Ever since I knew I wanted to have kids-which happened sometime in my late twenties-I’ve thought about what it might look like to travel with them. I always saw us as a family of four traversing some far-flung landscape. But our kids were older, maybe twelve and eight. I didn’t think as much about traveling with a baby, though I assumed we would. Until we actually had a baby I always envisioned my future family life well past the infant stage. So when it came time to pack up and head off with Wren I didn’t have many expectations. Mostly, I just hoped it wouldn’t be a disaster.
If you travel to Jordan, you typically spend a few nights in the desert of Wadi Rum at a Bedouin camp. Its one of the things here “not to miss.” So, we missed it. As it goes. But we had good reason! We’d desert camped in the Sahara, and judging by recent temperatures here neither of us were particularly interested in spending the day in triple digit heat in sand dunes. So instead, we headed north to Feynan Ecolodge (Truffle Pig recommended) where it was still hot, but at least had proper rooms and cold water. This time we drove the desert highway, which in the south is incredibly boring. If you can imagine something far worse than I-5 from SF to LA, then you have this highway, hot, flat shrub forever. Luckily, the drive was in no way a reflection of how we’d spend the next few days. Continue reading
After five hours a bus and two ferries we arrived in Stavanger. The entire journey was marked by wind and rain. While I’m sure crossing the water on the ferries would normally be quite beautiful all we saw was grey and water. One of the risks of traveling in shoulder season of course, the weather may or may not cooperate. But if it does you are often blessed by the absence of other tourists. It was a gamble, and as the rain ravaged the sides of the ferry we were very uncertain how our luck would turn out Continue reading
Our time living in Ireland is very quickly approaching its end. A fact we aren’t remotely prepared for. It feels like we just moved to Dublin, and this city has become home. There are many things we’ll miss (affordable healthcare?!), but the biggest is easily access to travel. We’ve explored more of the world from our home base here then we could have even fathomed from the US. From short, cheap Ryan Air hops to nearby European countries, to longer haul but still reasonable trips to Africa and the Middle East we’ve loved the opportunity to explore. Continue reading