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Posted on May 20, 2013 | 1 comment

Finding A Viable Money Solution While Traveling- Life on the Road Finances

Finding A Viable Money Solution While Traveling- Life on the Road Finances

Just like we thought we knew how to be parents before we had kids, we were sure that all the prep-work we had done (eh-hem, Kobi had done) would make our access to finances a breeze. We still have that amazing sleeve Kobi’s mom sewed up for us to hide the most important stuff. We still have the traveler’s checks, unused, that Kobi purchased for a rainy day waaaay back in 2011. We still have our American and our Israeli credit cards. But, we also have had a lot of trouble lately using those credit cards and have found ourselves (*cough* Kobi *cough*) running to ATM machines to withdraw money for some basic purchases.  Way back in March 2011, we landed in New York as a diving board for this little odyssey and found out that our credit cards would not work. Can you see us now, jet-lagged, lost, confused, and not sure why we were dragging our kids out of a life they loved to ‘find ourselves.’ We...

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Posted on May 16, 2013 | 32 comments

No Home, No Job, No Plans, One Hell of an Adventure- Unreal Guest Post From Jamie At Great Big Scary World

No Home, No Job, No Plans, One Hell of an Adventure- Unreal Guest Post From Jamie At Great Big Scary World

What do you do? Where do you live? Who exactly are you and how do you define yourself? Wherever you go in the world, people often choose to define themselves by their profession and where it is that they sleep at night. By having a certain career or by living in a particular area, people attempt to elevate their status above that of other individuals. In recent times, some job titles have become so convoluted that I don’t even understand what it is that people do everyday. For this reason and for the fact that these questions do not define a person, I normally don’t bother to ask. In short, I don’t care what your job is or where you live because these things cannot define you. Even your name does not matter. I left my job and my home to start hitchhiking. My whole world was contained within my rather heavy backpack. When people asked me what I did and where I lived, I told them that I...

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Posted on Apr 16, 2013 | 15 comments

The Sure-Fire Way Piss Off Your Friends And Make Your Dreams Come True

The Sure-Fire Way Piss Off Your Friends And Make Your Dreams Come True

So, here I am again at (Pillows and Toast Hostel in Singapore), in a little hand-made drama, and bowing to all the heaps I’m learning from it. The grand conclusion, in case you don’t feel like reading a lot tonight, is that I’m not afraid to say what I want, to actually yell it from the roof tops, and see how the Universe jiggles and dances in response to the ripples I create. Your see, we believe that life is a gamble, and that you must put yourself out there, and take chances, and be uncouth and (highly unpopular word coming…) honest, to let your true self be out there. Turns out that being authentic and not pretending that I’m a nun with only the good of mankind on my mind is not the popular thing to do. Turns out wanting money is an evil thing to do. Yes, life on the road has brought us to Vegas, where I almost died, and we spent the greater part of...

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Posted on Apr 10, 2013 | 3 comments

How To Afford RTW Travel Transportation for Long-Term Family World Travel?

How To Afford RTW Travel Transportation for Long-Term Family World Travel?

I’m spending so much wonderful, blessed time answering very specific questions dreamers back home have. People who still have keys and a kitchen counter are asking a lot of “how” questions and I’m deeply honored to think that just maybe something I may say, may just maybe spark a light, or feed that fire that says to a 9-to-5’er “Maybe. Maybe we could do this too.” That’s what Jeff at Living On The Globe told us last week when we met him in Singapore. Jeff, his wife and 8 year old daughter are dreaming of making the escape and had lots of ‘how’ questions (how do you educate the kids? how do you afford rtw travel? how do you stay sane.  or clearly lose it?) and the more we spoke, the more his eyes lite up, the more often he’d say, “I’m beginning to see the impossible as a possibility”. And so, we covered last week how to plan a travel itinerary  and I told you that we always...

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Posted on Apr 4, 2013 | 14 comments

How Do RTW Family Travelers Plan Their Travel Itinerary?

How Do RTW Family Travelers Plan Their Travel Itinerary?

A Spirit-ful Blend of  Serendipitous Wind Dancing and Calculated Pre-Planning So, now you don’t have to read the article cuz I just gave it away in line one. But if you are so inclined to understand how that dance comes to play, how that actually looks and feels and tastes in real life on the road rtw travel days, read on. I want to thank you again for challenging me with these awesome nuts and bolts questions. Answering them ALWAYS make the best posts. So, there are two very clear things that carve out our travel itinerary. It’s a sweet tune that goes something like what the Beatles coined so nicely in “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” There is what we plan (sometimes) and what happens (always). Interested in the insights on how it all pans out from year three of life on the road? Here we go: Pre-Planning This is 100% the Kobi department. Remember, I’m the dreamer; He’s the doer. I say,...

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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 | 9 comments

Five Tips to Ensure Cheap But Awesome Family Travel- Budget World Travel

Five Tips to Ensure Cheap But Awesome Family Travel- Budget World Travel

People often assume we’re filthy rich, which we are, but not in paper money. Last month on our beloved Koh Rong Island off Cambodia on the way to the public showers a journalist asked me how rich I was. “I’m so rich, I use this [men’s shampoo] cuz it’s cheaper. I’m so rich, I wear this [shirt with three holes in it]. That’s how rich I am!” We travel cheaply. It’s simple. That is the only way our initial one-year $50,000 travel budget stretched into year two. That’s the only way we could start figuring out, slowly, how to make money online and on the road while spending so little. By spending little (and meditating tons), we’ve significantly reduced that overbearing stress over money and not having enough, and, just for you dears, we’ve come up with a five-point blueprint how to ensure cheap, but awesome family travel.  Enjoy!  Five Tips to Ensure Cheap But Awesome Family Travel 1- Make Your Own Meals As often as possible we make...

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