7 Weeks of Quarantine in New Zealand

At the start of everything going down with COVID-19 around the world, I would get technical whenever my partner talked about “quarantine.” It’s not called quarantine, I’d tell him. Quarantine is when someone is sick or might be sick. “Like if you fly into a country and they ask for your yellow fever vaccine booklet…

Start the Week with Solid Work-from-Home Strategies

So yes, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are working from home. I’ve heard people are thankful but also worried about how to actually do work. Especially if you’ve gone into the office your whole life and/or have kids prancing around the house and/or don’t have coffee because you always just have free…

On Being Nomadic

We’ve now officially been nomadic for a year and a half. A YEAR AND A HALF!! Say what? That’s my partner and our son and me just traveling for 546 days, or 78 weeks, or 18 months. I mean, of course it’s nothing compared the Argentine Zapp family, one of our big inspirations when we…

Impressions from Bogotá, a Latin American Capital

Bogotá, Colombia, is one of our cities. It’s the city where my partner was born, and because it’s his city, it’s our city, too. And it’s this really crazy place. The population of the metropolitan area is over 10 million, and its altitude is over 8,600 feet. It’s ranked number one for the worst traffic…

Rust Belt by Bus and Train (with Toddler!)

When we visited the US this past summer, we wanted to try out the Workaway concept and signed up to help out on a family farm in Maine. Back when I arrived in South America solo, I’d worked at hostels in Lima, Peru, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through the Workaway platform and thought it…

Visiting Home as a Nomad

Ever since I first moved abroad five years ago, visits home took on a different meaning. For one thing, they became less frequent. For another, they began to involve Immigrations. Holding my passport in my hand, walking through O’Hare International Airport, being greeted in English, seeing the familiar “Welcome to Chicago” sign, interacting with people…

Guide to Cartagena with a Toddler

When we arrived in Cartagena, Colombia, last month and got down to our usual search for activities to check out with our two-year-old, we had some let-downs: The swim school for kids right next to our place turned out to be a private club. The local playground was in disrepair. The beautiful Bartolome Calvo library…

Traveling with Baby: A Guide for 6 Months to 24 Months

“I figure many people in this group had kids far from home so I want to ask! At how many months did you do your baby’s first long distance trip to visit family? What was your experience? Thoughts/advice on traveling with a baby and if some ages may be better than others for travel?” —…