico trip was funded by my decision to stop dyeing my hair? Calculate it like this: Hair coloring can cost between $80 and $200 per salon visit, and needs to be done at least eight times a year. Therefore, by cutting dyeing out of your life, [...Read More!]

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