My new book, From Hostels to Kids on Camels, is mostly about my travels, but I spend a little time on my childhood in the Introduction. Here’s the start of that section, where I talk about my dad. As you’ll read, travel has been a central part of my life, but it’s not the only […]


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As with many people, July 2020 isn’t what we expected it to be. As I write this post, Karen, our three boys, and I should have just left London for a trip to Tunisia. From there, we were planning to head to Greece and then travel up through Ukraine to Russia. We’d intended then to […]


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We ended our last two days in Korea with a couple of homestay experiences (via AirBNB) that complemented each other really well. Most of the time with AirBNB, you don’t actually see your host, except for possibly a brief meeting to get the keys. These two were a little different. The first was at a […]


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In what ended up being kind of fitting for Easter Sunday, we spent the day checking out what Korea was like 1500-2000 years ago by going to the town of Gyeongji, the site of one of the earliest civilizations in Korea. We'd heard about the Silla empire when we went to the Korean National Museum […]


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Happy Easter! Despite the title, we're not taking up a new religion–we just happened to visit a World Heritage recognized Buddhist Temple, Haein-sa, yesterday. First, though, here's a picture of JR being awesome: One nice thing about being tourists as a whole family is the fact that you get a lot of time to talk […]


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Day 7: A little hokey

 Apr, 04 - 2015   FamilyKorea tripTravel

We started off the day sampling the fancy breakfast at our fancy (almost completely empty) hotel. Since it was their first time in a week that they'd had access to so many western breakfast items, HT and CR indulged and ate their body weights in toast and yogurt. While they were eating, JR was continuing […]


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Day 6 in Korea was another great day, albeit a little less exciting because we were traveling. I started out the day by picking up our trusty rental car, complete with trusty (English, not Korean!) GPS. After loading up the trunk and three kids in the back, it was off on our 1.5 hour trip […]


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Last day in Seoul

 Apr, 01 - 2015   FamilyKorea tripTravel

We've had a great time in Seoul, and our final day (day 5) was no exception. We started off at a cool Seoul History Museum to see how this place changed from a sleepy little Capitol to a world city bigger than Chicago. Here are the boys posing as important (carried around) people at the […]


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