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 […]

What’s in My Bag: Our Year-One Family Travel Gear

As August flies by, we get ever closer to our first anniversary of full-time family travel. Twelve months ago, I was frantically selling our belongings at home and collecting all the travel gear, while at the office I was hammering out a remote working agreement with my boss. Family Travel Gear When we first left Japan, we carried a ton with […]

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 […]

Best City in Southeast Asia with Kids: Penang or Chiang Mai?

Where would you say the best city in Southeast Asia is for a family traveler? I’ve met several families traveling through Southeast Asia. They often follow a similar route through the region, stopping at places like Hanoi, Bali and Phuket, to name a few. Two of the most popular places for families are Penang (Malaysia) and […]

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 […]

Our Homeschool Scheduling Method

It has been a struggle to craft a homeschool scheduling system that all four of us can agree on. When I say “it has been,” I also mean: “And it continues to be, so make mine a double.” In the past eight months, our trial and error record is littered with triumphs and failures — […]

Secret Lives: Walter Mitty and me

To see the world, things dangerous to come to. To see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel.  That is the purpose of life. Oh, what ponderous words permeate Ben Stiller’s little film. Did I say “little?” This movie is about as small and subtle as an Icelandic sunrise, and it’s been on […]

Family Travel Problems: The Meltdown

“I want to go home!” The walls were fairly thin in our building, so I’m sure everyone on the floor could hear. “I HATE traveling, I HATE homescholing, I HATE Thailand…” He paused. I was pretty sure the next words would be “…and I HATE YOU, too,” but he reconsidered and looked away. That’s when […]

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