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 […]

Living in Spain: 11 Things We’ll Miss About Valencia Life — And 4 We Won’t

Living in Spain has altered the course of our lives in many ways. Below I list up some of the memories of life in Spain that we’ll take with us. Our Pros and Cons for Living in Spain We’ve been living in Spain since August of 2015, and are now planning a potential move. We’re […]

Why Buy Travel Insurance: Family Travel Essentials

If your family is traveling, then buy travel insurance. Seriously. When I was young, I took big (and occasionally stupid) risks. One of them was going without insurance. Now that I have kids, it’s a different story. WHY BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE? If you’ve read this blog before, then you may think that we’re big risk-takers. Perhaps we […]

How Our Kids Enjoyed Schools in Spain: Our Story

Our kids spent the past year at local schools in Spain, and I’m thrilled to report just how well it went. If last week’s post sounded overly negative (I didn’t mean it that way), then this post about schools in Spain will tell a different side of the story. In this small series posts, I’ve […]

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 […]

Family Travel Year in Review – Epic Education 2014

Man-o-man, what a year! I’ve learned a lot since last January, and have tried to reflect on 2014 in the video you see above, but of course, I don’t expect a YouTube clip to even scratch the surface of everything we’ve seen, learned and felt. Looking back on the year in review, it’s hard to believe that we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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