It doesn’t get much better than hiking in the Swiss Alps!! The month before we left for Switzerland, we spent most of our time visiting with our family and friends in Cincinnati. I enjoyed our family time and I tried staying in shape by doing a lot of yoga but I did ZERO cardiovascular activities like hiking or running. Needless to say, I am out of shape and hiking in the Swiss Alps is no joke. Day one in Switzerland didn’t go as expected but then again we’re traveling around the globe for the adventures and this was definitely an adventure. Read More

Karl and I just finished traveling through Europe with Karl’s family. We visited some of the same countries I visited twelve years ago during a six week “backpacking” trip I took with a friend. This trip brought back good memories; ones in which I hadn’t thought about in a long time. At the same time, it reminded me how naive I was in my 20’s and how traveling to the same places in my 30’s was so different than in my 20’s. Switzerland is still stunningly beautiful, the Germans still drink a lot of beer and the French still make the best food! But what has changed is me. Read More

Our first trip outside the United States and the official start to our long term travel was to the beautiful country of Scotland. Surprisingly, I was not that excited about traveling to Scotland. I think I was too terrified and too worried about what to pack, that I neglected to do any research on the country we were heading to first. I was scared about leaving my home country and becoming a tourist and ultimately an outsider for a very long time. Prior to leaving I didn’t even look at one picture of the lush, green, hilly countryside that would be our home for the next five days. I would soon find out what Scotland had to offer. I would learn four valuable lessons over the next five days on our bus tour through the Highlands. Here are the four things I learned: Read More