Day 10: Making a Monster in Budva, Montenegro

Today was one of those 'magic' days. It started out with me taking a deep sea fishing trip in the morning off the coast of Budva, Montenegro. We didn't catch many fish, but it was enough to make into a tasty ceviche for dinner that evening. At lunch, we ate at the Astoria Beach Hotel…

Day 5: Killing Jetlag in Kotor, Montenegro

We arrived at Tivat airport in Montenegro at 9:50 am last Tuesday morning. The elation of arriving in eastern Europe was subdued by the baggage claim which spit out only 2 of our 3 bags. Since this wasn't the first time a checked bag didn't meet us at the destination, I approached the lost and…

Day 1: So It Begins- In South Korea

Today began like a normal day for most people in South Korea. For most people, alarm clocks stirred families awake one member at a time and into their familiar routine of starting their day. Moms and dads prepared for work and children rejoiced only slightly about summer break knowing that much of their much deserved…

Part 4-The Travel Gear Diaries: Clothes for a Year of Travel

From now on, we'll be living out of our backpacks. At 8:30 yesterday morning a small group of movers paid Hyundai Hometown building #209, apartment #1703 a visit and boxed up 15 square meters of life's belongings for a restful hibernation in long term storage. We knew this day would come, but it's a tad…

My Favorite Social Media Strategies to Raise Website Traffic

As our trip departure is less than two weeks away, I've been ramping up social media over the last few weeks which has exploded traffic to our family's travel site. Although I started this blog just under a year ago, I've spent the last 10 months focusing on writing core content which has resulted in…

Raising a Mighty Girl

"Tell me Ava, why do you think Sistine said what she did about Southern people?" I asked. We were reading the book 'The Tiger Rising' by Kate DiCamillo and Sistine (the female protagonist) introduced herself to her new classmates in Kentucky by declaring southerners ignorant. Her classmates answered back on the playground afterwards. "Does she…

How We Budgeted For a Year of World Travel

A recent Fed survey highlighted that 40 percent of Americans can't cover an unexpected $400 emergency. At my previous school, I co-taught a course on financial literacy and found that it's usually bad financial habits that keep people destitute. Unnecessary expenditures of gym memberships, FOMO inspired extravagant living, and a daily Starbucks keeps even established…