5 Reasons Why You should Travel as a Family Now

I occasionally get questions from people who are curious about how we travel: How can we afford it? How do the kids make friends? What do I carry with me? What about school? I love answering these, and welcome your questions if you have them — feel free to contact me, or ask away in the comments below. One […]

Petrosains, The Discovery Center with Kids – Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

If you’ve been to Kuala Lumpur, you might have been to Petrosains, The Discovery Center in KLCC. Until recently our only experience in Kuala Lumpur was its airport, where we played Uno and read Percy Jackson while waiting for flights. Penang has been our home base for seven months now. On a recent road trip, however, we found ourselves in […]

Tokyo with Children: My City Guide for You and Your Family

The gist: I have a new eBook for sale and you can buy it here. Read on for more details, or click the link in the sidebar. For more details, read on, because if you must know… …I LOVE Tokyo. It’s such an amazing city to explore with children. It’s safe, clean and full of […]

How We Love Eating in Vietnam: Crickets, Cobras and Crusty Baguettes

I’ve eaten a lot of street food in my life, and out of everywhere I’ve visited, few places come close to the experience of eating in Vietnam. The quality, the flavors, the variety…just listen to Bourdain: this place can change your life. I’ve written a few entries that were Vietnamese food-related: our favorite juice stand, our cooking class and […]

Reading Rights: The “Percy Jackson Problem” and Me

A nation that does not read much does not know much. And a nation that does not know much is more likely to make poor choices in the home, the marketplace, the jury box, and the voting booth. And those decisions ultimately affect the entire nation…the literate and illiterate. — Jim Trelease There are various […]

Suoi Tien Amusement Park in Ho Chi Minh City : Vietnam Family Travel

Suoi Tien Amusement Park in Ho Chi Minh City As we’ve mentioned before, we love Ho Chi Minh City. If you happen to be in southern Vietnam with kids, we’d suggest jumping on a bus to the outskirts of town for a visit to Suoi Tein Amusement Park in Ho Chi Minh City. We were given the […]

Snub-jective: I hate Trip Advisor, but I’m stuck with it

I won’t lie: I hate Trip Advisor. Wait — is “hate” is too strong a word here? How about this: “Overall, I find using the website Trip Advisor to be an unpleasant experience, and while often quite useful, it frequently feeds a regrettable yet deep-seated distrust I have in both the internet and humanity.” There, that’s […]

Top Digital Nomad Apps: 21 Essentials to Our Travel Life

I’ve always had an odd memory. I can remember the sights, smells and songs on the radio during hundreds of banal events from my youth, but unfailingly, I will forget to pick up shampoo and double, A batteries at the shops, even if Keiko reminded me minutes before. Now my phone has become my electronic memory […]

Tokyo Drift: Embracing cultural irrelevance

This past February, Jamie and I were walking through a department store in Chiang Mai. The evenings in Northern Thailand had turned cooler than expected, so we were out shopping for a few bedtime blankets. As we passed through the kids’ section,  Jamie — who has just turned 11 the month before — noticed an orange cat pattern […]

Motorcycle Trip to Hoi An from Hue: Vietnam with Kids

You can do a lot with 120ccs. That’s the engine size of the motorcycles we rode one rainy day in Vietnam. It was a fun motorcycle trip to Hoi An from Hue with Kids. These are small vehicles, to be sure, but you might be surprised at just how much these clunky contraptions can carry. On this particular day, their […]

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