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8 ways we balance time together and apart with kids when traveling

Travel tips for spending time as a family, as a couple, and alone while traveling the world Our globetrotting family of four spends more time together than ever. That’s why we also balance time together and apart with kids when traveling. Overall, we love the time we spend together. We bond a lot, and we …

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The Hoi An lanterns we made... and wished we could have brought home.

Week 16, Hoi An, Vietnam, and LEGOLAND Malaysia

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Making lanterns and wishes in Hoi An, and unleashing our imaginations at LEGOLAND Malaysia The blocky stamp thunked four times, and the Malaysia immigration official handed us back our passports. After leaving Hoi An to fly out of Da Nang, then a day of traveling across Vietnam and Singapore, we’d …

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Miracle Hot Springs, Idaho: Great for a soak... or a cannonball!

The 3 things that guide how to choose where to travel as a family

3 main principles guide our family destination decisions So many factors can influence where people choose to travel, especially when they travel with kids. Our family travel is no different, and we had to figure out how to choose where to travel as a family. It’s a big world, and we know we can’t see …

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Yup, we all heart Da Nang, Vietnam.

Week 15, Huế and Da Nang, Vietnam

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Busted laptop, rainy Huế, and the dragon of Da Nang Our New Year got off to a rainy start—plus a few difficulties before we got to Da Nang. Huế (pronounced “huh-way,” by the way) brought us more quiet days than we expected. At the same time, I feel a fair …

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Looking across the Son River in Phang Nha, Vietnam with kids

Week 14, Tam Cốc & Phong Nha, Vietnam with kids

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Quiet days, long train rides, and boat tour through a massive cave Our travels in Vietnam with kids have their share of excitement. They have their calmer times too. In these days between Christmas and New Year, we enjoyed the quiet moments of traveling the world. Plus one giant cave …

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Week 13, Hanoi, Hạ Long Bay & Tam Cốc: Vietnam with kids

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Big laugh, little moment; turtle and sword, bay cruise, street food conundrum, birthday surprise During our first week in Vietnam with kids, Connor turned 11, and I turned 45. Many of my birthdays have been full of memories, but a birthday in a new country is always additionally special. However, …

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Week 12, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, and Angkor Thom, Cambodia

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: On the ground and in the air of one of the world’s great cities In the 1100s and 1200s, the world’s largest city wasn’t London or Paris, not Mexico City or Tokyo. Nope. The world’s largest city held an estimated population of around one million people, had engineered water reservoirs …

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Excited to visit one of Thailand's most iconic and eclectic temples.

Week 11, Chiang Rai, Thailand, to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Global offices, big life questions, indoor leopard, shuttle surprise in Siem Reap Ah, December! In short sleeves and sandals. Starting to look ahead toward Christmas, it’s going to be a very different holiday season for us. Still. With Chiang Rai being such a great family destination, we put aside thoughts …

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Week 10, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, Thailand

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Illusion, night market challenge, what anxiety hates, and the fruit that makes the devil drool… or retreat 6 rooms of illusion, a night market challenge, what anxieties hate, and trying the dreaded durian for the first time: As our family travel Chiang Mai turned toward Chiang Rai, we had quite …

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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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