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Posted on Apr 26, 2013 | 29 comments

Life On The Road Real Question #29: What Do You Do All Day?

Life On The Road Real Question #29: What Do You Do All Day?

Every once in a while we meet someone who really doesn’t approve of what we are doing and makes no attempt to hide it. One such gentleman told Kobi the other day, “Those who travel the world are clearly looking for themselves because they are very misguided and lost.” I had one woman momentarily climb down off of her throne and look far down enough from her up-lifted nose to ask me, “What could you possibly do in Siem Reap, Cambodia for five whole months?” My reply accomplished a few tidy little things in one swift blow: It shut her up. She just sorta stood there on pause with her jaw stuck to her chin and this distorted deer-in-headlights glaze in her eyes. It made me ridiculously proud, and a tad too cocky about us having the guts to make our dreams come true. It helped clarify for me, yet again, why this life on the road nomadic life style is so awesome for now for this rtw family....

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Posted on Dec 28, 2012 | 13 comments

Nomadic Family Travel Blog For Long Term Budget World Travel With Kids — Yeah Right, You Do It For The Children- Christmas Gifts at CoCo Bungalows (Video From Koh Rong Island)

Nomadic Family Travel Blog For Long Term Budget World Travel With Kids — Yeah Right, You Do It For The Children- Christmas Gifts at CoCo Bungalows (Video From Koh Rong Island)

How often do you see, but really see a community being touched, enlightened, shared with, loved by an entrepreneur? But really. Really, really. I’ll be honest, when I first heard Sakip from CoCo Bungalows talk to me about their volunteer work on the Koh Rong Island with the village kids, I thought to myself, “Clearly, another marketing slogan. Everybody waves that “we’re here for the community flag. It’s all for the children.” And, so, I came with reserved skepticism to put it lightly. And then, I saw stuff, with my own eyes that didn’t fit into the paradigm I had created. Things that were kind, loving, caring, concerned for the kids, people involved and smiling, not cuz they had to be but cuz they wanted to be. Hmmm. There’s something going on here. And then, I interviewed some of those staff members and they are concerned with the dogs on the island, about the locals having clean enough water to continue their livelihood of fishing despite (or in light...

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Posted on Aug 27, 2012 | 3 comments

Miserable: Last Minute Trip To Battambang, Cambodia

Miserable: Last Minute Trip To Battambang, Cambodia

I was walking the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia on a very hot day (still in the rainy season though). I met a Belgium friend, Amaury, who was seated in a ticket kiosk. I approached to say ‘hi’ and found out that he plans to leave the very next morning  by bus to Battambang. “Where? Who? Why?” I asked.  Turns out, Amaury was the god father of a local orphan boy and had emotionally “adopted” the boy, who lives in an orphanage in Battambang, with his 4 siblings. Committing to this project, Amaury travels to Battambang approximately every month, for a weekend, to spend time with this child.  I adore that! So without thinking a lot about it, I got excited to tag along. And,  the more exciting news was that my son, Orazi, who was so much less excited with the idea of being away from me; wanted to join too. So now, the boys, both my son and I, are planning this last minute , spontaneous trip...

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Posted on Aug 18, 2012 | 2 comments

Did You Ever Consider Gambling With Your Kids? Bingo!

Did You Ever Consider Gambling With Your Kids? Bingo!

We never liked gambling and I believe we will never will. Just the thought of risking the thickness of my wallet for nothing,  drives me crazy. I’ve worked too hard for my money to risk it to chance. I do understand that some people get the drive and adrenaline rush out of gambling (unless they go to a cool location to seek some wedding venues like offered Vegas).  I personally know some blood-relatives of mine who have lost home, business, and family to it.  Ouch!  And on our journey in many, many countries, such as Panama, Ecuador, Bolivia and so on; we witnessed many whose lives centered around the legal gambling facilities all around. But again, no thank you. From time to time, I do wonder what this thrill that drives so many people go wildly rushing into casinos like there were no tomorrow. Are there any different kind of “games” that might give the same rush but with less risk, less addiction; different games, that as fun as...

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Posted on Jul 31, 2012 | 5 comments

Ever Considered Volunteering in the UK?

Ever Considered Volunteering in the UK?

So when we hit the road and left Israel, we were looking for a deeper purpose for this journey.  And then it hit us, volunteer, dah!!!  So we started to look into volunteering in places on our route but… yes but we discovered that volunteering actually cost money, a lot of it. We were all puzzled by this discovery.  So let me understand, I’m coming over to HELP and I have to PAY you??  It reminded me what Tom Sawyer did with the kids who wanted to paint the fence.  He made it look cool and then he actually could “charge” for it. We did not want to be one of those kids who pays to “paint the fence”.  We kept looking and looking into this and actually found that you can do so much without paying a dime.  We based our journey on free volunteering and not only did we not pay but we got great things in return such as cheap food and accommodations, free jungle expeditions,...

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Posted on Sep 29, 2011 |

New Friends in Old Places

New Friends in Old Places

This is our fifth time in Panama. My father moved here back in ’99. He remarried to a Panamanian woman and created his own little tropical paradise, if you will. So, the Chiriqui District of Panama is very familiar and precious to us. Over the years, we’ve made dear friends with a local family here and have had the honor of watching them (and them watching us) grow. Today, we met something else. Something new, something special. Today, we had the honor of speaking at the Tuesday Community Meeting in the Boquete Community Players auditorium. There, we found a full house of open-minded, attentive kindly folk with a spark in their eyes, and an easy laugh upon their lips. As one who spends a great deal of her time lecturing to large audiences; it still amazes me, how within a matter of minutes total strangers become friends. Of course, it always helps when you have adorable kids singing songs in a foreign tongue, and we thank Dahnya for setting...

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