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The Family Voyage

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 […]

best daypacks for women who travel

The 10 best daypacks for women (that I wish I’d brought on our trip around the world)

As we hurtled toward our departure for our family gap year trip around the world, we thought about many things… where to go, how to manage the kids, how we’d pack a year’s worth of stuff for our family into just a few big backpacks and so many other things I can’t even remember. One […]

el chalten trekking

The 4 best easy El Chalten trekking options (and everything else you need to know)

When you visit a place like Patagonia, so much of the conversation between travelers sounds like a brag book of code names as you all go around the same well-trodden circuit of tourist destinations. It’s just the reality of a trip to Patagonia: given that many areas are too remote to have services like hostels […]

Restaurante patagonia El Chalten

El Chalten, Patagonia Restaurant Guide

We had an amazing time trekking El Chalten during our family trip to Patagonia, but the long days on the trail left us with little energy for our usual money-saving plan to cook dinner at “home”. Fortunately, the El Chalten restaurant scene is alive and well! Despite the remote location, they were some of the […]

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