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The Family Traveler’s Handbook – New book, New perspectives

When we leave our homes, we leave behind the web of possessions and accumulated to-do lists and focus on spending time together” – Mara Gorman

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There’s a new family travel book on the market!  Why would we review the competition?  Well, because it’s a great book with lots of new perspectives to offer.  I read it cover-to-cover, enjoyed it, learned from it, and smiled regularly.  It’s a quick read with no nonsense.  Mara’s inherent philosophy is that everything can be travel.  She describes her first trip with her son – a trip down the block to visit neighbors.  Mara’s vision of family travel encompasses all activities that get parents and kids out the door, exploring the world together.  Read more »

Meditation on Coconuts

And coconut trees …

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Traveling with Kids – Food and Candy from Around the World

IMG_9296MultiCulturalKids a group of writers excited about raising multicultural children is hosting a video discussion circle in which we ask and anwer each other’s questions about traveling with kids.  The circle starts off with Olga from European Mama asking about travel secrets and then Leanna at AllDoneMonkey wonders about fun travel detours.  Ours was definitely an unexpected overnight in Memphis TN on New Year’s Eve – yes you can get BBQ delivered in a pink Cadillac!.  Then Michelle at Mother Tongues asked us about food and candy – a favorite subject in our family.  Watch our video answer about traveling with kids – food and candy around the world.

The conversation goes on at BilingualkidsRock where Olen answers our question about travel “equipment” that saved the day.  TrilingualChildren, InspiredByFamily, MarocMama, MultilingualMama, JourneysOfTheFabulist, and ThePiriPiriLexicon all contribute.  Jump in anywhere to enjoy listening in, thinking about traveling with kids, and meeting these interesting folks.

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Click to watch our video answer about travel and candy

Thailand Finale – A Perfect Day

IMG_9111It’s hard to wake up to the last day of the trip.  We weren’t flying home until the next day but this was our last full dawn till dusk day of adventure in Thailand.  On the agenda were temples, ruins, shopping, and eating.  We already knew that the mid-afternoon would be too hot to accomplish much so we aimed for an early start.

Breakfast at Luang Chumni Village was easier today.  We had already discovered Read more »

Traveling in Thailand with Kids

IMG_20140107_173006_311I’m writing from an old, wooden Thai guesthouse with a peaked roof and a romantic white mosquito net hanging over the bed.  We’ve just enjoyed two glorious weeks in Thailand with our daughters, returning to a country we love after about 18 years away.  There’s been an enormous influx of tourism since we left.  Where we were once the only westerners on islands full of mangroves and Thai villages, there are now fancy resorts and throngs, yes throngs, of tourists from all over the world.  These tips are for you as a traveling family to help you enjoy Thailand.  They are also aimed at educating traveling families about how they can contribute to protecting the country and the culture as they explore.  There’s so much to enjoy for families in Thailand and the more you know in advance, the better travelers you can be.  What do you need to know to make a trip to Thailand with kids successful? Here are a few questions you might be asking … Read more »

Travel Book Club

travel-book-clubOur book is being read by the Multicultural Kid Blogs Bookclub this Spring and we’re having fun hearing all the reactions and new ideas from readers.  Join the conversation at any of these great blogs or on the Google+ Discussion Board and watch for new posts on the other chapters.  So far what I’ve learned is that we are NOT the only family to bribe their kids, repeatedly, with afternoon ice cream.  Some things really are universal!

And check out all the cool stories at the link-up on the bottom of the bookclub page, where you can link up your own travel story or travel tips post.  Thanks multicultural kid bloggers for a fantastic literary adventure.  No authors could ask for more!

Great Family Lodging in Ayutthaya, Thailand

IMG_9176Looking for the perfect place to stay with your family?  Explore Ayutthaya from affordable, interconnected rooms in Luang Chumni Village.  We were offered no special promotion to review this wonderful guest house.  We were simply lucky enough to stumble on it.  OK, Bill found it on-line after a bit of research.  I was simply lucky enough to be traveling with him.  The “village” is a traditional Thai house surrounded by water and is tucked along a quiet street.  It’s just a short walk from the famous statue of a Buddha head in a tree, nestled among exciting ruins.  Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand for 417 years and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing many temples and historic sites. Read more »

Taipei with Kids – 10 Wacky Experiences in the First 10 Hours

IMG_8164We’ve been in Taipei just over 24 hours now.  We stayed up for the first 14 hours straight and then finally slept.  Ah, glorious sleep.  When we planned this trip, we were hoping to set up a Taipei with Kids writing opportunity.  There’s not a lot out there on the subject.  Is 1 day really enough to say anything?  Well, within 10 hours, we accumulated quite a few funny and “educational” experiences plus a few “rules” for enjoying Taipei with kids.

1. First stop was breakfast at a little hole in the wall restaurant.  They took one look at us and handed us some sticky, laminated menus.  One had American food.  The other listed Chinese breakfast items.  Rule #1: Stick to the local specialties.  We ordered breakfast crepes with egg and bacon, egg and pork, and egg and corn.  All were delicious!  And the milk tea for the kids arrived in a sealed cup that we Read more »