Making Friends while Traveling

We’ve been on the road almost two months now. That’s enough time to start assessing what’s coming together and what hasn’t (yet). Work and money? So far, so good. How about dealing with long-term travel’s inherent problems? Check. Next comes the homeschooling: are the kids getting everything they need, academically? And according to the schedule that […]

Don’t fear the creeper: Snakes, shadows and a lesson in overcoming fear

Travel has a way of teaching you skills that you’ll use for the rest of your life. It can teach you about patience, perseverance, tolerance and how to deal with boredom, and it can also teach you about overcoming fear and facing the unknown. This is what I was thinking about as we sped through the night […]

How I defined Success in Japan

Before I explain this so-called success in Japan, let’s give my wife and few close friends a moment to finish laughing. Finished yet, guys? Guys? My wife is laughing because when most people define “success in Japan,” it involves a swank apartment in Denenchofu, Kamiyacho or somewhere similar, and a bankbook with lots of zeroes […]

Embrace the Drag: Dealing with Boredom in Family Travel

One of my favorite writers regarding Family Travel is Jennifer Miller of the Edventure Project, and one of my favorite pieces there is her 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids. There are many nuggets of hard-earned wisdom in there, but one nugget in particular felt like a thump on the nose: it was simply titled “Unplug.” Children, […]

Lessons in Perseverance: How Travel Made Our Kids Stronger

Lessons in Perseverance: Travel and Children Bad luck, bad health or bad timing. Any one of these can deliver a hefty blow to one’s travel itinerary. So how about all three? In our first month on the road, we we visited by the entire trio of travel bummers, all within the course of two weeks. […]

First Steps toward Roadschooling

Wow. What a few weeks it’s been. This will be my first entry from the road — everything else was written while still in Tokyo. We’ve now spent a little over two weeks in Taiwan and it has been a marked by peaks and valleys of elation and despair. I’ll save the drama for another […]

Who am I? My boy’s Cultural Identity

If you asked my son his cultural identity, he would…well, he probably wouldn’t know what the hell you were talking about. But if you asked him who he is, and where he’s from, he’d tell you he is Japanese. Go ahead, ask him. Cultural Identity for our boy He was born in Tokyo, and aside […]

Our experience with child modelling in Japan

  Every so often, M gets offered a child modelling job. This comes as no surprise to me, considering that she is the most beautiful child on the planet (totally objective there), but it also may have something to do with being hāfu, which appears to be highly prized for Japanese ads. When I was first […]

How to Nurture Bilingual Kids (and how to screw it up)

Japanese Mother. American father. Put them together and voilà: bilingual kids from birth, right? How to Nurture Bilingual Kids Growing up in a bilingual house doesn’t automatically make bilingual kids. Fluency takes work. A lot of work. And while I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished with M and S so far, I’ve made a lot […]

Travel with Kids: What I’ve Learned after Years of Family Travel

Travel with kids can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. Here are a few tips I’ve learn both a a solo traveler and as a traveling dad. Travel with Kids: Some Tips Everyone has their own advice for travel with kids. As we prepare to exit the safe and supple womb of […]

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