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Posted on Jun 13, 2012

You Would Die If You Knew Just How Rich We Were

You Would Die If You Knew Just How Rich We Were

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Rolling in the dough- gifts from a monk at the Lucky Temple

You would. Admit it, right now, this second, you are rolling your eyes, saying “Of course, they can travel forever, they’re so stinking rich! Damn them!”   Years ago, I was sharing with an old (and very rich)  friend how tough it was to pay my way through community college and work three jobs to make it, while my peers were partying at frat parties in Ivy League schools paid for by mommy and daddy dearest. Her wise reply,” That’s how the cookie crumbles.” I used every ounce of restraint not to punch her in the face. I have always, always, always hated those people who were born with a silver spoon up their asses and profess that it’s ‘so easy’. Well, of course, it’s easy when your rolling in dough! And so, if you knew how rich I was, you’d die. I’m about to share with you a few insider secrets you may not know. They’re pretty shocking, so hold on.

First of all, for those who are really, seriously interested in really, seriously taking the necessary steps to afford this nomadic family lifestyle you really, seriously want to consider these two really, seriously amazing e-books: Saving for a Dream and The Shortest Road.

Now, I’m really, seriously objective because Kobi and I wrote them, but really, seriously they are two hells of  amazing books. They are. And really, seriously I can’t stop writing this really, seriously thing cuz I’m quite giddy at the moment. Our family is currently working for/living in this really, seriously amazing hostel (Garden Village) in Cambodia and we really, seriously want to go to the bar to chill with some really, seriously cool backpackers we just met. So, I’m not focused, ADHD, and am using really, seriously to keep me on task. So, I hope you can handle it.

So, we’re talking, first of all, the Saving for a Dream and The Shortest Road e-books. I’m usually not this forward but my date is waiting for me, so, you understand. You do need to read information that inspires and guides you to make these dreams come true. There are amazing blogs out there (like mine!) and tons of good information. Go get it!

Here are some of my most popular articles regarding how to change your relationship with money, saving money for nomadic family living, unknown traveling families insider information, and how 10 remarkable families afford their nomadic family lifestyle. Three of my favorites are The Ying Yang of Living Without , Poverty for Christmas, and If I Only Knew Then. I know you’ll enjoy them.

Some of my fellow travel bloggers have written about this too. You’ll find useful info at my friends Mary at Bohemian Travelers and Molly From South America Living.

Second of all, OMG, my date just walked out the door. Shit! I like that guy. OK, so I’m going to pay attention to my man and laugh and be gay. I promise if you go through and read every link here in the text above, you will find awesome secrets to help you on your way. I guess with the enormous,stressful decisions before me (write more or go out for a date at the bar with Kobi- Kobi wins), you’ll have to just find these resources by following my links.

I will tell you one secret that I must leave you with before walking out the door in my little black dress (everyone needs one, you know) that in many, many third world countries you can pay rent a month in advance what you currently are paying for your electric bill. We’ve paid $150 a month in Ecuador, $240 in Thailand, $200 in Cambodia (part-time working in the hostel) and lived free house-sitting in Panama.

OK, I”m outta here. We’ll talk tomorrow…or the next day… or online… Or, come find us at the bar. Third floor; we usually sit near the back; I’m wearing the black dress that usually gets lots of attention….

We’d love to hear from you and connect. I always, always, always write back.


  1. Seriously funny Gabi 🙂 I’m so with you on this… it took me so long to deal with the BS of ‘if you work hard you will get rich’ mentality… we have some of the greatest opportunities in the world in the U.S. but the reality is majority of those who are rich were born with… as you put it… the proverbial spoon shoved up their arse. Cheers 🙂

    • MOlly, thanks for taking the time to write. i can’t wait to hop over and read your thoughts on how you guys afford this luxurious way of life. Nothing up my ass, just a lot of hard work and restraint and determination to reach our goals and then, on the road, lots of voluntary frugality to make the money last a long time. SHHHHHH…. but it’s a secret. If everyone knew they could make it happen to within a number of years, we’d have nothing to blog about, right? :-))

  2. Yes everyone assumes we have saved millions for our trip too. But really we just live earning month to month like we always did, but now we work less and have more fun as we travel the world with everything we own in our bags.

    • so cool isn’t it. right now, in cambodia, we are paying rent of $6.50 a day = $200 a month including utilities. with food and entertainment, we spend max $1500 (and i exaggerate!). RICH? us? god, no. just living out of backpacks (simply, joyfully, freely) with tons of time to do whatever the hell i really want to do! just talked to a friend yesterday about how cool it is that i no longer spend 1 1/2 – 2 hours a day (A DAY!) cleaning my big house!!! kobi spent 2 1/2 hours a day commuting. god! life is good when you’re this “rich”. actually, for the record, just in case it’s not clear, we’re ‘poorer’ than we ever were and sooo much richer… but you knew that.

  3. Oh Gabi, ever so true 🙂

    We told our business partner we’re not renewing the lease on our shop, and so by March next year we’ll have sold our business and be getting ready to travel!!! Am I nervous we’re going to be living in a caravan, yep! But I know once we’re living our dream, the doubts and fears will disappear and we’ll be experiencing things most others only dream of!I’m very sure there will be times we’re broke (actually that will be most of the time as Australia isn’t the cheapest place to live!) But we won’t need much if we’re self sufficient in our van/car and in all truth I can’t wait to be free of all the things we have and just be, just to exist and be at one with our amazing country….. I do however think we’ll head overseas one day, after meeting such amazing families living around the world has broadened our view and dreams 🙂

    • wow. your note is giving me goosebumps. really. right now, my dear kobi is sitting on the next bed calmly teaching my kids something cool in hebrew. i’m on the computer. getting read to go to the pool. we are poorer than we ever ever have been financially but are so rich. i just told serena in the comment below: i save 2 hours a day not cleaning my house of dirt, clutter, life…. my husband saves 2 1/2 hours a day in commuting. we now do what we want, and so will you when you sell the biz, and hit the road and just do it. i can’t wait to follow and learn how you face those fears and jump into it. read my blog post ‘tasting fears and doubts’ i think you’ll find it is much like where you are today. please leave a comment cuz i’m dying to continue this discussion with you. much love and hugs. thanks so much for sharing and leaving a comment. i love that about you! gabi

  4. I really like your website, my wife and I are planning to start on this continual travel in January of next year, We are looking mostly on staydu, but have found other websites like helpx and workaway to get going. I like reading that your doing what we are about to start. We have been working on figuring out the online work, which is still confusing. I figure that if I don’t have it figured out by the time we leave, then necessity will be the mother of invention. I hope that yall don’t mind if I ask you questions here and there as we get closer to starting our own nomadic life.

    • Clayton,

      I love that you wrote, and that you guys are figuring out your way to your nomadic lifestyle. please do write to me any questions, thoughts, and concerns that you have and if i can help with information in any, any way, i totally will. please become friends with me in facebook (gabi klaf with five faces) and i’ll add you to a group of family travelers you would just love. you’ll figure it out, i know you will. we actually worked in panama and now again in cambodia for money. in peru and now in cambodia we’re working in the hostel we’re at for really reduced rate. you’ll find opportunities like that all the time. also, start your travel blog now, now, now! even if you are far from leaving, between now and january-ish write your fears, doubts, thoughts, what you’re doing, the things you have to take care of. it will be a living document of your journey and later, you may be able to make money from your blog too. keep reading more articles on this site under the money tab and the before we left tab. i think you’ll find good info there. waiting to hear from you some more. tell us by the way how you found us. i always love to hear. hugs to you and go get em! gabi

  5. We are just super (life) rich from all our experiences on the road. Unfortunately we are money poor but stuff it! We love to travel and that’s how it will always be 🙂

    • Hi Cole. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit, and to leave a comment. You’re setting out for your own huge adventure right now, and we all know how busy that is. ou said it perfectly right: we are rich with experiences, and, on many scales, poor with money. I’ll take that way any day.

  6. I really seriously LOVE your work. We’re off next year, doing the same as you basically. In Australia at the moment. Now I’m going to read all the above links.
    PS. Are you taking antimalarials in Cambodia? I did last time, not sure about giving them to the kids.

  7. Very inspiring. Save a seat at the bar for me. I’ll be there soon.

    • thanks jimmy. will do! i will totally, totally save you seat man! how did you find us jim? i always love to know where we got so lucky to make new friends from….

      • Found you via I’ll be in that neck of the woods for Christmas, but only making it as far as Thailand. Never been to Asia so I’m really looking forward to the sights, along with running the Chiang Mai marathon! A great way to end the year.

        • love the bohemian travelers. we hung out with mary and jeff, they are dear friends. welcome here friend! we’re so happy to have you. you will love thailand. so much love to you…gabi

  8. Hi found you through other family sites and love your style. We sold it all and moved to Spain in Aug. (hopefully just a stepping stone to more of a nomad life). Sometimes it takes baby steps. We too are on a budget and figuring things out as we go. We will be more mobile over the summer to see how the family adjusts to that. We have done it well for small trips, but we will see. Can’t wait to read more of your stories.

    • Hi Heidi,

      I am very inspired by your move to Spain and would love to hear more about your experience. I am currently researching the possibility of moving with my teenage daughter.
      Thank you

      • lisa. how wonderful that heidi is also inspiring you. she is amazing. heidi, eh-hem, my love…. meet lisa. lisa meet heidi. tell me lisa how you found us. we’re honored to have you in the crazy coop with us. 🙂

  9. Oh wow, I hope you ended that “friendship” immediately!

    • hi deia. yes, i work slowly but totally deleted that from my life. thank you dear one.

  10. I have spent hours reading your blog and falling in love with your family. My family of 7 with kids ranging from 16 to 3 are trying hard to get lost in a traveling life style. I am of course terrified at living outside the American subdivision and no longer living the jones life style.

    • hello dear queen bee. what an honor to meet you dear. what a joy that you took the time to write. thank you dearly. wow. terrified is a very normal reaction. look up the category ‘before we left’ and see i was freaking out for weeks. good. you are normal. i would love to hear more. do tell and if you have a site, please share and i’ll share it on fb. we’re on fb at the nomadic family

      • I am sorry for the incognito but I am not ready to divulge our self to the world by name yet as I just have struggled with trying to get people to see the world through my eye for far to long.
        Each day of prep gets more and more exciting as I see it all becoming doable. We are working on our BLOG (as per your suggestion of starting it before hand) and I will happily share ASAP.
        Our intention is to travel slowly through Asia because it seems be easily the most financially do able not to mention I love elephants and aside from a zoo or circus I have never seen one up close, I always wondered what their skin felt like as a child and I find that that has never diminished.
        I am very much in you debt for telling about your families travels. I was looking and looking but was unhappy to see so many single people or very small groups that all seemed to be living off $50,000+ a year. Our family doesn’t do that now so I would be upset if I could not manage elseware. I love how you really got in with the people where you were and that is our hope too. I think it would be great if we could spend a year and never be crouded in a hotel room for more than a day! Maybe a tall order but worth giving a try. I am always open to suggestions from those more experienced (positive only please as negative only stunts growth never encourages).


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