Berlin Skyline
Jan 2016

Berlin Travel Wishlist: Top 20 Attractions

I am First Generation American, after my mother and grandparents moved to Maryland from Germany. I was very lucky to visit Bavaria all through my childhood. During that time, Germany was still divided – and for various reasons, I have never been to Berlin.

Hopefully that will change in the next few years! But until then, I have been scouting the web and the German tourism site, compiling my wish list for places to see when we do go.

Have you traveled to Berlin?
What are your favorite spots to visit?

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Tabacon Resort - Costa Rica
Dec 2015

Tabacon Resort in Arenal, Costa Rica

Note: A portion of our stay was provided by Tabacon Resort. However, all words and photos in this review are mine.

This fall, I was able to go back to Costa Rica for my second time and bring the boys for their first time. I knew for sure I wanted to bring them to Tabacon Resort in La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano. They have their own hot springs resort right across the street – which is included in your stay. People not staying at the hotel can visit with a day pass for $85 USD (which includes a meal) per person… but you can imagine how having free access included is a major plus to staying at Tabacon Resort.

Tabacon Resort - Costa Rica

But it’s definitely not the only plus. This five-star hotel does not disappoint. When you arrive, you are greeted by friendly staff and a fruity, refreshing drink. The grounds are lush, just like it should be when you are nestled in a rainforest.

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Machu Picchu, Peru
Oct 2015

Middle School Trip to Machu Picchu, Peru

Two years ago, Dex’s Spanish teacher presented a plan to take all her kids on a dream trip to Peru. This was someplace I had never thought we could go, but we worked to save the money and luckily the school worked with Educational Tours, which allowed us to pre-pay monthly (and interest free!).

The group of middle schoolers, many of whom did not know each other before the trip, headed to South America this summer and one of the biggest attractions they visited was, of course, Machu Picchu.

It was interesting from our perspective, as the parents who stayed home with our child a world away… Dex was definitely homesick and had the most fun doing mundane things like playing games back at the hotels.

He didn’t take as many photographs as I would have expected, so some of the below were taken by his fellow travelers. I did ask him to get a selfie from “that famous view.” You can bet this photo is framed at our house.

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Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica
Oct 2015

Family Travel: 10 Days of Vacation in Costa Rica

We just got back from Costa Rica! It was my second time, and the first for my boys. I had gone last year for a conference, and was able to do some excursions, but I was determined that this trip would be all about family travel fun, especially for parents of tween and teen kids. After lots of planning, I really feel like we were able to see a huge part of the country in only 10 days. We missed Tortuguero National Park on the east side, but it just was too far to go out of our loop. (So keep that in mind as you look through our itinerary, if that is really important to you.)

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Jul 2015

Keystone Resort For A Summer Vacation

I know, weird right? Why go to a ski resort for summer travel? The thing is, many of us locals head up into the mountains in the summer to because there are lots of fun things to do this time of year too.

When we visited Keystone during Spring Break, we hit the end of winter season but also got a preview of things to come. There is so much!

Here are the “regular” activities that are available on a daily basis:

Family Biking at Keystone

Mountain Biking

This is the number one reason (based on my non-scientific research) that people go to Keystone in the summer. You take a lift up and ride a bike down… or try easier cruising trails as a family.

Horseback Riding at Keystone

Horseback Riding

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