Traveling Solo in Mexico: Still Life Changing…even in Mid-Life

I first traveled solo at age 24 and it changed my life. I honestly feel like there was the “Shelley” before that trip, and the me after who had more confidence, self-reliance, adventurousness, fearlessness and an insatiable appetite to see more, more, more. At age 46, traveling solo continues to be a life-changing and life-affirming experience. … Continue reading Traveling Solo in Mexico: Still Life Changing…even in Mid-Life

In Bacalar, Mexico My 2nd Shooting Star Was Just As Good As My First

I saw the 2nd  shooting star of my life tonight. My 1st Star: The first was from a mountaintop in Dharmsala, India. I had hiked uphill all day. Too exhausted to hike back down, I camped in a “tea hut” at the top. While sitting outside with other campers drinking from a shared bottle of Old Monk … Continue reading In Bacalar, Mexico My 2nd Shooting Star Was Just As Good As My First

The Good, the Bad, and the Compost Toilets at “Butterfly Space” Malawi

The inside scoop & the local poop: I came to volunteer in Malawi for a few weeks seeking an experience that would let me immerse myself in a local area and local culture, get to know more deeply a particular place and people, and give back to the local community at the same time. Despite … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the Compost Toilets at “Butterfly Space” Malawi

RV-ing South Africa: the top 5 & bottom 5 from the kids’ perspective

We’ve spent the past week in an RV bouncing along bumpy roads while exploring the Elephant Coast/KwaZulu-Natal area of South Africa. Here’s what the girls have to say about it:   VIVI'S PERSPECTIVE Vivi’s RV top 5 1. I like seeing all of the animals while driving 2. I like going swimming at the beach … Continue reading RV-ing South Africa: the top 5 & bottom 5 from the kids’ perspective

The truth behind safari photos, or the realities of traveling with tweens (even in really cool places!)

This should be a post about our 3 day safari in Chobe National Park in Kasane, Botswana - a short trip across the Chobe River from Zambia. Yes, there were lions, leopards, giraffes and more elephants that you could imagine. But this post is not about them, as magical as they were. It’s about parenting … Continue reading The truth behind safari photos, or the realities of traveling with tweens (even in really cool places!)