Adventures in Going Nowhere

We’ve been on our gap year for about three months now and have been to two places: Hawaii and Thailand. Two places in more than eighty days isn’t really remarkable on a gap year of world travel, but we prefer to travel slowly. More specifically, we like to find a spot we like and just […]

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10 Harsh Realities of Family Travel

Traveling with your kids for long, extended periods—three or more weeks—isn’t always happiness, laughter, and smiles. The experience can wear you down, push you to the brink of blowing up in anger and frustration, and eliminate any shred of patience you might have had with your spouse or your kids. These are the 10 harsh […]

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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. […]

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20 Postcards From Hawaii

Sometimes words cannot quite capture the beauty of a place, the magic of moments, and the affinity one has towards a person’s hometown. For me, Hawaii is one of those places and our recent trip to the islands was an unforgettable one. So without further ado, I present 20 postcards from Hawaii: Spectacular Sunrises   Stunning […]

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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. This past week was a testament to the old adage, “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” We had […]

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Living on $80 Per Day in Thailand

Traveling abroad doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, you can create a ton of savings by traveling in a foreign country, short-term or long-term. The key is to travel to countries where the cost of living is lower than your home country. Living in Phuket, Thailand for the past month has been a […]

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The Simple Life: How Intentionally Living With Less Is More

Living a simple life isn’t easy. In fact, it’s extremely difficult because we live in a consumer culture that encourages endless buying, splurging, and collecting. Separating our needs from our wants becomes increasingly difficult in a society constantly encouraging us to increase, super-size, and upgrade everything. So we end up spending all of our time, […]

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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 possible in as many […]

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7 Steps to True Forgiveness

“I forgive you” are three of the hardest words you can ever give to someone else. Forgiveness is extremely difficult, but it can be the greatest gift if you are willing to give it. Why is forgiveness so difficult? Forgiveness is a heavy burden. You have experienced pain and hurt that doesn’t feel fair. You […]

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The Art of Family Travel

Taking care of your family at home is hard in itself. Then imagine taking your family and all your things to travel through different countries, living in different places, eating different foods, and trying to keep your sanity as parents along the way. Family travel is art that requires consistent practice to attain mastery. My wife […]

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5 Life Lessons From the Mission

I had the privilege of volunteering at the River of Life Mission once per week over the course of four weeks during my trip to Honolulu, Hawaii. The River of Life Mission helps those in need to rebuild their lives by providing meals, clothing, job training, and recovery programs. During my volunteer work, I helped prepare […]

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15 Hours Overnight at Seoul’s Incheon Airport

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. 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 from Honolulu to Incheon, […]

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