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“Sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is
to get to that place where you don’t have to be anything else.”
~Levis Ad~
the nomadic family travel blog

Volcan de Lodo, Colombia

Kobi was born in Jerusalem and is a ex-high-tech manager     turned passionate dog trainer. He is the voice of sanity when we get lost. Kobi loves nature treks, running and biking, watching movies, training dogs, making people laugh, and playing the harmonica. He also loves reading Dean Koontz and Michael Connelly. He (and Gabi) theoretically eat a raw-food diet but can’t resist an occasional steak, his mother’s cooking, and (well, really) anything else that comes our way.He loves hugging people.

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Mancora, Peru

Gabi loves nature, being healthy and in-shape, reading, writing and playing guitar. She loves the wind, dancing, and really soul-felt lyrics. She is a family therapist with a strong belief in our ability to spiritually heal ourselves. She loves long talks and longer walks with Kobi, and is a lot nicer to be around when she has decent chunks of time alone. Gabi is now studying Buddhism and incorporating that into her therapy with Skype clients around the world, and in her online Inspiration and Enlightenment Site.And here’s the sweetest part: In addition to parenting, family life and trauma therapy, Gabi is now offering Make Your Dreams Come True/We Wanna Travel But.. Coaching too. Engage with Gabi!

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Pacific Ocean sunset

Dahnya loves drawing, reading, singing, playing with her Petshop friends, and cooking. In Israel, she played violin and studied Taekwondo. She loves trying new foods, writing stories,and cuddling with her stuffed animals. She’s officially become a book-worm now, reading with her flashlight under the covers until almost midnight most nights. She is our great and wise teacher who is forcing us to become better parents.

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In the indigenous village, jungles of Ecuador

Because of his blond curls and big blue eyes, Orazi gets lots of attention everywhere! He doesn’t yet understand why. He loves anything that he can pretend blows up, makes a lot of noise, battles and destroys, or throws well. He loves making weapons, and is addicted to refined sugar (a constant issue with his health nut parents). He is kind, generous, and gentle to his sisters one minute and raising hell and terrorizing them the next.

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First ‘mai’, Bangkok, Thailand

There’s nothing Solai won’t climb. She’s tough. She falls, and bounces right back up- unless it’s her feelings that get hurt, in which case she doesn’t bounce as fast. She loves fairies and kittens, math, and her sister (when she’s not fighting with her). Solai has burnt honey brown eyes, a soft round face, and endless marvelous questions about God, the Universe, and how it all fits together. Solai teaches us about giving others, about how frustrating it is when others do not listen to you, and to notice those tiny details in life that bring the greatest joy to the careful observer.

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of
the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
~St. Augustine~

Welcome to A Family Discovering Ourselves as We Meander the Globe!

Q: Who in the world came up with this ridiculous idea? And Who fell for it?
A: Always blame the wife, even though it was Kobi’s dream. We’re really not sure anymore.

Q: What does it look and feel like to ‘discover yourself’ as a family on the road?
A: Messy, ugly, colorful, very noisy; sometimes quiet, painful, enlightening, bittersweet, often divine and peaceful.

Q: When do you plan on ‘coming to your senses’ and settling down?
A: Not really being there and seeing our children because we were too concerned with money, and tired, and busy… is that “sane”? We settle down in many countries for 1-3 months, and then move on. And we’ll settle down in Israel again, when it is right for us (or the money runs out!)

Q: Where have you found your inspiration and self discovery?
A: In our river in the ingenious village in Ecuador, in the ranch rainstorms in Costa Rica, in those moments where we connect to another human being, in the Peruvian sunsets, in the silence, in ourselves.

Q: Why did you leave your lovely lives in Israel?
A: Back home I used to move all the furniture in the house every two weeks. We both thrive on change. We all find that being ‘naked and nameless’ allows us the freedom to discover ourselves. And… we may die tomorrow; so, exactly when will it be a ‘good time’ to make our dreams come true?

Q: How do we afford this? Stay sane with three young children? Educate them?
A: Voluntary frugality, and we can’t afford it, we create it as we go.

Our kids are very patient with their parents’ insanity.

And the world is the finest classroom there is (in addition to us actually schooling them when we are in the groove to do so).

So we set out to Explore the World; we are actually Finding Ourselves; and now we know that this is the Stupidest, Gustiest, Best Decision We’ve Ever Made.


  1. Hi I was wondering if you owned a house before you started travelling? If you did, did you sell it to fund your travels? Or are you keeping it as a ‘base camp’? I am seriously considering this lifestyle as I have been travelling as a conservationist with big cats, mainly Tigers. When I was 23, I took to opportunity to work with Siberian Tigers in Far East Russia. It was cold! But at the time it was a one year placement, but I loved it so much I kept asking to extend, and before I knew it I had spent five years there! I came home and stayed with my parents, but I am an extremely independent person, and I am unbelievably passionate about travelling and having a connection with animals and the world. So whenever I came back to Scotland, my home country, I found myself coming home for Christmas then as soon as the new year came about I was off on another adventure God knows where! My two younger siblings had gotten married and had kids in their twenties, and after a while I was 33 going on 34, and I decided I wanted a child, so my absolute best friend Michael who had worked with me in Russia, donated, you know, and I am just waiting for my little boy to arrive. I have seriously thought about building a house in the Scottish Highlands, a small house made from disused shipping containers and old wooden pallets, but then I started having second thoughts, and when I came across your blog I thought I had solved any doubts I had. It fit my personality and lifestyle perfectly and it is highly likely that I will do it. Travelling the world with your kid? Homeschooling them? People say homeschooling children makes them anti-social, but how can that be when they are meeting children from all different cultures, and they learn how to communicate in a way that, if language is solid barrier, they can still make a friend without saying a word. My head is filled with ‘crazy’ ideas. I had a bucket list when I was 15, and it could paste a box room, floor to ceiling. I dream of climbing mountains, walking the Great Wall of China start to finish, living in Bali, enriching myself in Buddhist culture. I want to do everything. The reason I am rambling on is because everyone in my family is too ‘sane’ to understand – my mum likes to think shes a free spirit, but shes not really. They believe that travelling the world is something for the rich, and they don’t believe I can make it happen, and because of their disbelief, I started having doubts myself. Then I googled it, and there you were. You have shown me that it can be done and that it’s not as complicated as I originally thought. You are truly inspiring and I have sold myself on the idea while writing this, so looks like there will be another nomadic family loose in the world. You never know, a few years down the line I might just bump into you in the middle of nowhere. That’s it, you can go to bed now, haha.

    • oh my love sarah. i have a billion things to say. going to bed but i take you with me, and i’ll write to you when i’m up. thank you dear tiger woman.

    • Sarah, you are a VERY sharp woman. Do not use the advice of fixed old minded people, no matter how close they are to you. If you google my name u should see that at the time, my thoughts where also consider crazy. Today they are in evry house in the world. Think about your life without my inventions. You should do the same, make your ideas a realty. Best of luck

  2. Love reading your blog. I am determined to travel with my family when the time comes. It’s funny to see the look on people’s faces when I tell them that. You all got it right.

    • such a joy to have you hear dear analise. how did you find us? please find us on fb so that we can keep up better and i can share your blog with others. good for you. keep dreaming. it will come true even if others think you are insane. hugs, gabi

  3. Love your story , I will be moving to Costa Rica on Dec 31st 2014 . Looking forward to enjoy nature also the cost of living is better there – lived in Haiti with my husband for 1 year .

    • how marvelous. i wish you all the love and joy in the world. if you go near la fortuna and wish to volunteer about an hour away in one amazing ranch community school, i’ll hook you up with the details. i hope you tell us more as you go. so soon, so exciting! gabi

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