Author Archives: Kellie

A Detained American’s View on the New Travel Ban

Although I’ve never lived in a war-torn country, feared an oppressive government, suffered religious persecution, or fled genocide, I HAVE actually been detained in immigration and deported from a foreign country. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone, but it has given me a unique perspective on the current immigration debate.

10 Tips for Surviving Your Namibia Road Trip

Jack-knifed fuel tanker. Lost tire. Stranded in the desert. Learn from our misadventures before planning your Namibia road trip.

Why Believing in Yourself is Overrated

A friend recently asked me to give her daughter, who was graduating from college, some real-world advice. My advice is directly opposite of the mainstream notion that you can do anything if you just believe in yourself. Here’s why.

Our Family’s Global Family Field Trip

The following story of our global family field trip appeared in Birmingham’s Over the Mountain Journal on March 15.  It gives a 30,000 foot view of our ~5 month journey. Amped-up Road Trip.

Detained and Deported: Our 72 Hours in China

I regretted the words the minute they were out of my mouth.  No, I hadn’t been snippy with Dale, or snapped at the girls.  I’d done something much, much worse… I had tempted fate. The day before heading to China, our final stop on our ’round-the-world (RTW) adventure, Dale and I were reminiscing over the […]

Life, Death, and Reincarnation–Bali Style

What in the world are they making? I ask myself as we approach a young Balinese man standing atop a ladder, with two other young men assisting him.  The man on the ladder appears to be sewing the final touches on a larger-than-life bull piñata. With a quizzical look on my face, I ask “What […]

New Zealand’s Hottest Beach

How bizarre, I think, as we approach the beach.  Even from far away, I know this is no ordinary beach.  Instead of playing in the surf, or basking in the sun, bikini-clad women and bare-chested men furiously dig in the sand.  It looks like a scene from the movie Holes, except the diggers are vacationers, […]

No Regrets! Bungee Jumping in New Zealand

Absolutely not. No way.  Not going to happen.   Not on my watch. For six months, those were my standard responses each time Delaney and Riley asked if we could bungee jump in New Zealand.  Even Dale was on their side.  It was always three against one.  However, as mothers everywhere know, momma always has […]

Tips to Score a Budget Room in Sydney for New Year’s Eve

It is almost 9 a.m. on April 11, 2013 in Sydney, Australia; however, I’m not in Sydney.  I’m in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee where it’s almost 5 p.m. on April 10.  On the desk in front of me sits my mother’s desktop computer flanked by my iPhone and iPad.  All are online and ready to go. […]

RTW Travel in 2014? 4 Things to Consider

A year ago today I had a new resolution on my New Year’s list.  For once it wasn’t to cook better meals for my family, or to exercise more.  This resolution was one I was determined to make happen… Travel Around the World Just a few years ago I had all but given up my […]