Skimbaco Lifestyle | online magazine » SKIMBACO TRAVEL http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com Skimbaco Lifestyle, online magazine inspiring you to live life to the fullest. Travel, home, food, fashion, family. Fri, 29 May 2015 16:24:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 5 Things You Must Experience on NC’s Crystal Coasthttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/5-things-you-must-experience-on-ncs-crystal-coast.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/5-things-you-must-experience-on-ncs-crystal-coast.html#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 18:23:11 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44636&preview_id=44636 Time to visit North Carolina North Carolina’s Carteret County encompasses 85 miles of coastline from Emerald Isle to Harker’s Island. This area is often referred to as  North Carolina’s southern outer banks by those who live outside of…]]>
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Time to visit North Carolina

North Carolina’s Carteret County encompasses 85 miles of coastline from Emerald Isle to Harker’s Island. This area is often referred to as  North Carolina’s southern outer banks by those who live outside of North Carolina, but locals call it the “Crystal Coast”. The water is crystal blue, the sunsets and sunrises are amazing, and it has just enough attractions and history to keep the kids entertained, too.  Let’s face it. The ocean will only keep those kids occupied for so long.  You need a family destination that offers a little more than the sun and sand, and the Crystal Coast delivers for a vacation.

Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks

Cape Lookout Lighthouse, a national state park

Take Island Express Ferry service either from Harker’s Island or Beaufort, N.C to Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks. Cape Lookout is a national state park, and is home to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarter’s Museum. Read more about this outing the HinesSightBlog. You can spend the day on this natural island, but you must pack your own food and drinks. Primitive camping is also allowed. On the way to Cape Lookout, you will stop by Shackleford Banks, and get a glimpse of the wild ponies. More than 100 wild ponies live on the island. It is believed that the ponies date back to Spanish Galleon shipwrecks off the Atlantic Coast.  Tours vary by departure location. There is also a Sunset Ferry cruise which departs a few days a week from Harker’s Island.

Fort Macon State Park

historic civil war fort in N.C.

Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast, and it is also a historic landmark. Kids will love exploring this civil war fort. The fort showcases uniforms and weapons of four wars (War of 1812, War Between the States, Spanish-American war, World War II). Occasionally, reenactors are on site for educational purposes.  Admission is free.  Visiting the fort when it first opens at 9 a.m. will be the coolest time to visit.  Some of the exhibits are air-conditioned, and there are lots of steps.

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

alligator at NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

From lakes and streams to the ocean floor, thousands of aquatic animals are for your family to explore on the Crystal Coast. The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is a fun-filled beach activity for all families visiting this area. Throughout the day, there are a variety of live exhibits, including a sunken submarine with 400-pound sharks lurking in the depths . I dare you not to think of the “Jaws” theme when those sharks swim by you.  The Aquarium offers programs, tours, and outreach efforts to help bring your experience to life. The TREE-mendous playground is new this year to the aquarium, and it features a long swinging bridge, a treehouse lookout platform, a climbing net, an open slide, an enclosed spiral slide, and a ton of other fun apparatus to inspire physical activity and creative thinking. Plan to spend several hours at the aquarium. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets are affordable, and provide hours are entertainment for the entire family.  Summer, of course, is the museum’s busiest time. Mid-day is also very, very busy. The last two hours before closing at 5 p.m. is when you find the least amount of crowds.  There is a small snack-bar on site.

Kid fun at NC Aquarium

Stroll Historic Beaufort’s Waterfront

waterfront town, boating

Beaufort is North Carolina’s third oldest town, and was labeled as the “Coolest small town in America” in 2012 by Budget Travel.  With gourmet dining, quaint coffee shops, historic homes, and upscale shopping, Beaufort is a delight to stroll. History buffs may want to take the Historic Double-Decker Bus Tour around town. This 45-minute ride  on a 1967 London Bus will give you insights on Blackbeard, the grave with toys on it in the Old Burying Ground cemetery, and the scoop on a famous female spy.  Kids will love it, especially if they get to ride up top. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Wait for a Table at Amos Mosquito’s in Atlantic Beach

Tableside S'mores at Amos  Mosquito's at Atlantic Beach

Yeah, I  like to make reservations when I dine out, but sometimes waiting for a table at a restaurant that doesn’t take reservations is worth your wait. That’s the case with Amos Mosquito’s in Atlantic Beach. This cozy, eclectic cafe with swampy-decor theme serves up great fare daily during the summer.  Fresh seafood is the star here, but the chef rolls up sushi on Thursday. This is the type of place where you grab a cocktail and just get on beach-time. The kids will absolutely love the tableside s’mores dessert.  The key-lime pie is pretty tasty, too.

If traveling in North Carolina, use the hashtag #outaboutnc and follow @OutaboutNC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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DIY Natural Sun Lotion with Essential Oilshttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/natural-sun-protection-essential-oils.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/natural-sun-protection-essential-oils.html#respond Wed, 13 May 2015 17:39:31 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44536&preview_id=44536 Check your sunscreen Did you know that many of the sunscreens sold are not safe, and can actually cause cancer, affect your endocrine system, cause premature aging and damage skin cells? Don’t drop the sun…]]>
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Lloret de Mar beach in Spain

Check your sunscreen

Did you know that many of the sunscreens sold are not safe, and can actually cause cancer, affect your endocrine system, cause premature aging and damage skin cells? Don’t drop the sun lotion just yet though. Sun protection is extremely important, even getting sunburned once will increase your risk of melanoma. One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life says the Skin Cancer Foundation. I personally have a very pale Scandinavian skin, and get sunburned easily. After becoming a mom 15 years ago I became even more aware protecting our children, and myself, from the sun. I haven’t gotten sunburned for a long time, and often wear long sleeves even on the summer time to protect my skin. I have been using face moisturizers with sun screen for years in a daily use, even during winter, if there is snow (to reflect the sun light). Now my new favorite way to protect myself and my family from the sun: using all natural sun lotion made with natural oils and essential oils.

catamaran sailing in Spain

What about natural ingredients?

This spring I decided to put essential oils in the test to see if they work as sun protection. I first started with using Carrot Seed essential oil in my daily face oil mix (Argan Oil, Carrot Seed essential oil, Lavender essential oil & Frankincense Essential Oil), and then I created my own sun lotion mix.

DIY sun lotion made with Young Living essential oils. Learn more at @enjoylifeoils

I tested my DIY sun lotion in Spain last week and was a little nervous, especially on the two days we were on boats and the water reflected the sun. The first night I actually did get an allergic reaction that first I thought was sunburn. The red patches magically appeared at 10PM, but my skin did not hurt to touch, and I was even able to take hot showers and the skin didn’t hurt, so it was not sunburn. I think it was allergic reaction to walnuts (also my tongue and throat were tingling), and it went away the next day thanks to using Lavender essential oil. The rest of the trip I used this DIY sun lotion with no problems, and spent even more time on the sun. Now for the first time in years I didn’t get burned, but I got a slight tan instead! I didn’t bring any other sun lotion for the trip, and I was happy my DIY sun lotion worked.

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DIY Natural Sun Lotion

1/3 cup Coconut Oil
2 teaspoons Avocado Oil
25 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix in medium speed for a few minutes until well blended.

easy DIY suntan lotion recipe

Storage in a glass container – I like to use old jelly jars or artichoke jars… And while the sun lotion will look like whipped cream when done, don’t worry if it changes consistency if you use it outside. Coconut oil is solid under 76 °F, and above that temperature it turns into olive oil-looking liquid oil. The best is to storage your natural sun lotion in a cool and dark place. Remember the coconut oil melting also when applying the sun lotion – it will melt fast in your hands!

whipped coconut oil

Note: I only recommend the Young Living essential oils. They have worked for me, and I trust their quality. I also love being a wholesale member and saving 24% on prices every time I order. Read more how to join Young Living and check out my oil website Enjoy Life with Oils.

DIY all natural sun lotion for summer made with essential oils


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PORTMANTOS Online Travel Boutique Offers Luxury Servicehttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/portmantos-online-travel-boutique-offers-luxury-service.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/portmantos-online-travel-boutique-offers-luxury-service.html#respond Tue, 12 May 2015 09:35:59 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44571&preview_id=44571 Packing for a trip, whether work or leisure, can be an overwhelming task for many, and act as an obstacle that hangs over one’s head before departing. From having the right bag and suitcases to…]]>
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Packing for a trip, whether work or leisure, can be an overwhelming task for many, and act as an obstacle that hangs over one’s head before departing. From having the right bag and suitcases to packing the right clothing, there is a lot of thought that goes into this highly unanticipated chore.

While packing for a trip to the Cote d’Azur, I was reminded how I, like many, do not enjoy the task of packing. I searched for the appropriate size suitcase, located outfits, and also needed an appropriate carry-on piece to hold all the extras such as electronics and valuables. Throughout my packing experience, I was exposed to a new online boutique that offers all things travel and luggage, PORTMANTOS.com

The concept of PORTMANTOS is quite unique in the online world, so the site instantly caught my attention as I was placing piles of clothing into my suitcase. The experience is designed to mirror the refinement experienced by discerning consumers who frequent the world’s most lavish boutiques. As a result, for an online retailer, PORTMANTOS offers a truly personalized shopping experience with hand-selected products, exclusive benefits, concierge services, VIP programming, and white-glove delivery.

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Founder, Moses Berger, answered a few questions about his concept and the unique experience his boutique offers clients:

What inspired the launch of PORTMANTOS?
PORTMANTOS was inspired by the refinement experienced when walking into a high-end boutique; an experience not easily translated in the online shopping space. Not only did I recognize a shift in the e-commerce market, favoring experiential shopping, but I also realized there was not a single online destination where customers could shop for all of their luxury luggage and travel wares. It was then that I conceived of PORTMANTOS.

What Does PORTMANTOS offer that customers cannot get elsewhere?
An exceptional assortment of merchandise, superlative service and the unparalleled ability to engage our customers in a manner that encourages individuality while still keeping the shopper on trend.

Is PORTMANTOS just about buying luggage?
Not at all. At PORTMANTOS, we believe that the shopping experience is not just about the destination, but also the journey. To that effect, we have designed PORTMANTOS to be an enriched and truly personalized shopping experience. In addition to a variety of luggage and travel accessories, we provide customers access to exclusive benefits including concierge services, a personal travel advisory, VIP programming, white-glove delivery and more.

What is your target consumer?
PORTMANTOS speaks to the luxury traveler; from families to corporate executives, who share a common interest and goal: to enhance their journey.

How do you decide what brands to carry?
We carry only the finest brands, of the highest quality. Every single product that we carry has been hand-selected, and deemed suitable for even the most discerning traveler. Our brands range from modern classics to emerging brands discovered during my personal travels. Hand-craftsmanship
and meticulous design are paramount.

Describe the PORTMANTOS experience in one word?
Captivating.

With so many options to choose from, how does a PORTMANTOS customer pick the right one?
PORTMANTOS was designed specifically to guide the customer during the purchasing process. Each brand has a landing page with a video unique to their own brand identity, providing the shopper with a sense of walking into that brand’s flagship store. Customers are educated about the brand, as well as their products. We also provide recommendations in our “Travel Forecast” section of the site, as well as easy navigation and filtering options to make the process as seamless as possible.

Explain the perks of the PORTMANTOS VIP Program?
The PORTMANTOS VIP Program provides customers with advantages such as luxe complimentary gifts with purchase, travel trends, exclusive previews of new products and collections, and upgraded shipping, free of charge.

Tell us about the PORTMANTOS “Talk To A Jetsetter” feature?
“Talk to a Jetsetter” provides live support to help the customer choose the right products and accessories to enrich their travel experience. We constantly consult, converse and collaborate with travel experts and stylists to handpick a collection of products for each of the four luggage archetypes (Business Basics, Iconics, Modern Metro, Carry-It-Alls). Our writers are true travel gurus, who provide insight based on personal experiences and a keen observation of the landscape. At the core, this is what makes us unique.

I always travel with a carry-on that is versatile; one that can hold clothes to utilize immediately upon arrival as well as valuables and electronics. I clicked onto PORTMANTOS, and found a great Jack Spade duffle that would fit the bill perfectly. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to grab a great travel bag and experience the PORTMANTOS service firsthand.

 

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While I do not live within the range for same-day white glove delivery, the bag arrived nicely on my doorstep the next day. I was thrilled to see the box at the doorsteps, opened the bag, and began filling with all my carry-on “essentials.” (Check out my packing tips for Nice). The package included a note that really embodies the PORTMANTOS philosophy and mission. I stuffed the bag with, perhaps, slightly more than the “essentials”, but last but not least, I tucked my passport into the pocket and was out the door!

jack spade tech duffle

 

The next time I need a new piece of luggage or any travel accessory, I will be sure to point my browser towards PORTMANTOS. The array of styles both modern and classic ensure something perfect for your specific travel occasion.

 

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Finding Tea and Alchemy in Irelandhttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/finding-tea-and-alchemy-in-ireland.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/finding-tea-and-alchemy-in-ireland.html#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 22:10:33 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/?p=44461 Having Tea in Ireland was my Skimbaco Moment Guest post by Lara DiPaola of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom. Tea is possessed of a special alchemy. My earliest memories of my paternal grandmother involve the gilded…]]>
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Having Tea in Ireland was my Skimbaco Moment

Guest post by Lara DiPaola of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom.

Tea is possessed of a special alchemy. My earliest memories of my paternal grandmother involve the gilded rim of a delicate china teacup resplendent with tiny flowers perched atop a saucer. Being Irish, tea was always more an occasion than refreshment with her. We lived thousands of miles apart, but camomile and a sugar cube are all that is necessary to transport me to her sunroom.

Tea brings us together, even decades after her passing. So it seemed entirely fitting that a cuppa would be among highlights of the journey that brought three generations of her family back to Ireland.

The Willow Cafe Tea Room, Westport, County Mayo Ireland

Westport in County Mayo, Ireland is one of those small picturesque villages that most can easily call to mind when thinking of the Emerald Isle. Cathair na Mart translated from the Gaelic means, “”stone fort of the beeves.” Though you’re far more likely to find daytrippers in this city that’s been named among the best places to live in Ireland, than cattle roaming the cobblestone streets these days. The Carrow Beg river as meanders past brightly painted storefronts, and there seems to be a pub and boutique on every street. Westport is quintessentially Irish without being cliche.

Willow Cakes at The Willow Cafe Tea House Westport, County Mayo, Ireland

Taking it’s place amongst the quaint shops and historic inns the Willow Cafe Tea Room beckons the traveler to come in and sit for a spell. Once through the door, it’s clear that this is not the place for “formal” tea. Small tables, mismatched chairs, colorful tulips in repurposed lemonade bottles, all lend an air of comfort –almost like the whole place is a tea cozy.

We grabbed a table near the picture window at the front of the shop, far enough away from the chilled air that blew in with each opening of the door, but close enough to enjoy unobstructed people watching. Softly, in the background George Harrison’s guitar gently wept.

My dad was never a huge fan of The Beatles. This is something my sixteen year old daughter just can’t comprehend. Her wardrobe boasts at least four “fab” Beatles t-shirts. The odd juxtaposition in this reverse generational gap sparks conversation about what qualifies as musical talent, which leads to a debate about the state of current pop music and culture as a whole. He mocks her as she asks if they have gluten free scones (they do, and they’re amazing)

Tea Cakes at The Willow Cafe Tea Room Westport, County Mayo, Ireland

As the heat from the camomile in my cup spreads through my hands, I’m warmed at watching the two of them. I can see my grandmother in both their faces, almost hear her in my own laugh. On a shelf behind the pastry case, dozens of glass jars display teas from around the globe. People of all ages with accents familiar and exotic are packed into this tiny shop but it doesn’t feel crowded. Visions of the past mingle with memories in the making and scents of fresh baked lemon cake.

Camomile and Cake, The Willow Cafe Tea Room

Spotted on among the remnants of another patron’s respite is a tiny tea cup. The gold of the rim is worn dull, but the flowers are still brilliantly blue. It occurs to me that this small cafe is just as mythical a place as any castle ruin or ancient monolith found in the surrounding countryside.

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Serving in the United States Navy was the catalyst that marked a turning point for me. I spent the bulk of my tour stationed in a small town in southern Spain (Rota.) There I fell in love with Spanish culture, the people, and the idea that travel is a means to connect us all in the human experience. Those lessons would go on to serve me well as the Director of Marketing for very successful startup, freelance travel writing, the adventure of raising four kids (ages 21 to 8) and marrying into a Sicilian family. My freelance work has appeared at 10Best.com, USA Today travel, and I somehow ended up as the cornerstone for a piece on renting backyard chickens in the Washington Post. No, really I did.

Lara lives in the Washington DC/Baltimore, Maryland Metro Area, and she has passion for culinary travel, resorts & hotels, luxury travel, cultural exchange & study abroad, multigenerational travel, and voluntourism.

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Coastal Spain in 10 Instagram Photoshttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/coastal-spain-in-10-instagram-photos.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/05/coastal-spain-in-10-instagram-photos.html#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 19:41:15 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44511&preview_id=44511 Greetings from Spain! I was a keynote speaker at the TBEX conference, the largest travel blogger conference in the world last weekend. The conference was held in Lloret de Mar, a coastal destination less than…]]>
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Greetings from Spain! I was a keynote speaker at the TBEX conference, the largest travel blogger conference in the world last weekend. The conference was held in Lloret de Mar, a coastal destination less than two hours north of Barcelona. Here are some of my Instagram photos from the coastal Spain – and from few of the fun activities we did on the trip. It’s not a real travel blogger experience without some amazing travel experiences, right? The big news at the conference was the anouncement of TBEX Europe next summer held in SWEDEN! I hope you will join me next summer in Stockholm, as I for sure will not miss it!

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Instagram photo by Skimbaco

The Lloret de Mar is a touristy beach town with gorgeous shoreline.

lloret de mar beach
Instagram photo by Skimbaco

I fell in love with Sitges, coastal town next to Barcelona. We did a speedboat tour of the city and it’s gorgeous beaches, but my favorite still was this… The sea.

sitges
Instagram photo by Skimbaco

Terrassa is another town worth the visit. The Science and Technology Museum in Terrassa is in the old Aymerich Modernist textile factory of Amat i Jover. The museum itself is an interesting spot to learn about the history of science and technology and about the industrialization in Catalonia. However, one of the best sights can be found on the rooftop. The museum has an unique roof and it is a worth to see even just for the multiple windows on the roof.

terrassa museum
Instagram photo by Skimbaco

Gaudi-inspired Masia Freixa in Terrassa was designed for a private home for a textile factory owner, but is now the gorgeous city tourism office.

Masia Freixa, Terressa, Spain
Instagram photo by Skimbaco

More of my favorite photos from Spain

Here are a few more pictures from Spain by some of my friends.

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Nomadic Lifestyle Gone Wrong: We went after Global Adventures and ended up with the American Dreamhttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/04/nomadic-lifestyle-gone-wrong-we-went-after-global-adventures-and-ended-up-with-the-american-dream.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/04/nomadic-lifestyle-gone-wrong-we-went-after-global-adventures-and-ended-up-with-the-american-dream.html#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:13:49 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44287&preview_id=44287 I sometimes forget how privileged our children are. All three were born in different countries, and they all also carry two passports, and are fluent in the language in the country we just lived as…]]>
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I sometimes forget how privileged our children are. All three were born in different countries, and they all also carry two passports, and are fluent in the language in the country we just lived as expats the past three years. Raising a multicultural family was not an option for us, it was mandatory since I am Finnish and my husband is an American. But raising world travelers was an option we worked very hard to accomplish.

Our oldest daughter Isabella is fifteen years old now, and on her first grade school project of celebrating the “100 days of school” she drew a world map and wrote the names of the “100 towns where I have been.” It was an impressive list for anyone, not to mention to a 6-year-old. That list has since doubled and the countries she has visited is higher than her age in numbers.

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I recently wrote for Huffington Post a blog post titled How to Give Your Kids the World, and in the post I listed 7 ways to think of family travel in a new light. I advice every parent to start traveling with their children when they are still young, and make sacrifices in your family’s lifestyle so you will have money and time for travels. It will be worth it.

Some of our lifestyle choices have been hard, like moving often for different jobs, or not living close to our families. Some of them have just added the fun, like me being a lifestyle blogger has opened us many opportunities we couldn’t have experienced without blogging. But being a business owner has also made it more difficult to travel at times, you can not take two weeks completely off when you are running your own business.

It would be easy to think we have only had the access to travels because of the travel writing I have done, but in reality, we were traveling long before entire blogging was even invented. Matt and I met in Germany, and by the time we had our first child, we had already lived in two countries together (USA and Germany) – and Isabella was born in a third one (Finland), while Matt was on a work assignment in a fourth country (Kosovo). Our life has always been an adventure, it didn’t become it when I started working online. Most of our family trips are still have nothing or very little to do with the work I do, although I sometimes still write about them.

elephant safari in Bali

My online work has enabled me somewhat fulfill my career dreams though, otherwise it might have been very difficult to keep our moving pace as fast as it has been (we have moved on an average every two years), and both of us to have jobs. Matt has been fortunate as well, and he has been able to find work from many great locations around the world, and now he has been working for the same company for 7 years (in three different locations). However, as his contract was ending in Sweden last year, he struggled finding another job. We were praying and hoping his company will offer him another position after the assignment was over, but it wasn’t until less than 30 days of the assignment ending that they actually offered one. Needless to say, the uncertainty of our future was killing us, and our last year was the toughest year we’ve had so far.

We lived in a mansion, drove German luxury cars, traveled in several countries, didn’t have any money worries because everything was paid for, and yet last year was the absolute low point in our 17 of world traveling together. It was because we didn’t have the secure future plans for our family. We were open for adventures, in fact, one day we were looking into schools in Bali, the next week we started taking Turkish language classes, month later we took a trip to Pennsylvania for a job interview and to scout the place. On one hand we felt the entire world was open for us, and we were ready to jump on the next amazing opportunity (a job for my husband), on the other hand we realized we were completely putting our trust to the higher forces, or even luck, and we had no control over our future whatsoever.

kids in Paris

We had had an amazing “rags to riches”-looking story the past 7 years, going from ski bums to living outside New York City to leave-it-all-behind when we moved to Sweden to live in a historic mansion. We lived every day to the fullest and enjoyed it all, but it became almost impossible to even enjoy knowing that the three expat years came with an extremely high price tag: uncertain future after that. We honestly were that stupid that with our “flexibility” and ability to adjust and being open to the world, we’d “find something,” figure it all out once the time came. It always just had, and part of the adventurous traveling lifestyle is giving away every single string of control in your life, and just trusting that when you fall, there will be something to catch you, and hopefully it will be just another adventure.

Of course we had back-up-plans. One was to buy an RV and move back to the USA and live from a RV for a year, while Matt would homeschool the kids and I would focus on working online. One was to move to Finland to live close to my family and start a new business there. Moving to a beach town in Thailand or Indonesia were also discussed. Picking a town, any town, moving and trying to find a 8-5 job and live a “normal life” was never really in our back up plans.

So, I am telling you, I am still in a shock that we ended up moving to a small town upstate New York, bought a house, and now plan hosting backyard BBQ parties this summer. We haven’t owned a house for over ten years, not since it became impossible to buy a house for a short term and fix it and make money from it.

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In a way we succeed. We lived the crazy traveling lifestyle for 17 years and raised three children who are now open for adventures, and adjust anywhere in the world, and yet we were able to pull off the American dream of house in the suburbs with a pool in the backyard and kids succeeding in the academics at middle school and high school. We are able to now provide them the stable teenager years without the uncertainty of the future and knowing we will stay here until we are emptynesters. Maybe I am somewhat crazy though, because part of me feels like we failed miserably, and just when we were starting to have fun, we crawled back to the safety of New York state, where we had lived twice before, and chained ourselves with a mortgage to pay. At the same time – living is cheap here and the schools are excellent, and my husband got a high profile job offer that nobody would have declined.

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Life also becomes crazy when you officially become middle aged as I turned 40 this year. Now I am equally sad that we will only have 6-7 years of kids living at home, as I am happy that then we can sell everything again, and travel even more. The real question now really is – how to live the adventurous lifestyle without living other foot out of the door all the time, and how to build and plan the future that when kids go to college, we can have a middle-aged gap year or two and travel the world together?

Because if there is one thing I learned from last year, I will never again be that open for any adventure that it will land me to the safest option out there. Who said that life is a daring adventure or nothing at all….? I agree with that, and I’d check the quote, but I am busy going to a dog shelter to adopt a dog next. What else this suburban life would need?

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The AWAY Spa at The W in Bali Treats us with a DIY Body Scrub Recipe Specially for Menhttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/04/the-away-spa-at-the-w-in-bali-treats-us-with-a-diy-body-scrub-recipe-specially-for-men.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/04/the-away-spa-at-the-w-in-bali-treats-us-with-a-diy-body-scrub-recipe-specially-for-men.html#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:16:37 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44322&preview_id=44322 After a long winter, entering the spring season relaxed and refreshed is a great feeling. W Hotels offers luxury spa treatments at their “AWAY” spa at resorts around the world, some geared specifically towards men…]]>
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After a long winter, entering the spring season relaxed and refreshed is a great feeling. W Hotels offers luxury spa treatments at their “AWAY” spa at resorts around the world, some geared specifically towards men and their unique needs when it comes to spa treatments. Luckily, I found a way to create a Bali-inspired spa treatment at home without the long flight to Indonesia. Read more for the at home treatment, inspired by the AWAY spa at The W.

Our Editor, Katja Presnal, has traveled to Bali multiple times and was able to experience the W Retreat & Spa Bali- Seminyak first-hand. Her pictures throughout her travels were mesmerizing as I lived vicariously through them.

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With Bali as a dream destination of mine as well, I was intrigued by the AWAY spa at the W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak offering spa packages specifically for men. What better way to feel refreshed than with a package known as “I Love you Man”?

This package is 4.5 hours and is truly aimed at the gentleman that knows how to take care of himself. The package consists of namely three segments: warrior exercise, top performance, and hunks pedi.

Warrior Exercise:
Inspired by ‘silat’, a traditional Indonesian martial arts exercise, it promotes agility in movement, increases flexibility and stimulates healthy blood circulation. It will warm you up, wake you up and get you started.

Top Performance:
Take a pit stop from your hectic activities to recharge, replenish and refuel your energy. Jump start with a skin exfoliation using aromatic spices of black pepper and cinnamon scrub. Rev-up your engine with Balinese secret to vitality Lanang Bagus (“Hot Hunk” in Balinese) beat the clock and overtake aging with prime time facial to get you into pole position. Emerge irresistible, dashing and in tip top condition

Hunks Pedi:
AWAY’s signature pedi is designed to decompress and impress. Once soaked, buffed and scrubbed, they will give your soles a mini massage. Then, they will trim, clip, file and polish.

Of course whiskey on the rocks can be enjoyed at leisure throughout the duration of the treatment. Sounds pretty nice right? Most of us will not be traveling to Bali, however, that does not mean we have to miss out on great spa treatments.

I hope to be able to put Katja’s Bali Travel Tips to use one day, but right now it is about being able to get the luxury spa experience at home. A great facial scrub is an easy way to cleanse while feeling rejuvenated and refreshed at home. Try making your own Black Pepper Cinnamon Scrub at home, similar to that of the W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak.

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DIY Black Pepper & Cinnamon Scrub:

Energizing body scrub for men via @enjoylifeoils

Men’s body scrub recipe modified from The W Seminyak Bali luxury spa AWAY’s recipe.

3 tablespoons of sea salt or Epsom salt for a body scrub OR 3 tablespoons of sugar for facial scrub
1-2 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
1-2 Drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil like Almond or Avocado Oil

Mix and create a paste.

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) has a pungent, crisp aroma that is comforting and energizing. It is supportive of the digestive system and is useful topically for soothing muscle discomfort following exercise.

The warm, spicy aroma of Cinnamon has been sought throughout the ages both as a valuable commodity and for its ability to improve wellness. Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ cinnamon bark is meticulously tested to ensure that no dilution from similar-smelling oils has occurred. Cinnamon is thought to promote healthy cardiovascular and immune function. You can also use it to enhance your cooking, or dilute and massage into chakras to create a soothing, relaxing sensation.

Apply to skin in a circular massaging movement. Afterwords, rinse off with hot water for cleansed, refreshed skin.

Note: sea salt has exfoliating, cleaning, and moisturizing properties and it is best to be used in an energizing body scrub. However, salt can be too harsh on sensitive skin, and I recommend using sugar for facial scrubs instead.

We recommend using Young Living Essential Oils as they are the producer of the world’s highest quality oils with their seed-to-seal technology. Click here to learn how to purchase or learn more.

 Photos: W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak

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Travel Around the World with Instagram Travel Thursday Travelershttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/04/travel-around-the-world-with-instagram-travel-thursday-travelers.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/04/travel-around-the-world-with-instagram-travel-thursday-travelers.html#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:04:57 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44333&preview_id=44333 And not just on Instagram… I admit, I have been cheating on Instagram with my new hot app friend Findery. I just kind of like new and shiny things, and I like how on Findery…]]>
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And not just on Instagram…

I admit, I have been cheating on Instagram with my new hot app friend Findery. I just kind of like new and shiny things, and I like how on Findery I can create notemaps and put all of my travel photos and tips of a same place in different folders. I also have been creating travel folders, notemaps, using my Instagram photos so I have been able to use same content in multiple places for more people to see. Findery is like mixture of Instagram, Foursquare and Pinterest.

I also got back together with Pinterest, and have been much much better friends with it lately. In fact so good, that I started a company focusing on Pinterest with my friend Nienke of The Travel Tester, stay tuned for the news of our launch and get our newsletter, lots of fun for anyone who is interested in Pinterest.

Instagram Travel Thursday, #IGtravelThursday and #skimbaco travel community on Instagram is still closest to my heart. I love following our community members around the world each Thursday. Now I like it even better since Instagram changed the rules that all photos are in chronological order no matter when you add the hashtags. The newest and freshest photos are always on the top of the #IGtravelThursday and #skimbaco feeds.

Today I wanted to feature a few great Instagrammers from our community and their photos from this week! Enjoy, and go follow these cool people on Instagram!

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Peru via globetotting

https://instagram.com/jolynneshane on instagram

Scottsdale, Arizona via JoLynneShane.

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Grand Canyon, Nevada, via Sihteenmki.

Romania on instagram via https://instagram.com/maggiebee137
Romania via maggiebee137.

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Venice, Italy via Lenetravel.

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Morocco via tiefblicke.ch

https://instagram.com/bonvoyageurs/ on instagram

Thailand via bonvoyageurs

And of course – I hope we are connected on Instagram! I’m Skimbaco


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Follow @skimbaco and @IGtravelThursday and we will feature the best photos on Instagram and on our Facebook page.

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Slovenia’s Ljubljana – Top Tips for Family Travellershttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/03/slovenias-ljubljana-top-tips-for-family-travellers.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/03/slovenias-ljubljana-top-tips-for-family-travellers.html#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:16:31 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/?p=43690 I recently returned from a weekend in Ljubljana with my three kids and I was wondering prior to the trip if it was a bit too crazy to do a city-break at sub-zero weather in winter with the littles…]]>
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‘Exploring the town plan near the famous triple bridge with the children’

I recently returned from a weekend in Ljubljana with my three kids and I was wondering prior to the trip if it was a bit too crazy to do a city-break at sub-zero weather in winter with the littles ones. Luckily the answer turned out to be no. We came back tired, but happy (all that fresh air and exercise) and kids were asking in the plane when we’d be going back there for skiing in the mountains and hiking in the summer…and the answer is probably pretty soon.

My first trip to Slovenia was only last September and I loved the nature, the food, the friendliness of the people – and coming from the UK especially the lack of noise and empty, wider roads which were in excellent condition and calling to travel and explore…

Ljubljana is culturally a very mixed city: because of it’s central location it has been part of the Roman empire, Austria and few other territories, and all those periods are visible in its cultural heritage and building styles. This heritage is easily observed by foot, as nowadays the old town centre is a designated pedestrian zone, which is refreshing from other large cities and also safer – especially for children. We did a walking tour with a guide from Visit Ljubljana.

Here are the top things we enjoyed during our wintry break, and when we’ll return in summer time we’ll be adding the Zoo, Tivoli park, the botanical gardens, the science centre, the water park and more hiking to our agenda for sure. If you are planning to visit several sights in town it’s probably worth getting the Ljubljana Card, which gives you free access not only to most main attractions, but also to buses, wifi in city centre, city bikes and even to a free guided tour.

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1. River Cruising on Ljubljanica River

The river has a very important place in the history of this town and it splits the town into two, and is therefore a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful architecture and rest your feet. The captain offers warm juice and biscuits and has blankets as well as the winter is rather chilly. Children also enjoy spotting ducks, geese and wild otters during the cruise. In summer time you can also join in a romantic evening cruise.

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2. Funicular to the Castle & Hiking up the Castle Tower

Kids love funiculars and castles. The rise in the funicular to the Ljubljana Castle will reveal breathtaking views over Ljubljana and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. The castle itself is nicely restored, but it’s not one of those castle that is filled with exhibitions and royal things. There’s a penitentiary to visit, tower to climb for even more breathtaking views, a puppet theatre and some permanent exhibitions, as well as a guided tour called the ‘Time Machine’.

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In the old chapel inside the church, you can meet a lovely young lady called Tanja, who’ll write your name with ink using old medieval lettering for free (I’d recommend tipping her though for this beautiful art work she’ll do for you). My kids loved their name tags and they look really pretty.

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3. Visiting the Market and Tasting Local Specialties

Ljubljana market is one of the attractions of the city: there’s the covered fish market by the river, with some amazing delicatessen upstairs offering chocolate-filled croissants, flaky apple strudels and local specialty: the Ljubljana cake (pictured above). Or you try the local fast-food, which looks like rolled crepes filled with different meats and vegetables. All so delicious!

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4. Crossing (all) the Bridges across Ljubljanica River

There are many bridges crossing the river: the famous pedestrian Triple Bridge, the Dragon Bridge, the new Butchers Bridge now filled with love locks parisian style, the list goes on. The are all different, beautiful and special – and so much fun for the children! Add to the mix street artists (even in winter) and musicians and you get plenty of entertainment while exploring these 12 lovely bridges and zig-zagging from one side to the other.

5. Sporting around the City: Biking, hiking, skating, you name it!

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Ljubljana also has a city bike scheme like most European cities, and it’s really cheap in comparison to London for example. Biking is a great way to get to know this town better, and much safer than in many other places because of the large pedestrian zone and low traffic count in general. When travelling with children another good idea is to bring their scooters if you have a folding model or even roller-skates.

My own children like walking, or rather skipping and running their way around while exploring their environment. You can also spot playgrounds and a in winter-time there is a pretty large outdoor ice rink with skate rentals also. Lots of options for exploring little streets, their architecture, hidden corner-shops and bakeries. And this kind of free exploration is the best way to get a feel for the authentic city life too!

Disclosure: Our agenda was provided courtesy of Visit Ljubljana, Ljubljana Castle & Funicular and Captain. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

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Culinary Postcard: Make Crêpes like in Parishttp://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/03/crepes-like-in-paris.html http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com/2015/03/crepes-like-in-paris.html#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:07:32 +0000 http://www.skimbacolifestyle.com?p=44266&preview_id=44266 Crêpes like in Paris Crêpes are the comfort food of my childhood, and the childhood of my children. They are tasty thin pancakes, that are much less sweet than what pancakes typically are. The dough…]]>
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Crêpes like in Paris

Crêpes are the comfort food of my childhood, and the childhood of my children. They are tasty thin pancakes, that are much less sweet than what pancakes typically are. The dough is often even made without sugar and then the sugar is just sprinkled on the top, or a sweet topping is added to give the Crêpes some sweetness. I also love savory Crêpes with Swiss cheese and ham for example, or with cold smoked salmon.

My mother would make crêpes after school, and she taught me and my sisters to make them too. Later on, I then taught the skill of making crêpes for my daughters. While crêpes might mainly bring me family memories, I can’t help but share my favorite spot to get crêpes in Paris, France. The La Droguerie Du Marais is a small crêpe shop in La Marais with a few seats inside and a window to outside, and you can buy the crêpes to go directly from the window, and see them being made for you. I always buy them with Nutella and Banana, and can’t visit Paris without a visit to this crêpe shop, even though you can find Crêpes from all around the city – sometimes even sold by vendors on bicycles!

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Learn how to make crepes at home with the help of this video by my daughter Isabella.

More culinary finds from around the world

I am currently adding some of my favorite food finds from around the world in my “Eat around the world” Notemap on Findery. Are you already on Findery? Join me and share your favorite food – and other finds!- from around the world!

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Post by Katja Presnal

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