Interested in living abroad? 6 ways to help your family adjust to your new home.

Living abroad alone can be challenging, but living abroad with children can be enough to test even the strongest of families. Depending on the ages of your children and their affinity to their home country, their feelings can vary from extreme excitement to dread and opposition over having to leave their home and friendship circles behind. Preparing your children for a move overseas can help make the transition as positive as possible. When I prepared to move to Japan with my son, the process happened so quickly that I didn’t have enough time to adequately prepare him for the transition….

6 ways to make traveling with kids easier

Planning travel with children can seem like an overwhelming task, even for the experienced traveler. The uncertainty of toddler tantrums or pre-teen mood swings can make a family vacation seem as fun as a root canal. Whether they’re yours or someone else’s, factoring a child’s needs into your travel plans is more than just downloading apps on the tablet or packing enough snacks for a road trip. In my son’s short 10 years on this planet, we have been to 14 countries, 23 international cities, and on countless planes, trains, and busses together. We have discovered some amazing parts of…

Last-minute holiday guide for the traveler in your life.

I’m a procrastinator. In all aspects of my life, which is why this post is coming late AF. You all know this about me. Love me anyway. Just 2 more days until Christmas and if you’re like me, you’re still trying to figure out what to get the traveler in your life. The person who has a shirt that reads “I have more passport stamps than you“. The person who is forever gallivanting across the globe with the Instagram page that makes you want to #bookdatish. We all have that person in our lives. Maybe you are that person. So it’s…

How to: Milan and Rome in under a week

If you read my previous post on how we went to Italy for under $2000, you would know that I promised you a real breakdown of the trip and how we enjoyed it. If you didn’t read it, go read it now so you can completely understand how much we packed into a week for really really really cheap. (Considering it was two of us and I travel with a human garbage disposal) For the trip, I had to create an itinerary for us. When I travel alone I usually wing it, but with the boy, I have to plan…

Our week in Italy and how we did it for under $2000!

As you know, I’m constantly trying to save money when I travel. From flight glitches to Groupon, I’m always in search of a way to make my money stretch. I’m constantly telling people that traveling with kids is not expensive and doesn’t have to be limited to the continental United States when you’re on a budget. That’s why I HAVE to share how we went on a family vacation to Rome and Milan for $1950.69. You heard me. Less than $2000 for two people. Flights, food, EVERYTHING! Here’s how I did it: Transportation One day I was minding my own business and I get…

5 things you need to know before traveling to Tokyo.

I’ve been living in Tokyo for a year now and it’s a beautiful and exciting place to visit. I’m often asked a lot of questions from people interested in visiting and I thought I’d put together a few things that I think are important to know before coming to visit. Here they are… There are no public trash cans. Or very few, rather. There are bins that collect bottles and cans near vending machines and sometimes outside of conbinis (convenience stores). But don’t bank on these being everywhere. It’s not uncommon to have bags of trash in your book bag because there is nowhere…

How to travel the world with your child and not lose your mind or end up with them in CPS when you get home.

In other words: How do I make travel with my kid look so easy and effortless? The long and short of it is: I only put the good photos online. Nobody wants to see the ones of us arguing or me crying in a corner because I am trying really hard not to book a flight back home because he’s being incredibly ungrateful and I’m frustrated and tired from booking so many countries in a small span of time. *ahem* Traveling with your kid can be amazingly rewarding and fun. You get to spend all of your time with your…