Travel Bloggers Explore Utah: Home to Five USA National Parks

Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA. Photo by Kevin Wagar

Utah is a photographer’s paradise located in the western United States. It is home to five US National Parks nicknamed the Mighty 5. They are Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. Utah’s winters boast the “Greatest Snow on Earth.” The more we learn about Utah, the more we want to visit. It’s an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, […]

Dana Johannsen Should Apologize to the People of New Zealand

Dana Johannsen Should Apologize

As an expat living in New Zealand I generally feel pride for both my former and existing nations.  However, when I read Dana Johannsen’s article, Sochi – It’s like watching Kiwis on an expensive ski holiday trashing our country’s top athletes and suggesting we have embarrassed our country in Sochi, I was stunned. Not only […]

Skiing on an Active Volcano in New Zealand – We Found a Snow Zombie!

skiing on an active volcano

Would you go skiing on an active volcano? My family does, along with thousands of others who enjoy skiing at Mt. Ruapehu, in the center of New Zealand’s North Island. It last erupted September 25, 2007. For some reason this doesn’t seem to worry skiers or snowboarders. This past season we were overseas enjoying northern […]

World-Schooling: Things My Girls Have Learned Traveling


For us, home schooling is an exciting adventure, it is a journey, not a chore. Geography, culture, history, language we did via world schooling. It’s a relatively new term and difficult to define. To us, world schooling is learning while being out in the world, a form of unschooling, mixed with self-schooling, and travel. In 2012 we […]

Sand Skiing as the Sunsets in the Sahara Desert

morroco desert skiing

We missed the New Zealand ski season this year, but at least we got an opportunity to try sand skiing. Actually it was our second time desert skiing during our travels, the first was indoors at Ski Dubai.  We are in the Sahara desert of Morocco, staying in Merzouga. But that didn’t stop my girls […]

Oslo in a Day: Ski Jump, Sculputers and Vikings Ships

Ski Jump in Oslo

Only one day in Oslo, the capital of Norway, is not the optimal way to see this beautiful city. For us, it is our only current option as it is the final port of our cruise through the Fjords before we head back to the UK.  We all had our wish list, and none of […]

We Went Snow Skiing in the Desert at Ski Dubai

ski dubai

Traveling with two teens who are both former junior national snow sports champions in New Zealand, you know we had to stop at Ski Dubai. Both girls were really keen to give it a try and to able to say they they snowboarded and skied in the desert. Ski Dubai is about 4 times the size […]

Congratulations to my Champions – Jr. Skiing and Snowboarding in New Zealand

Melissa Albom 1st Place Halfpipe

Congratulations to my champions. Both our girls came home yesterday from their ski / snowboarding season with a handful of medals.  Normally we all travel together, however my injured ankle and snow would not be a good combination, so they went with hubby and I stayed home. The drive from our home on the North Island […]