Hi! my name is malee.

My husband and I, 2 young sons, dog, and cat call Denver, CO home most of the time. We can frequently be found enjoying the outdoors: hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, camping, and biking. (Not the cat. She prefers to stay on the couch.)

We also love to travel. Our older son visited 12 countries on 4 continents before turning 4. We spent part of my second maternity leave on a month-long trip through Latin America where my younger son learned to crawl and ate lots of sand.

My love for travel stems from my background growing up in both Colorado and Thailand, making me a definite “third culture kid”―someone raised in another culture for a significant part of their childhood. To that end, home has never really been a particular place, but rather the communities in which I built my relationships. Travel was simply part of my life and the world always seemed a little smaller to me because of it. I never really knew if I was going “home” or leaving it.

My goal is to help families get out more, whether to the city next door or across the ocean. I know it’s not always easy; it’s not always fun. But I love the challenges of travel that bring us closer as a family, and the adventure of being somewhere new and taking a break from our daily routine. Bringing our kids along and seeing a new place through their eyes, as well as the kindness and openness of strangers towards them have been some of the most rewarding aspects of travel. And when we get home, it’s the memories we’ve made while traveling that we and our kids remember and cherish the most.

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
— Anthony Bourdain