The Big Dilemma: Retire Early or Travel Now?

I recently met with a fellow Bay Area parent over lunch and he told me how he was debating between retiring in 10 years versus saving up to travel with his kids in 5 years. His dilemma is something we all wrestle with. Most of us want to retire early and travel sooner than later, […]

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We Still Don’t Own a TV. Here’s Why.

We still don’t own a TV. This is one year later after we’ve moved back into our home. And we don’t have any plans to buy one in the near future. Life without TV is so much better than with it. It’s a conscious choice we’ve made to create an environment for our family to […]

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36 Rides at 2 Disneyland Parks on 2 Crowded Days: How We Did It

I wasn’t looking forward to the crowds at Disneyland and California Adventure. We went with our daughters on December 24th and 26th, expecting major crowds, and there certainly were. But with a bit of strategic planning, we were able to do everything we wanted to do, including all of the rides with the longest wait […]

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Triumph Over Tragedy: Getting Over Our House Robbery

Four years ago, thieves broke into our house and took everything they wanted. Our family was in Trinidad visiting some of my mother’s cousins for the first time. What was supposed to be a festive Christmas celebration immediately became a nightmare of a holiday for my wife and I. We took the first flight out […]

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What a Difference a Year Makes

Last year around this time, we moved back into our home. It was completely empty. We replaced the carpets, we went furniture shopping, and I assembled each Ikea furniture piece by piece, and slowly but surely, our home became our home again. We reconnected with friends and family. The kids re-enrolled in school. Finding work […]

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Why Asians Need More Representation in Travel Media

I had an opportunity to speak on a panel titled “The Changing Faces of Family Travel” at the second annual Family Travel Association Summit in October. The FTA Summit was a gathering of the FTA’s more than 100 travel professionals and 50 media members, and inclusion and diversity were hot topics throughout the event. In […]

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Day Dreamer – Natalie Chen of My Wandering Family

Another Asian family traveling on a gap year and blogging about it is rare, so I had to interview Natalie Chen of My Wandering Family from Surrey, B.C., Canada. She’s traveling with her husband and two adorable daughters (ages 7 and 4) for a year of family adventures around the world. They’ve started out their year of wandering […]

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10 Tactics to Win the Mornings

If I can win the morning, I win the day. Mornings are the most important times of the day for me. My morning routines set the tone for the entire day. It’s what gets me out of bed at 5:15am every day. It’s what gets me in the gym by 6:30am every day. And it’s what […]

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Family Travel in Lisbon and Madrid

We ended our summer with a two-week trip to Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain. Both cities were great for family travel. Lisbon is a city that often gets overlooked on travel itineraries in Europe, but we liked Lisbon for it’s laid-back vibe and historical charm. It reminded us of San Francisco in a lot of ways […]

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12 Memorable Moments From 3 Years of Traveling

Collect more moments and less things. Easier said than done. 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 than material possessions. Becoming […]

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