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Summer in Bend, Oregon — River, Brews and Lakes

  • October 26, 2018

“Can we please move to Bend?” I asked my husband after we spent five days in Oregon’s summer/winter playground of a city, this past summer. (Unfortunately there is no surfing except for river surfing! so the answer was ‘no’). Bend is spectacular.  Not only is it beautiful, but it has something for everyone — river activities, fishing, hiking, breweries, great food, and more, and that’s just in the summer.  This…

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Seven Week Road Trip Costs – Tips for Staying on a Budget

  • October 9, 2018
Oregon

So many people have asked us how we managed to travel for seven weeks this summer with our kids. We got questions like: “Are you teachers?”, “Are you independently wealthy?” (We laughed at that one!), “How are you doing this?” was another common question. So here it goes. This is how we did it! First off — We are not teachers, but we do work remotely as consultants in our…

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10 Tips and Musings from an American in Paris

  • September 24, 2018

Ah Paris, so beautiful, historical, and so filled with buttery pastry, savory cheeses, wine and rich foods.  Recently my husband and I were able to go to Paris for four days following a conference I had in London. It was my husband’s first time in Paris so we wanted to see all the main sights, but also wanted to try and get off the beaten path a bit. There are…

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Big Sur, California and Pfeiffer Burns Campground

  • August 29, 2018

Big Sur, California is what coastal roadtrip dreams are made of. The rugged and majestic stretch of coastline on California’s central coast begins after San Simeon, and continues up highway 1 to Carmel.  The long stretch of undeveloped land is strikingly different than the rest of California’s densely populated coast — this is one of the things that makes it so special. The clear blue water, wildflowers, cliffs, and bridges…

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Santa Cruz, California – Updated! 30 Things to Do

  • August 17, 2018
santa cruz

Santa Cruz is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve been going to a cabin in the Santa Cruz mountains since I was a few months old. I originally posted a blog post about some of my favorite places and things to do in Santa Cruz last year. But since we’re always trying out new things, this blog post includes 10 more favorites! Here are 30 of my…

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Review: Yakima SkyBox and Yakima Ridgeback Bike Hitch

  • July 10, 2018

If you are thinking about getting car roof storage, and/or a bike hitch this post is for you.  Its been a while since my last post — right now we’re in the middle of a seven week road/trip working vacation/ three home exchanges and camping. To make it all work we’re using our Yakima Products which are absolute lifesavers (Not an Ad) for storage and safely and easily bringing four…

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Beautiful Sayulita, Mexico

  • April 19, 2018

Several years ago a co-worker told me about Sayulita, Mexico and he raved about the beaches, the downtown, and how great it was for families. Its been on my travel bucket list since then. Then fortuitously, last summer we connected with another home exchange family from Sayulita and agreed to a home swap. After a week in Sayulita I can definitely say it lives up the hype. It’s beautiful, safe,…

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Is a Home Exchange Right for You? Find Out in This Q&A

  • April 11, 2018
Home exchange

If you have ever wondered about doing a home exchange this post is for you! We have officially made it to the year point as Home Exchangers. In 2017 I signed us up for HomeExchange.com. My husband was not really on board, but I slowly got him excited about the idea (mostly the money saving part). So far we have done two home exchanges: one in Sayulita, Mexico and one…

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Travel Bucket List for 2018

  • January 26, 2018
Mendocino

As 2018 is well underway I’ve been thinking about my travel dreams for this year. In April when I started this blog I posted my first Top 10 Bucket List for the year. I’m happy to say that we visited a lot of the places on that list. I spent time in Chicago and got to do a once-in-a-lifetime meal at Alinea, we did a 10 year anniversary trip to…

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Imagine & Go Year Recap: Top 10 Travel Experiences of 2017

  • December 11, 2017

As the end of the year approaches I feel very nostalgic and incredibly grateful about all the amazing experiences I had and the things I saw and did with my family. As I look at this list I feel more than fortunate and I know all of this is such a gift that many people don’t get to experience. I don’t take any of this for granted. For several years…

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