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Posted on Nov 3, 2016 |

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

1:47 a.m. ain’t what it used to be. I still love the utter silence, the aloneness, the ability to focus on the only thing making noise in the house- my fingers tapping on the keys. That part of my night-owl-ness I can still connect to. We’re leaving tomorrow for a week-long Israeli road trip and all the doubts of traveling again with my family make swallowing a real endeavor. We found the cutest little Airbnb five minutes walk from the beach. Awesome sponsors ready to make the Tel Aviv portion of the trip beyond kick-ass. Family, friends, and maybe even my long-lost cousins. All real woo-hoo-able. I think it’s the fighting around here lately that is bringing up all my fears and doubts about being in a closed vehicle or closed quarters with my kids. Like it or not, technology and having their own rooms have made our teenage-bursting home life more bearable when the shit hits the fan. Explode and then scatter, each to his own distraction corner....

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Posted on Jul 2, 2015 | 2 comments

Only the Rich Can Afford Long Term Family Travel- The Day Before We Become The Nomadic Family Again

Only the Rich Can Afford Long Term Family Travel- The Day Before We Become The Nomadic Family Again

People usually assume that the money just rains on us, pours over of like crystal lemonade; that we must be very, very rich to have traveled the world for three and half years. Whenever I hear or see a family travel, my first thought is also that they just have a lot of money. Otherwise, they would be back home (like the rest of us) working their butts off to just get by. We’ve written tons about the money issue [check out the Afford Family World Travel category] and how we are not rich [financially] and how we have all of these unreal tricks and secrets we discovered on the road that enable long-term travel. And so, now that we’re three days away from Nomadic Family life, again, we are asked cool things like: Where are you going this summer? What’s the plan? For how long? How in the world do you afford this?  Do Tell. So, here’s the answers plus a few words about what’s up around here...

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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 Jan 4, 2015 |

Worldschooling Education- When Parents Abuse Their Kids and Kids Learn Irrelevant Stuff [Video Montage]

Worldschooling Education- When Parents Abuse Their Kids and Kids Learn Irrelevant Stuff [Video Montage]

People sometimes assume that we are abusing our children [Do not read if you don’t feel like an elevated heart rate]. Some think we are in a never-ending mid-life crisis in which we are dragging our poor children around the globe (with nothing to do all day) with no end in sight. We actually have concrete evidence of the abuse and, on most days, we feel like we’re doing a pretty good job teaching our kids too much about sex, how to hate missionaries, and how to leave your mess for other people to clean up for you. We’re also keen on the lessons they’ve learned about how to be unmanly, how to fit into the hood, and how to take risks that almost kill you that maybe you shouldn’t have. But after all the dramatic stuff there is a lot of learning that takes place in living like a local, knowing nothing, and  hating this home and that one. Some learning take place in the quiet crevices of...

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Posted on Dec 1, 2014 |

First Arrivals, Ayvalik Toasts, & Turkish Survivor- Macaron Konagi Otel, SmallHotels.com.tr, Ayvalik, Turkey

First Arrivals, Ayvalik Toasts, & Turkish Survivor- Macaron Konagi Otel, SmallHotels.com.tr, Ayvalik, Turkey

The sun always shines when new love wraps itself around your soul. For the third time this morning, the sweet woman here at Cumbali Konak Otel in Alacati, Turkey is adjusting the cushions of the outside sofas just so in the sun and I’m thinking how much I adore people doing things because they care. There is just so much love in the world that sometimes, sometimes, I just can’t contain it. I don’t know where to put it, but I’m so grateful that I am basking in it, for that hour, that minute, that second. So grateful. And so it was in Ayvalik that we had so many beautiful firsts. Our first breakfast at one of the tens of SmallHotels.com.tr that we had the honor to be invited to, our first Ayvalik toast (which turns out to be a huge cultural thing that we kept seeing all over Turkey, also far away from Ayvalik), and our first exposure to Turkish Survivor, which we ended up being deliriously addicted...

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Posted on Nov 28, 2014 |

En Route to Pergamon Acropolis, Worldschooling & A Bit of Historty- Bergama, Turkey- Carrentals.co.uk

En Route to Pergamon Acropolis, Worldschooling & A Bit of Historty- Bergama, Turkey- Carrentals.co.uk

As a family, we’ve learned that we know nothing, about international dance parties, and learned tons by becoming a local. And, for our children, we’re totally into learning out of passion and desire, not for grades. We’re also into learning for the sake of knowledge, for the sake of knowing more, and not for any external praise, including comparative success to others. That’s why we helped found the school that we did in Kibbutz Amir in Northern Israel and that’s why we’re always happy when we find opportunities on the road to educate through passion. Sometimes those opportunities are in the form of a school or local holiday traditions like Diwali in India that we are blessed enough to join. Other times it is in the form of learning how to be a real decent human being as we bask in the light of someone so different than us, who forced our son to make very unmanly choices and be all the better for it. And occassionally, we get to...

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