Please Don’t Feed The Monkeys

Kara Rivenbark Botswana, China, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand 6 Comments

We have been traveling around the world for nine months now. In some countries we have seen monkeys. They are friendly and come up to people because they are used to being fed by humans. It was in Africa where we saw monkeys for the first time. In Africa, we saw signs saying,  “Don’t feed the monkeys!” Why? If the …


What Traveling Through Asia Has Taught Us

Julie Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam 3 Comments

We have now been traveling through Asia for over five months and still have several more to go. It has been quite the learning experience for our family…new foods, new cultures, lots of history to learn about. Most of it has been a wonderful experience although we have had a few difficulties along the way, just to keep things interesting. …

White Temple Thailand

Cycling to the White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Julie Thailand

Chiang Rai was our final stop in Thailand. This very small town is located in the far northeast of Thailand, not far from Laos and Myanmar. Here the terrain was mountainous and very lush, with lots of palm trees, tea and rice plantations, and banana trees. Since it was January, it was the cool, dry season, but daytime temperatures still …

Wat Arun

Thailand Totally Rocks

Kara Rivenbark Thailand 10 Comments

Thailand is one of the countries in Southeast Asia. It’s one of the most popular countries for tourism. People come to Thailand to see the temples and beaches, eat the good food, go trekking through jungles, and ride elephants. Thailand’s nickname is “the land of smiles” because its people are so happy and friendly. Thailand’s flag has red, white, and …

Earth Trekkers kids Thailand

Ten Fun Things to do in Chiang Mai Thailand

Julie Thailand 1 Comment

Chiang Mai, located in the northern part of Thailand, is a popular destination for jungle trekking, riding elephants, visiting hill tribes, and so much more.  Like Krabi, there are so many things to do here…tons of activities to keep an active family busy.  Our family spent five very busy days here and we composed a list of our ten favorite …

Sukhothai Thailand

Visiting Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, Ancient Cities of Siam

Julie Thailand 3 Comments

As we traveled north from Bangkok to Chiang Mai we paid a visit to two of Thailand’s most popular historical sites, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.  Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are important places in Thai history.  Tyler and Kara honestly weren’t thrilled about touring more ruins and temples, but here they got to explore by bicycle, one of our …

Tyler Rivenbark

Learning to Rock Climb in Krabi, Thailand

Julie Thailand 0 Comments

Krabi, Thailand is one of the world’s best places to learn how to rock climb. Our family has always had an interest in rock climbing but our only real experience so far was a few climbs up the rock wall at our local gym. While in Krabi, rock climbing was at the top of our list for things to do. …

Krabi Thailand with kids

Favorite Photos, Favorite Moments from Krabi, Thailand

Julie Thailand 6 Comments

Krabi, Thailand…paradise. We spent nine amazing, action-packed days here, swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, snorkeling, playing on the beach, and island hopping. Without a doubt this is our family’s new favorite spot in the world. This is such a beautiful place with so much to do…we could stay here a lot longer and never get bored. I took well over a …

Koh Phi Phi Trip

Island Hopping Off the Coast of Thailand

Julie Thailand 4 Comments

Ahhh…we finally made it to the beautiful beaches of Thailand. Tyler and Kara have been looking forward to this for so long, our first real beach destination in almost six months of travel. Some pure fun in the sun has been long overdue for these two kiddos and we arrived just in time for Christmas. Tim and I wanted to …

Eating in Bangkok

Eating (and Drinking) Our Way Around Bangkok

Julie Thailand 4 Comments

Bangkok, Thailand…I have fallen in love with this city. I have always wanted to travel to Thailand.  Thai food is my favorite in the world, the beaches look incredible, there are ancient ruins all over the place, and to top it off, there are elephants galore. Our introduction to Thailand came with a stay in Bangkok. This city was exactly …