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Posted on Jan 1, 2015 | 4 comments

How to Afford RTW Family World Travel: Extreme Frugality & Creative Solutions to Buying -Goa, India

How to Afford RTW Family World Travel: Extreme Frugality & Creative Solutions to Buying -Goa, India

We’d love to connect to you also on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. 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. We’re out doing crazy stuff and making our dreams come true, every single one of them, and a few more that sort...

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Posted on Nov 6, 2013 | 46 comments

You Ask, We Answer: Five Tidbits of Family Travel Blog Life From the Hood- Goa, India

You Ask, We Answer: Five Tidbits of Family Travel Blog Life From the Hood- Goa, India

So, I’ve become a rather unsocial creature. I enjoy my online friends so much because I love interacting with people who really get my frequency (which is less and less as the years go by). There are people who reply to the blog posts, comment on Facebook, and just let me know “Gabi, I’m here for you, witnessing your life with you. And, with the acne and the hiccups, I love you.” That’s really important to me. And so, I’ve gotten ‘from the hood’ some great questions about family travel life on the road, and I thought to me-self, “Self, share some of insider tidbits of your life with people who care and are sincerely curious. Share,” yes, so I will. The following are five little tidbits about our family travel blog life. These tidbits include what we appreciate, what we do, how we organize our money, why we choose Goa, India as home for the next six months, and how’s our health going. So, let’s dance, shall we?...

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Posted on Oct 18, 2013 | 2 comments

Life On The Road Saving Money: Unsuccessful Attempt Number 15 for Purple Hair and Other Hair Tragedies- Houston, Texas

Life On The Road Saving Money: Unsuccessful Attempt Number 15 for Purple Hair and Other Hair Tragedies- Houston, Texas

Cuz I don’t make a fool of myself enough. Here my dear old friend Veronica, who didn’t want to be all over the net 🙂 tried to help. I bleached it TWICE and tried, but ended up looking to Cruella D’Ville and my hair was so fried it stood up straight for two months. What I don’t do to my poor hair. At least we can all laugh at me, right? oh, and Mom, sorry I used the kitchen sink for the chemicals. It won’t happen again. I love you OH, and I look like 80+ with a really bad hair-do when it’s done. Definitely saved me money not going to the hair salon. Good thinking there Gabi. Not pretty. At all. But that’s OK, we can all laugh at Gabi in 3, 2, 1… As an added bonus: The poodle hair video (where I bark!) , Gabi cutting her bangs (aka: the disasters that occur when Gabi is bored and there are scissors around), and how I looked...

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Posted on Sep 24, 2013 |

International Media from The Lady with Purple Hair- Austrian Television Debute

International Media from The Lady with Purple Hair- Austrian Television Debute

So we met this nice lady with purple hair. We were outside House For Ren. The ‘t’ got cut off when they put a window in for us, and the shack with no electricity or water, a  hole in the plank going straight to the sea, was home. That was our life on Koh Rong Island, Cambodia and we were doing the laundry. Yes, out of a bucket, and yes, all the soap and the rest went back to the ocean. Welcome to life with the locals. When in Rome, and so, trust me, there are no better sane alternatives. So, my point was that we met a woman with purple hair. I’ve tried to have purple hair, unsuccessfully. Twice. Here’s a video from Magdelena, Peru that shows a tiny bit of it still left in my hair, and here I look amazing. And then, there’s an entire Facebook album of me looking like Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmations. I’m stubborn, which you already knew from How To Piss...

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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 16, 2013 | 6 comments

Family Travel Blog Dreams- Biking Through Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal

Family Travel Blog Dreams- Biking Through Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal

So, we’re learning a lot about being in the here and now. We’re learning how to fall in love and walk away, how to live fully and joyfully, and then turn the corner into the next unknown. Slowly, we’re learning how to not hold on, not look back, and not look forward too much. Buddhism talks about striving toward your goals but not grasping them too firmly, not focusing all of who you are on that in the future and missing all that is right now. Buddhism, The Power of Now, and family travel life on the road is helping me understand that I can aim towards lots of things in life, but will accept, with grace, whatever happens. You plan one thing, and another takes place. You want one outcome and the opposite splashes in your face. You hope to smile, and you end up hiccuping- the painful kind. You go out seeking sea turtles and meet a dark abyss of hundreds of thousands of sardines that leaves...

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Posted on Aug 14, 2013 | 13 comments

Five Reasons To Move To the Philippines Right Now- Panagsama Beach, Moalboal, Philippines

Five Reasons To Move To the Philippines Right Now- Panagsama Beach, Moalboal, Philippines

We always say, “This time we won’t fall in love,” or “This time we won’t leave a chunk of our hearts behind,” and, again, we know we’re just lying. No matter how much I study Buddhism’s renunciation, and no matter how much practice we all get in saying goodbye, it still always sideswipes us, and out of nowhere, we feel that ‘gotcha again’ familiar pang of our hearts sighing really deeply. Yes, it is better. Measurably so. The depth, length, and intensity of that heart-pinch is less. We have grown and learned how to fall in love and move on, and now, we do more appreciate and feel joy than anything else. We’re not sure we’re ready to admit it but yes, here we go… we all believe that just maybe, possibly, there is that little chance that life in Panagsama Beach, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines has been our very best home yet. (There, it’s out there now.) Now in month 30, 3 continents, and 12 countries later, we have...

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