Welcome to the World, Maeve

First and foremost, Nikki and I are so excited to become an Aunt/Uncle again with the birth of our beautiful niece, Maeve Aristea Dhima. She came into the world on Monday, May 14th. We are so thankful to have been able to share time with her via video technology. Her mom, Nikki’s sister Emily, and the whole family are all doing well. 

Budapest was a highlight of our European journey so far. Coming in with no expectations, we were surprised at its incredible views, vibrant culture, and hospitality focus. Endless restaurants and shops are available in Districts 6 & 7 where we spent time getting lost in the city after visiting several of the historic sites. Now we are in Sicily spending time with a couple of friends from Indianapolis for ten days.


Chris Smit interviewed me on the Culture Matters Podcast where I discussed the importance of taking a genuine interest in your co-worker’s culture and how I made an effort to understand my colleagues better. We also talk about my first 15 months traveling the world full time, destinations that have left an impression, and tips to become more culturally competent.


You only get so much time to relax and enjoy yourself when on vacation or holiday. Traveler’s Guilt can creep in because you want to do everything that you have read about your exciting destination in blogs or from your friend’s advice. In this week’s Passport Joy Travel Talk Podcast Episode, Nikki and I discuss how this can be a problem and understand that it is impossible to have it all on your trip and you need to be comfortable doing what you enjoy. 


The most important part of your time off is accomplishing what YOU want to experience. We will also answer a question about how to find the best restaurants while traveling. This can be a complicated process when balancing reviews and opinions. Enjoy. 

Thanks again for following along!




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