Your head is pounding, your muscles are cramping, and your heart is racing. Then you get dizzy and the vomiting starts. Heatstroke kills thousands of people every year. This is what it feels like—and how to know when you’re in danger.

In the three years since the author and her family left Penedo, Brazil, nothing—and everything—changed.

Some plan trips in advance; others let the current carry them. For Amy Ragsdale, traveling with risk takers like herself has helped her trust the process of exploring without a full map, rather than fight it.

Physical challenges help kids rise to life's challenges, as unpredictable and varied as they might be

Returning to the U.S. after 12 months in rural Brazil means running water, big American breakfasts, and nearly a year of getting used to being back.

Ragsdale and her family find that it's impossible not to leave a trace in an isolated Amazonian village—and for the village not to leave something with them.

Grappling with social cues in a foreign country

Nothing feels more alien than moving to a new town, let alone a new country. But an emergency trip to a Brazilian trauma center shows author Amy Ragsdale and her family that hospitals are places where people connect universally.

Enveloped by New York City's concrete jungle, a family finds its perception of adventure and the outdoors irrevocably changed.

Enjoyable family trips require positive attitudes, not five-star hotels.

When children end up in harm's way because of their parents, do positive intentions matter?

Amy Ragsdale learns to appreciate life's simple beauties through her children's eyes

Not every unknown man on the side of the road wants to kill you.

While living in Mozambique, Amy Ragsdale's kids start asking the big questions

When the husband's away, mom and the kids will play

The best classroom is sometimes the real world.

Having a child makes you reexamine the adventure lifestyle, especially when you're trapped in a storm at sea with a one-year-old.

New Raising Rippers columnist Amy Ragsdale inherited a motto from her dad: Start 'em young, get 'em hooked.