Getaway Brigade

Readers, forgive us. We’ve been so caught up blogging about our favorite places and travel tips and places we will go someday…that we never introduced you to our loyal travel buddies.

Airplane Window 2

Meet the tiny dinosaurs. Their names are Leo, Lola, and Archibald.




These tiny dinosaurs came to us one by one, courtesy of the nice people over at Photojojo. (Whenever you order anything from Photojojo, they include a tiny dino in your package, for free.) We got Leo first, in a package I ordered three-ish years ago, and started taking him with us on our getaways.

Leo On the Matterhorn

Look! Leo can climb the Matterhorn, too!

For a while Leo was sort of like our Flat Stanley—we took him everywhere and snapped photos of him in all the places we went. Then, last year, I ordered another package from Photojojo, and that was how we adopted Lola.

Lola in Taiwan

Lola watching the Tainan city skyline at sunset. I’m hanging on to her tail so she doesn’t fall into the water.

Soon after we got Lola, I needed to give a last-minute gift and made an expedited order. And that was how Archibald promptly entered our lives and rounded out our trio of tiny dinosaurs.

Archibald in Taiwan

Archibald admiring the city skyline in Tainan, Taiwan.

Now the dinos go with us on each and every getaway, without fail. When it’s time to travel, we gather them up, put them in a sunglasses case, and show them the world.

Dinos and Disneyland

They like trying new foods, like bok choy (for Lola and Archibald) and fish (for Leo):

Bok Choy

Lola and Archibald enjoying their first bok choy at a famous noodle restaurant in Taiwan.


Leo enjoying the fish at the same noodle restaurant.

They don’t really care for airplane food, but they’ll eat the fruit:


The tiny dinos investigate a sliced apple.


Eating their oranges, because they were afraid of getting scurvy.

Although Leo is the carnivore of the group, I’m hesitant to give him the taste of red meat, as it might inspire him to turn a bloodthirsty eye toward his fellow dinosaurs. But I let him have other forms of protein, like nuts and tofu:

Dinos in the National Palace Museum

Our traveling dino friends enjoying lunch in Taiwan’s National Palace Museum.


The dinos munching on tofu and seaweed at a restaurant in Taiwan.

And when they’re not trying new food, they’re especially fond of watching sunsets.

Dinos in Disneyland

Our tiny dinos watching the sun set in Paradise Pier.

Dinos Admire Sunset

The traveling dino trio admires the sunset in Kenting, Taiwan.

Our mini-members of the Getaway Brigade are pleased to make their blog debut, and we’ll be sure to include them in future recaps of our getaways.

What do you think of our traveling dinos? Do you have any little friends you bring with you on your travels? Let us know in the comments!

P.S. Did you know we were recently interviewed by Dana over at Wonderlust Adventures? We revealed our upcoming travel plans, our favorite TV shows, and, of course, some background info about our lives. Check it out!

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  • RowdyFairy on September 20, 2013 at 3:00 am.

    Love the dinosaurs! I took a barbie doll along on a camping trip once which made for some funny photos 🙂

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    • Sharon Su on September 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm.

      My roommate in Salzburg, Austria had a butt-naked Edward Cullen doll (long story) that she carried around and took funny photos with. I love that people all have different travel buddies!

  • Jessica | Independent Travel Cats on September 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm.

    Love that you guys travel with plastic dinos. We actually brought along a package of toy frogs with us during our last trip and snapped pics and then left them in public places and then kids would pick them up:) We really should get a couple of cats:)

    • Sharon Su on September 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm.

      That is really cute that you leave them for the kids! Never thought about that.

  • chelsea on October 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm.

    haha! this is absolutely amazing. i love the idea of taking something everywhere that you go. and plus, dinos are just plain awesome

    • Sharon Su on November 6, 2013 at 1:36 am.

      We love taking the dinos with us—they are just so chill!