In the spring of 2010, our family of four sailed around the world—25,000 miles, 110 days, 11 countries. We were hired by Semester at Sea, a University of Virginia program that allows students to spend a semester traveling internationally by ship, to coordinate spiritual life for the shipboard community and plan programming for the 18 children onboard. Our son Andrew was then eight years old and our daughter Lizzie was five.
When my husband and I decided to move from Texas to the tropical island of Penang in Malaysia, I questioned the decision to uproot my children. Two years on, we have found the experience so enriching we’ve decided to prolong our stay. My husband was offered a job mentoring local computer engineers in Malaysia and, with three children—Clark, 13, Brad, 10, and Maria, 8—we had to consider if his career move was also in their best interest. We waited until after Clark finished elementary school so that it would be a more natural transition for him, and we planned a return visit to America for Christmas to minimize homesickness.
In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day I have a tip to share… The pub is central to Irish social life. It’s waned a bit in importance (you won’t find every funeral and wedding there these days) but it’s still the one institution that makes a visit to the Emerald Isle unique. And to truly immerse yourself like a local find yourself a “lock in.”
Gothenburg: Best for Culture This Summer Ever heard of Peter Silverman? No? Neither had I, but I sure wouldn’t mind being him. He’s a Canadian art collector who bought a lovely little Italian work in 2007 for around $18,500.
Easter is the most important holiday of the Christian calendar. And in Spanish speaking Roman Catholic countries one day just isn’t enough.
Discover the easiest way to get to Latin America and learn about Thai Airways unique program that focuses on Asia's world famous pilgrimage sites
A cheap restaurant with no menu. Few waiters and only one dish to choose from—though you can have as many helpings as you like.