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Posted on Mar 27, 2012 | 6 comments

Only the Very Special, Lucky, Rich, and Perfect (Like Me) Can Travel

Only the Very Special, Lucky, Rich, and Perfect (Like Me) Can Travel

  On this earth, there are tons of normal, nice-enough, every day people: our co-workers, the other moms in the PTA, our neighbors, our sister-in-laws. They go to work, clean the house, take kids to after-school activities, and get the best from their suburban lives. Their lawn is way greener, they have white couches that actually stay white, and the Mrs. really has zero cellulite. I hate those people. I do. I had a knack for killing pretty green things; my dark brown couches were always stained; and I have more cellulite than I’d care to talk about. I have never felt that together, that organized, that fashionable, that picture-perfect. So, back home, I often felt weird, out of place, and alone. But now, it turns out the world sees something else in me, too. Everyone we know says they wish they could ‘retire at 30-something’ and travel the world forever. They say we are like walking super heroes- living the dreams most are wary to even think of....

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Posted on Mar 27, 2012 | 4 comments

How 14 Nomadic Families Afford World Travel

How 14 Nomadic Families Afford World Travel

When I used to hear of families traveling the globe, I’d drool and hate them. They obviously won the lottery, were rolling in the dough, or were heavily involved in drugs/prostitution/something immoral to be able to afford this lifestyle. I considered all of those options, and when none of them panned out so well (least of all the prostitution idea- which I thought could be fun!); we changed our lifestyle, and guess what… We became one of them. I asked 14 nomadic families to answer in a few short sentences just this one, very direct, question: How Do You Afford Your Family World Travel Lifestyle? And their remarkably simple answers leave me inspired (again), and honored to be in their ranks. Jessica, Nancy, Monica, Mary, Amy, Amy, Jesse James, Theodora, Alisa, Keryn, Lainie, Jennifer, Justin, and Gabi’s responses all resonant the same financial truth:  If you will it, it will become. Discover  how these 14 very normal, middle class, everyday people are living out their family world travel dreams....

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Posted on Mar 17, 2012 | 1 comment

Discovering What My Soul Cannot Yet Contain

Discovering What My Soul Cannot Yet Contain

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost About two years before we left, I found a blog entry in which a world traveler said she always wondered what it would be like to live in this African village, in this Latin American jungle, or in this Asian desert. And so, she would go there, and live there; and then she knew, until the train whistle blew on its way to the next location, and she’d wonder what would it be like to live there. That blog really stayed with me, and has been an inspiration for me as we have traveled. What would it be like to live on a ranch in La Lucha de la Tigre, Costa Rica? And have Sonia and Jose Ramon as neighbors? Now, I know. And what it would...

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Posted on Mar 11, 2012 | 7 comments

Too Much Sex Talk- Uncensored World Schooling

Discovery comes in all sorts of lovely shapes and sizes, don’t it dear? Unplanned on our world curriculum has been marvelous lessons on, let’s see… -Alcoholism (Raging, cursing, perpetually drunk at hostel. 10 am whiskey shots, anyone?) -Parenting (Flaming hot chili peppers in mouth of boy who cursed. They really got his attention.) -Sexual Pleasure (See what the Moche People at Chan Chan, Peru have taught our kids!) Well, the world doesn’t censor what it will teach our children. And it is in losing control of that censorship, that we all have grown and discovered. (I do wonder what June Cleaver would tell Beaver on this one….Looking back, we can think of all sorts of wise and wonderful things to say. At the time, we were blushing, and clueless. ) Like Chiron of Greek Mythology who taught the royal children life’s most prudent lessons, the world is a Chiron. We believe she is the ideal classroom/teacher/mentor/eye-opener/equalizer and the finest we could ever give our children. She has taught us...

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