Category: Travel

The Most Dangerous Thing About Our Adventures

The Most Dangerous Thing About Our Adventures

In the previous post I made a confession about my newly-founded, totally irrational fear of boats. Today it seems fitting to talk about some of the dangers that are actually present in our travels and adventures. Ironically, while we do get a lot of questions about safety, the most menacing dangers are never the ones people ask us about.

Part of loving travel and adventure – even if you’ve figured out how to minimize your own anxiety about it – is that people are happy to constantly remind you about all the things that could go wrong, while simultaneously calling your decision-making ability into question.

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When Adventure Turns Scary

When Adventure Turns Scary

The summer travel season is just around the corner, and so I’ve decided it’s time for a confession.

Let me preface this by saying I have always enjoyed a moderate amount of risk and a high amount of adventure in my life. I’m pretty well-adjusted and emotionally stable. I tend to not dwell too much on the past or think too hard about things that I can’t control.

And yet, a little over a year ago, I completely lost my mental and emotional $#&! because I spent an hour positively sure that I was going to drown in the Straight of Gibraltar.

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Tips for Visiting the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Flagstaff (In 1000 Words or Less)!

Tips for Visiting the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Flagstaff (In 1000 Words or Less)!

This time of year I start hearing: “We’re planning a trip to see the Grand Canyon and (other things near there)! What do you recommend???” This is awesome, because in my opinion everyone on the planet should have the chance to see the Grand Canyon and surrounding region. I’ve been living, adventuring, and raising a family here for over 10 years, so I’m declaring myself qualified to dispense travel advice for this corner of the U.S.

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Why You Should Say “Yes” When Friends Invite You to Visit Their Hometown

Why You Should Say “Yes” When Friends Invite You to Visit Their Hometown

We all have the best intentions when friends move far away, don’t we? “Come visit me!” our friends say, and “Of course we will!” we say back. And we mean to, but we don’t. And then years go by and we have friends that fade into acquaintances all over the place… and we sort of wish we had gone to visit at least once.

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What Does it Cost to Take a Family to Europe?

What Does it Cost to Take a Family to Europe?

The Iberian Blitz

When my brother moved to Spain to teach English, my family – having never been to Spain – naturally decided we had to go visit.  Soon some other family members decided to join, and then some good friends did too. Our plans exploded into a giant complex mess of twelve people’s ideas and expectations, which after several hundred email exchanges somehow resulted in airplane tickets and lodging reservations and then, against all odds, culminated in a trip that was an absolute blast.

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