Tara has always had a passion for discovering new cultures, from convincing her mother to host a French exchange student in High School, to studying abroad twice, coordinating exchange programs at her university Study Abroad Center, to spending a month backpacking through Europe. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French with a minor in Communications. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who lived in Cameroon, West Africa for two years, she looks forward to guiding you on some exciting adventures that will make the world a bit brighter! She’s also a travel writer/blogger at Eat.Love.Volunteer, business owner, property manager, wifey, dog mom, and humanitarian. Tara lives in Tucson Arizona, where she’s happily married to the tech genius who built and maintains this beautiful website!

During an interview with a Yoga instructor for our Greece tours, I was asked what my yoga journey was? This began a train of thought, and I couldn’t quite verbalize at the time what Yoga meant to me. So I wanted to dedicate this blog to honor my story and to share with anyone who may be considering taking up a few minutes of Yoga each day.

I recently received the best gift from my parents- The InstantPot! Imagine a pressure cooker, but better, faster and with easy-to-use digital buttons. It amazes me how easy cooking has become for us while cooking in developing countries continues to be a very physical event that takes up at least half of the day, usually a woman's. Since my service in the Peace Corps, I have prepared my favorite Cameroonian dish the way I was taught by locals whenever I had the time. When I decided to convert my Groundnut Stew recipe, I did some research (and by research, I mean lots of eating!) and I came up with the below recipe on my Everlast Rocketbook (a great way to easily upload hand-written recipes, lists and journal entries).

It's the flight attendant cruising season! That means that cruise deals are plenty and it may be that time for you to try it out! We just embarked on our annual anniversary cruise, where we hopped over to several Caribbean islands! We're actually not even allowed to tell you what we paid! I can tell you that it was worth it if only for the sunsets and not having to decide what to make for dinner for a week! Cruises can be as relaxing or event-filled as you like, given the variety of what's available on the ship. If you're new to cruising, I hope that the following suggestions and information will help prepare you for the vacation of a lifetime! 

Every year, my heart brings me back to Lesvos, Greece. I’ve often said that Lesvos is my favorite place in the world. It’s everything – the ocean breeze, the fresh food, the friendly and warm people, feeling like I’ve been dropped into the middle of a painting, it’s the olive trees, all the sun… everything wonderful! No matter what journey you’re on, you will find yourself falling more and more in love with Lesvos each time you visit. What’s more is you will be playing a role in the refugee crisis, just by visiting, with a positive impact on the people who directly helped refugees seeking safety. You most likely won’t see any refugees during your visit, however, the news articles that perpetuate the notion that Lesvos is still being overwhelmed with refugee boats keeps tourists away and the local economy down. I’ll get you started with the basics in this guide!

We arrived in Athens at sunrise, knowing we had to make the best of what little time we had. We had 24 hours to explore the city before our flight the next day to Lesvos. We had done this before. While jet lag was certainly present and I drank more coffee than I care to admit, our adventure included everything that we really wanted to do.

Waze, Community Force For Good

I’m hooked on Waze. This app has changed the way I drive for the absolute better and it has grouped a community to become a force for good! I’m going to hook you with the following reasons for why you should become a Wazer! You’re going to love this!

Airbnb From Tokyo to Amsterdam

One of my favorite people is getting married this September in Minnesota! I promised her we would attend, and our flights are booked. We call the hotel, but the only rooms left are $150 per night! Ludacris! I open my Airbnb App and start searching, and we end up booking a basement apartment even closer to the venue for $50, saving us $100, and allowing us to afford a decent wedding gift!

In a society that tells us to hustle and bustle, I never realized how much I needed travel therapy until I started traveling. With each place I travel to, with new friends I make, I collect another piece of myself. I gain an entirely fresh perspective on the world.

Are you a yoga teacher seeking an opportunity to deepen and discover more about your personal practice with more experiences, and with other people, around the world? 

A Dance Through Memory Lane

This last month Angel dedicated some time and energy into a passion project. Inspired by "Ain't Nothing Holding Me Back" by Shawn Mendez and the last 4 years we've traveled the world hand in hand, this is the final product! Unfortunately we don't have video from our travels through out Japan, Thailand, China or Cambodia!

Don't forget to turn your speakers up and enjoy!