Something about inching closer to 30 triggers the urge to enjoy some of the finer things in life. The Kentucy Derby has always seemed little beyond reach and if you had asked me five years ago if I ever thought I would be going to one, let along blogging about it the answer would have been “no.” Yet after planning our trip for our first derby, I honestly wonder why we did not go this sooner. Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to break the bank to get there. Continue reading “Looking for Thrills: Kentucky Derby & Cinco De Mayo”
Happy Hearts, Happy Elephants
There were so many things that I absolutely had to do while in Chiang Mai. One of the many was visit an elephant camp. There are several of these throughout Thailand. The elephants who are cared for on these properties are often either unwanted, abused, or abandoned. Places like the Happy Elephant Home, where we visited, are known to give various tours in which you can spend a portion or a full day with the elephants and assist in caring for them. These elephants are truly cared for a loved. Continue reading “Happy Hearts, Happy Elephants”
Bucket List Beginnings: Chiang Mai
The Lantern Festival, also known as Yee Peng, has long been a Bucket List item of mine. I had been to Thailand as a child with my mother, but we had only made it to Bangkok and I didn’t have to many memories that I could recall and retell. Ryan had also been dying to see Thailand for himself which meant that a trip to Thailand was inevitable. As I scoured Pinterest to figure out the perfect time to visit Thailand, I came across several mentions of Yee Peng which is one of the biggest celebrations is held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Luckily, we had ample time to plan and we decided that we would venture off to Thailand for Yee Peng that November (2016).
Flashback to Childhood: Singapore
Going back to Singapore and having the opportunity to show Ryan around the country that I called home for 3 years was easily my most nostalgic travel experiences yet. Growing up as a “military brat,” my dad’s career took us to Singapore from 1997-2000. Some of my greatest childhood memories and best friends came from my time in Singapore. So when we had the opportunity to take one final trip before my gig as a housewife was up, there was no second guessing that our trip would be to Singapore.
When The Maldives Call
If you were to ask Ryan, the Maldives is one of his favorite places that we’ve had the opportunity to visit. Rest assured that it IS everything that you have ever dreamed of. We are truly fortunate to have been able to visit the islands, but it came at a price. We forwent our annual company paid flights home to see their families. We knew that our time was limited in Qatar and luckily we have such understanding and loving families who were willing to cash in on with regular FaceTime dates in order for us to make the most of our experience abroad. So, for our second and final Eid Al Fitr in the Middle East we headed off to Maldives for a relaxing week in paradise. Continue reading “When The Maldives Call”
C’est La Vie: Mon Paris
One of my favorite things about living in the Middle East was how centralized it was to a large portion of the world. You could hope on a 4 hour flight and be engulfed in a new country and culture, and unfortunately we don’t always have that luxury in the States. It just so happened that the Paris Airshow was taking place in the Summer of 2015 and one of my best friends and her husband would be attending. So Ryan and I thought besides it being our wedding anniversary and my birthday what better place to spend time with friends. Continue reading “C’est La Vie: Mon Paris”
Gentlemen… Start Your Engines
The first spring that I started dating Ryan, I had no idea what I was in for. Not only did I meet Ryan’s parents for the first time, but I got my first taste of speed at the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500). We were pumped when we found out that we would be going. So, we went out and bought our race gear aka the most American apparel that we could find. I bought these bought these awful denim acid washed American flags shorts. Looking back THANK GOD it was way too cold for us to wear any of those clothes. Continue reading “Gentlemen… Start Your Engines”
Remembering My Why
It’s been a while since I have blogged… as in 3 years a while. A lot has changed since then including traveling to several countries and moving back to Florida. I put blogging on hold as I was afraid of speaking from my perspective after being told that sites were monitored to ensure that nothing deemed slanderous was said being said about our host country and beginning to work again while we were living abroad.
After talking with a friend recently and being encouraged, I decided that it was time to pick up my blog again. Ryan and I still travel and we often get asked for our perspectives or tips when we travel. So I have decided to let this be a place that houses so much of that. I won’t keep this strictly limited to international travel and plan to include trips and recommendations locally too. Continue reading “Remembering My Why”
Dune Bashing and Desert Days
Weekends in Qatar are Friday and Saturday and the work week begins on Sunday. This past Friday we took our first real adventure out in the deserts of Doha. We finally broke our new SUV in with a little Dune Bashing thanks to a group event with some of Ryan’s co-workers and we all had a blast. For those of you that don’t know what dune bashing is, it’s both thrilling and slightly scary at the same time. Dune bashing is the desert version of country mudding. (HA) It’s taking your truck or SUV out to the desert and wildly driving through the giant sand dunes. The more you feel the better the thrill! Continue reading “Dune Bashing and Desert Days”
Turkish Vacation: Istanbul
Lesson learned… Never plan less than 3-4 days for a trip to Istanbul. We had a total of 2 half days and 1 full day to attempt to cram as much as possible into. I cringe now thinking that we didn’t get to see it all! But hey we have an excuse to go back now. Continue reading “Turkish Vacation: Istanbul”