Category: Discovery and Exploration

Share Your City: Touring Small-Town Utah with Makelle Ahlin

At Tea, we believe in making the foreign familiar. We travel the world, each season setting out to explore a new far-off country. We seek out the foreign, immersing ourselves in the customs, colors, tastes and sounds of distant cultures, and venture to find and connect over common threads. But the truth is, adventures don’t have to involve a packing list or a passport.

Summer marks the start of adventure, and in an effort to spark exploration right here in our own backyard, we’ve asked Tea families across the US to show us around their cities and share some of the incredible places that make them special. 

From iconic buildings and historical attractions to frequently favored spots, follow along for the inside scoop on their hometown highlights.

Our first stop? Small-town Southern Utah. We join Makelle Ahlin and her band of “Lost Boys” (husband Jared, and three sons, Cooper, Boone and Grizz) as they guide us through striking, sleepy scenery and point out hidden gems along the way.

Share Your City Utah Makelle Ahlin

Tea Travels: Exploring the Mystique of Mexico City

Mexico City Museo Frida Kahlo

To help everyone at Tea “go there”, we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! Jason, Tea’s Reporting and Back Office Manager, had his travel itinerary set on Mexico City and has since returned to tell us all about his cultural experience.

Finding Healing in Malaysia: The Khan Family’s Eat, Pray, Love Journey

Family Vacation Kuala Lumpur

Long-time Tea friend and Foreign Correspondent, Sumiya Khan, recently returned from Malaysia with her two children where they spent a week exploring and visiting with dear friends. Having lost her husband to cancer just over a year ago, she shares her eat, pray, love journey as a newly single parent.

The Species of the Southwest: Desert Life Inspired Designs

From prickly towering cacti and resilient wild blooms, to crawling critters, the scenic Southwest is home to all kinds of desert wildlife. Come along as we explore across the sandy desert floors, through spiraling canyons and atop lone mesas, and keep your eyes out for earthy friends along the way! We’ll show you where to spot some of our favorite Southwestern species.

Ready? Let’s get tracking!

Foreign Correspondent: Gaines Family Goes to Key West

Gaines Family

Meet Lauren Gaines of Heart of Deborah. As a Tea Foreign Correspondent, Lauren and her family traveled to Key West and returned with a suitcase full of sunny memories. Follow along as she shares their recent adventures!

Ciao! The Talbot Gals Do Italy

Vacation to Italy Alexa Talbot

Ciao from Italy! Meet Alexa Talbot, long-time lover of Tea and Bay Area mama to two adorable little girls, Margaret (2.5) and Evelyn (5). As a Tea Foreign Correspondent, Alexa shares the story of her recent mother-daughter adventure to Italy where she, her mom and her two daughters spent a few weeks exploring Lake Como and Venice. Follow along as she shares their journey with us.  

Wild Wonders: Meet the Critters of the West Coast

Hawaiian Florals

The West Coast is made up of so many different micro-climates. From the northernmost part of Washington to the border of Baja, it’s a magical Mediterranean environment. Think sweeping coastal beaches full of marine life, and seasonally mild temps. However, venture inland and you’ll find yourself amidst a unique combination of surroundings—snowy, towering Sierras and redwood covered forests, flat, rural farmlands, and eventually a hot, dusty desert landscape. With such a rich and varied ecosystem, it’s no wonder the Pacific Coast is a welcoming habitat for so many wonderful plant and animal species.