In 2009, we sold our house to travel the world as a family, experience new cultures and languages, and expand our minds. So far, we’ve been to over 45 countries and dozens of cities and towns. Below, you can find a map of the highlights. Clicking any location will take you to posts about that location. (Note: Some of the places we’ve traveled may not have yet made it into blog posts or on this map.)

Latest Travel Posts

Los Chorros Waterfall and Breakdancing Costa Rica

This morning, we decided to fulfill Marie’s biggest wish since she got here: go swimming. Unfortunately, after about a 10 minute walk to the pool, we found out that it was closed. It turns out that many shops, restaurants, and other facilities close on Mondays. And some just close whenever they want to – this is Costa Rica, after all. So, we thought we’d take...

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Grecia rental view $1100 Costa Rica

I just wanted to keep everyone up to date on what we’ve been doing the past four days since we arrived in Costa Rica. We’re in the perfect location for exploring the town. We’re in walking distance of everything, and we have been walking a lot! It actually gets fairly hot during the day here, and we’re not used to this much walking, so we...

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We Made it to Costa Rica! Costa Rica

Well, we’re finally here! We’re in Costa Rica, and it’s warm and beautiful! I made a little video of our trip over, which you can watch below. Until then, here’s a little summary of our trip so far: The Flight We flew out of Salt Lake City to JFK at 11:30pm. We flew stand-by on Jet Blue, which is really cheap, but also requires some...

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What’s in Our Luggage to Move Abroad? Travel

What do you take with you when moving abroad? If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that we got rid of most of our stuff a few months ago. And we whittled down even further last week. The past two days, we’ve been packing and making more decisions about what to take and what to leave behind. It’s been really helpful...

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Interviewed by Costa Rica

Our family was recently interviewed by Roadschooling Examiner about our upcoming move to Costa Rica and how we plan to educate our children while “on the road.” The article was actually posted over a month ago, but I didn’t get the link until today. Click here to check out our interview We were asked some great questions and were happy to have the opportunity to...

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Departure Date is Set Costa Rica

We finally picked a date to make the move abroad. We’ll be leaving Salt Lake City for Costa Rica on January 6th, 2010! We have some Jet Blue buddy passes we’ll be using, and we hope there won’t be a problem using buddy passes for the “required” return ticket as well. We’re going to start out our adventure in the little town of Grecia, Costa...

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Handling Mail While Living Abroad Travel

Ah yes, the question of mail. Since we announced our upcoming move to Costa Rica, I’ve had several people ask various questions about what we’re going to do with our mail. There are a lot of options, but here are the steps we’ve taken to prepare for dealing with mail while living abroad. First: Eliminate As Much Mail As Possible The first thing we did...

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We’re Moving to Costa Rica Costa Rica

Wait! Moving?! As in “one-way ticket”? As in, “you’re not coming back?” Yep. That’s right. Are we crazy? Probably. You’re kidding, right? But… WHY?!! Well, you already know how much we enjoyed our trip to Panama. True, that was more of a vacation-mindset trip than it was a “living in another country” trip, but we still experienced our share of culture, language, and grew closer...

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Japan Trip Summary Japan / Kyoto

Tadaima! I’m home from Japan, and had a great time. Here is a summary of the entire trip, with pictures. On Friday, I left for Japan with my dad, one other chaperon, and six students from ages 14-18. It was a lot of fun being back in Japan, smelling the familiar smells, and hearing the familiar sounds. In fact, it’s so familiar to me now,...

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Pagoda Tower in Asakusa Japan / Kyoto / Tokyo

We’ve had a great time in Japan so far. I don’t have much time for details right now, but here are some photos for you to enjoy from Tokyo and Kyoto. So far, I think the highlight for me has been the zen rock garden at Ryouanji. But I’ve also loved eating the food again, speaking and hearing Japanese, seeing their beautiful gardens, and spending...

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