• Dubai for New Year’s

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    Everything about Dubai — from buildings to brunches — is super luxe and over-the-top, so it’s not suprising that their New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the most opulent (and popular) in the world. But we learned last year that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars or stand outside for 18 hours to […]

  • The best way to visit the Burj Khalifa

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    There are a few things you absolutely MUST do if you visit Dubai, and going up in the world’s tallest building is one of them. (Yes, even if, like me, you’re terrified of heights) The Burj Khalifa stands more than 2,700 feet — 160 stories — tall and has the highest outdoor observation deck in the world. You may […]

  • Tree of Life and the Bahrain Fort

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    Bahrain’s location has made it a center for trade for centuries, and the Bahrain Fort — a UNESCO World Heritage site — is a Portugeuse-built structure on the site of the capital of an ancient civilization. It was built between the 15th and early 17th century, and is a must-visit if you’re in Bahrain. It […]

  • Visiting Disney World for July 4th

    Visiting DIsney World for Fourth of July

    We love Disney, and they have the best fireworks ever. So when we found out we were moving overseas last summer, we knew we had to spend  July 4th in the most magical place on Earth before leaving the U.S. It was a fantastic trip, and I would definitely do it again if we have […]

  • Shopping and camels

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    I wasn’t sure what to expect when we moved to an island so tiny it only takes 30 minutes to drive from one side to the other… particularly since a significant portion of the land is desert and/or oil refineries. But it turns out that there are tons of good restaurants and lots of interesting […]

  • Lake Charlevoix

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    I’ve never been much of a lake person. Maybe it’s the murky water, or the fact that my idea of a “lake” growing up was a man-made MTV Spring Break destination, but I’ve never been super pumped about going to a lake. This wasn’t helped by the fact that shortly after my family moved to […]

  • Surfing in Lahaina

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    Maybe it’s because I grew up in the desert, or because my father played the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett on near-constant repeat through most of my childhood, but I am a little obsessed with the beach and the ocean. I assume that’s why I think surfing is the coolest sport in the world. Yes, you […]

  • The Feast at Lele

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    While it’s certainly possible to visit Hawaii without going to a luau, I wouldn’t recommend it. Some luaus are better than others, of course, and it seems like the kind of super tourist-y activity I try to avoid. But it really is the best and easiest way to learn a little about the history and […]

  • Surfing Goat Dairy farm

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    YOU GUYS. There is a goat farm in Maui… and the goats know how to surf. OK, so maybe the goats don’t actually know how to surf. But I’m sure they could learn. Don’t they look smart? We had eaten some Surfing Goat cheese the last time we were in Maui, and Isabel and I had an […]

  • Mt. Rainier

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    On a clear day in Tacoma, Mt. Rainier is hard to miss. You walk out of the door or glance in a certain direction, and it takes your breath away. It’s enormous and beautiful and intimidating, and when I unexpectedly had a free afternoon on a work trip to Joint Base Lewis-McChord not too long […]