Day Dreamer: Jason Jenkins of An Epic Education

Last year, I was interviewed by Jason Jenkins of An Epic Education for his podcast. Jason has been interviewing a wide spectrum family travelers and has a ton of knowledge about family travel, living abroad, and world schooling. He’s an American married with a Japanese wife, Keiko, and a son and daughter who were born in […]

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Wonder Woman: Why You Should Watch It With Your Kids

As a father, taking my kids to see the movie Wonder Woman was an important thing to do. After seeing Wonder Woman, I think it’s something that all parents should do. I have two daughters, ages 8 and 5. Seeing a beautiful, strong woman in a leading role as a SUPERHERO was something that they […]

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How I Paid $875 Total for 4 Roundtrip Flights to Asia

International flights are normally the biggest cost of any travel budget. And when you’re traveling to Asia from the U.S. during the peak summer months, those flights can be an even bigger burden. Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and good timing to save a lot of money on flights. This was the […]

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The Power of Being Grateful

What you have, what you’re doing, where you are, and who you are is enough. That’s plenty to be thankful for. It took me a long time to realize this simple truth that I am enough. It’s so easy to feel like there’s never enough. Take my appearance and body, for example. If only I […]

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How to Create a Daily Exercise Habit

Exercise needs to be a daily habit, but it’s one of the first things we sacrifice when our lives get busy. Work, school, kids, commutes, TV, and other things compete for our time and energy. If we’re always trying to squeeze in a workout here and there, it normally never happens. And doing one big […]

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How to Be a Better Writer: A Beginner’s Guide

In January 2014, I published my first blog post on Live Family Travel. Since then, I’ve published over 100 blog posts, written guest posts on other sites, wrote an e-book on simple living, and made a career out of writing. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned about becoming a better writer. I […]

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Tidying Up Your Life in Tiny Steps

Tidying up is a habit that helps focus the mind to more important things in life. A little tidying here and there takes away the burden of having to commit to cleaning up and exerting a lot of energy when things get overwhelming. I grew up always tidying. I’ve taught my kids to do the […]

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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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