The Meaning of Death

As we prepared for bedtime one recent night, my four-year-old daughter, Emily, asked me a question that I was surprised to come from a such a young girl. She innocently and earnestly asked me, “Daddy, why do we have to die?”  At first, I was taken aback at her sudden interest in our mortality. What […]

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Travel with Airbnb: How to Find the Right Place

Finding a place for your family to stay abroad has never been easier now that Airbnb has listings for pretty much every corner of the world. We’ve been able to rent places on Airbnb in five different countries anywhere from one week to five weeks at a time. Each experience was very different and we […]

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Overcome Your Fears – Plunge Into Darkness

“Feel my ticket,” I murmured to my friend as we waited in line to get on the platform which hung over the top of the Stratosphere. We were 108 stories above the glowing lights of Las Vegas getting ready to jump out into the darkness. “Cliff, it’s almost disintegrated,” he said. “I know. Guess I […]

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The Value of a Cultural Sabbatical

I needed a break…a really long and fulfilling break, one that I’m calling a “cultural sabbatical”. I’m not talking about two days on the weekend at a local resort or two weeks at some exotic location. I’m talking about six months away from it all with me, my thoughts, my Mac, and my family. And […]

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Interview with Shirlene Lim, Family Traveler and Blogger

When I heard about another Asian family who is passionate about traveling and blogging about it, I knew I had to interview them…Meet Shirlene Lim who is the mother of a one-year old son, a working professional in tech, and a blogger on her and her husband’s travel site, Idelish (which has some great tips and […]

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Top 10 Benefits of Travel with Kids

Traveling with two kids (now 4 and 2) over the past two 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. Here is our top 10 benefits of travel with kids: 10. Kids […]

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The Top 5 Good, Bad, and Ugly Things of Our Trip in Guatemala

Family trips to new countries are never what you anticipate them to be, and our trip to Guatemala was no different. Here’s my Top 5 list of the good, the bad, and the ugly things from our trip in Guatemala: The Good: 1. Buenos Dias: Everywhere we walked, we couldn’t go without passing someone and getting […]

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How to Find the Time to Go on Extended Travel with Your Family

For most parents, finding the time away from work or businesses and syncing that up with their kids schedules is the hardest part of going all in for extended foreign travel. Most parents are stuck in jobs that are 9-5 with “slow” times around the holidays (i.e. July 4th and Christmas). Organizing a week or […]

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How to Find the Courage to Travel with Kids

All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney “You’re taking your family?!” My colleague was in disbelief that almost four weeks in Nicaragua with two daughters (3 years and 6 months old) would be possible. “That’s the whole point of it.” I answered. “Is it safe there?” […]

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Why We Live Family Travel

“Cliff, do you want to cut the cord?” asked our doctor. I didn’t hear her as I focused on our small, slimy baby that had just been born. I was mesmerized, relieved, and exhausted as I watched our first daughter finally come into this world. “Do you want to cut the cord?” she asked again, […]

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