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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 Mar 22, 2013 | 2 comments

2012 Best Travel Blogs- The 50 Coolest, Most Inspirational Out There

2012 Best Travel Blogs- The 50 Coolest, Most Inspirational Out There

So, we begin another amazing contest in two days: Guess Country #11. The last one had Guess Country #10 had had 50 comments-  how cool are you guys? This one, I’m sure, will have tons. And the Best Travel Blog Contest before this, are you ready? 817 comments in total from the original and the run-offs! Dear God, don’t we all have anything better to do in our lives then do online contests? Apparently not, and I’m so glad and grateful for that. So, many have asked me, “Gabi, precious, Gabi dearest, it is now mid-January, late-February, summer is arriving, it’s almost 2014 love, when exactly did you plan to finally announce the 2012 Best Travel Blog Winners?” Funny, you should ask. So, here I’m answering BEFORE I open the next contest. It’s like that I-won’t-eat-the-chocolate-bar-until-I finish-my-taxes sort of thing. I love starting new projects, and struggle to finish old ones. But, you knew that and still love me for it. And so, as I wait for those rumbling...

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Posted on Dec 20, 2012 | 18 comments

I Hate This Home, And That One, And This One- Coco Bungalows (Koh Rong Island, Cambodia)

I Hate This Home, And That One, And This One- Coco Bungalows (Koh Rong Island, Cambodia)

I hate this one, and that one, and that one- really I do, I do, I potentially hate them all. You see  right now I’m feeling the Koh Rong Island evening breeze at the front patio of my home at the Coco Bungalow, last week we were loving the live music at The Led Zephyr but, home keeps changing and it’s pretty much irrelevant where we’ll be next month, I’ll very possibly hate it anyway. I know that sounds confusing, pessimistic, bitchy, and really wrong…. “Gabi, you’re about to enter year three of globetrotting, you’re living the ultimate dream, and all you can do is complain? Is that the best answer you’ve got to ‘what does home mean to you’ Gabi? Is it possible for you to be so selfish, self-centered, and dissatisfied? ” Yes, and no, and yes. Let me explain. This one is a bit complicated, but we can walk through it together, IF, if, if you stop judging me long enough to just hear me out....

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Posted on Nov 20, 2012 | 57 comments

I Know Nothing (And 99 Other Things To Road Has Taught Me)

I Know Nothing (And 99 Other Things To Road Has Taught Me)

I thought I would write something profound, deep, meaningful, something reflective, and ass-kicking that takes your breath away, and makes you stop, wide-eyed, and go, “woaaaaaah”. Something really, really mind-blowing should be coming up after almost two years on the road. But, that’s not what’ coming up. What’s coming up is a huge storm of sand specks, flying, blinding me. And like my dearest Dell in Boquete, Panama would say, “I’m standing naked in the sandstorm. Let’s see what sticks.” Yeah, that’s what I have to offer. As I sit here in The Led Zephyr, officially the coolest guesthouse in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, watching Kobi and the kids play pool, blushing at the thought of the worst fool I made of myself on stage last night, and reflecting, what has the road taught me? I’m hungry, waiting for their garden salad with the mustard dressing. In these nearly two years,  I’ve had some amazing experiences that in my wettest, wildest, and most romantic and precious dreams, I would not have...

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Posted on Sep 20, 2012 | 10 comments

Traveler’s Nightmare #612: Stuck Without A Dime

Traveler’s Nightmare #612: Stuck Without A Dime

There are two things you typically hear about travel: how perfectly lovely and romantically fairy-tale it was OR how horrifically end-of-the-world worst-case scenario it was. This is a bit of both. Travel is unreal, widens your horizons, tickles you senses, and pushes you way out of your comfort zone. Travel is also you being vulnerable to whoever, whatever, and whenever happens, without all the safe cushions you are used to falling back at back home. “I’m so mad that you stole my wallet! I’m going to write a letter!” Yeah. Ok. Should I tell you what you can do with that letter? As we are currently in Siem Reap, Cambodia, two weeks ago, all of a sudden, our card was rejected by most ATM’s in town.  Not only did we have only few bucks in our pockets, but also our bank could not explain why this was happening. So, we asked some traveling friends if they have ever been stuck somewhere with NO MONEY! Have they ever been stranded,...

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Posted on Sep 4, 2012 | 11 comments

Dying On The Road- Who Needs Health Insurance?

Dying On The Road- Who Needs Health Insurance?

  Do you really need family travel insurance? Do you? We’re into being young, alive, free, and carpe diem. So, let’s just flow with it, right?  But, my friend Nancy (familyonbikes.org) shared that her husband needed to be evacuated at $100,000. One incident like that and the life we live, the dreams we have, are all gone in one spiraling SWOOP! Too many really close friends around us are being hospitalized, with no coverage.  Andrew is in a hospital in Phnom Phen with 8 broken bones, and he won’t be able to walk for 6 months to a year. He doesn’t have insurance and the hospital bill is over $300 a night. Our dearest Aumery spent a week in the hospital here in Siem Reap with dengue fever and had a very “healthy” hospital bill. No insurance. Our health insurance expires this March, and though it seems a long time away; we’re getting a bit concerned. Our insurance won’t cover us if we don’t all step onto Israeli soil...

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Posted on Mar 27, 2012 | 4 comments

How 14 Nomadic Families Afford World Travel

How 14 Nomadic Families Afford World Travel

When I used to hear of families traveling the globe, I’d drool and hate them. They obviously won the lottery, were rolling in the dough, or were heavily involved in drugs/prostitution/something immoral to be able to afford this lifestyle. I considered all of those options, and when none of them panned out so well (least of all the prostitution idea- which I thought could be fun!); we changed our lifestyle, and guess what… We became one of them. I asked 14 nomadic families to answer in a few short sentences just this one, very direct, question: How Do You Afford Your Family World Travel Lifestyle? And their remarkably simple answers leave me inspired (again), and honored to be in their ranks. Jessica, Nancy, Monica, Mary, Amy, Amy, Jesse James, Theodora, Alisa, Keryn, Lainie, Jennifer, Justin, and Gabi’s responses all resonant the same financial truth:  If you will it, it will become. Discover  how these 14 very normal, middle class, everyday people are living out their family world travel dreams....

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