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Posted on Nov 30, 2016 |

Snapshots from Our Heart of Hearts Home- BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Snapshots from Our Heart of Hearts Home- BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I think it was before flood number two but after flood number one and it’s just the kind of thing I wanted to remember on Today. Today, I’m living my domesticated life here on a mountain-side in Israel. Today, I coached a gorgeous woman who is about to set off on their family’s world travel adventure and asked really powerful questions like, “What if my son blames me later for all that he missed back home?” Today, I sit with purring Kitty Cat and feel grateful that Kobi and I are figuring out how to live without the 9-to-5 lifestyle. Today, I’m so terribly grateful for the normal shifts and struggles and joys of raising three teenagers in a normal life. And so, in honor of today being just as it is; in honor of the November skies thickening and preparing themselves for all sorts of winter rains; in honor our life here at home, I wanted to remember BackHome- our truest home in Kuala Lumpur for 35 whole...

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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 Oct 7, 2016 | 2 comments

Nothing For Sale, Nothing to Flaunt, An Ocean to Share

Nothing For Sale, Nothing to Flaunt, An Ocean to Share

  Welcome to my empty sign. That’s all I can manage to give you today, and I see it as a real sweet deal. Nothing. Nothing glittering, nothing flashing, nothing telling you that someone else or someone else’s life is better than yours. Nothing indicating that that something else is what you need, or that you are not good enough, or that if you wish to feel happy and whole than it’s just beyond this next purchase, or course, or website. I want to sell you into going into nothing, into sitting with yourself with no distractions, into hugging all the messed up and complicated layers of who you are and just be there.   And Then There Were Five- How Quietly Lovely Those Moments Can Be Last week, I started a really lovely and long post about my family’s life today and growing up and into our being. I decided it was more spiritual and less ‘nomadic family’ and published it here on gabiklaf.com. In it I said things like:...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2015 |

Unfiltered, Unreal Sunset- Casa Del Mar, Langkawi, Malaysia- Family Travel Blog Treats

Unfiltered, Unreal Sunset- Casa Del Mar, Langkawi, Malaysia- Family Travel Blog Treats

Deep sigh. (Of gratitude, not sadness.) These were one of those oh-my-God-I-can’t-believe-we-got-to-be-there-and-do-that moments. It was unreal gorgeous! The Casa Del Mar Hotel which we had heard about for months, that quiet, romantic beach and it’s sunset, the food, the staff, the hotel manager whom we fell madly in love with. Langkawi was a dream and Casa Del Mar was 2000% a dream come true. I sometimes try to say in too many words what cannot be contained by the written letter nor the spoken tongue. I would like to show you a sunset video I did while at Casa Del Mar, and another three videos, two really funny, one really peaceful capturing sunsets around the world. There is deep magic in the sunset, and deep appreciation for having so much time to really be in them.  So many beautiful sunsets around the world but the Langkawi one. Wait. I know, but, no, and…. But, No, And “But” doesn’t fit because truly each one has been so uniquely differently and unreal. The colors,...

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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 Jun 21, 2015 | 8 comments

Why Traveling with My Family Again Scares the Shit Out of Me- Why Not to Family World Travel

Why Traveling with My Family Again Scares the Shit Out of Me- Why Not to Family World Travel

We hit the road in less than two weeks and I’m not sure that that is a good thing. We were out of our house for three and a half years and discovered a world of beauty, magic, love, and blessing; and also the darker shades of insanity, depression, stuckness, and sweat. We leave for Sweden, Latvia, Finland, and Estonia for the entire summer, and while I’m really happy to be on the road again with my tribe; I’m also really scared. I’ll explain… This morning (again) was tough, as sometimes family life is. Sometimes it’s tough in a closed, cramped vehicle; sometimes it’s tough in the living room; sometimes (often) [lately, usually] the kids can fight (ferociously) and Kobi and I (against our better wise-parent judgement) get entangled in their drama and in the unpredictable storms of shifting hormones/middle school woes/self-esteem messes/adolescent confusion/sibling rivalry and we drown. Well, I’ll speak for myself. I drown. Highly Sensitive Person I am a highly sensitive person. Always have been; most likely,...

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Posted on Jun 12, 2015 | 1 comment

16 Documented Reasons to Delve into your Nature-Loving, Adventure Spirit in Malaysia-Nomad Adventures Earth Camp [Videos that Rock]

16 Documented Reasons to Delve into your Nature-Loving, Adventure Spirit in Malaysia-Nomad Adventures Earth Camp [Videos that Rock]

God, were we unprepared. We had every best intention to fall in love with this unreal place, to enjoy it’s connectedness to Mother Earth, and to enjoy the zip line, the omega, the caving, the white river rafting, and the unreal staff of Nomad Adventures, and we did, we did, we did, but we were just very lost and tired during this point of our adventures, as we’ve been so many other times on the road, and off. So all of our videos reflect how cool the place is and how much going to Earth Camp with kids is an unreal endless adventure that you cannot ever, ever forget (we are eternally grateful for being invited to participate in it all) and still, we were just tired and a bit overwhelmed with our lives, which is also partially portrayed between the lines. 🙂 And why now? Cuz we’re about to hit the road again and we look forward and backwards in spiral, joyful waves and love everything we experienced,...

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