Category Getting Ready

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.

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 […]

MacBook Air vs. Acer: Beauty and the Beast

Have you ever gotten something new, loved it for a month, then absolutely despised even just looking at it? Believe me, I sure have. It was Christmas morning 2008, and Delaney and I were opening our last present. “It’s for y’all to share, okay?” Mom told us. We ripped open the box, and saw a […]

Thai Doc-in-the-Box

It’s 4:30 in the afternoon. I’m lying in bed for the third day in Khao Lak, Thailand, and my fever continues to rise. It’s almost 103. I’m definitely getting worried because 1) I’m on my second antibiotic, and 2) I haven’t run a fever in close to a decade. Then it dawns on me: maybe […]

Around-the-World We Go!

During a recent sermon, our pastor preached about not living a life of “accumulating regrets.”  At that moment, my husband and I glanced at each and we both knew what the other was thinking…let’s do it.  Two Southwest tickets and four weeks later, we were sitting in Bar Louie in Chicago for one of the […]