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On Travel and that Socialization thing

Today’s post is really only half a post – the other half can be found over at Travel Deep and Wide. Stacey-Jean Inion, the awesome mama of many who has been traveling for eight years with her tribe of nine children, has additional thoughts about the socialization issue. In short, I feel it’s something parents […]

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roadschooling: the ultimate guide to education through travel

YEEHAW!!! My ROADSCHOOLING book is available!!! #familytravel

It’s done!!! Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel is only available in paper version at this point – John will get the kindle version done as soon as he finishes rebuilding the bathroom roof. But it’s ready! I’ve been hearing great reviews from people so far, which is exciting. Please pass this on […]

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Avoiding burnout: Finding your pace during long term travel

“I’m tired, Mom,” Daryl mumbled as we pedaled a remote Oregonian highway. “I want to sleep.” “I’m sleepy too,” Davy added. John and I figured the boys were just whining – they were eight years old, after all. We figured once we arrived at a town park the boys would be off and running, because… […]

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ethiopian traditional clothes and coffee ceremony

Things to do in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Many of you know that we lived in Ethiopia for seven years. Our sons were born during that time, and they spent the first 4.5 years of their lives in Addis Ababa. If you are planning a trip to East Africa, here are my recommendations for things to do in Addis Ababa and Ethiopia. Addis […]

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halloween costume

A traveler’s Halloween to remember

Halloween. It’s every kid’s dream, but can be difficult when traveling. Where do you go trick or treating? What do we use to piece together costumes? For us, as a family traveling on bikes, Halloween has provided some wonderful memories. The boys and I were talking about Halloween the other day, and our conversation brought […]

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watching bison in british columbia

Four destinations every family should take their children to before they grow up

I get asked on a fairly regular basis where people should take their children. Given the amount of traveling we’ve done, they ask, where are the best places for a family vacation? That’s a hard question to answer because every family is unique and they have different interests, but I finally set myself to think […]

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Why travel with young kids? After all, they won’t remember it.

“I never bother to read to my kids because they won’t remember it.” “Why would I bother to play with blocks with my child? He won’t remember it when he’s older.” “I certainly wouldn’t bother taking little Joey to the supermarket. Why would I? He won’t remember it anyway.” I don’t think anybody would actually […]

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Sihpromatum – A review

SIHPROMATUM (Sip-row-may-tum): A blessing that initially appears to be a curse I love travel stories. Family travel stories are even better. And a family travel story as told by the kid? Pretty amazing. Sihpromatum: I Grew My Boobs in China is a travel memoir told by Savannah Grace. It is the story of her reluctant […]

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Fellucca ride on the Nile with kids

Egyptian adventures with the family

As the one-time center of the ancient world, Egypt is a place of wonder for most adults, let alone children. Family travel in Egypt to see this land of catacombs and pyramids, gods and Pharaohs is both an education and an adventure they will remember for a lifetime. Most people head to the capital Cairo […]

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burma market

Travel is good for kids – except when it isn’t

Travel is good for kids. It allows kids to see that not everyone lives just like them. It allows them to see that we’re more alike than different. Travel allows our children to stretch their horizons and learn new things. Travel is good for kids. Except when it isn’t. If you’ve read my blog, you’ll […]

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How has technology changed travel?

It wasn’t all that long ago that John and I boarded that plane to Pakistan to spend a year cycling around the Indian subcontinent. 22 years, in fact. In technological terms, that’s an eternity. It was June, 1990 when we checked our bikes and panniers in and climbed into a plane for the long journey […]

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halloween costumes

Holidays on the road: Making holidays special for a traveling family

Holidays are most definitely one of the highlights of everybody’s year. We all have our little traditions we stick to and, as kids, look forward to all of them. I used to measure my years by all the holiday traditions we had – making our own valentines… putting up a shamrock tree… the 4th of […]

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elephant in Thailand

Is long term family travel for you?

In the back of your mind you’re thinking you would love to quit your job, sell your house, and hit the road with your family. It would be wonderful to travel the world with your children, exploring the Egyptian pyramids, the Taj Majal, and maybe even make it to Timbuktu. But then reality pulls you […]

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8 Reasons why biking with kids is good for them and you

Travel is the best education a child can get. I’ve been a classroom teacher for 21 years and, although we do the best we can in the classroom, we are limited by those four walls around us. By getting out and seeing the world first hand, children will have a much deeper understanding of the […]

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Why travel ISN’T wasted on kids

A while ago a reader pointed me in the direction of an article on MSN Travel about how travel is wasted on kids. I didn’t even have to read the article to know I seriously disagreed with the author. The author, Bibi Lynch, said, “I don’t know how to break this to you, parents, but […]

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Molly and her son

Slow Travel – The Best Way to Travel with Children

I’ve often said that slow travel is the way to go. In this post, Molly McHugh from South America Living tells us why. Not only is staying put for extended times in one location the most affordable way to travel – solo or as a family – it is the most enjoyable. More than the proverbial […]

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