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Posted on May 29, 2013 | 17 comments

Life on The Road Dreams For Five Different Souls- Finding Balance, Can We?

Life on The Road Dreams For Five Different Souls- Finding Balance, Can We?

We’ve got a lot of dreams. You know that. That’s what made us drool over the world travel idea with our young kids, and that’s what made us move to Israel, move to be nomadic for this long, and make all sorts of littlAe dreams come true, including but not limited to, me losing 28 pounds, authoring a few books, and writing what my heart truly feels without being scared what others will think of it. So, on our to do list now is Annapurna Circuit with a film crew this September. In the previous post,  you see we just bought the tickets yesterday! Dear God, help us, we’re really facing our fears and are going to do this with our kids. We can check out the film crew’s fundraising efforts here. We truly hope they can raise the funds to come film us. And as I tell you all of these dreams, I’m not sure what to say about the kids- do they love it, want it, are...

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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 12, 2013 |

Life on The Road in London Isn’t Waiting For Me, So I’ll Carpe Diem It Myself

Life on The Road in London Isn’t Waiting For Me, So I’ll Carpe Diem It Myself

In Israel, we have this super famous singer named Chava Alberstein. She’s surprisingly well known outside of Israel too. She’s got this one song called “London” in which she describes that she’s going to London and she’ll be so busy shopping, strolling through the different and exotic, dining out, and attending high-class entertainment venues. At the end of the chorus she says something genius and profound,“London’s not waiting for me. There, also, I’ll be alone.” And she’s right. We can get as busy as we want, as productive and time-management-y as we wish, but we are who we are wherever we’ll be. Same shit different day. Same me different continent. Yes, and no. Yes, because I can’t escape who I am and what gnaws at in the silent chambers of my soul no matter how far I go. No, because when you travel, you’re not busy with carpool, cleaning the house, running errands, and being productive trying to scotch-tape the breaking pieces of your life in place. And no...

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Posted on Feb 5, 2013 | 9 comments

The Time I Almost Died In Las Vegas- The Nomadic Family Budget World Travel Blog

The Time I Almost Died In Las Vegas- The Nomadic Family Budget World Travel Blog

Have I told you our Vegas story? It’s a really good one in which I thought I was dying and committed to make a scrapbook conveying all the life lessons and memories I wanted my daughter to most remember after mom was gone. You see, we drove to from Houston to Vegas after Kobi and 4000 of his best friends were laid off from PriceWaterHouseCoopers when the US hi-tech bubble started to burst. We sold our ice cream trucks, bought a pop-up trailer, and loaded our 3 month-old only child into a car seat that she would end up spending ten hours straight screaming in. Actually, due to our little road trip and our unrelenting determination not to drive an inch without her bucked in, she would turn instantly hysterical at the site the car seat. And, of course, after doing all the normal comfort-your-baby-stuff that didn’t work, we’d turn the radio waaaay up and try to unsuccessfully drown out her misery. Our road trip, The US in Twelve...

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Posted on Nov 15, 2012 | 3 comments

Freaking Out and Not Sure Why- OK,I Know Why (I Lied) – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Freaking Out and Not Sure Why- OK,I Know Why (I Lied) – Siem Reap, Cambodia

  So, I start attacking the kids, being super rude, changing my sleeping habits, eating weird… all unexplained phenomenon, because surely nothing, nothing, nothing is going on. It’s not like we are about to shake up everything, everything, EVERYTHING all over again! And so, I’ve graciously collected for you all those Facebook updates where I (how do I say this kindly to myself) FREAK OUT like a mad woman. And I’m ok with my freaking out, that’s just a part of me, a part that is no doubt, becoming more gentle and less dramatic over time, but still is me, and part of my learning journey. As my dear friend Melanie commented in Facebook, “Gabi, you are totally mental…. I think I’ll show this to my husband so he’ll see how straight I am.” Glad I could help. So, mood swings, erratic behavior, all the characteristic symptoms some other MA in Psychology would have a ball dancing, hugging, and making out with the pages of the DSMIV that reveal...

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Posted on Jun 28, 2012 | 9 comments

Question of the Week: Why Did You Choose This Radical Life Style?

Question of the Week: Why Did You Choose This Radical Life Style?

Waaaaaay before we were a nomadic family, we were a non-nomadic family living in an apartment, paying bills, cleaning the house, working our asses off to afford our lives. We were truly happy in the most gloriously breath-taking, God-kissed nature of Israel’s Upper Galilee Valley. We unschooled for 2 1/2 years and had the kids attend my wet dream of education, a school that our ten visionary families formed right off the Jordan River. The kids and I did hikes, had lazy picnics with friends, and watched rain storms on a mountain of blankets and pillows on the living room floor. I was studying serious spirituality courses, talking on the radio, doing unreal group therapies, walking with friends, and creating inspirational products I believed in.  Life was really perfect for one mom and three kids living this picture-perfect fairy tale fantasy in Israel. But wait, aren’t you a family of five? Wasn’t there a man, a dad, a husband in this picture? That’s the little glitch in this tale. There wasn’t....

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Posted on Jun 6, 2012 | 22 comments

Utopic, Blissful, Uninhibited Happiness- Ahh! The Traveler’s Life

Utopic, Blissful, Uninhibited Happiness- Ahh! The Traveler’s Life

At the Reina (Queen) Festival in Cartagena, Colombia Some of my recent Facebook updates reveal how miserably unhappy I am on the road: “Spent the day by the pool. Played guitar, worked out in the gym, took a nap, talked to Kobi for hours. Oy! Life is tough.” or the all-revealing “Feeling the cool breezes off the River Kwai softly pet my face. Kids are fishing. Kobi’s reading a book on the deck. I am watching the lilies sway in the sunset light. God, life sucks!” Justin Mussler over at The Great Family Escape really did have it right when he said that he wanted to buy time, time to be with his children, time to wake up when he wanted to set the alarm, time to be with his family. He sure was right when he said he no longer wanted to live his one shot at life at a job he has felt trapped in for the last fifteen years. Justin tagged me in a little game...

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