February 18, 2014

How to shrink your family travel budget at home

I have written before about living a minimalist lifestyle with as few items as possible, but I thought today it might be interesting for you to learn more about our family travel budget and strategies you can use at home. We cut our expenses dramatically before we left for Montreal last summer, and I know […]

February 16, 2014

Raising an extreme extrovert on the road

Let me tell you a story about my daughter Audrey. Audrey learned to walk at 14 months, and just a few months later we went to friends’ farm for a pig roast. The party started at 6 o’clock in the evening, and there were several hundred people in attendance. Audrey’s spent most of the next […]

February 14, 2014

The 28 Thing Challenge

Less than a year ago I wrote about our massive decluttering process before we started our nomadic existence.  At the time, I proudly announced we were living with 46 things and loving it. My parents might disagree, since we descended on them with a minivan full of stuff, and then stuffed the same minivan to […]

January 26, 2014

A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles

This quote from Tim Cahill sums up one of my most important lessons in the past year: Friends are the bedrock of any life, especially a nomadic one. No matter how much stuff we shed, how far we traveled, or how dramatically I turned our lives upside down, I kept in touch with friends from […]

January 25, 2014

Six months later… and I still don’t know where we live!

Has it really been six months since I posted to our trip blog?! I’ve been posting a lot more regularly on our Facebook Page, so check us out there if you’re wondering what we’ve been up to… the short version is plenty! We spent a little over five months in Montreal, which was fantastic! I’ll […]

July 23, 2013

Our carbon footprint is down, but not gone

One of my goals for this adventure is to learn about climate change and help Audrey understand what it will take for her generation to adapt to the dramatic challenges facing us in the future as a result of today’s rising greenhouse gas (GHG) levels. Why is this important?  Well, unless you’ve been living under […]

July 16, 2013

Settling into a foreign country

We’ve been in Canada for two weeks now and are mostly settled in, but it hasn’t been easy.  The last time I lived abroad for any length of time, I was in my twenties and single, with no kids or real responsibilities.  This time was a lot harder, especially with the hot weather we’ve been […]

July 9, 2013

Our first week on the road in Montreal, Canada

We did it!  We survived our first week on the road outside of the United States… and what a week it was! We left my parents’ house in Virginia last Monday morning at 3 o’clock, driving in a packed minivan (two grandparents, one two-year old, two cats, me and WAY too much stuff) up to […]

July 7, 2013

Photo roundup of seven great weeks in Virginia

Between leaving Gainesville just before Mother’s Day and arriving in Montreal last week (post to follow tomorrow!), we spent seven great weeks with my parents in Williamsburg, Virginia.  We are so grateful they agreed to host us until our Montreal lease started.  Here’s a photo roundup of our time there, memories of which we’ll always […]

June 29, 2013

Paperless memories

We are leaving for Montreal in a few days, after spending six weeks at my parents’ house in Virginia. Having this time between our old life in Gainesville and our new life on the road was really nice, especially because it gave Audrey a chance to spend some quality time with her grandparents. It was […]

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