Travel Tips

My Hygge Home: How I Created My Scandinavian Christmas Tree

We combine our love for travel and the homebodies in us by bringing what we love from different countries and cultures into our everyday.  So little by little, room by room, corner by corner, beyond the clean and modern look, we've been striving to create the simplicity and comfort of that hygge home. Therefore, a Scandinavian Christmas theme was an automatic choice!

My Hygge Home: How I Created My Scandinavian Christmas Tree

My Viking Story: Romantic Danube with Viking River Cruises - Budapest to Nuremberg

This will be a series of posts - My Viking Story. Because it does warrant that. But, I wanted to write sort of an overview post because along the way, there were some things I knew we did right, and some of them we could have done better. So I was able to collect some tips to share with all of you so you can get the most out of your Viking Cruises experience.

My Viking Story: Romantic Danube with Viking River Cruises - Budapest to Nuremberg

Packing for National Championships in Disney

For the second year in a row, my daughter's Pop Warner cheerleading team is heading to the national championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Feeling a little bit of a pro this year, I thought I'd share a checklist of things to pack. 

Packing for National Championships in Disney

Napa Valley Favorites: Restaurants

Lucky me, this now world-class destination is just in my backyard. We can easily go for coffee, or a Sunday brunch, or make a whole day out of it with a wine tasting tour. We're definitely all for trying something new, But there's definitely those places that we know when we crave for a specific thing, we know exactly where to go - the tried and tested, where we won't be leaving the satisfaction of our cravings to chance.

Napa Valley Favorites: Restaurants

City Touring Challenges and How to Overcome Them

It took us a year after the stroke to take our first trip by plane. It’s gotten manageable since with all the tricks we’ve developed. In 2014, we tackled NYC, and there we identified some of the challenges we now have with our new situation. But, in 2015, we did Boston, and you bet your passport we’ve learned how to overcome these challenges.
City Touring Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Before You Fly: Travel Preps for Traveling with Disabilities

It took us a year after my husband’s stroke before we started traveling again further than visiting relatives 2 hours away. The little overnight stays at families’ and day trips certainly helped us prepare for our first plane ride since, and we’ve definitely gotten better each time. Here are some things I make sure are ready prior to boarding.

Before You Fly: Travel Preps for Traveling with Disabilities

Trip Planning with Multiple Families

When you have several heads of households going on a trip, that’s several folks who are used to making the call for pretty much everything in their family lives on a regular basis.

Several of them can even be trip planners themselves. Though some of them are probably more often just financiers. There’s numerous considerations: logistics, multiple wish lists, multiple personalities, the list could go on.  Here’s some things that have helped me plan trips with multiple families. 

Trip Planning with Multiple Families

The Antidote to Post-Travel Blues

Bianca: So, did you find one? An antidote? 

Me: No. 

It's been almost three weeks since we came back from our family vacation to the Philippines, and I haven't written a single word about it. Aside from this trip being the highlight of our summer, with so much anticipatory joy surrounding the weeks (or maybe even months) leading to it, it was also our first time back to our home country since moving to the United States five years ago. So, for us, our downer mood isn't just brought about by having to transition back to the real world, it's also due to having to get used to not being surrounded by the love and care of family and longtime friends.

The Antidote to Post-Travel Blues

Takeaways from #CultureTrav 06.04

I absolutely LOVE travel chats! I have to admit, though, that I am more of a listening participant. I do share some tips and tricks, particularly on traveling with kids, but there is so much travel wisdom you can learn from the extraordinaires that I just tend to read the tweets and take notes.

Takeaways from #CultureTrav 06.04