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Our Gap Year Recap

Our gap year is officially over. It wasn’t a full year as planned, but it was enough for us. We were all traveled out and ready to get back home. And now that we’re home, we’re happy to be here. In total, we traveled for more than 300 days through 10 countries. We weren’t really […]

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FAQs About Our Summer Travels in Europe

We’re finally home…sort of. We’re back in Hangzhou, China, staying with the girls’ grandparents. Things are feeling settled now. We can relax, eat home-cooked meals, and not be concerned about any trip logistics. Our stop here in China is a nice breather after a long, busy summer of traveling in Europe. Going through six countries […]

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Family Travel in Paris

We finally made it to Paris during our summer in Europe. Both Karen and I have always wanted to experience the city, see the sights, and find out what makes this city magical. After eight days in Paris, we’ve come away with a good feel for what this city is all about. After consistently ninety […]

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Family Travel in Barcelona

We loved living in Barcelona, Spain for five weeks this summer. Barcelona has been one of our most favorite cities that we’ve traveled together as a family. The mix of people, beaches, scenery, sightseeing, shopping, arts, and culture made our stay in the city a truly memorable one. When we first arrived in Barcelona, we […]

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Life in Barcelona, Spain

Life is good here in Barcelona, Spain. After about three weeks, we’re finally feeling settled in here. Our typical daily activities include buying groceries, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the kids. As parents, things have really slowed down for us as the girls started their summer school last week. They’re in a local multilingual […]

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Family Travel in Italy

Italy was the first stop of our family travel through Europe this summer. We spent eighteen days traveling through the three most popular tourist destinations in Italy: Rome, Florence, and Venice. We loved everything about Italy including the weather, food, people, and culture. It’s difficult to sum up how our time was spent there, so […]

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Our Gap Year Six Month Checkup

It’s raining outside, the thunder is booming, and we haven’t left our apartment in Florence today. It’s our last full day in this beautiful city, and we’ve chose to stay at home and enjoy a lazy Sunday together. And I’m okay with that. After six months of traveling with my family on our gap year, […]

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Summer in Europe

We’re in Europe for the summer. It’s our first trip to Europe as a family…finally! We have never been to Europe before, so we’re excited to see some of this continent together. We’ll be traveling slowly over two-and-a-half months to make our way through six countries in Europe. Our itinerary includes stops in: 1. Italy: Rome, […]

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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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