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How to Get Traveling Sooner Than You Think

Some of the common objections I hear from would-be family travelers are: “But I see other families online who sold everything they owned to travel the world! I don’t necessarily want to sell it all and live out of a suitcase.” “Going to the grocery store with my children is too overwhelming. How could I travel internationally with them?” “I…

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Meet Jessica Sueiro-Daring to Dream (Family Traveler Series)

Welcome to the newest installment of the Daring to Dream Family Traveler Series! Jessica and Will Sueiro and their two children have been soaking up the travel life for three years now. Currently settled in a little village in the south of France, the family has fully embraced the worldschooling philosophy as they actively take up residence in one new…

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Roughing Out the Smooth Edges Through Travel

Even though you have a good life, do you ever find yourself feeling like something is missing? A friend (let’s call her Sheila) once told me about how she and her husband worked jobs they loved and made good money. But they felt like they never got to see their kids, except for a couple of brief hours in the…

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10 Reasons We LOVE Home Swapping

When you’re planning a family sabbatical, one of your biggest considerations will, of course, be lodging. If you’re new to the idea of taking a family sabbatical, trying to figure out where to stay might be just the thing that makes you too nervous to keep entertaining the idea at all. After all, you might think, I don’t want to…

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Our Son Is Going to Finland!

Well, it’s official. After a year of dreaming about it, our son Andy has finally heard the news: he’s going to Finland for a year-long Rotary Exchange! As a Rotary ambassador, he’ll live with two different families, attend Finnish high school as a junior, and travel to several nearby places. We’re not sure yet which part of Finland he’ll be…

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Worlds Collide: Wal-Mart and Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Sometimes the new and the old meet in this modern world of ours with not much of a screeching sound as you might expect. Merida is a place that marries the feeling of an old colonial city with modern amenities–like the presence of Wal-Mart, which I guess is not so unusual here in Mexico but was not very visible where…

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Bienvenido A Mexico (Don’t Drink the Water)

We arrived in Merida safe and sound. Well, as sound as ever we are. The travel day was long, as travel days with four kids tend to be, with the alarm going off at 4:50 to be ready in time for a 5:30 a.m. airport shuttle. After checking our bags, we went through security. We had to step aside so…

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Learning Tranquilo

I’m detoxing from the U.S. As a result, I have periods of great highs and depressing lows. Just about every night (despite what the day held for me), when I lay down to go to sleep, I feel a little sad, a little deflated, and a little homesick. I thought because we’d already lived in Belize for six months that…

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More for Less in Costa Rica

Living in Costa Rica is thirsty work. Because of this, after a couple of cups of strong Costa Rican coffee, water is my main, all-day beverage. Still, after a long day of walking around the hilly city of Grecia under the hot sun, and stressing my tongue out over Spanish phrases with confused but patient Ticos, a glass of wine…

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Costa Rica Family Immersion—Day 1

We arrived in Costa Rica two days ago for our three-month trip. As with most long travel days, our first day was stressful, chaotic, and tiring. And it came right after a long day of cleaning and prepping our house in Florida for rent and then driving three hours to Fort Lauderdale in the evening. After getting through customs, we…

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