perpetual travel

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I wrote recently that Amsterdam was probably what heaven would look like for me. But if it was your child who wanted to come up with what could be the ideal place to spend eternity, it would probably look something like Denmark. In a lot of countries you go to, it almost feels like visitors […]

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Jacob and I like to banter about which area of the United States could possibly have the ideal set up. As I always say, home is where your friends and family are, but taking that out of the equation…What city in the United States has it all? In the month of March, we visited at […]

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When we arrived in Cusco in July, it became clear that putting Ryder in school would be the best thing to do. It’s a relatively small town, and with long days and no neighbor kid friends, I wanted Ryder to have some amigos. We lived in Los Andenes, which is a neighborhood across the street […]

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Travelers like to list all the benefits and improvements to life that come with traveling. And surely there are many reasons, or there wouldn’t be such words as “wanderlust” or “fernweh” …The longing to be somewhere far away. I wrote a blog post five years ago, in November of 2010 while we lived in Ghana: […]

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To tell the truth, Ryder doesn’t have a favorite country. He’s loved every place we’ve been—I’m not exaggerating. Still, I’ll tell a little about each of the 25 countries Ry’s been to and why he’s loved them. Mexico Ryder was born here. He is a Mexican. How it is kid friendly: He loved all the […]

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How do we choose where to live? Often, the easiness of the public transportation will sway us one way or the other. I don’t care for driving. Maybe it’s my poor vision. Maybe it’s the fact that the car accident I was in caused me health problems for years afterwards. Maybe it’s that I don’t […]

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Japan is a country of superlatives.   It is the number one I’ve seen in more than one category, and I’m already reaching those conclusions after three weeks only in Tokyo. I think I’m having reverse culture shock. So often, when I arrive in a new place, I compare the new country negatively with America […]

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  Iloilo City from our hotel, Injap Tower 1. Every time you purchase something, the cashier says the amount you give them, for example: “I received 1000 pesos,” and so Jacob started to say as he handed them money “I give 1000 pesos.”   2. The people like to keep things light, but they have […]

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  A famous travel blogger has a post about how all of his success, as the youngest American to visit every country in the world, has not come through luck, but through his own hard work. I will give him partial credit, (that he has worked hard to achieve what he has) but I think […]

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Although you hear the phrases “Bloom Where You’re Planted” and “Happiness is a Choice” in my experience, there are some cities where I’m actually happier than others. Where I wake up every morning truly feeling ALIVE. When every day, I’m just grateful to go outside. Where something about the place rings true to you: its […]