Art Classes in Ubud with Kids: Wood Carving, Traditional Painting

As I mentioned in my last post, I am the father of two very different children: one with a natural love of the arts and one with other predilections. Like all children, my son and my daughter are creative in their own ways, but where my girl has an unabashed fascination with drawing, painting and performance — her own […]

Absurd expressionism: pretension, parenting and exposing kids to art

Art is such a loaded word. It can soar off the tongue showered in reverence, or be spat out of the mouth like a bitter pejorative. There will never be a consensus on its definition, and I’ll skip any pretentious pondering of what art “is” or “isn’t” — after all, everyone has their opinion. But when an art-world darling recently […]

Berastagi with Kids: Lake Toba, Sipiso Piso waterfall

For the final installment of my Sumatra travel series, let me tell you about our final day in Berastagi with kids. Our first day was spent climbing a volcano and soaking in a local hot spring. We had so much fun that we hired the same driver to take us further afield the following day. Abdy, […]

Hot Springs and Mount Sibayak in Berastagi with Kids

Have you hiked up on active volcano? We have. We hiked up Mount Sibayak in Berastagi with kids. It was a trip. You see, it’s only an hour away from Mount Sinabung that has erupted several times since September, 2013. We didn’t scare kids with this fact, but were thinking what if ourselves. Mount Sibayak […]

Bukit Lawang with Kids: Jungle Trekking, Tubing and Orangutans

This was our first time to Sumatra, Bukit Lawang with kids, but it won’t be our last. The flight time from Penang was about 50 minutes. Then from the Medan airport came a three-hour drive over rough roads as we moved further from the city and close to one of the last jungles that orangutans […]

Our 10 Best Apps for Homeschooling on the Road

As we’ve been traveling, I’ve researched dozens and dozens of apps for homeschooling, seeing which ones might work well for our kids. We’ve tried out many of them — some we keep, and others we don’t. Check out our 10 best apps for homeschooling. Our Top 10 iPad Apps for Homeschooling Listed here are the […]

Zipline in Chiang Mai with Kids

Zipline in Chiang Mai with Kids Amongst the many, many things to do in Chiang Mai with kids, going on a zipline tour may be the most popular. There are a number of operators out there, and several are worth a look. Not with Flight of Gibbon The biggest (and most expensive / most promoted) […]

Chiang Mai Fishing – Fun Day with Kids in Thailand

As I’ve previously mentioned, there is plenty of things to do in Chiang Mai with Kids. My personal favorite activity was our fruit carving lesson, but if I ventured to guess the kids’ favorite, it would likely be our trip in Chiang Mai fishing. Fun Day in Chiang Mai Fishing with Kids These pictures should make that […]

Airbnb Tips: My Tips for Using AirBnB in Southeast Asia, Europe & Beyond

As more people travel for longer periods, I get more requests to talk about tips for staying at Airbnb in Southeast Asia. They also ask about tips for Airbnb in Europe and Airbnb in Mexico. Airbnb in the USA and Airbnb in Latin America as well. Here’s you’ll find my tips on using Airbnb in […]

Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai with Kids

In a continuing quest to hand my children sharp objects, I signed us up for a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai while we were there. If you’re in Chiang Mai with kids, I highly recommend trying one yourself, but look around at the options to see which one is right for you. There are […]