Tales of Wanderlust

American Expats In The Balkans

Browsing Category:

Family Travel

Budget travel, Europe, Family Travel, Scotland, Travel

Applecross, Scotland- A Photo Diary

I think of our visit to Applecross, Scotland as a bit of a happy mistake. Let me explain. When I went to book a hotel for our time on The Isle of Skye, everything was booked. It was the end of June, so I should have known, but, I didn’t…I started to worry that maybe we just couldn’t go. But that just wasn’t an option. We HAD to go. Our hearts were set on it. Finally I found a place in Applecross, which was about 50 ...
Albania, Europe, Expat life, Family Travel, Utah

6 Silly Things I Miss About The U.S.

Let me say first, that we love it here, and I’ll do a follow up post on the things here that I prefer, but for today, indulge me in my silly reverie. 1. Yoga freaking pants Yoga pants are the unsung hero in American women’s lives. Actually working out? They are there for you. Pregnant? They got you. Just had a baby? They hold you gently like a hug and don’t squeeze too tightly. Running kids to school? They’ll make ...
Albania, Europe, Expat life, Family Travel, The Balkans

Finding Your Center as an Expat or Long-term Traveler

I wrote last week about the stages of culture shock and where I was in those stages. It was raw, it was real. I’m happy to say that I think I’ve broken through the fog and am loving our new life here in Albania. Tirana has captivated me once again. Moving is stressful. Moving across the world is more stressful. When you move to a country with different food, language, customs and social mores, it puts your brain and emotions on ...
Albania, Europe, Expat life, Family Travel, Travel

Random jet-lagged musings on our first week in Albania

1. The Albanian people have been so, so kind to us. We’d heard that Albanian landlords weren’t great and getting things fixed could be a headache, but apparently we lucked out because ours came to our home and swept through with gifts for my children (cute little sun hats), potpourri for the house, pretty little nick nacks for our shelves, and the banana candy that their 21 year old son heard William whining about. We asked for a few things, ...
Budget travel, Family Travel

How to Save for Family Travel

Cut Back The first thing you will need to do is not fun, like really, it’s not. You may want to get a Diet Coke or a glass of wine (whatever your drink of choice is). Here we go. Print out your bank statements from any accounts that you use to handle your every day family finances, grab a highlighter and calculator, and get to work identifying your bills. Now, break them into two categories: the ones you HAVE to have (a roof over your head), ...
Budget travel, Childhood cancer, Europe, Family Travel, Personal, Travel

Tapping On The Heart

I don’t remember how the feeling came exactly. It wasn’t a lightening bolt like you hear about. It was sort of like a light tapping, the kind that you don’t feel at first because you are so busy with the chaos of raising a family, the kind that gets pushed away. This feeling got stronger, like the way you don’t register something annoying your kids are doing and then suddenly it enters your consciousness and you realize you’re actually ...
Budget travel, Family Travel, Utah

Glitter Mountain

Our oldest had a baseball tournament in Saint George, Utah last Spring Break. After it was over we headed out to explore some unique sites nearby. I read about a place about 2o miles away on the Arizona border called Glitter Mountain, and decided to check it out. It did not disappoint! We had so much fun exploring. (If you need a map to get there, follow the one on this site. It will lead you right there. Many of the others I saw were ...
Budget travel, Europe, Family Travel, Travel

How to fly your family to Europe for cheap

1. Search These Sites The biggest expense for travel is transportation. ESPECIALLY with families. When you have to multiply everything by 5, it adds up fast! The biggest way to save is on your flights. When traveling on a budget, it is all about research. So much research.  I ALWAYS check this site first. Google flights And a little secret many people don’t know about is Google Flights Explore details the cheapest time to fly anywhere all ...