Grab Your Group at Sunrise and Run through Kyoto

Kyoto is rightfully a full fledged tourist attraction. Throngs and throngs of people from all over the world flock to this gracious and beautiful city to visit it’s many temples and shrines. Our approach to Kyoto was more experiential…

A Traveler’s Take on 15 Things to Grab your Group and Do in Tokyo

Tackling your Tokyo itinerary can be a daunting task. I made lists and lists and more lists. All that list making and we still only did a cursory tour of this remarkable city. So without overwhelming you with the why’s I give you our master list. May it be a useful springboard as you plan your time in Tokyo…

Let’s Talk TOKYO!

I am guessing you have a perception of Tokyo already in your head: fast moving, crowded, busy, bathed in neon, and a tad overwhelming. All of this is true to a degree, but the beauty of Tokyo is that all of this is coupled with an impressive order that gives the city a peaceful and gracious air. I am not going to regale you with a list of where to go and what to do (at least not in this post). The internet is chock-a-block full of this information, but I will provide a primer of sorts…

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…

Grab Your Group and Go to Morgan’s Rock: An Eco Lodge in Nicaragua

For spring break this year we went to Morgan’s Rock on the West Coast of Nicaragua. As the person in charge of keeping her finger on the pulse of this family I sensed we were in need of a vacation where we got to return to our same beds every night. Our last few vacations had involved A LOT of moving and while that is ideal for seeing and experiencing destinations it is not ideal for completely unwinding…