Away Game: Why Watching the World Cup Made Me a Better Parent & Traveler

Watching the world cup as we travel has made me a better dad…and possibly a better world citizen. I was fairly ambivalent about the international spectacle for most of my life. Then my son became a huge fan, so I decided to become one too. Watching the World Cup in various places as we’ve traveled […]

How We Use Travel to Teach Patience — Family Travel Basics

If you want to teach patience to your children, then travel together. Few activities offer more opportunities to teach patience than family travel. You may need to teach yourself as well! It’s a hot and muggy morning in Penang, Malaysia, and our bus is already 20 minutes late. Good. Our bags are heavy, the sun […]

From “Gimmie” to Grateful: Family Travel, Raising Thankful Kids & How to Teach Gratitude

Raising thankful kids isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. In fact, I’m reassessing gratitude for myself as well. That said, family travel offers several opportunities on how to teach gratitude. From “Gimmie” to Grateful: Raising Thankful Kids Practicing gratitude is sounds easy, but it takes work just like anything else. Here is a […]

Down the Hole: Parenting, Privacy and Internet Safety

As I was writing a recent post about my kids, something struck me — something that often strikes me when I write a personal account of my family that anyone with an internet connection has access to: Am I doing the right thing? This is, at the very least, a two-part question: Regarding Internet Safety: Am I somehow putting […]

Year Two: An Epic Education Cultural Identity Update

When we first set out on this adventure in September, 2013, one of the biggest questions I asked myself was how a life of travel would affect my children’s cultural identity, and possibly my own. I’m an American who hasn’t lived in America since 1997, and my kids were born and raised in Tokyo. Their only […]

Caged: Kids, Zoos & Animal Cruelty in Southeast Asia

We hadn’t been in the park for 30 minutes before I realized we should leave, but then a stork shat on my arm, and that sealed the deal. It shouldn’t have taken a warm torrent of bird splatter to know it was time to go, but I know a cue when I see one. We were at the […]

How to Earn Money while Traveling: Our Kids’ Experience

Kids can earn money in so many different ways. It’s a skill every parent should teach their children, but it wasn’t until we hit the road that I realized how challenging this would be for a nomadic family. I cut a lot of grass when I was young. It was punishing work, especially in the heat […]

Tune In: The Importance of Music in Family Travels

I remember when I really cared about the music I listened to. Wait, that’s not true. The importance of music hasn’t changed — I’ve just stopped talking about it all the time. So what I mean to say is that I remember when I was an asshole about music. You know the type: snobbish, judgmental, and full of strong opinions […]

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 […]

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 […]

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