19 essentials for your remote island tropical vacation packing list

tropical vacation packing list

We had a great time during our recent stay at Al Natural Resort on Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama, but it was our first time vacationing on a remote tropical island and we weren’t completely prepared for the reality on the ground. It’s sort of like Gilligan’s Island except with a few more bungalows. … Read more

Planning your visit to Panama with kids

We chose Panama as the first stop on our family gap year adventure around the world and we’re so glad we did! It’s the center of the hemisphere in many ways, serving as the (somewhat arbitrary) divider between North and South America, while the mountains that span the country’s length split the Atlantic and Pacific … Read more

5 relaxing things to do in Bariloche, Argentina

things to do in bariloche with kids

San Carlos de Bariloche sits at the northern edge of Argentine Patagonia in the Lake District, but its appearance and vibe are different than any other area of Patagonia we visited. As a haven for vacationers from Buenos Aires and backpackers finishing up the hard-core trekking circuit of the south (see how we did the … Read more

The enchanted forest of Termas Geometricas in Pucón, Chile

Termas Geometricas en Pucon Chile

The magic of Termas Geometricas Imagine strolling through a narrow, dimly-lit forest ravine… walking along bright red, angular footbridges surrounded by greenery-filled rocks tricking with water and steaming rock pools around every corner. A visit to Termas Geometricas is truly that straight-from-a-fairytale travel experience that so many of us dream of. This is just a … Read more

A delectable family cooking class in Buenos Aires, Argentina

family cooking class in buenos aires

The smell of sautéed onions, bell peppers and garlic filled the kitchen. Our children 6 and 3 years old were laughing wearing their chef’s hats and aprons as Norma guided them gently through the process of forming and filling their own homemade empanadas. As a parent, it was a pleasure watching their little hands form … Read more

Seeing Patagonia animals up close with Argentina Vision

There is something magical about getting up close and personal with animals in their own habitats. When we started planning our family gap year trip, we knew that wildlife spotting would be a big draw for our little kids but we didn’t realize just how amazing and accessible parts of Argentine Patagonia could be. Many … Read more