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Posted on Jan 15, 2015 |

Most Magical Place on the Planet- Cappadocia, Turkey- RTW Nomadic Family Travel Question #29

Most Magical Place on the Planet- Cappadocia, Turkey- RTW Nomadic Family Travel Question #29

After three and half year globetrotting, it’s a huge honor to sit back, sigh, and reflect. There were moments that sucked beyond comprehension, moments where I wanted to crawl into fetal position and be ‘home’ (whatever that really means); and there were moments when I raised my hands to the heavens or hugged my kids and Kobi even closer still, and thanked God/the fairies/the stars for our unreal fortune and luck to have been able to have had just that moment. We grew so close, fell apart, witnessed, cried, laughed, got lost and found in seventeen lands and always still in the chamber of our own souls. And sometimes, we’re asked THE question, the one that take my breath away- where was your favorite place in the world, which is evergreen bittersweet for there is something unquenchably romantic about the longing of the human heart, and how, no matter how wonderful it was, or how it could never be that again, or even no matter how remarkable the Now...

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Posted on Feb 14, 2014 | 24 comments

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,...

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Posted on Dec 20, 2013 | 25 comments

Oh, the Places You’ll Go- Everywhere We’ve Been on the Globe- Amazing Photo Essay for this RTW Family Travel Blog

Oh, the Places You’ll Go- Everywhere We’ve Been on the Globe- Amazing Photo Essay for this RTW Family Travel Blog

The globe has been kind to us, protecting us, keeping it fun, and dusty, and raw, and real everywhere we go. And always, teaching us that we know nothing and 99 other things the world has taught me. We’re clearly been surrounded by love and joy and amazing friends scaling the globe. We’ve lived in five-star hotels and total dumps in our liquified homelessness. We pride ourselves for seeking out opportunities to live like a local and be perpetually barefoot. We’ve learned unreal lessons in this get-out-of-the-house-with-a-backpack-thing lifestyle. And so, without further ado, Oh, The Places You’ll Go- Everywhere this Family Travel Blog Bunch Has Been in pictures! Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care. About some you...

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Posted on Aug 29, 2013 | 39 comments

9 Answers to Your Toughest Financial Questions- Paying Taxes, Affording World Travel, and Making Money

9 Answers to Your Toughest Financial Questions- Paying Taxes, Affording World Travel, and Making Money

Money is one of those unfair things. People spend most of their lives just struggling to get enough, or to be at peace with it. It makes people without it sometimes act like animals. They have to beg, be aggressive, and be reduced to less than their light for they are without, or covered in urine or so dirty and ‘sub-human’ like that it hurts. Yesterday, the rabbi here at Chabad in Katmandu told us the orphaned or run-away street kids sniff glue to not feel the hunger. Deeply unfair. I’ll tell you that story another day. I’m reading a Hindu book about the fundamental principles to living a life with deep peace of mind. (I like Nepal already!). There it speaks of people who have their financial needs covered but still never have peace of mind. Well, we have a funny, complicated relationship with money, as many people do, and we’re becoming more intimate and clean and clear, slowly, and gratefully. People often assume that we are rich....

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Posted on Aug 28, 2013 | 3 comments

Family Travel Luxury Pampering For the Whole Family- Rock Spa- Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Malaysia [Photo Essay]

Family Travel Luxury Pampering For the Whole Family- Rock Spa- Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Malaysia [Photo Essay]

Words simply cannot capture how blown away we were by Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s Rock Spa, run by their lovely manager Lenny. From the moment we arrived to the premise, we were treated like royalty and family, given the royal pampering of a lifetime, while still laughed with and talked to like dear old friends. As this was our first and only experience with a spa that caters to the entire family, we were simply delighted by our level of professional pampering, as well as the tender loving-kindness and professional kid-friendly attention and treatment our kids got. Since words can’t do it justice, I think I will allow the photos to try. (Of course I included funny captions to help you deal with the drool and jealousy you are about to experience. I’m nice that way.) If you are in Penang, Malaysia, Hard Rock Hotel is a must, and the Rock Spa is a double must. Enjoy the photos of this amazing staff, their care, and how much we’re...

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Posted on Nov 20, 2012 | 57 comments

I Know Nothing (And 99 Other Things To Road Has Taught Me)

I Know Nothing (And 99 Other Things To Road Has Taught Me)

I thought I would write something profound, deep, meaningful, something reflective, and ass-kicking that takes your breath away, and makes you stop, wide-eyed, and go, “woaaaaaah”. Something really, really mind-blowing should be coming up after almost two years on the road. But, that’s not what’ coming up. What’s coming up is a huge storm of sand specks, flying, blinding me. And like my dearest Dell in Boquete, Panama would say, “I’m standing naked in the sandstorm. Let’s see what sticks.” Yeah, that’s what I have to offer. As I sit here in The Led Zephyr, officially the coolest guesthouse in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, watching Kobi and the kids play pool, blushing at the thought of the worst fool I made of myself on stage last night, and reflecting, what has the road taught me? I’m hungry, waiting for their garden salad with the mustard dressing. In these nearly two years,  I’ve had some amazing experiences that in my wettest, wildest, and most romantic and precious dreams, I would not have...

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Posted on Oct 7, 2012 | 15 comments

Just A Butt In The Wind- What Travel Can Do To Your Ego

Just A Butt In The Wind- What Travel Can Do To Your Ego

Hey, remember me? It’s Gabi. We used to be friends, you and I. We used to talk a lot, share a lot. Laugh and cry until the coca cola came up your nose (burns so badly) from the unreal, and overly embarrassing things I shared. Let’s see, we’ve talked about my kids knowing too much about sex, shitting in nature, and that famous entry that should never have been written (some say) fuck, fuck, fuck. Like any amazing friendship; we walk together, until it no longer meets both of our needs, and then we lovingly part ways, grateful for what we both gained from that precious time when we walked hand in hand. Now, I’m not gone. I’m not. I just don’t walk anymore here. I skip, I think.  I’m in a different phase/dimension/passion than I was then.  I’m still around, and still write here and there, but not like before. The Nomadic Family has shifted to reflect the changes in our lives too. So, what happened to Gabi?...

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