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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 …


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. …


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 …


Son and mother ride side by side in a tuk tuk at night

6 family travel lessons from 6 months of full-time world travel [Week 21, Hua Hin, Thailand]

Diary of a Globetrotting Family After half a year of full-time travel, here are 6 family travel lessons we’ve taken to heart For this week’s Diary of a Globetrotting Family, we wanted to do something a little different. Since leaving our home in August 2022, as of this entry we’ve been traveling full-time for 6 …


Stripey cat lying on a wooden shelf at a cat cafe in Hua Hin, Thailand

Week 20, Hua Hin, Thailand

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Phantom pain, kittens, Thai dentists, and I’m leaving my family A week of everyday living on the road in Hua Hin, Thailand, observations on the differences between dentists in Thailand versus the USA, but also with some serious phantom pain for Jodie. And a strange circumstance, involving the Air Force… …


Week 19, Hua Hin, Thailand

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Chile excitement, tech problems, kiddo differences, Hua Hin night markets, and a beach surprise for Aster Excited for chiles? Wow, I did not expect that from a certain 11-year-old. But as we settled into Hua Hin, Thailand, the four of us tackled more technical difficulties and got to know the …