3 Days in Beijing

Michael and Stacie closed their China tour down with 3 days in Beijing. Not Stacie’s favorite city, but sounds like the gateway to some pretty interesting and iconic experiences. Their day at an unrestored portion of The Great Wall alone makes me want to grab my group and go…

Animals and Adventure in Ecuador

My philosophy when going on big trips with the tween set (ages 9 to 12) is to throw two things at the situation: animals and adventure.  Animals offer an immediate connection that raises the cortisol levels in our brains which equals warm happy feelings.  Adventure provides adrenaline and meaningful activities that keep their traveling brains and bodies busy.  Our 3 part tour of Ecuador a few years back offered animals and adventure in copious amounts…

Mkombe’s House Lamai – Our Little House on a Hill in the Serengeti

This trip was never about the lodging.  It was about proximity to animals.  We requested smaller camps with more personal service that blended into the landscape such that the land was the star of the show.  Where we laid our heads to sleep at night, rightfully played second fiddle to the surroundings, until we arrived at M’Kombe House…