An International Family – 4 Generations
I’m from a good sized family, the oldest of 4 children. I have 9 nieces and nephews. Both parents have 5+ siblings. My Grandmother has 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, of which I am her favorite. (Obvi)
You can’t pick your family, but I’m fortunate to have been dealt a winning hand. Family is important, and mine is kind and supportive; they’ve been there when times were tough and encouraged me to chase my dreams.
I’ve also done well with my Internet family, the nice people online who look out for my best interests. Some of them are concerned that a nomadic family might not get enough love, as you can see:
“I love my family, I would never abandon them like you did!”
“My siblings and parents visit often, I couldn’t disappear for months at a time just to travel.”
“It is terrible that your child will never have strong relationships with his cousins and grandparents!”
Thanks everyone, you’re the best!
But there is no need to be concerned. Not only is our nomadic family full of happiness and love, we are thriving. Here is why:
Philadelphia (photo from visitphilly.com)
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Recently I mentioned that our upcoming visit to Philadelphia will earn us a few free hotel nights. Several people wrote to ask how that works. Sorry for being too vague.
Thanks to the quarterly IHG Accelerate promotion our 3 nights in Philly will earn over 62,000 IHG Rewards Club points.This is worth over $400 or somewhere between 2 and 3 free nights.
Here are the details:
Happy 4th of July! (photo source)
Happy Independence day to all of those who celebrating around the globe (either America’s Independence Day or your own.)
Things have been quiet on Go Curry Cracker these past few months as we’ve been in full on travel mode, so today I just wanted to share a quick update and start planning for a couple potential meetups.
The night before you head out on vacation is often fraught with manic activity… send that last work email, give a key to the neighbor, pack the bags…
“Do you think I’ll need a sweater at night?” Better bring it.
“Will it be warm enough to swim?” Bring the bathing suit.
“Any chance we’ll do some horseback riding or skydiving?” Throw the saddle and parachute in there too…
Now what happens when instead of leaving town for a week, you go on vacation… forever.
We were in the land of traffic jams and strip malls this summer, visiting family and friends who work for those big tech companies.
Over a glass of wine (or was it a bottle?) a friend popped the question… “So, you think you would be interested in working again? Our team is hiring… you could easily get a big salary and a juicy stock package.”
“Hmm, that sounds interesting“, I replied. “But I just don’t think I could find the time.”
About a year ago we flew from Asia to Europe to begin a 4 month tour. We spent a month each in Spain, Italy, and UK/Ireland, and a handful of weeks in Portugal, Czech, Germany, Denmark, and Iceland. This was a big chunk of Jr’s 16 countries visited in his first 16 months.
Notably absent from this list of countries is France. And it has been an awfully long time since I’ve had a good croissant.
To rectify this terrible situation, in a few weeks we are flying to Paris. We’ll be there at least 2 weeks, after which we will eventually make it to the other slighted countries.
I was pretty excited about how we saved $10k+ on our previous trip. But this time… we did even better.