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My mission is to inspire people to explore the world and push their boundaries. I love introducing people to new destinations and experiences (and new perspectives on familiar ones). My goal is for you to have the best travel experience possible, whether you seek adventure in an exotic land, to interact with local cultures, to expand…

My Travel Essentials

These are all products that have really proven their value to me. Some are found on many travel lists, but others may surprise you!   First up, a scarf/shawl. I can’t tell you how glad I am when I pack a scarf. They add elegance for almost no weight/packing space, dress up or change up…

Family Travel

There’s a saying that traveling with kids is not a vacation… it’s a trip. I’m here to help you increase the joy and create a positive association with family travel, so your children will be enthusiastic for your next adventure. A well-crafted itinerary should have plenty of padding between tourist sites to allow for down time…

Interested in a Sabbatical?

I’m amazed at how many people who express a desire to live abroad someday but think it’s impossible. A little creativity and some legwork can go a long way. Planning our own sabbatical was not easy – finding useful resources is a challenge – but it was worth every effort. It’s true that some jobs lend themselves more…

Travel Inspiration: Dude Ranch

What makes a perfect family vacation? How about family bonding, new adventures for all ages and a variety of interests, beautiful surroundings, relaxing by a pool, comfortable lodging and great food? If this sounds appealing to you, don’t forget that as a Virtuoso® Member travel advisor, I can often get you perks that you can’t get by…

Travel Inspiration: Switzerland

As one of the most expensive countries in the world, I never even considered planning a trip to Switzerland in the past. Circumstances led to my family spending a year in French-speaking Switzerland, and now I know that budget travel is possible! You just need to know some tricks. It is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous country…

Travel Inspiration: Yellowstone National Park

One of the best family trips we’ve ever taken, Yellowstone – along with its smaller but spectacular neighbor Grand Teton National Park – should be high on any nature lover’s list. Due to forces out of our control, we were there at THE most crowded time… and yet, even so, it is easy to get…

Travel Inspiration: Guatemala

Central America is one of the best travel bargains around. Guatemala provides an excellent “bang for the buck” in terms of being a (usually inexpensive) short flight away, almost no time difference, and an incredibly rich, exotic culture to explore. With delicious food, gorgeous colonial towns and ancient villages, and a variety of climates, you…

Books & Movies for a Family Trip to France

Taking the kids to France? My favorite way to get my family in the traveling frame of mind is to stock up on great books that take place in our destination and have family movie nights before the trip. Here are some of my favorites for Paris and France. I really encourage you to try…