Our story!

For several years now I have had the urge to travel which has been a dream of mine before marriage and children. My husband was never keen on the idea until one afternoon in 2016 he said, "let's do this!" The next day I began to sell, donate and give away items from my home. He was a bit shocked when he got home from work. I immediately called a realtor and our home sold within 24 hours for more than we were asking. I had sold, donated and given away EVERYTHING so that the day we moved we didn't even need a truck. We were able to drive away with everything we had left in both our vehicles. We moved to a smaller place directly across from the beach to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets for the following year before taking off to travel full time!

Paris, France with Bean 🇫🇷

What a terrific way to celebrate our daughters birthday with a trip to Paris. It’s on her bucket list! We had a wonderful time getting to see all the main attractions on the hop on hop off bus. The Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower were on her list and Eric wanted to see the cathedral. A couple of days on the Hop on Hop off bus help you get your bearings of the city. After that the metro would be more doable. You don’t need to rent a car to see Paris because the public transportation is the best plus the road rules are a bit bizarre in this country to say the least.

Buy tickets ahead of time from your hotels website instead of standing in long lines. We stayed at Hotel Tourisme Avenue which was excellent and within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower!

How I Pack for Europe 🌍 - Vlog 55

 In this video I explain what I pack in my carry-on bag and backpack. We never check in luggage on the plane. It’s amazing how we can pack only 17 pounds of clothing for a 3 month trip. It makes traveling easier to do and less headaches at the airport. Keep in mind that most hotels in Europe have a clothesline in the bathroom to hang up your hand washed clothes. Rented apartments or homes may have a washer and definitely have clothesline’s outside to use. Dryers are rare.

I also carry a small purse that folds up inside my backpack to include my wallet, ticket, passport, vaccination card or anything else needed for my trip! I take only 1 pair of good walking shoes or boots depending on the time of year. If I need another then I will purchase in Europe because their prices are good on my favorite shoes, Sketchers. I don’t pack coats but instead wear on the plane for comfort and warmth.