Etiquette in the Land of a Thousand Smiles

Etiquette in the Land of a Thousand Smiles Thailand has long been on our list and it looks like we might be able to make a trip happen in the next year (first we’re headed to Scotland and Ireland). I’m excited about all of the usual suspects associated with Thailand. I plan to consume massive amounts of khao...

Making the Finals

Making the Finals Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil has been named a Foreword Indies Finalist in the Humor category. This is incredibly exciting, because Foreword is a tough one. Brazil was exciting, too, because there are lots of things there that can kill you. Here’s the scoop on the...

The Glasgow Patter

The Glasgow Patter Every year we try to visit a country for the first time. This year, that will be Scotland, with just a few days in Glasgow before we head on to Ireland. The photo above shows the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington. It’s been common practice for the past few...

Managing Travel Panic

Managing Travel Panic People assume that when we take a trip to Mexico for 3 months, it’s a trip of tacos and relaxation and beaches and margaritas. I’m not going to lie, those things exist. But the stresses you experience at home don’t magically disappear once you venture out. You can’t...

Hostel: Like a Castle, Only Different

Hostel: Like a Castle, Only Different In a few months, we’ll travel to Ireland. Mike and I took a trip there in 2010, but this will be our first trip to the land of green and Guinness with our children, who like the color green but do not appreciate Guinness nearly as much as I do. One of the most...

Behaving Badly Abroad

Behaving Badly Abroad I’m certainly not shy when it comes to calling out bad travelers. What follows is a section from an early draft of Vagabonding with Kids: Spain. This took place at a flamenco show: Also, you should not read this if you have sensitivity to language. Because it’s about...