Read About Our Adventure!


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A Life Without Borders: By sailboat, planes, train, and RV, a funny and inspiring tale of a family’s quest to escape the boundaries of their ordinary life


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Customer Reviews on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 11, 2013
By Sharon
“Ok this book was great I laughed till my sides hurt and cried at the end”
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read!, May 28, 2013
I read A Life Without Birders in two days; I just could not put it down! Carla’s stories made me feel like I was on the catamaran right alongside her family. Her accounts of different locations, cultures, and people reignited my desire to travel to new, exotic locations. A Life Without Borders is a captivating adventure tale reminding readers of the importance of family.
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Adventure, July 28, 2013
Carol - 
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This book left me wanting to read more. I truly enjoyed reading about the BeDell’s adventures and the different countries they visited. Through the author’s great sense of humor and art of storytelling, you felt you were right there with them. I applaud their leap of faith in giving up their old life to reconnect as a family and enjoy life’s challenges as a family.

A must read for every parent, it makes you realize how we let everyday life and monetary things get in the way of really being a family and appreciating life.
I hope the author will write another book about returning home and dealing with the everyday challenges that it brings.

You will laugh out loud as you read the inspiring true story of a family who abandoned their crazy, stress-filled days to live a life of adventure.Carla and Dan were living what was supposed to be the American dream—the big house, successful corporate careers, and two young, wonderful children. But it all came at a cost—the constant stress of the weekly morning race to work and school, the tired weekends, a family headed in different directions, the struggle to keep it all together as effortlessly as everyone else seemed to be doing, and the overwhelming fear that the struggle to live this life was costing them a life of happiness.

They knew they had to make a dramatic change, so over the objections of family, friends, and co-workers, that’s what they did—they made a big change.

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One More Day

Normally I don’t write about commercials, but have you seen the new one by Mastercard? It’s called One More Day and it shows children asking their parents for one more day of vacation. One more day to make memories. 

While that alone is heartbreaking/inspiring, the shocking part to me is the statistics it quotes. But, before we get into details about vacation and workers in the US, let’s see why vacations are so important.

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OK, so here’s the deal. We have better sex lives when we travel, especially to new destinations. We are more satisfied with life when we travel and we like each other better. Unhappy with your job? Take a vacation. You’ll like your job more.  

But wait. People dislike their jobs and still aren’t taking vacations.

Here’s another shocking statistic, coming from an article written by Ben Steverman on paid vacations days.

According to Ben Steverman, 4 in 10 workers fail to take vacation days offered to them. He is talking about paid vacation. PAID VACATION PEOPLE! The company is paying you to go have fun! Americans leave an average of 8.1 days of vacation according to according to a 2014 Oxford Economics analysis. That’s 429 million unused vacation days per year.

What’s up with that? Why do statistics  prove that vacations make us feel better, but workers aren’t taking them even when they are paid? According to the article, Penn State University economic professor Lenn Golden says it has to do with job security in a cut-throat job market. 

Or maybe they just like accumulating days that they hope one day, they will be able to use. But that can backfire too. I know a few people who have accumulated paid vacation and paid sick days. One day they got the call their position was terminated. Bye bye vacation days. 

I personally have only worked commission only jobs. No paid vacations, no paid maternity leave. That was fine with me. It also meant to me that if the company wasn’t going to pay me to be there, I could come and go as I pleased, as long as I was making my numbers. Believe me, I took advantage of it. I follow the adage that you can always make money, you can’t make more time. So I took my time. 

You should too.

Take your time.

Take a vacation. You’ll be a better person!





Luck is all around us. Darren Hardy

In his book, The Compound Effect, author Darren Hardy tells us that luck is always around us. The key is knowing what to look for and seeing it as luck when we do find it. Too often we are envious of other peoples success. We use excuses why we aren’t as successful as they are, when if we told ourselves the truth, we would realize that their “luck” is really a result of hard work. 

Darren Hardy says that 


These words must be part of your vocabulary. Preparation is obvious and opportunity is seeing a good thing coming your way, and then of course you must act. But to me, attitude is everything. Attitude is the belief, the mindset that you will be successful, you will be “lucky.”  

What is your belief about yourself today? If it’s not that you are always lucky, find a way to change it.



Family Adventure: Zip Lining At The Gorge

Last few days of July and we wanted to sneak in a few more adventures before the gear up of college and high school. Late July days are always perfect for a trip to the mountains. For our adventure we chose zip lining or more correctly, a 3 hour zip line tour through the tree tops!

We did our research, then went with our gut and chose The Gorge in Saluda, NC. It helped that it was just under 2 hours from our house and there were other outdoor activities nearby, like white-water rafting, kayaking and river float-trips.

This was my first time at a zip-line course. When we were in Ecuador, Dan and the kids took an incredible zip-line tour in the cloud forest on Mindo. I couldn’t go because earlier in the trip I broke my arm rappelling down a waterfall, but that’s another story. I was very excited about this trip.

First off, The Gorge is extremely easy to get to. Second, the office is gorgeous. I could live in the office. Seriously, I could live there. The view is spectacular. In the middle walkway, as you come in, there are several very comfy chairs, placed in a circle around a table carved from an old tree trunk. It ‘s the perfect place to relax and have a beer or soda after your tour. It’s a great place to talk to the friendly staff, introduce yourself to one of the gracious owners, Sara, and chat with other zip line enthusiasts.

But we came for the tour. And the tour was fantastic. It’s billed as the steepest and fastest canopy tour in the country. It’s fast. Rocket fast. Watch the video of our tour and listen for the sound of the zip line!


Our guides took all the pictures during the trip and we bought them afterwards. Such a great idea! 

So this was in the summer. Can you imagine the view in the fall? We hope to go back and bring you more videos. In the meantime, where will you go?








Video: The Colorful, Lush Island of Grenada. A Jewel In The Caribbean

In 2008 and 2010, we enjoyed the beaches, the colorful fruit and vegetable markets, the Carnival, and celebrating with the locals on the Caribbean island of Grenada. For nearly 3 full months, we lived like a local: buying our food from the markets, using the same transportation, eating the same foods and hiking to waterfalls in the high mountains. It was wonderful, especially for our children to be so immersed in the culture.  Grenada is safe for tourists, the beaches are beautiful, the sailing is wonderful, the people are friendly, the island is historical and the nature on the island is fascinating. All this and much more make it one of the best islands in the Caribbean for families.

I wrote about our adventures in the book A Life Without Borders, available here
This video gives a glimpse into our time there. Enjoy!

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