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Posted on Sep 16, 2015 |

Falling in Love With Finland- Lifetime Lovers of Lapland-Part One

Falling in Love With Finland- Lifetime Lovers of Lapland-Part One

We never know when we’re heading somewhere just how it will be. Usually, if it involves flights way-out-of-the-way-especially-to-this-one-spot or ships (which we are really loving lately!), taxis, rental cars and a lot of moving, in advance, we kind of sigh and know that we’ll have to get through the economic toll and the physical and emotional hardships of transition. (We’re still not, and I don’t think we’ll ever be, smooth-sailors of the transition part). As travel bloggers hoping to get some media passes in Finland, we grew discouraged as the days drew nearer and nearer. We weren’t getting the response we had hoped for and just sighed again and got ready to experience Lapland like normal, everyday traveling family vacationers do. And then, and then, and then, the stars aligned, the fairies danced, the winds conspired and it all just appeared like magic from the benevolent wand of Salla at the Rovaniemi Tourist Board. As our Lapland, Finland time loomed near, we got excited. We hoped it would justify all...

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Posted on Jul 27, 2015 |

Our First Family Travel Cruise Ever!  Sail the Baltic Sea with Tallink Silja

Our First Family Travel Cruise Ever! Sail the Baltic Sea with Tallink Silja

We are feeling so very international and swave now, now that we’ve experienced our first cruise. We just went on a 20-hour Stockholm, Sweden to Riga, Latvia Tallink Silja International Cruise! You see, we’ve been perpetually barefoot, and done the liquified homelessness thing, and we even, even, even did the I Hate This Home, and That One and This One, but always, always, always we dreamed of a cruise ship. And then, and then, we still want our cruises dream. I’ve told you about it, right? I want to spend 6 months of a rtw cruise ship teaching spirituality classes and meditation as part of the entertainment staff. The kids say they are dying to do it, but who knows if 6 months will not sound so hot after a week? I don’t think you can get off the ship once you sign a contract. At any rate, we’re dreaming of an Alaskan cruise, or one off of Chile, no, no, we want cold, anywhere where we can experience...

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Posted on Jul 10, 2015 |

Stockholm, Sweden- Summer 2015 [One Really, Really, Really Cool Video!]

Stockholm, Sweden- Summer 2015 [One Really, Really, Really Cool Video!]

So, we’ve loved Stockholm, Sweden- more than we imagined. You see, we’re usually not the ‘go-go-go-do-do-do’ sort of tourists. We’ve always looked at those who spend ten days on a powerhouse vacation and come home exhausted as missing out on the true value of travel. We’ve always said we travel vertically or “finger paint”– living with the locals and staying for looooong periods of time in one place to create community (perpetually barefoot) and not horizontally or “water color” – where you swoop in, shoot some pictures, and check it off your to-do list. Vertically or “finger painting” for us, include living in Cambodia for 8 months, India for 6 months, in Malaysia for 3 1/2 months and in the Philippines for 2 1/2 months. In all of those places except for in Malaysia, we lived in the same house for the vast majority of our home life there. That’s finger painting for us- getting down and dirty, no lines, no rules, just fully throwing ourselves into the concept...

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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 Nov 25, 2014 | 20 comments

Getting Psyched Out About Sweden this Summer- The Nomadic Family Travels Again

Getting Psyched Out About Sweden this Summer- The Nomadic Family Travels Again

So, we’re home and loving all the complicated equation of what living in Israel means. Mean girls doing mean girl things and our Dahnya rising as a diva heroine in facing it. The quietness of the Upper Galilee Valley; the joy of working in/being in our garden. Ignoring the news and creating our own peaceful haven; having it seep in from this conversation or that one and the fear it momentarily instills in us. Playing with our kitten and peacefully getting together with all friends and dear family and feeling another and yet another surge of love and joy that we are home. I’m having surgery, then going off to 6/7-weeks of healing in India; Kobi will backpack in Europe for a month this spring, and then, and then, and then… WE’RE OFF TO SWEDEN FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER AND COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED! And as we near that, we look up more, read more, and do the happy dance more. What We Know So Far – Lots...

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