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TALES OFF ROAD

I write this as someone whose entire life - from childhood, though adolescence and into adulthood - has been enhanced by stories of all kinds.I love the way stories allow us to leave our world behind and dive into other people’s lives, explore the dark depths of the human soul, and see things from different perspectives. Logan P. Smith hit the nail on the head when he said:  “People say that life’s the thing, but I prefer reading.”  I read all kinds of books, from novels to biographies, from the classics to thrillers (anything, in fact, except...

Three weeks to go. And my fear of traveling is slowly growing.The big day is coming closer. All of a sudden, it's less than a month until we are supposed to leave our cozy home, the beloved couch, the possibility to binge on netflix, our garden, children-free kindergarten hours. I won't be able to take my favourite cereal or my espresso shots with me. I won't be able to just close my office door if family life goes crazy.Hope. Fear. Excitement. Doubts. An overwhelming "To Do" list. Packing lists. Knowing this would be the biggest...

You’ve settled on the idea, chosen the destination, and summoned the courage (and funds) to do it. Great! You’re ready for your big trip abroad! Oh, but wait. You’ve got small kids. How are they going to feel about leaving everything they know behind?Traveling as a family has plenty of advantages (read my reasons why if you’re still stuck on that point). But if you really want to enjoy both the build-up and the trip itself, the trick is to prepare your children for what’s to come - and that’s where we can help. Through both trial and...

Are you wondering what kinds of travel toys for kids you will need to keep them entertained on your next trip? What the really necessary items are? Or have you maybe decided not to take any toys and now want to find out if that by any chance is a realistic approach?When we started our journey, we were to become the biggest adventurers and explorers of all time. According to Julian. All he needed to achieve this goal was his Lego and Playmobil armada. To moreover catch bandits, whalers and other dreadful villains he understandably would...

One of the main reasons for choosing to travel to New Zealand's North or South Island is the opportunity to camp wild. It sounds like heaven: spending the night in the most beautiful places of the country for free, all by yourself. Waking up in the morning to the great outdoors, listening to animal sounds and a friendly breeze in the evening, discovering a secluded beach. These are the expectations that awaken when I think of freedom camping in New Zealand.At least, they were. Because unfortunately, and even though supported by the officials, dreams in this case cannot...

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