Yeah! We’re finally off for a 2 weeks vacation. It’s been a bit of a mad experience packing for a family of five for both a wintery and immediately after a hot destination. But I know I can’t complain because we are just lucky to have those 2 weeks in front of us.
First, we’ll be heading to the lovely chalet of Florence from Pirouette in the Swiss Alps – You might remember the interview I did here. And then, we’re going for an all-pampering holiday in Mauritius (no. I’ have not given up on the idea after writing this post!). It’s been an incredibly long, busy, and eventful year with some good family-wise and work-wise and a little bit of bad too. Our trip in Bhutan was a highlight but it was aborted because of Lior’s illnesses. He seems to be finally out of the trouble zone so that’s my main wish for next year: no more emergency room visits for the whole of 2014 please dear santa! I also cherish the memories of the moments with my BFF in this hidden Italian spot. And 2nd of my list to Santa, I dream of disconnecting again here one day. But I think that this might be too much to ask for right now!
Off we go.
Happy Holidays everyone!
May some of your dreams come true in 2014.
Years ago, when I was wild and free, I took a trip through the Orinoco delta, deep in the tropical forests of Venezuela. It was just me (ok, and an ex-boyfriend), the driver of the boat and a guide. We slept in hammocks under mosquito nets, I bathed in the Orinoco river (and later saw a jaguar crossing), I ate a living worm (Marcelo still doesn’t believe me), and I drank quite a few caipirinhas (now you know it all!). I spoked about it for years, still to this date: 3 days that had a lifetime in-print on me.
Times have changed and I am dreaming of the day I will take my children to the Uakari Floating Lodge in the Mamiraua Reserve, deep in the Brazilian Amazon. Uakari is a role model in eco-tourism and sustainable development. This is not a trip to take with the little ones! This is the experience of a lifetime, to share with a teenager and give her or him another perspective on the world we live in.
I recently got a chance to chat with Gustavo Pereira Pinto, the operational manager at Pousada Uakari. This is what he explained to me:
Our decisions are more often than not driven by a sense of community, of belonging. This is truer than ever in the travel market. I talked about Kid & Coe recently, a brand new website dedicated to allowing design-loving families to rent vacation properties from other like-minded families.
Enter Behomm, a home exchange community for designers and visual artists.
Projects Abroad is a non-profit organisation founded in 1992 by a geography professor who conceived programs for students to travel and work while on break from study. It’s one of the largest in the world in this field.
If you have a grown-up child with a big heart, a sense of adventure and some free time (on a gap year?), Projects Abroad is calling for volunteers to help with recovery work in the Philippines, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
BozAround just turned 4 years old and it means that I wrote over 500 posts on the blog! To celebrate, the site just got a little makeover, to help you search more easily through the archives and get inspired. Can you tell? Do you like it? What do you think?! I’m a bit self-conscious, you see. Having a blog is one of those really weird things where you talk and talk, and you don’t know who’s listening.
I’d love your comments on what I write about, the good, the bad (but not the ugly). What are your favorite stories? Do you take lots of spontaneous trips? Or do you research forever before you go? What’s on your dream list? Where do you live? How many children do you have? Do you prefer to travel close to home? Or take faraway trips? This time, You speak. I listen. Ok?!
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