Lion Country Safari is Wild for the Entire Family

Dressed for Lion Country Safari, Palm Beach

Have you ever been to Lion Country Safari in Palm Beach, Florida? It’s jam packed with unbelievably fun things to do for children and adults. It’s a drive-through safari with hundreds of animals, but it also offers animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, amusement park rides, a water playground, boat tours and dining.  It was the best of all of our favorite family-friendly parks combined into one destination.  Continue reading

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Experience it all at Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia

Family vacations don’t have to be boring. Traveling with toddler can be as adventurous as traveling solo if you’re creative and use the resources available. Athena and I just returned from the luxurious Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia where we were able to visit a waterfall, ride a catamaran, snorkel in the ocean, swim in the pool, kayak the bay, do the limbo, and run along the beach. I also rode “Big Mama”, toured the bay and snorkeled, played on the ocean trampoline, and water-skied while Athena enjoyed the Jacquot Fun Club, made her own tie dye t-shirt, danced, sang, and played with other kids. I was able to manage all of this in one week as a solo parent with a toddler; Windjammer Landing makes it possible for anyone.

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!***

Through the Eyes of a Himba Child

Himba Child, Namibia

For years, an ancient, semi-nomadic tribe of herders known as the Himba has drawn photographers to Namibia’s northwest. The community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein invite visitors to learn more about their proud and ancient lifestyle and culture. While still a traditional tribe, they are becoming familiar with looking at themselves through a camera screen. When I arrived with a GoPro, though, their reaction was priceless. I showed a few children, both young toddlers and older teens, how to hold the GoPro and my Canon T2i and what things looked like through the viewing screen. They took a few photos and videos for themselves and results are beautiful! Continue reading

What’s Your Biggest Fear?

Sea Trek Walking with Sharks

What’s your biggest fear; something so paralyzing that it gives you shivers just thinking about it? Just two years ago, I was so desperately afraid of marine life that the sight of a minnow sent me in the opposite direction. I loved to swim and I spent my entire life in the water, but I could never even think about what lurked below. I was curious but too afraid. Today was a monuments day for attacking my fears head-on. I walked with 22 sharks, 20 feet under water with Sea Trek at Atlantis, Bahamas and a state-of-the-art clear-glass helmet and I will never look at my fears the same way again.  Continue reading

5 Best Big Island Tours

Hawaii Adventures Collage

There’s never a shortage of things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii. You can swim with manta rays, hike through a lush rainforest and swim in a waterfall, watch molten lava flow as you soar above the island in a helicopter, zip through the tree tops, speed over the ocean in search of whales, dolphins, and other marine life before snorkeling and discovering the life below, or go a little deeper while scuba diving. While the options are endless, here are my top five Big Island adventures: Continue reading