I’m sitting here drinking a cup of tea and reading through feedback we’ve received from Ties travelers. It is humbling to think of the magnitude of birth country experiences. One child wrote, “My birth country is dimensional, beautiful, and breathtaking.” And another, “My birth country made me feel magical.” These heartfelt statements got me thinking…what makes birth country travel so … Read More

Passports: BIG Change, What You Need to Know

Beginning January 22, 2018, ALL passengers boarding an aircraft in the United States for domestic travel may be required to present a REAL ID driver’s license or valid U.S. passport. Some states have not complied with offering the REAL ID, meaning people living in certain states can ONLY use a valid U.S.  passport for domestic travel starting on Jan 22, … Read More

INDIA TIES: What My Daughters Knew Intuitively

by Neale Schwarting I have to say, when planning on our return trip to India, I kept saying, ‘I could do this so much cheaper, I don’t like traveling with people I don’t know, I want my own schedule.’ After talking to our girls, they thought making friends and experiencing this with others “like them” on this trip of a … Read More

What’s Your Story: Writing Contest Sneak Peak

What's Your Story Writing Contest

What’s Your Story? WRITING CONTEST (sneak peak!) For more than 20 years, adoptive families and Ties staff have traveled the world with The Ties Program. We have had amazing experiences. We all have stories to tell. Some are touching. Some are funny. Some are sad, or one of a million other adjectives. This writing contest will focus on: Heritage Travel … Read More