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Herons by the water at a pond in Sumiyoshi Park, Osaka, Japan

Week 27, Snapshots of Everyday Osaka, Japan

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Daily life in a major Japanese city… complete with antibiotics Life there wasn’t harried, but neither was it still. That paraphrases the end of one of my favorite books, Louise Penny’s Still Life, the first of her acclaimed Three Pines/Inspector Gamache series. A certain flip of that applies to everyday …


Foul ball warning sign at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan

Week 26, Osaka, Japan

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Takoyaki, sakura, local baseball, and a short update this week I love sharing these Osaka diary updates with you. But, as I’ll explain soon, I recently had to deal with a slight medical issue. Plus, Jodie and I are hard at work on some behind-the-scenes business stuff, and we’re getting …


Stone lanterns along the outer edge of Sumiyoshi Temple in Osaka, Japan.

Week 25, Osaka, Japan

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Setting into our neighborhood, with deliciousness and calm all around Singapore has futuristic grandeur. Bangkok has bustle. Tokyo’s sophistication carries both tradition and the future. And Osaka, Japan, knows that the most important thing is lots of places to eat all around. Jodie has an incredible knack for finding accommodation. …


Fire plume from dragon bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam

Vietnam with kids: Use our itinerary to make yours

A delicious, family friendly vacation awaits in Vietnam People travel with different priorities and under different timelines, but one family’s past trip can help another family put together their trip of a lifetime. While our trip to Vietnam with kids lasted a month, our Vietnam itinerary can be extended, snipped, and shifted around to work …


Week 24, Tokyo Disney and Osaka, Japan

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Connor’s complaint, 2 days of Tokyo Disney, and Aster’s first Shinkansen From our rough arrival into Tokyo, we quickly recovered and immediately felt the excitement of being back in a country we adore. Aster has heard about Japan ever since she was a baby. Within the first day, she was …


Kids and dad surrounded by chill, adorable huskies

Week 23, Bangkok, Thailand, and Tokyo, Japan

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Bangkok huskies, tween on board, bad air, and we are two for two on crazy late arrivals into Japan We returned to Bangkok for a few days of sightseeing—but the air quality took an unexpected toll. Still, we loved getting to know Thailand so well, and knew we would be …


Sister and brother play in front of a hotel in Victoria BC

Where to stay in Victoria BC with kids: 6 welcoming hotels for families

A welcoming, vibrant island city: Victoria BC is a wonderful family destination The first time Jodie and Anthony visited Victoria was during our honeymoon in 2010. In 2022, we came back to Victoria—as parents. Our short stay was long enough for the kids to make clear they wanted to come back to this beautiful, historic …