Travel & Vacation Tips


15 Good Ideas for Your Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

Ready to fill your shoebox? Here’s a list of Operation Christmas Child ideas for gifts, plus a current list of what not to include in childrens’ shoeboxes. Last year, my Little Sister (we’re matched through the Big Sisters/Big Brothers organization) filled a box for a 12 year old girl. Here’s what I learned from that experience, what I’m doing differently this […]

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Volunteer Work in India – How to Make It Amazing

My teenage niece texted me, saying she’s off to do some volunteer work in India. “How do I make it amazing as it could be?” she asked me, knowing that I lived in Africa for three years and have traveled a fair bit. First, read books like India Travel Survival Guide For Women by Shalu Sharma; learn all you can about […]

Volunteer Work in India How to Make It Amazing

Moving to Africa? 10 Things You Need to Know 48

Here are 7 mistakes to avoid when you’re moving to Africa, 3 tips from expats living overseas, and a list of things to take to the African continent. I envy you, even if you’re just considering moving to Africa! You are embarking on one of the greatest adventures of your life. If I could do it over again, I would […]

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What to Pack for a Beach Resort Vacation 10

Here’s a complete list of things you to pack for a vacation at a beach resort, from practical beach items to non-essentials you’ll be so glad you brought! This packing list will ensure you don’t forget anything – because even “all inclusive beach resorts” don’t supply everything. They will sell you what you forgot to pack, but it’ll be much more expensive […]

What to Pack for a Beach Resort Vacation

What You Need to Know About Cheap RV Living and Retirement 3

These tips for RV (Recreational Vehicle) retirement are from a couple who retired four years ago. They offer an inside peek into cheap RV living. My interview below won’t tell you all you need to know about RV retirement. Read So, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer? by John and Kathy Huggins to learn about doing the preliminary homework on RV […]

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How to Meet People When You’re Travelling Alone 8

Meeting people has never been a problem for me when I travel alone, so when one of my readers asked for tips, I jumped at the chance to write this article! In The Solo Traveler’s Handbook, Janice Leith Waugh shares a comprehensive “how and why” of solo travel. She shares real solo travel stories, and offers tips on how to […]

How to Meet People When You're Travelling Alone

5 Ways to Help Kids Cope With Homesickness at Summer Camp 2

Feeling homesick is normal for kids at summer camp, but it’s more fun if you can overcome it! These five ways to overcome homesickness will help kids, parents, and camp counselors. I went to Camp Timberline last weekend, and remembered the homesickness I felt as a kid at camp in the summer. I went to Beaver Creek Bible Camp, and […]