Family of 11 Globe Hoppers Travel the World

Globe Hoppers, the Mark Anderson family of Muscatine, Iowa provide you with adventure travel stories at their finest from snowmobiling in Svalbard (world's most northern community) to having baboons steal a muffin at the Cape of Good Hope.

6 Continents
100+ Countries
11 Iowans
1 Family

John Chained in Lisbon

He was quickly nabbed without incident as he crossed the moat into the ancient castle on the hill and put on public display to deter any other undercover agents from thinking they could roam about Lisbon freely without consequences.

Using skill and cunning which he learned from growing up at Anderwood with four older brothers, he managed to escape but had to be careful to retain his sunglasses disguise so as to meld into the flow of normal tourists. More

Sarah at Mediterranean

The breakfast at the Kibbutz near the shore of the Lake of Galilee was stupendous with 4 kinds of fish, fresh orange juice you could watch being squeezed by the machine when you pressed the button, yogurt of many types, olives, various forms of eggs, many greens and veggies and fruits. Since I was on a liquid fast for the trip I enjoyed the fresh juices and coffee. Speaking of my liquid fast, I woke up one morning feeling better than I ever remember feeling in my entire life! More

Snowmobling in Svalbard - The Top of the World!

Our experienced guide, stopped every now and then for "group-unity-reinenforcement" and to tell us interesting facts about the area. He also probably knew we needed a rest from not being used to this gloriously fun, yet high tension activity. More

Siq at Petra, Jordan

I had seated myself on an ancient broken pillar and was taking in the stunning scenery when a young Bedouin travel guide came and sat on a near by broken pillar to visit and hopefully talk me into paying he and his donkey to take me up to the rock carved monastery. Since the dinars in my pocket were at an all time low, I knew I didn't have enough for the trip plus tip, so I just chatted away with him. After a few minutes I was quickened to ask him about his faith. More

A Peek at the Backside of Buckingham Palace

I was impressed with the informality of the gardens. I'd expected a flashback of Versailles I guess. These gardens were more like a large, sprawling, homey back yard with a small lake. I imagined myself swimming in that lake. Grass was groomed, but the lovely place wasn't landscaped to death. No tea parties least not today! More

Under the castle gate - Carlisle

Then suddenly, I heard, "Hey, lady, get out of the way!" Someone was yelling at me. " A car wants to get by. You're blocking the road." I was standing in the entryway and a car was wanting to pass. I scowled. Now they're yelling at me at the castle... Slowly I turned, glared at the driver and methodically moved out of the way. More

Favorite Budapest bridge

I couldn't stop taking photos of this amazing piece of functional art work. You can see for's gorgeous. And I happened to capture the furul, a type of falcon bird, which is naturally a symbol for aptly a part of the Liberty Bridge.More

Malawi Children Love to Sing

This happy mob of Malawi children greeted our van in pitch darkness out by the highway the night our team arrived. When I say pitch dark, that is precisely what I mean. The only light was from the headlights of the van. No electricity here or anywhere near. More

Window on Caspian Sea - Baku

I love this photo that I took, because it give a rare peek at the Caspian Sea from Maiden Tower. Usually the Caspian Sea is looming large when you're in this part of Baku, but here you only get a peek and can barely get a glimpse of its immenseness. More

All of Us Together Again

Only Missing Sam, Alexis and Abel & Simon

2012 Welcome Grandma Ose, Liliana & David!

This global travel trend began when dad packed us off to Canada and
on our first international adventure trip years ago.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness..."
- Mark Twain

Mark Anderson family
Mark Anderson Family, 2010

GlobeHoppers Christmas 2009 -- Welcome BETHANY!!

After tasting adventurous family travel, it's become a way of life--one of us is often on some global escape travel.

We've all gone somewhere--all have been to Asia, but Sarah; all have been to Europe, but John. So far, we've touched our toes on 6 continents and over 88 countries.

Andrew, Samuel, Matthew, Kari, Mark, Sarah, Ethan, Anna & John

Globe Hoppers brings global travel to you with our family trip experiences.

None of us claims to be a global expert in travel, but we'll share the tips we've learned.

"The gladdest moment in human life methinks, is a departure into unknown lands. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood." Sir Richard Burton

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Boogie Boarding on the Gold Coast
At last, I found my sport! Boogie boarding is not only fun it's easy! Even if you're not the sporty type....give boogie boarding a try.
ANS TV Baku Azerbaijan Birthday Party
Join me for a birthday party at ANS TV Baku Azerbaijan...find out what really happens at TV stations!
Bahrain Shopping for Fruits & Vegetables
This veggie seller was a walking calculator....who needs bar coded merchandise? It was fascinating to watch this fellow as folks did their Bahrain shopping.
Shanghai Pudong's Skyline
Join me for a rest along the river and view the sci-fi looking Pudong district of Shanghai, China. Is this a movie set?
Czech Republic Art by Primas Children
These delightful children's pictures are made by Michael and Vera Primas' children. Czech Republic Art by Primas Children.
Pupusa Recipe
Pupusa Recipe...El Salvadorian delicacy
Former East Germany
Who can ever forget what communist East Germany was like...large black dogs sent under the trains, speedy passes through darkened cities, and soldiers everywhere?
River Thames in London Yields Ancient Artifacts
The River Thames has ancient artifact treasures galore! Can you imagine just picking up tiles from Tudor house? Or hand forged nails hundreds of years old? How about ancient hand blown glass?
Haapsalu Shawl Treasure of Estonia
Nothing screams Estonia like a Haapsalu shawl. The ladies of the Baltic sea resort city, Haapsula, developed their knitting skills and now are known for these finely knit shawls that fit through a rin
Photos of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France
Photos of the Louvre Museum...from inside the glass pyramid, through windows, van and details.
Heidelberg Castle Doors
Castles always have fascinating doors and Heidelberg castle doors will not disappoint.
Budapest Bridge -- Liberty Bridge
The Liberty Bridge over the Danube in Budapest is the most elegant and lovely Budapest bridge. The intricate iron work is a beauty to behold.
Iran Kish Island Young Families Enjoy the Beach
Kish Island is a part of Iran where one does not need a visa. Visiting mainland Iran is more complicated for USA citizens right now, so I took a day to spend on Kish Island to meet some of its people
Israel with Sarah and Friends
Highlights of a trip to Israel with Sarah, my youngest daughter and friends.
Petra Jordan Travel
Photos and an encounter during Petra Jordan travel
Kuwait Independence -- Celebrating!
Celebrating Kuwait Independence Day with painted cars and five kilometer long banners.
Living in a Mud Hut in Malawi
13 reasons why living in a Malawi mud hut beats living at my house.
Oaxaca, Mexico and Casa Hogar
Travel Adventure in Oaxaca Mexico, 2002 and 2004 including a visit to Casa Hogar, a children's home.
Titanic was Built in Belfast Did You Know That?
A little bit of info about the fact that the Titanic was built in Belfast...and a true story about some potential passengers on the Titanic.
My Norwegian Heritage Goes Back for Centuries...and is Recorded in Books...
My Norwegian Heritage is highly documented on both sides of my family. I'm fortunate to have detailed records of my Norwegian Heritage and even a very old photograph of a 7th great Grandfather.
Santa Cruz Island Tropical Paradise
Santa Cruz Island -- heaven on earth....or is it? Yes the beaches are pristine, waters clear, sand white, but what lurks around the bend, unseen from tourist's knowing eyes??
JohnErik in Lisbon
Johnerik in Lisbon, on assignment from Mossad to return the priceless Allah Pearl to its rightful owner.
Qatar Tornado? A Building called Tornado
Qatar tornado building in the upscale business part of Doha, Qatar. Our fiend, Ali, works there during construction as an electircal engineer.
Inch View Bed and Breakfast Perth Scotland
Inch View Bed and Breakfast Perth Scotland ...a super place to stay, friendly, helpful, great breakfasts and rooms. Inch View B & B in Perth, Scotland is right across from a lovely park.
Table Mountain at Cape Town
Photos of Table Mountain at Cape Town.
Visit Svalbard with me....Ever wonder what the top of the world is like?
Svalbard...the north region of the Arctic Circle. Join me on my visit to this "World's Most Northern Place."
Photos and Stories from Istanbul, Turkey
In 2005, I came back from Istanbul with almost 50,000 photos, a big copper pot, and an annoying tendency to stand too close to people when talking with them.
God Given UK Adventure
Has God ever given you direction through numbers? It's fun to uncover the hidden meaning and then on this UK adventure.
Globe Hoppers Links and Resources
Globe Hoppers links and resources including other great family websites.
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