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Posted on Aug 19, 2013

7 Reasons One Family Travel Blog Will Keep You On Your Toes- The Unexpected Life on the Road

7 Reasons One Family Travel Blog Will Keep You On Your Toes- The Unexpected Life on the Road

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Right from the start you were a thief, you stole my heart

Yes, this is our newest song. We always have one which we go crazy over. This time, I’m jamming for the clan on my guitar too. Super cool! I think these songs are part of how we celebrate our familiness, our love of life, our love of change, and our love of holding on to love when everything else around us is changing so fast.

Just give me a reason. Just a little bit’s enough. Just a second. We’re not broken just bent and we can learn to love again.”

You see, we fall in love and then move on, but we remain. The five of us, and our love and the love we feel for so many. And when the five of us won’t be, for eventually, one by one, we won’t be, then that love will carry on too.

It’s in the stars, it’s been written on the scars of our heart.”

People often ask me why I blog like I do. Why don’t I tell the usual travel blog sharing like where we went, how to get there, how much it costs, and what to be aware of or not miss? Why do I go into all the emotional tides and raw details of family travel extreme highs and lows? And why don’t I give a chronological story that one can logically follow?

I’d like to answer.

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1- We’re not normal and like it that way.

I’m not looking to be another family travel blog that shares the who, when, how, why, and how much. You can Google that and get fifty articles that tell you the top ten things to do in Malaysia. I want to give something of unique value.

2- We’re not a commercial and never claimed to be.

I’ve seen too many picture-perfect families who look so happy on their utopic vacation. We’re not. We burp when we’re trying to be eloquent, and the kids will inevitably start punching each other when we’re trying to make a good impression. We’ll whine on the way to some amazing diving adventure and  complain over life-altering events like ‘I wanted to sit next to Mommy‘. So, I’d like people to see the dust, tears, and sweat between all the beauty and joy of family travel life on the road. It’s real. So should the blog be.

3- The order is quite irrelevant.

Humans who are productive made up time. Am I using it well, am I on time, and how does this compare to last month? It’s quite irrelevant when you live in the now. It doesn’t matter when you don’t have a phone, no appointments or commitments, and wear flip flops for months on end. Now matters and anyhow, I can’t make it.

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4- The living online option. Nah!

I’ve tried to report, live, second by second, our travel life and found that I missed life, and my family, and me. I got so wrapped up in sharing and stats and all that went with it that I lost the point. “Kids shut up and go to bed so I can write about how much fun we’re having”. Yeah. Got it.

And so, the sheer volume of what we are experiencing can easily fill another ten years of a blog that posts every day. Seriously. We have entire months, like when we lived with the indigenous tribe in the Peruvian jungle, when we were not connected to the internet, at all. Slowly, over time, I’ll share bits and pieces of that adventure, that home, and that life. When I can do it, totally dependent on inspiration and balance. Otherwise, the story is fake.

5- So, we’re not into chronological.

We can’t keep it real if it stays in order, and there is so much cool stuff in the past, so many cool things that randomly come into my mind as I write (like the Fun song in the introduction), and so many cool stuff we’re dreaming of in the future that it would be a real crime to limit my sharing to the Now. Life doesn’t have to be so linear. Sometimes, yes, but usually, I prefer to spiral.

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6- A new kind of travel is on my mind.

I’d prefer to randomly share with you how we’d never done an all-inclusive family vacation and God it looks sweet. They all look so perfectly tanned and loving every minute with their precious offspring.  And this Club Med deal goes to Morocco, and Bali, and the Caribbean, and China and other cool places I still drool over. So, maybe one day we’ll do that cruise, ride our bikes across Europe, and live in Spain. Maybe one day we’ll settle back into our home in Israel (and love it), and we still haven’t done the sleep-under-a-bridge night, but I almost did that night in prison in Neces, Texas (different day, I know).

So, I’ll stop talking, but just for a moment. Just long enough for you to speak your mind. I’m listening. In the meantime, while you decide if you want to share your reactions to this ping-pong wham-slam whirlwind, I’ll leave you with this:

I’m sorry I don’t understand where all this is coming from. I thought that we were fine.

Your head is running wild again. My dear we still have everything and it’s all in your mind.”

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We’ve written a highly inspirational e-book about money and how you can take these ten steps to make your travel dreams come true. It has helped many and helps us continue our travel dreams. I do hope you will consider spending the $8 and learning/ be reminded of what you can do, starting today, to make your family world travel dreams come true. You can do it too friends. You can. You can.

Thank you dearly,

Gabi, Kobi, Solai, Dahnya, and Orazi

 

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  1. Once again an inspiring post! Your blog is one if the realest I’ve read. It stirs emotions in me that other blogs don’t! Your blog also makes me feel better about my family! It’s a good thing! So please keep posting in your real albeit haphazard way … I for one love it! Oh and your family ROCKS!!!

  2. Loved it! Just found you guys and I am already hooked.

    I think the travel blogging world needs authenticity and you guys are it!

    Keep writing, I’ll keep reading 🙂

    Monique

  3. Hi Gabi – I’m so glad you wrote this post. I’ve wondered myself about your blogging style, and I really like and appreciate your explanation. Very cool.

  4. Your travel blog is how it should be! If I want generic advice I can read a guide book, but a guide book will never tell you what the experience will be like and what anecdotes you’ll be able to tell. Keep doing your thing!

  5. that’s the beauty of life – we all have such different experiences! thanks for sharing yours.

  6. Oh gabi gabi gabi. Keep us on our toes, please, we love you that way! The rawness is beautiful, the everyday truth, mishaps and joys are all so beautiful and inspiring.

  7. I love the real way that you write. It’s how I found you in the first place, and for that I am grateful. Much love to you and for you!!

  8. oh Gabi….. you are like a box of chocolates !!! 🙂

  9. this sonds like my kind of travel blog.

    There is no right or wrong and honestly the best for kids ever is to live travel.

    About the all inclusives, we got to do it one time on a cruise for my parent’s 40th anniversary and it was fun.

    I prefer to do the small boutiques and local places, that’s where all the true fun is to be had.

  10. Hi Gabi, I love you because you aren’t linear.

    • You, as an artist and a woman who uses her creativity and allows that to spiral into bravery to make your life what you want it to, saying that to me means the world. Thank you friend. Spiraling is the best!

  11. I love how honest you are – we need it! Keep traveling, and if you do make it to Spain, I’ll babysit so you CAN write or drink a glass of wine or just catch up on sleep!

  12. I like that you tell the real story of what it’s like traveling as a family. That kind of honesty builds trust.

  13. if there’s something the blogging world needs more of it’s honesty and I know I can rely on nothing but that from your posts Gabi!

  14. YES to doing things differently- I totally agree with the ‘non-linear’ model. Works for me, too!

    • I love non-linear too. love you. gabi

  15. We love you just the way you are Gabi, keep it coming! As you know life would be boring if we were all the same, so you be you and I will likely be the one to be more regimented. LOL We are who we are and that is who we love.

    You are inspiring and can’t wait for your upcoming adventure.

    • heidi. i am too honored to have you love the way i am. thank you love. you be regimented, and i’ll be insane. and we’ll meet in that fire place one day and chill. thank you for being there and for seeing us as inspiring. and we, you. love, gabi

  16. What is normal?? Is it the way most present themselves in public? Or is it the way we REALLY behave at home? If everyone showed their true selves to the rest of the world, we would surely have a more colorful and entertaining lives. No? Imagine the people watching! Keep living out loud Nomadic Family!

    • Laurel. What is normal is a great question. One that I think you and i could talk about for a long time. i love people watching cuz then you see the ‘normal’ not what we want to show the world. I will keep living out loud. i love that phrase. thank you love. gabi

  17. Looks like you have a great thing going. Many people complain about not traveling because they have kids but you make it happen. Kudos to you & the family, I’m sure the kids are getting a priceless education on life!

  18. Glad to see you’re doing things your own way Gabi, keep it up!

    • thank you andrew dear. as are you, as are you! 🙂 gabi

  19. Life would be so boring if we were all the same! I love your individuality Gabi!

    • alyson my love. you know i’ve missed you since you’ve hit the road. now that you’re a big famous blogger and world traveler, you have to use your time running your own show. thank you for still finding the time to send me your love. i’m so proud of you. gabi

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