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2 Kids, 3 Years, 20 Countries: Our Life Of Family Travel

Collect more moments and less things.<p>Easier said than done.<p>It took some time for me to realize that life has more meaning when I'm collecting more moments and less things. After 30+ years, I finally simplified my life and started spending a disproportionate amount of my money on experiences rather …

7 Tips to Save Big Money on Airfare

The sobering reality of airfares is that everyone on the airplane has paid different prices. One person paid $500 for their roundtrip tickets from San Francisco to Shanghai, while you paid $1,500 for the same tickets. So how do you not become the person who paid 3 times more for the same flights as …

How Much We Spent for 90 Days in Thailand

Traveling abroad doesn't need to be expensive. The key is to travel to countries where the cost of living is lower than your home country.<p>We spent 90 days last year in Phuket, Thailand with our kids and spent a fraction of what we would have spent at home. Here's what our monthly costs</b> …

The Inconvenient Truth of Life Changing Travel

Travel has changed my life. More specifically, extended international travel has changed my perspective about my life and the world I live in. My world hasn't dramatically changed, but the lens through which I look at my world has changed. This is not necessarily a good thing because a new lens on …

How Much We Spent for 75 Days of Travel in Europe With Our Kids

Do you dream of traveling with your kids to Europe during their summer vacations, but never take any action to make it a reality? You might think traveling to Europe during the summer would be too expensive, especially since summer is the peak season for travel in the region. But traveling with …

Why Asian-American Families Don't Travel Abroad More, But Should

Walking back to our B&B on a dark night on the quiet streets of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, we spotted something we hadn't seen in over two weeks in the country: another Asian family with young children. It was as if we were seeing aliens from another planet, something we never expected to see in …

How Much We Spent for 10 Months of World Travel

Since our return back home from our gap year of travel around the world, the most frequent question we get is "How did you pay for your trip?" or some derivative of that question such as:<p>How in the world could you afford that?<br>• Did you guys hit the jackpot?<br>• What do you do for a living?<br>• Did you work …

5 Things I've Learned About The World Through Travel

In the last few years, I've had the privilege to travel all over the world, spending time in six continents in over twenty countries. I've learned many things through my world travels not only about myself, but also of the world we live in.<p>Through my world travels, these are the five things I've …

A Day In The Life Of A World Traveling Family

We love traveling, being in new places, meeting new people, eating new foods, and doing new things. And we like doing it together, as a family.<p>What we don't like is the act of traveling, or physically moving from one place to another. We have two daughters, ages five and three, which makes getting …

Phuket, Thailand: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Phuket, Thailand is an island that's rapidly developing and changing. It's no secret paradise anymore, as tourists from all over the world come in droves to soak up the sun and play at the beaches.<p>We have lived in Phuket, Thailand for almost three months and have really enjoyed our time here. …

5 Ways to Find Time for Family Travel

Time is the most precious thing we have in this world and it's the most valuable currency of life. Our time in this world is short, and our time as parents with our children is even shorter. Children grow up really fast and the window of opportunity for family travel gets smaller as they grow older.<p>…

The Ups and Downs of Travel and Life

Just when things start getting comfortable, life has a funny way of shaking things up again to get your attention. Travel intensifies this feeling of having little, if any, control over things that make you uncomfortable.<p>Our recent week was a testament to the old adage, "Whatever can go wrong, will …

Top 10 Benefits of Traveling With Kids

Traveling with two kids, now ages five and three years old, over the past few years through various countries has been nothing short of easy. But the benefits of traveling together as a family far outweigh the stress and headaches that are inevitable with little ones.<p>Here are our top 10 benefits of …

Why We Travel Slowly

We travel rather slowly, almost at a tortoise's pace, as compared to others who squeeze in five European countries in a two-week vacation or four Central American countries in a ten-day cruise. We're not in the business of tour busing and picture taking. We're traveling and living as slowly as …

15 Hours Overnight at Seoul's Incheon Airport With Kids

Our first night after departing the USA on our gap year was spent sleeping at Seoul's Incheon Airport. This was a first for us.<p>Previously, we had done red-eye flights with the kids (not recommended) and early morning flights (also not recommended, but better than red-eye flights). This time we flew …

How to Write: A Year in Advice from David Mitchell, Yiyun Li, and More

Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love<p>2014 was the second year of “By Heart,” <i>The</i> <i>Atlantic</i>’s weekly series about writing, artistic influence, and the creative process. Though the series is based on a formula—artistic creators choose a favorite …

Why We Travel: Anticipation and Arrival

Tickets booked, accommodations set, and plans taking shape...nothing beats the anticipation of travel. It's the feeling of knowing you're going somewhere new and exhilarating, but you cannot quite pinpoint what will unfold, who you'll meet, or where you'll eat. It's the awakening of the senses …

Travel Lessons: Find Your Way, With a Little Help

"How do you know the way?" the Ethiopian tour guide cheerily asked us. He had poked his head into the open window, as our hired van backed away from the ticket booth for the Blue Nile Falls sightseeing area.<p>My friend and I exchanged glances and all I could do was shrug my shoulders. What we were …

The Dilemma of Vacationing Without Your Kids

Everything seemed to be setup perfectly...the kids were happily enrolled in preschool during the weekdays, both retired grandparents were healthy enough to take care of the kids, my wife and I had no work commitments, and we had enough mileage points to book free flights. So we decided to go all-in …

10 of the Most Striking Spots in Hawaii

Discover our favorite activities in the Aloha State.<p>There are iconic spots in Hawaii that first-time visitors need to see to believe, but there are also the lesser known gems that the locals know are just as worthy of your time–especially on that second or third return trip. For a mix of both, add …

How to Fund Your Travel Lifestyle

The biggest excuse for not traveling more often is because we think we don't have enough money.<p>Chances are slim that you'll win the lottery, strike it rich in a hot technology IPO, or have trust funds waiting for you to cash in. Most of us are in the grind of earning and burning with no end in …

How Travel Taught Me Every Day Is a Gift

Bleary-eyed, dizzy and disoriented from an overnight ten hour flight, I walked and walked and walked the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia. And then I stopped, sat down, and dozed asleep sitting upright on a bench in the Royal Botanical Gardens. It was 4pm in the afternoon on a mild day in May. …

How to Fund Your Travel Lifestyle

By onOctober 15, 2014 in Business Travel, Extended Travel, Family Travel, Working Remotely<p>The biggest excuse for not traveling more often is because …

How Travel Taught Me Someday Is Today

My kids and wife were asleep upstairs. Everyone in the Guatemala guesthouse was out for their late dinners. Downstairs I had the kitchen table all to myself, where I spread out my laptop, passports and credit cards. After a couple of days of mapping out various scenarios, researching weather …

How Travel Taught Me to Live With Less

In America, we're taught to be consumers. We <i>need</i> new toys, more clothes, extra electronic devices, flashier cars, and bigger TVs.<p>Bigger. Faster. More.<p>We collect and build up this mountain of stuff that consumes our lives. This stuff that we worked so hard to attain eventually becomes burdens in our …