travel

Learn from my mistakes: Questions to ask before accepting a job teaching English abroad

I am just finishing a job teaching English in China. Unfortunately, it turns out that I was hired by a nightmare employer. I won’t go into all the details, but by reading my suggestions you can guess what kind of problems I ran into. I would like to make some suggestions so that you don’t make the same mistakes if you decide you would like to teach English in another country.

Here’s the Airbnb of lighthouses (yep, you can stay in a lighthouse!)

If you’ve ever dreamed of dancing on a lighthouse like Mickey Rooney in Pete’s Dragon, your dreams are about to come true. There’s a website that rents out lighthouses that are no longer used for their original purpose (which is most of them).

Yep, there's a safe child's car seat that fits in your pocket

Yep, there’s a safe child’s car seat that fits in your pocket(!)

I was introduced to a truly neat, seriously overdue concept: a super safe child safety seat that condenses down to the size of a medium cup of coffee. It weighs less than a pound, secures in about 20 seconds, and is perfect for traveling, cabs and other rideshares, and for keeping on hand whenever you need it.

These spontaneous yurt honeymoon photos on Water Island are like firefly magic

These spontaneous yurt honeymoon photos on Water Island are like firefly magic

I got a peek at one of the sweetest real life honeymoon photo shoots I’ve ever seen. It’s authentic, romantic, and spur-of-the-moment, which makes is all that much more interesting and special. Here’s how the totally unplanned Caribbean yurt photo shoot unfolded from photographer Kathleen of Parenthesis Photography who just happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture some epic love…

This German castle is what fantasy dreams are made of

I know y’all love some good fantasy real estate. So while this isn’t something you can buy (not that most of it is!), it IS something we all can ogle with glee. If you happen to find yourself in Wierschem, Germany add Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) to your list to step right back in time.

I can move anywhere! Where should I move that's affordable and full of nature?

I can move anywhere! Where should I move that’s affordable and full of nature?

Any advice or resources for choosing a place to live for another Californian being priced out of her area? I feel like I’m ready for a change of scenery. I need a place with an affordable cost of living, and I’d really prefer a place that has lots of trees and hiking options, and isn’t filled with Trump supporters.

Does such a place exist?