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Love Around the World Photo Essay- Happy Travel-tine’s Day & Happy Birthday Dahnya- Goa, India

Love Around the World Photo Essay- Happy Travel-tine’s Day & Happy Birthday Dahnya- Goa, India

Yes, our first born child blessed us in 2002 on the day of love. And while love to Dahnya is like longing for the German Bakery’s apple crumble, we never really cared for Valentine’s Day- except for that one year (maybe ’98) that I listened to a well-intending girlfriend who got me all heated up that Kobi doesn’t really love me if he didn’t buy me roses, chocolate, and cards for Valentine’s Day. I attacked him all boo-hooing about it and he looked deep into my eyes and said something so simple, yet so profound it changed me for life.

“Do you want me to show you that I love you on Valentine’s Day or would you rather me treat you like an adored princess all year long? Do you want me to wait for some sale and commercialized excuse to spend money that someone else dictates to give you attention? Do you need a dozen roses or a Hallmark card to know how I feel about you?”

Well, needless to say THAT led to some really good sex. And the dawning of a new knowing that I don’t have to accept the invitation to keep up with the Jones, and attend this End of the Year Sale, and buy into another holiday that feeds someone elses’ agenda to make buckos of money off of me and the next naive guy that has been sold that consumerism defines ‘the holiday spirit.’ I Hate Consumerism video shows me melting down in a department store in Lima, Peru, and you actually see the sweat and zits gush out of me in reaction to the pressure of feeling ‘not pretty’.

Five minutes later I met Angel Outside of Consumeristic Hell and felt that my soul had a safe place to remind me who I really was again. She is beyond beautiful.

And so, we’re calling this Travel-tine’s Day because I don’t need a cupid-inspired sale to make me feel love. And we’ll call this Travel-tine’s Day because Kobi made it up and I adore that because let’s celebrate love in the world through travel. Let’s yell from the rooftops “I’m Alive!” and express that freedom in whatever way makes you feel the sun blessing your face. For me and a dozen amazing travel bloggers it’s travel. And so, I proudly present, for your viewing pleasure, our collective gift photo essay of love around the world.

(Some links are to their awesome sites and some to specific posts about Travel and Love. So, check them out loves!)

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Gabi at The Nomadic Family

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Havana, Cuba from Ruth at Explora Mum Our World Tour

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8 year-old Louis 8 & 52 year-old Ruth- Mum & son duo traveling around the world

Kauai of Hawaii, USA from Jenn at The Vacation Gals

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A precious family moment of affection during a 5-hour zip line adventure

Paris, France from Michele at Malaysia Meanders

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The Love Locks Bridge in Paris

Budapest, Hungary from Kristin at Souvenir Finder

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A good-bye at the Budapest train station

Along the Nile, Egypt from Alyson at World Travel Family

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Love on the Nile- The day we met. Now married 11 years!

Prague, Czech Republic from DJ at Dream Euro Trip

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It’s all love- balloon, shirt, and DJ loving Prague

Mexico City, Mexico from Carole at Travels With Carole

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Artisan at Mexico City’s Mercado Artesanal

Rome, Italy from Clemens at Anekdotique

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A shot of Rome- all about love

Abu Simbel, Egypt from Chris at Amateur Traveler

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Chris says, “I married by best travel companion”

Moscow, Russia from Stephen at Shameless Traveler

 Russian Orthodox wedding in Moscow, Russia

Russian Orthodox wedding in Moscow, Russia

 

Mnemba, Tanzania from Paul at A Luxury Travel Blog

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Romantic Honeymoon on the Beautiful Island of Mnemba

Prague, Czech Republic from Lance at Travel Addicts

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Romantic Evening Strolls over Charles Bridge near Prague Castle

Along the Nile, Egypt from SJ at Chasing the Donkey

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Love on a Camel during their 9 month journey around the world

Love at the Birthday Party

Sometimes God, the fairies, and the stars are so kind I want to cry. My baby really needed a radically positive corrective social imprint in her soul and now she got it. Dahnya’s birthday party was amazing! The ‘biggies’ came and the house was filled with breaking any social boundaries and feeling pure love. We danced and ate pizza and had more fun than any of us remember in a long time. Facebook album from her 12th Bat Mitzvah year Birthday! Thank yo u for being born my love. Thank you for making us parents and teaching us so much. Thank you for a great party. Thank you for being beautiful you. We love you Dahnya.

And what does love mean to you? How have you found love in that leaf falling from the tree, this bite, this breeze, that far away place? Do share. I’m listening.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Insanely unorthodox, embarrassingly honest, and on her path towards spiritual awareness, Gabi Klaf blogs about her family’s ups and downs in their now third year of non-stop budget world travel. This family of five has lived with an indigenous tribe in the jungles of Ecuador, hitchhiked throughout the world, danced with drunk Vietnamese at weddings, and hiked the entire Annapurna Circuit trek with a documentary film crew in tow. Gabi writes about the untold sides of family travel life, those moments that take your breath away, adventures and mishaps while globetrotting, and how bits of her soul remain in this small town and off the side of that river. She is a guitar-stumming, energy-healing, ADHD wind-loving scaredy cat. Hugely romantic, tantalizingly sweet, and hysterically funny, Gabi Klaf represents a rare Rubik’s Cube of family world adventure.

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We’re out doing crazy stuff and making our dreams come true, every single one of them, and a few more that sort of flew into our mouths while we were smiling into the wind. Should you like what we are doing as a family, BUY AN EBOOK to support us, share this, tell any media source or local newspaper, leave a comment. Your footprint makes all the difference in the world friends. Gracias!

Gabi and Kobi, Dahnya, Orazi, and Solai

And, sweet new news loves:  In addition to parenting, family life and trauma therapy, Gabi is now offering Make Your Dreams Come True/We Wanna Travel But.. Coaching too. Engage with Gabi!

24 Comments

  1. Gorgeous post Gabi, I love it! And happy birthday to Dahnya as well :-)I love this idea of posting a collage of photos with a common theme, but all so different. How do you keep coming up with all these great ideas?! Keep up the great work, it’s so fun following your adventures :-)

    • i send you a million kisses dear. a million and a half. thank you for taking the time to tell you’ve been around. that brings me much joy in my heart. gabi

  2. This is a great collection of photos. Thanks for including us in this great post!

    • lance, the honor is all mine. i hope we get to see more of you online. it’s been a pleasure. gabi

    • happy travel-tines day love. i cannot believe you did the beyonce-themed dinner. thanks for including the link so that we can go straight and not have to beg you to share. hugs to you dj. and amazing pic, gabi

  3. 14 years later he still carries my bags. Lovely pics Gabi. Totally with you and Kobi on the cards and flowers thing, total waste of money. Keep smiling. Ax

    • yeah, i’d rather my man carry my bag all these years later too. we’ll leave the cards for someone else unless he’s hurt himself and mom is on her own like you were for a bit back there in malaysia love. i love you.

  4. Love being part of this blog. Thanks for sharing our love photo with your readers. Happy travels. Remember everyone, dreams do come true, and you could and should be living yours! :)

    • ruth you are a huge inspiration. thanks for becoming a part of my family now love. yes, dreams do come true, but as you know, you’ve gotta work for it, pray for it, wait for it and a few other things. hugs, gabi

  5. Happy Birthday to Dahnya! Just a couple months older than Lars. :-) I prefer to be treated like a queen all year long too, so that is what I get. I love all of your photos. Your family is always full of love and crazy big smiles. I can’t help but smile with you.

  6. Great collection of “love” photographs!

  7. That math question required before I could post took some thinking! I managed to do it without reaching for the calculator. Gabi, what a LOVEly post! As I ready your intro, my long-time love–who gave me red tulips for Valentine’s Day that I picked out at the grocery store while shopping with him–hollered up to me that he had “cleaned Polly’s poop.” Those were endearing words because it is usually my job to clean the cat’s box. BTW, when he noticed the tulips on Valentine’s Day, I thanked him and he looked at me quizzically.

  8. Lovely look at love around the globe! I spent my day not with my boyfriend, but with friends I adore in a city I love, eating food I can’t find in Seville. If I’m happy and laughing and my belly is full, I’m in love!

  9. Beautiful post, Gabi. I love the “goodbye” at the train station. And I agree, it’s better to show love for each other all year round.

  10. What’s not to love about this post, Gabi? And if it’s any consolation, we think you look hot in the Lima video. This post may have come out on the 14th, but it’s got a timeless quality to it.

  11. Full agreement Gabi, the only reason people buy valentine’s day gifts is because they are told to do so by marketing, why not show your love on the other 364 days of the year?! I liked the story of a guy in China buying all odd numbered seats in a cinema on Valentine’s day so that no couples could sit together! :)

  12. Thank you for showing us so many different forms of love around the world. Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year I refuse to go out to dinner or buy flowers as I hate to support commercialism as well. I have to confess that the photo that made me go “awww” was the man helping to carry luggage.

  13. How can you not love these expressions of love? What a sweet post!

  14. Ohh thanks ever so much for having us. What a fabulous post. Its was heartwarming (see what I did there) and I just enjoyed it so very much!

  15. You and your family are amazing! I am so happy to have found your site. After quite a nomadic upbringing, and 5 years of my own travel I’ve spent the last 6 years trying to ‘settle down’… but all i can think about is world travel… i come alive on the road. Thank you Gabi and Kobi for showing me that it’s ALL possible and totally okay! Now I just need to make some money ;-) With Love, from Australia… Stace x

    • hi stace. what a joy to get your loving message. you are a god, dear, and i’m sooooo glad you found us. be sure you read I know nothing and i need a vacation and a few of the other colorful posts too that will remind you of all the reasons and states of mind that come with the wind in your face. find us on fb so that we can keep up with you. hugs and thank you for taking the time to write! gabi

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