We’re so excited! In May we’ll be boarding the Norwegian Epic and sailing through the Mediterranean. You might remember our first cruising adventure to the Caribbean. Since then I’ve gone on a cruise with my mom, and now MarocBaba and I will be taking the kids again. It’s safe to say everyone is very excited. I’ll be speaking in Catalunya, Spain this May during TBEX (a conference for travel bloggers) and afterwards the family is joining me in Barcelona, our embarkation point. As we considered cruises we put together this list of pointers for any family thinking of cruising.Read more
When the Caribbean is calling, you should take heed and answer! Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos is a family-friendly destination with plenty to do for the young and young at heart. Last summer we stopped for the day as a part of a Caribbean cruise and it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been! If your tropical vacation has you booking a flight to Providenciales for a day or a week, here are some things to do with children.Read more
Ask a majority of American expats what food they miss from home and a good majority of the time the answer will be peanut butter. Somehow the rest of the world hasn’t caught on to how great peanut butter is. Like Nutella did, I have high hopes that someday the world will see peanut butter for how amazing it is. Speaking of Nutella, mixing peanut butter with chocolate? Well there are few things better than that combination.Read more
Think you can’t come to Marrakech unless you’ve got the pocketbook of a sultan? Think again! Hostels aren’t as common in Morocco as they are in Europe and in years past they were dingy, dirty, and overall not somewhere you’d want to spend any length of time. With more and more travelers visiting thanks to plentiful flights on European low-cost carriers, there are more budget options available. Be forewarned because I live in Marrakech, I haven’t spent the night in any of these hostels but have heard about them from other travelers and through the word of mouth circuit.Read more
Many people who visit Providenciales do so as a part of a cruise vacation or on a honeymoon. However, the Turks and Caicos are quickly becoming a favorite family destination for vacationers. While many resorts may appear to be higher priced than those found in the United States or Canada, the amenities and offerings are sure to please travelers of all ages.
When people ask us what made us decide to move to Morocco, we always give the same answer; for our children to learn Arabic and French. This might not be a priority for everyone but it was important for us. I always felt terrible that my kids couldn’t have even basic communication with my husband’s mother and extended family. It brought me many sleepless nights thinking they would grow up and never know this part of their family, all because of a language barrier.
I know that it’s not feasible or even practical for everyone to relocate overseas but for anyone who is thinking about raising bilingual children you really should consider moving to a country where that language is the main language. In today’s world, living a location independent lifestyle is even more possible than ever before. This is the only reason we were able to move our family. Getting our life to a place where this was possible took a consistent and concerted effort. It also helps that living here means our day to day expenses were greatly reduced.Read more
Stop in any patisserie in Morocco and you’ll find a back counter lined with all varieties of fruit. You’ll likely hear the whiz of blenders and frothy cups of thick liquid on the tables. While some patrons sip the infamous avocado smoothie that Morocco is known for, others choose a panache or a smoothie blended with whatever fruit is in season. But one of my choice drinks is almond date milk.
Last week I shared some of my thoughts on where to eat in Dubai. It’s no secret this country is one of the top Islamic countries we’re itching to visit. Beyond the glamour and glitz there’s a zillion reasons why it makes a great destination for families.
Beautiful beaches, countless activities for children of all ages, luxurious Dubai hotels for all budget levels, not to mention an incredible variety of food for all tastes … what more could you ask for? Dubai is known for its opulence, but it’s also a great option for families who want a warm weather getaway.
You might think a conservatively religious country would be too restrictive for a proper vacation, but consider the benefits. You won’t find scantily clad women draped on billboards, or have to explain to your children what XXX means. Public intoxication is forbidden, and family-friendly environment is highly prized. For families who worry about this when traveling, Dubai helps ease concerns.Read more