The Family Voyage

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Melbourne to Sydney drive: the ultimate guide

The Sapphire Coast, the Oyster Coast, Gippsland, Princes Highway. The scenic Melbourne to Sydney drive… call it what you will, but this often overlooked stretch of coastline has been one of our favorite things to do in Australia (so far, at least). In our five relaxing days (four nights), we saw more wildlife than we […]

Beautiful pictures of New Zealand’s North Island beaches

We arrived in New Zealand, fresh off of two weeks hiking in Patagonia, expecting to strap on our hiking gear and explore mountains in the crisp air. And then we arrived for the hottest summer New Zealand had seen in years! Fortunately for us, New Zealand offers an amazing array of beaches where we enjoyed […]

things to do in bariloche with kids

5 relaxing things to do in Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche sits at the northern edge of Argentine Patagonia in the Lake District, but its appearance and vibe are different than any other area of Patagonia we visited. As a haven for vacationers from Buenos Aires and backpackers finishing up the hard-core trekking circuit of the south (see how we did the […]

Up close with Maori culture at Tamaki Maori Village

New Zealand has so much to offer tourists, from scenic hikes (“tramps”) to beautiful beaches to world-class vineyards. But one element that sets Aotearoa (“the land of the long white cloud”) apart from all the other countries of the world is the presence and integration of the indigenous Maori culture. From the moment we landed […]

Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga: Exploring the beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

The Coromandel Peninsula was one of our family’s favorite areas of the North Island of New Zealand. There are so many things to do in Coromandel that we could have stayed much longer than five days we spent. But one activity really stands out for our family as our favorite activity: our Coromandel tour with […]

family vacation packing list

8 mistakes we made packing for our trip around the world (and a few things we did right)

Planning a family gap year is an absolutely enormous undertaking. Flights, rental cars, buses, hotels, apartments, activities… and of course, what on earth do you bring for a family of four for an entire year of travel? We had a few months to think about our packing needs and strategize, but there will always be […]

Termas Geometricas en Pucon Chile

The enchanted forest of Termas Geometricas in Pucón, Chile

The magic of Termas Geometricas Imagine strolling through a narrow, dimly-lit forest ravine… walking along bright red, angular footbridges surrounded by greenery-filled rocks tricking with water and steaming rock pools around every corner. A visit to Termas Geometricas is truly that straight-from-a-fairytale travel experience that so many of us dream of. This is just a […]

family cooking class in buenos aires

A delectable family cooking class in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The smell of sautéed onions, bell peppers and garlic filled the kitchen. Our children 6 and 3 years old were laughing wearing their chef’s hats and aprons as Norma guided them gently through the process of forming and filling their own homemade empanadas. As a parent, it was a pleasure watching their little hands form […]

Reflections on 2017: An amazing and crazy year

2017 has been a most unusual and extraordinary year for our family. We rang in the year in California’s desert with our favorite people in the world, a welcome weekend getaway from our comfortable but hectic life in Los Angeles. We’ll celebrate the end of the year in Christchurch, New Zealand as a semi-nomadic family […]

Seeing Patagonia animals up close with Argentina Vision

There is something magical about getting up close and personal with animals in their own habitats. When we started planning our family gap year trip, we knew that wildlife spotting would be a big draw for our little kids but we didn’t realize just how amazing and accessible parts of Argentine Patagonia could be. Many […]

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