Feb 102015
 
Photos of Boston Under 6 Feet of Record Blizzard Snow

Yipes! Over six feet of snow have blanketed my dear Boston in the past 30 days, demolishing all previous blizzard records. We have now had EIGHT snow days off of school, forcing Boston Public Schools to eliminate two upcoming holidays to reach the allotted 180 school days before July hits. (Oh July… sweet, warm July… The city aches for you.)

Meanwhile, our public transportation system (the “T”) has completely shut down for today as another [...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 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 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!]

Nov 082014
 
Flying Alone Again for the First Time Since Pregnancy!

Eeeii! I just did something that made my heart somersault: I bought a plane ticket to fly somewhere alone for the first time since I found out I was pregnant, 20 months ago!

Sure in those 20 months I’ve flown to Hawaii for a Babymoon with my husband, alone with the baby to Florida, and with both husband and baby to Puerto Rico. But let us pause for a moment and sing the [...Read More!]

Nov 032014
 
Create Your Own Lantern Festival: A Beautiful Art Project

Travel makes me think of lights: glittering, romantic displays of lights like the ones I saw at holiday festivals in Italy, or night markets in Thailand.

“Why,” I’ve been wondering since returning to Boston after traveling around the world, “do gorgeous public light displays like that not exist back home?” This month I finally figured out the answer: The pretty lights are here, but I’ve been too lazy to find them!

I learned this lesson just a few weeks ago, one cold night in Boston. My baby was playing [...Read More!]