Category Places

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.

Warning! This Safari is Rated-R for Sex and Violence

First class safaris don’t have to break the bank. You can easily experience a champagne safari on a beer budget if you know where to book.

My Namibia Road Trip: 10 Days of Sand, Seals, and Safaris

When I told my friends I was going to Namibia this summer, I got the same few reactions from everyone:

“Where’s Namibia?”

Or “What’s Namibia?”

And sometimes even “Why Namibia?”

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.

Riley’s Post-Trip Report

Well, we’re back home. It feels crazy being home. The little things that first world countries take for granted–and you live without when you’re traveling–we have back now. I’m talking about unlimited hot water, clean clothes at your fingertips, and a pantry to graze through. But then it doesn’t feel crazy. It feels like we […]

1 Baton + 10 Countries + 150 Seconds = Riley’s World Twirl

It took us 131 days to travel around the world. Watch Riley twirl through 10 countries in just 2.5 minutes.

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 […]

Trash Surfing in Seminyak, Bali

When we pulled up to the beach my first impression was how different it was from any other beach I’d ever been to.  There was trash EVERYWHERE.  We were here to surf, not to drown in litter. I then learned how all of the trash accumulated on the beach.  Don’t blame it all on the […]