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  1. My family and I took a similar trip and it has forever changed my life. So much so that I recently authored a book about our adventure. It may be of interest to you and offer you a unique perspective on a situation familiar to us both.

    It’s nice to see other families embarking on similar excursions. The experiences your children participate in now will stay with them forever.

    Best,
    Alex

  2. Thank you so much for posting about your adventures for all to see and benefit from! I have just recently started researching what it would take for our family to travel the world, and although our situation may not be quite like yours (esp the budget part, we will hv to make it work on a much lower budget…Lol) it is so encouraging to read ab all of your success with kids and world travel. I’m still trying to get my husband on board to even consider it, but we still have some time before we wld be able to leave anyway. We have children ages 10 (in Aug.) 8, and 3…so we wld wait until the youngest is at least 5, I think.

    Anyway, just thought I wld thank you for your site, since I have been telling others ab it and also getting my husband to laugh at the top quotes ( bug seasoning), annoying habits, and lice d

  3. Oops, the last part got cut off: “and lice problems! It’s nice that you not only chose not to sugar-coat the trip, but also found humor in the obstacles!”

    Thanks Again,

    Julie (from Louisiana)

  4. Konnichiwa, Tom!
    We were in TD together some 20 years or so back. I’ve been living in Kobe, Japan for the past 8 years. I was just catching up on Alumni News from the past year, read about your family and checked out your site. Have you come to Japan yet? I would love to take your family to my favorite hole-in-the-wall ramen joint in Kobe. Furthermore, mi casa es tu casa if you come to Kansai! Double thumbs up/high five for your amazing family travels!
    Karin

  5. Hello,

    I really enjoyed reading through your blog posts on Sixintheworld.com. I felt a real sense of enthusiasm and passion in each post. I write Travelingtripster.com, a blog about my travel experiences and other information I feel travelers are interested in. I’m always on the look out for talented writers to work with. If you’re interested, I would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Just shoot me a quick e-mail and we can begin this potentially exciting affiliation together.

    In return I can also provide a guest post. I have been published on several blogs and websites over the years. I can send samples and discuss topics whenever you’re ready.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank You,

    Bob Mauer
    Travel Blogger | The Traveling Tripster
    http://www.thetravelingtripster.com

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  7. Karin,

    Sorry, I haven’t kept up with the comments. Yes we did go to Japan. Thank you for reaching out and the offer. I hope you are still enjoying Japan.

    Tom

  8. Hi, there!

    I’m Jane and am an avid reader and blogger, a passion which I think we share. I’ve been writing contents on the web professionally since 2010. I share my experience through articles on Travel, Culture, History, Lifestyle and many more.

    Your blog “sixintheworld.com” is probably one of the most interesting ones I’ve seen recently and with due reason. I was wondering if I could do a guest post for your blog.

    I would like to write on “Top 5 Fantastic Destinations in Australia” or any other suggested topic for your blog.

    It would be an honor to see my article published on your site.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards,
    Jane Roberts.

  9. Hi. You call yourself a “normal” family, and I’m sure in many ways you are quite normal, but how many normal people have the money or time to travel around the world? I’m lucky if I can get a Saturday afternoon to get my hair colored and go to Target. You are fortunate to be sure, but you are also privileged.

  10. Kimberly,

    It is true we are privileged, we are privileged to live now, to live in this country, for peace, for health, for lucky breaks, for 100 other things. It is something I remember every day.

    Tom

  11. This is not something I usually go around asking people, but the anonymity of the internet makes me bold. How can you afford to not work and just spend your time traveling? Please tell me your secrets!

  12. I do have secrets. They are pretty simple . 1. Spend less than you earn (for 15 years we didn’t spend more in a month than we earned, and we started with nothing and made almost nothing at the beginning .) 2. When you get a raise or have something come your way, bank it. 3. Buy used cars, our whole trip cost less than a middle of the road Tesla. 4. Have skills which allow you to work on the road, or at least will qualify you to get a job when you get home. 5. Travel to cheaper places. (We avoided western Europe and Japan on this trip so we could go places like China, South East Asia, India, Africa etc. In some countries, a family of 6 could live very well on $100 a day. 6. Enjoy experiences and memories more than stuff. Obviously not everyone can do exactly what we did, but for the determined person, there is an adventure out there they just have to prep for it and then have the guts to make it happen.

    My attitude on work is taking my retirement in chunks. Sorry older version of me, hopefully you still enjoy working.

  13. We have always been careful to spend less than we earn, but we have a few things working against us. My husband is active duty, so we have to go where we’re told. Currently, we live in the DC area, recently named THE most expensive place to live for a family of four, beating out even Manhattan. Would we live somewhere else given the choice? Absolutely. Our situation is a little different from yours, but we are saving our money for that moment when we are free to travel. I do have another question–what do you recommend to parents with children who have medical conditions? My son has a life-threatening food allergy and the idea of trying to explain this to someone who barely speaks English and lives in a country where food allergies are nonexistent makes me nervous.

  14. There are some really good things about working for the government. Once he puts in his years you can live anywhere and have a retirement to do it on. I saw a company(I can’t remember the name) that is working on a sensor you can point at food and know if it contains peanuts, shellfish or other dangerous allergens. It isn’t working yet but when it is, it will open a whole new world to people who deal with life threatening allergies. Enjoy DC and I am sure there is a big trip in your future.

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