News, Tips and Reviews

Overseas Packing List

Overseas Packing List

As I discussed in my book, 'A Life Redesigned', whether you’re traveling overseas for pleasure, housesitting, worldschooling or home exchange, minimizing what you take and at the same time taking everything you need takes some practice. Read more .....

Ten Weeks in England - What Worked and What Didn't!

Ten Weeks in England - What Worked and What Didn't!

I guess if I had to summarize in one word our first extended trip as a family unit, I’d have to say “challenging.”  I’d never imagined using this word when my travel book, ‘A Life Redesigned,’ was published but I guess that’s one of the thrills of being on the road – you often find yourself well outside your comfort zone. And, it’s not like we were traveling in a far and exotic land - we had just spent ten weeks in England - a country I was born in and lived in for nearly thirty-five years. Read more....

Dutch Oven Cooking Made Simple

Dutch Oven Cooking Made Simple

This year I was determined to take part in the Friday night Dutch Oven Cookout that is an integral part of the annual Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering. Somewhat slower than other cooking methods, what's the hurry when a yummy dinner is on its way! Read more...

Homeschooling at Home Depot

Homeschooling at Home Depot

If you did not know, Home Depot offers a free kids workshop on the 1st Saturday of every month in many of their stores in the USA.  We attended our first today, and Xaria had a wonderful time building and painting a clock.  Read more.

Nine Great Additions to Our Teardrop Camper Packing List

Nine Great Additions to Our Teardrop Camper Packing List

Eighteen months ago, I wrote the article Five Helpful Things We've Added to Our Teardrop Camper List.  After two more seasons of teardrop adventures behind us, I thought it might be helpful to update this to include several more items we've added to our packing list and might well be worth considering in yours.  Read more.

A 10-Minute Guide to Getting Started With Housesitting - Part 2

A 10-Minute Guide to Getting Started With Housesitting - Part 2

You’re a nomad, and you’re looking for a way to defray your housing expenses? Have you considered housesitting? You can find free places to stay all over the world in exchange for taking care of a home, and often some pets. Nicole Gustas covers more housesitting tips in the second of this two-part article.

A 10-Minute Guide to Getting Started With Housesitting - Part 1

A 10-Minute Guide to Getting Started With Housesitting - Part 1

You’re a nomad, and you’re looking for a way to defray your housing expenses? Have you considered housesitting? You can find free places to stay all over the world in exchange for taking care of a home, and often some pets.  Nicole Gustas describes getting started with housesitting in this two-part article.

Virtual Private Networks - Simple, Cheap, Secure

Virtual Private Networks - Simple, Cheap, Secure

If you’re at home or on the road.  If you're traveling, working, blogging, or homeschooling.  In fact, if you’re in any way connected to the Internet, using VPN software just makes security sense! We subscribe to NordVPN, and their VPN software runs on our computers, tablets and even smartphones. They offer a number of very cost-effective plans.

Toddlers & Teardropin'

Toddlers & Teardropin'

Over three years our family has ventured all over Southern California with our Teardrop camper and our daughter Xaria. Teardropping with a young child is easier than you think.  This article presents a few tips that might help.

Straightforward Digital Security Tips While Traveling

Straightforward Digital Security Tips While Traveling

Most of us love to have one or more of our smart devices (phones, tablets, and laptops) with us when traveling.  Maintaining adequate physical and digital security of these devices, the services we access, and the data stored on them is important to us all.  This article presents a number of easy to implement strategies that will help you keep your devices and your data secure while on the road.

AZA Reciprocal Admissions - Another Great Discounted Access Program

AZA Reciprocal Admissions - Another Great Discounted Access Program

One of the benefits of becoming a member of your local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium is discounted (typically 50%) or sometimes free admission to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that participate in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program.  There are hundreds of participating facilities across most of the USA.

Great for Homeschooling - The ASTC Travel Passport Program

Great for Homeschooling - The ASTC Travel Passport Program

If you're traveling with children for an extended period, as the parent, you're going to be looking after their ongoing education while you're away.  The ASTC Travel Passport Program provides free access to many great science centers and museums across the USA and a few overseas. What a blessing for those homeschooling.