How to Make Travel More Affordable (From Start to Finish)

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Hafekekarrinne, Innsbruck

You ask me all the time how I can afford to travel so often and to so many different locations. Now, with sponsors, advertising, and affiliates, it’s a lot less expensive and sometimes even free but I traveled several times a year even as a struggling, student-loan paying student. If you make it a priority, it becomes more of a reality.  I focused my earnings on what was important, often cutting expenses like dining, clothing, transportation, and extra-curricular by half. Those things didn’t hold value to me. What was of value was travel and experiencing new cultures and countries. I thought outside the box and did whatever it took to bring my travel dreams to light. After visiting more than 40 countries and over 30 years of personal experience, I’ve come up with a few tips to make travel more affordable. Continue reading

Making Bucket List Dreams a Reality

Wadi Rum Camel Ride

If you could have any one bucket list dream come true, what would it be? What is your deepest desire? Is it skydiving over the Swiss Apls? Riding a camel to the Pyramids? Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef? Readers of Bucket List Publications have been submitting their bucket lists and we’ve been making them a reality! Join us at GoFundMe in bringing bucket list dreams alive. Continue reading

What to Pack When Traveling with a Toddler

Famous Germany Castle

I’d be lying if I said our recent 12 day trip to Germany was easy. It wasn’t. Athena, my rambunctious toddler, cried a lot, slept a little, and missed naps, reminding me of why people say, “The terrible twos”. There is no question in my mind that the trip was worth it though. It changed my way of travel and my ideas about traveling with a toddler. I feel like I can accomplish anything now and I’m ready to take on even more destinations for extended periods of time. There were a few packed items that helped us along the way, making our trip more simple and manageable. I’ve shared them below with hopes that you see the world with your children in tow. Life is worth living and traveling with your family is an amazing, eye-opening experience regardless of age. Share your tips for traveling with a toddler below and we’ll eliminate the notion that it’s impossible.  Continue reading

What Our Life Looks Like on WordPress Vs. What Our Actual Life Looks Like

Adventure City Balloon Ride

I’ve been seeing a lot of actual versus reality posts floating around lately so I thought I’d share a quick example with you: Continue reading

Making Videos with GoPro Studio

Hilton Waikoloa, Hawaii

We have been shooting tons of GoPro footage over the last few years, but it’s been wasting away on a hard drive, unseen and unedited. GoPro Studio is a quick and easy solution to the problem. We’ve gone through a few of our trips and used the GoPro Studio Templates to create short video reminders of the fun we’ve been having. Continue reading

A GoPro, an XShot, & a Toddler – Germany Bucket List Made Reality

Athena and I covered Germany in true bucket list style. The expression on her face says it all.

****Our trip to Germany was sponsored by the German National Tourist Board. Thank you for making the impossible, possible!***

Kinderhotel‏ Oberjoch – The Best Alternative to Caribbean Resorts

Kinderhotel, Germany

Most American families opt for all-inclusive, Caribbean resorts for their family vacation. It’s easy and provides tons of options for all family members. Naively, I assumed it was the only legitimate option as well, but I recently discovered Kinderhotel Oberjoch in Germany. It’s the most toddler-friendly, all-inclusive property that I’ve visited and the best alternative to all-inclusive, Caribbean resorts. If you want something different and you’d like to experience Europe but you still dream of all the conveniences of an all-inclusive, look no further; Kinderhotel Oberjoch is a family-friendly Paradise that truly understands the needs of families with younger children. Continue reading