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Holy Smithereens

I had the pleasure of meeting Jean from Holy Smithereens over a month ago. We had some odd things in common considering she’s a Filipino living in Australia and I’m an American living in Germany. For starters, our moms are from the same city in the Philippines. We also both worked at the same travel company years ago. And it’s safe to say we both have a healthy obsession with travel.

On her blog, Jean writes about adventurous with a more luxurious twist. So while she’s staying a great hotels and eating at restaurants I probably wouldn’t take my specific kids to (if your kids are well-behaved at restaurants, by all means, take them!), she’s also getting dirty with scenic hikes, deep blue dives, and other activities that might not be too stroller-friendly.

She updates her instagram account with photos of her explorations. That’s what I wanted to introduce you to today.

Don’t be shy to find travel inspiration from non-family-travel sources. I guarantee your wallet will not appreciate all the must-dos you’ll find yourself wanting to do.
Finding fun souvenirs in Belgium

Exploring lava caves in Iceland

Seeing snakes in a Penang Market

Enjoying amazing views in Abu Dhabi

Swimming with the sharks in Tahiti

Roaming with the Buffalos in Montana

Recommending shopping in London

Exploring the some islands in the Philippines

Yes, many activities she does aren’t right for my family right now. It’s ok because it’s inspiration I’m filing for a better time. So, if you’re looking for some fun things around the world, be sure to check out Holy Smithereens’ IG Feed.

Also, my friend Farrah over at The Three Under is getting ready to embark on a mama-only adventure with our friend Ace from Life in Dutch. They’re heading to Malta for a few days and luxxing it up. To say I’m jealous is an understatement. To say they’re going to have a great time is an understatement. To say you should check out Farrah’s IG account and, more specifically, #luxmomsgetaway is obvious. I need other people with me cheering on their trip while quietly (or maybe not so quietly?) wishing they were going, too. Have fun you two!

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  1. Ok, so wow what fun adventures! I had to laugh at the Belgium photo as that reminded me of my boys.
    And the buffalo shot- awesome. The swimming with sharks? NEVER!!!
    Looks like someone fun to follow on IG.

    And thanks for the shout out. Here’s hoping there’s lots of staying up late (because we want to) and sleeping in (because we can). Next time, you’re coming!

  2. What a great post, Ann! It was awesome meeting Holy Smithereens through you at TBEX! So much fun with all of you! And since then it’s been fun to see her amazing travels through wonderful photography. Great work sharing!

    Big cheers from Kuala Lumpur and hope to catch up again soon, and maybe meet your husband and kids next time! πŸ™‚

    • btw, it’s so sad what’s happened in the Philippines. Bell and I wish all of your families the very best right now!

      • First, come to Germany!

        Second, thanks for your thoughts on the Philippines. We are very fortunate that our family has remained safe, but it’s hard to accept the loss and hear about everything that’s happening in the aftermath.

  3. Wow, she certainly does a lot of adventurous things – so thank you for the introduction. I think I would personally chicken out on the swimming with sharks thing…

  4. Swimming with sharks would be Finn’s dream and my nightmare πŸ™‚

  5. Oh wow, those adventures… Although I will not swim with sharks if I can avoid it!! I have to check the Malta trip, I am so dreaming of a “mama” only trip at the moment! πŸ™‚

  6. Swimming with sharks and petting snakes? Not for me πŸ™‚ I love how adventurous Jean is!!

  7. Thanks for the introduction to another great Instagrammer to follow! I enjoy looking at the photos of really adventurous people doing things that I would never, ever dream of doing – like touching that snake!!

  8. I am going to have to follow her for the luxury part. That snake area would freak me out. Yikes.

    Great post.

  9. I also love the little boy photo. Funny.

  10. Wow she is pretty brave, I would never under any circumstances hold a snake like she does!

    Instagram is full of inspirational traveling stories and pretty pictures – thanks for introducing Jean.

  11. They all look great, except that cave one.. I have a fear of being trapped. Caves and I are not a good mix. Thanks for sharing (and so great to see you back blogging)

  12. Hi Ann, I’m so honoured and flattered to be featured on your site! Thanks so much for the post. It’s so awesome to see that there are many adventurous moms out there! Im really glad we met at TBEX, and through you, Alex and Bell of Wanderlust Marriage as well. Definitely looking forward to seeing you all for a “reunion” of sorts in the next travel event ! πŸ™‚