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Aster and Connor use mortars and pestles to make Thai curry paste from scratch

Week 09, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Chiang Mai, Thailand Ever since Huatulco, something has happened to my dreams. Not “what I want out of life” dreams. Those are coming true. But my good ole fashioned middle of the night dreams? Those have gotten strange. All my dreams have become about travel. In one, the four of …

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Stormy Bangkok skyline

Week 08, Bangkok, Thailand

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: New city excitement… but also sad news from home I’ve never held with the idea that travel is about “getting away.” Wherever you are, there you are, and so are all the other parts of your life. Even when something is far away, it’s still part of you, distant but …

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Week 07, Mexico, Los Angeles, Seoul, and Bangkok, Thailand

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: From Mexico to Thailand, with only one scare in between A month and a half, already? Not only had we left our home in Oregon in August. Not only had we traveled Washington State; Victoria, BC; Texas; and Virginia. We had started our first travels in a country new to …

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Week 06, La Crucecita, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: First travel lesson, art of the dead, Día de Muertos, and a secret mission on Oaxaca’s seas were the finale to our time in Mexico During a month and a half in Mexico, our traveling family fully transitioned into full-time traveling. We pulled together as a family of four, looking …

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Aster and Connor hold a blue plastic tub full of 67 olive ridley sea turtle hatchlings.

Week 05, La Crucecita, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: The hole, family cooking in Mexico, wall of Tang, Hasta+ and… Baby. Sea. Turtles. Travel can teach you so many things. You never know what unexpected special feature you might get with your vacation rental. Tang doesn’t just come in orange. When it comes to telling someone you’ll see them …

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Cactus on the beach

Week 04, La Crucecita, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Tricky tamarind, Jellyfishese, drink this cactus, bionique, and surf’s up, just cross this river Traveling the world? Sure. But we are also grocery shopping, taking care of schoolwork, running our business, and doing all the normal ins and outs of regular life too—albeit, not usually with a door-shaped hole in …

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Snorkeling day at Playa La Entrega, just a few minutes from La Crucecita

Week 03, La Crucecita, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Lunch on the beach, snorkeling, our daily adventure, Connor’s teeth, and… a brothel? Peaceful days in a place full of good people. And with an excellent bakery down the street. As we have settled into La Crucecita, the main town in the beachside region of Huatulco, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, …

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Into the cacti forest at the Jardín Etnobotanico in Oaxaca.

Week 02, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Tamales, huge garden, churros, one ancient city, and a really hard day Our first week in Oaxaca, Mexico, began with joyful discoveries and ended with a serendipitous party invitation. Our second and final week in the capital city of Oaxaca, held a few other planned adventures, along with what would …

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Week 01, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: How about we go to Mexico today? By 3:30 in the morning, Jodie and I were dressed but half asleep, sitting on the bed in my dad’s guest room in Virginia, waiting for Oaxaca. Originally we thought we’d let the kids sleep in a little longer, but then we saw …

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YNAB: How to afford family travel... and love doing it

How to afford family travel (and love doing it)

YNAB When it comes to reasons why families say they don’t travel, money is one of the most common concerns. The moment you are traveling with your children, all your expenses increase. Family travel is not cheap—but family travel can be affordable. Even better? You can figure out how to afford family travel, set aside …

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