Ahhhh, Spring! We woke up to the first day of Spring in Lisbon, Portugal for the start of a family gap year. We left the U.S. to have a different lifestyle--one that is slower-paced and more family-oriented. And it's easier to that in the land of the sun--Andalucia (southern Spain). It was supposed to be … Continue reading Happy Spring Forward to a Family Lifestyle Change
About this time three years ago, we were ready to move our little wanna-be free-flowing family abroad for a family gap year that has now turned into 3. That's 3 years without work! Can you imagine? It's actually more like 3 years of working at home and from home, at least for me as the … Continue reading Where to get the money for your family gap year abroad?
"How can you stay here [in Spain] for this long?," Chris, a fellow American, asked during a break in our flamenco guitar session. I was teaching him some Bulerias--that fiery style of flamenco with an infectious groove that was born of the gypsies here in Jerez. U.S. citizens can stay here (or in a lot … Continue reading How to stay in Spain for a year-without-work (for non-EU citizens)
One of the many benefits of moving your family to another country on your own dime (you know, when your work is not paying for it?) is that you get to downsize, declutter, donate, and sell as much as you can to make a little cash for a family fun gap year abroad... with kids. … Continue reading OPERATION SPEED-CLEANING: Downsizing to Make Money for a Family Gap Year Abroad
"What about your kids?," she says to me. She was a co-worker, mother of two. How will they survive in a country where they don't know the language. What about school? Naturally, for parents especially, we were asked these types of questions quite often while we were preparing to quit the job, change our family … Continue reading How to give your kids a gift of a new language for FREE. . .
Our family plan to take a year off work and live abroad needed careful long-term planning. To convince my wife that I was not "finally at the CRAP END of CRAZY," I first needed to think about several important questions to make a family move abroad, with two young kids in tow, possible. Then, I … Continue reading A family gap year without work. . . Thinking about taking a career break?
"Tata, we are gypsies, right?," my then 6-year old son Karol asked me. We were looking at a map, talking about his diverse friends in school, why we have moved from the "yellow house" to the "blue house" to the "white house" in the past two years, and our future plans to move elsewhere. Well, … Continue reading New gypsies: International Romani Day, 8 April
This can help you make it happen for your family. This is part 2 of the questions that I needed to address in order to persuade my wife for us to quit the job and life in the U.S. and move to Spain, two young kids in tow, three summers ago. "Tata!," my seven-year old, … Continue reading Thinking of moving abroad with your family for a year without work? Yes, you can! We did.
family lifestyle change to spend more time together So we decided to change our lifestyle, quit the job, clear out the house of too many accumulated things, and move the family (with 2 very young children) to another country. Reaching that decision point was not easy. When my job was no longer a go for … Continue reading What to ask yourself before moving your family abroad
One way ticket.. One way ticket, one way ticket One way ticket, one way ticket One way ticket, one way ticket to the blues. Choo choo train Tuckin' down the track Gotta travel on it Never comin' back Ooh, ooh got a one way ticket to the blues. Boney M - One way ticket Tak … Continue reading One way ticket.. to Lisbon