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Posted on Nov 30, 2016

Snapshots from Our Heart of Hearts Home- BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Snapshots from Our Heart of Hearts Home- BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


I think it was before flood number two but after flood number one and it’s just the kind of thing I wanted to remember on Today. Today, I’m living my domesticated life here on a mountain-side in Israel. Today, I coached a gorgeous woman who is about to set off on their family’s world travel adventure and asked really powerful questions like, “What if my son blames me later for all that he missed back home?” Today, I sit with purring Kitty Cat and feel grateful that Kobi and I are figuring out how to live without the 9-to-5 lifestyle. Today, I’m so terribly grateful for the normal shifts and struggles and joys of raising three teenagers in a normal life.

And so, in honor of today being just as it is; in honor of the November skies thickening and preparing themselves for all sorts of winter rains; in honor our life here at home, I wanted to remember BackHome- our truest home in Kuala Lumpur for 35 whole nights. Our hub of love and acceptance and belonging and a home we will always cherish. 
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We can never say thank you enough to BackHome Hostel for having us as their guests. It was the most laid-back, fit-with-who-we-are-home-for-backpackers-without-too-much-money-to-flaunt that we ever stayed in. We’ve kept up with our Malaysian family up until today. They were even a loving part of Dahnya’s bat mitzvah If you watch the video in the link right before this sentence, you’ll see our BackHome gang lovingly appear at 3:04 and again at 4:12 . God, we love them.

They are the one and only feature in our Love Around the World Photo Essay, and they shared with us all sorts of gorgeous moments like…

Arriving to BackHome and that magic of having our own space and not having to move (again):

I’m shocked & thrilled how little made them so happy back them. Ah, the simple life of a backpacker

And the 1st Flood and all the craziness that comes with a totally flooded capital city

So totally illegally bad hair moments and blessedly gorgeous homeschooling ones

The Day Before Rosynn Left and How the Kids Took Over the Front Desk

And the day WE LEFT and that Goodbye (which today, brings tears to my eyes!)

I still remember the day after we left Yok Lan emailed me a picture of the salad we had left in the fridge and said, “I can’t eat our morning salad without you.”

So, friends, even if we don’t talk; know that we love you, deeply, and keep you in our hearts.


Gabi, Kobi, Dahnya, Orazi, and Solai


If you only read one post on the entire blog about our globetrotting adventures, it should be this one:

I Know Nothing and 99 Other Things The World Has Taught Me

and maybe also in second place

Just a Butt in The Wind

What Pisses People Off Most (We’re Rich, You’re Not):

Most Powerful Spiritual and Insightful Reflections:

 Interviews of the Most Amazing People:



The Nomadic Family  of five spent three and a half years settling into small communities in 16 countries world-wide. Now, they are acclimating back into life in Northern Israel and the story continues. Gabi lived alone in India for 3 months this winter, Kobi is going backpacking for 2 months alone this Spring, and the family will spend this summer in Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland. Follow their adventures as they share their emotional journey, their spiritual growth; their falling apart and coming back together, the real ups and downs, the sticky, painful, colorful, and magical moments of life on the road and back home.


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.
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!