Thanks to social media, particularly Instagram's picture perfect photos of various paradise-like locations worldwide, many people tend to think that travel is all butterflies and roses and happily-ever-afters. Travel is many things. It is education. It is memories. It is new people and new places and new foods and new smells. But it is not always fun, and it is not always easy. Continual travel requires continual expansion of one's self to learn new skills and to be more self-aware.
One thing I learned this year is that it is okay to not enjoy every place we go, everything we do, and every food we eat. I do not have to like Beijing's spam-riddled fried rice, for instance. I have learned to categorize my experiences into things I loved, things I liked, things that were neither agreeable nor disagreeable, and things I will never ever do again for as long as I live.
Marvin and I have been traveling together since 2011, and since then, we have encountered a number of not-so-fun, not-so-easy situations as we travel. In an effort to be completely transparent about the downside to travel, I have put together a collection of our best-of-the-worst travel experiences.
Read about our travel predicaments & frustrations, which we can fondly look back at as "bloopers."
As the sun begins to set on 2017, we wanted to take a moment to look back at this year, and to glance forward to 2018.
Today, December 31, 2017, marks the end of our first full year as full time RVers. This year was different for us than any year in the past, so we wanted to post a special end-of-the-year review to tell you, not just about our travels, but about our personal highs and lows this year.
See what went wrong and what went right in 2017.
On Christmas morning, I woke up (too early), and, after a cup of coffee, got to work on breakfast. With "A Christmas Story" playing behind me, I whipped up this easy, spicy, baked egg breakfast casserole. As Ralphie and his family were sitting down to Christmas dinner at their local Chinese restaurant, we were enjoying our Christmas breakfast in bed.
Get this delicious breakfast casserole recipe now!
With very little space for cooking inside Gypsy, we opted for a one-pot Christmas dinner. Using only our 3-in-1 Grillet, we dined on Cornish hens, green bean casserole, spicy corn, and cranberry sauce.
Take a look at our easy one-pot slower cooker Christmas dinner!
Wondering what to get your friends who live in their RV full-time? We have the answer!
Check out our handy holiday gift guide for RVers!
Though we love a gorgeous landscape as much as the next person, our favorite nature shots involve animals. Yellowstone National Park teems with wildlife year-round, and we were fortunate to see a number of interesting animals during our time there.
See our favorite Yellowstone wildlife below!
As I mentioned in my last recipe post, for the month of November, Marvin and I are going to stick to a paleo diet - no breads, dairy, refined sugars, or processed foods.
Since our trip to Mexico, where we enjoyed a plate of delicious shrimp and jicama tacos, I have been obsessed with jicama tacos. This recipe that includes stuffed jalapenos packs a serious punch!
See my paleo-friendly jicama stuffed jalapeno taco recipe below.
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