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Every Mother’s Guide to Piranha Fishing in the Amazon

Step 1: Erase all preconceived notions of piranha. Yes, their teeth are sharp. Yes, they enjoy their meaty snacks. But the species of piranha discussed here are not the type to be obtained by dipping cow entrails into the water and then flinging a dozen fish to shore. These piranha are much more elusive. Shy, […]

8 Mistakes of the Would-Be Digital Nomad Family

You work from your laptop. You’ve heard stories of people just like you who travel for months at a time. You think you’re ready to give it a try. I think you’re ready, too. When planning your first trip, make sure you avoid these eight common mistakes of would-be traveling families.  Don’t…  1. Wait another […]

The Special Needs Family Vacation

When my good friend Christy Hovey and her husband want to take their children camping, they instead go to their local outdoor store, sit in one of the display tents for a while, and pretend. The employees know them by name and have acknowledged the fact that Christy and her family deserve discounts on merchandise, because […]

9 Lifesaving Tips to Survive Homeschooling Overseas

  Whether you’re on a two-week vacation in the middle of the school year or embarking on a six-month sabbatical, if you have kids in tow, chances are you need a plan to keep up with their education. If you can survive traveling with your kids, you can survive schooling them, as well. Here are […]

Camping Survival Guide

This piece originally appeared on Scary Mommy.  It’s that time of year again. My husband can’t resist the urge to build fires and look online at expensive camping gadgets. I want to point out the irony that he’s shopping online in an effort to camp, which is ostensibly about unplugging and simplicity, but I hold […]

Home Exchange Like a Pro

My husband and I have used HomeExchange for a few years now. It’s a platform where homeowners pay an annual membership to create a profile of their home and share it with likeminded homeowners around the world. It allows us to connect with people across the globe and arrange a home (and sometimes vehicle) exchange. Someone […]

10 Ways to Save Money While Traveling Long Term

We spent two nights at the Casarão Verde Hostel in Itacaré, Brazil.  1. Peanut butter & jelly. Some people would rather ham and cheese it, but I’ll take pb&j any day. Add in an apple and you’re all set. The point is, when you’re on the road you shouldn’t be buying $4 cups of coffee […]

Let the Location Choose You

“Have you always wanted to go to Brazil?” This is a question often posed when acquaintances learn of the next two-month trip my husband and I will take with our two young daughters. Perhaps they think we’ve held a long fascination with Brazilian culture, or imagine that one of us speaks Portuguese. Or maybe they […]

10 Awesome Things About Visiting Todos Santos with Kids

Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico. The sunrises here do not suck.  #1 Taco Stands Feeding a family of four for under ten bucks is pretty darn cool. Don’t be afraid to try all the taco stands in town. Each will have its own specialty (pescado, pastor, camarón, carnitas, carne asada, pollo) and a variety of condiments […]

How to Prep Your House for a Home Exchange

Those of us who are not filthy rich but still enjoy long-term, international travel, have long relied on home exchanges. Leveraging your home (and car) can offset the otherwise prohibitive expenses of accommodations and transportation abroad. Our most recent home exchange involved a trade of houses and vehicles for two months with a Brazilian family […]

6 Reasons to Take Your Kids Out of the Country and 6 Ways to Make It Happen

  Starting a family doesn’t have to mean an endless routine mired in domesticity. If you had the travel bug before kids, you can and should continue to travel as your family grows. Exposing young children to other countries is an invaluable experience. Here are six reasons why: Perspective. If your child’s world has narrowed […]

6 Great Ways to Blow Your Family Vacation Budget on the Sunshine Coast

Depending where you live in the world, there’s a good chance you might blow your family vacation budget just getting to the Sunshine Coast. It’s worth it. This geographical paradise is one of the most welcoming and family-friendly places on earth. You won’t find many spots unsuitable for kids, one exception being the outdoor concerts […]