Hobbiton New Zealand

Photo Tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set

Julie New Zealand 6 Comments

What is the cutest little spot in New Zealand? The answer is Hobbiton, the movie set for The Shire in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. What is Hobbiton? Hobbiton was constructed in 1999 for the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was used for just several weeks of filming and not intended …

Great Wall

Hiking Jiankou to Mutianyu on the Great Wall of China

Julie China 25 Comments

The Great Wall of China…one of the world’s most iconic sights and one of the top ten things to do on many traveler’s bucket lists.  We couldn’t visit China without seeing this amazing place.  It was so amazing that we actually visited the Great Wall twice. Our first visit was to the restored section at Mutianyu.  Several days later we hiked …

Island Hopping Thailand

Island Hopping Off the Coast of Thailand

Julie Thailand 12 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 …

Cycling in Bagan

Cycling Around the Temples of Bagan

Julie Myanmar 20 Comments

Bagan, Myanmar is one of Myanmar’s most famous destinations for tourism.  There are many ways to explore Bagan’s many temples, either by bike, by taxi, by scooter, or by big tourist bus.  In our opinion, Bagan is the perfect place to explore by bicycle.  The streets are relatively quiet, there are great sandy roads that take you to villages and …

Kara with an Elephant

Elephants, Ostriches, and Cheetahs, Oh My! Animal Encounters on the Garden Route of South Africa

Julie South Africa 7 Comments

The Garden Route, a stretch of coastline along the southern coast of South Africa from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, is home to a huge number of game reserves and animal sanctuaries. These animal sanctuaries, similar to zoos, offer opportunities to get up close with their animals. Our animal encounters with the elephants, lemurs, ostriches, and cheetahs were some of the …

Blue Grotto Worth It

How to Visit the Blue Grotto (and is It Worth It?)

Julie Italy 71 Comments

While in Italy, we spent three days in Sorrento and devoted one of these days to visiting the island of Capri. Tim and I couldn’t help but wonder is the Blue Grotto worth seeing? The Blue Grotto is the island of Capri’s biggest tourist attraction. It is not a cheap excursion and just paying for transportation from Sorrento to Capri …

Pulpit Rock with Kids

How to Hike to Pulpit Rock in Norway (+ HELPFUL Tips)

Julie Norway 46 Comments

The hike to Pulpit Rock is one of the most popular hikes in Norway. With great views, a relatively easy hiking trail, and convenient accessibility from the town of Stavanger, this hike has a big appeal for many visitors to Norway. With that being said, you should expect big crowds in the summer months. Unless you start your day early …

Looking down the Champs-Elysees at night from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

Ten Fun Things to Do in Paris with Kids

Julie France 19 Comments

In 2012, our trip to London and Paris was our kids’ very first experience in Europe. They were only 8 and 9 years old at the time, so we wanted to pick two cities that had recognizable landmarks, good food, and fun things to do with kids. During our four days in Paris we toured most of the major sites, …

Love Valley Cappadocia

Best Hikes & Things to Do in Cappadocia with Kids

Julie Turkey 8 Comments

Cappadocia is the perfect place to go hiking and exploring. The scenery is very unique, the trails are just challenging enough to keep it fun for kids, and while we were here in March, there were very few people on the trails. Tyler and Kara could run off all of their extra energy, explore ancient caves, and just have a fabulous …