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CONTRIBUTED // how my family of SIX can afford to travel around the world

I always get asked this question: how can you afford to travel with the entire family as often as you do?

The answer: we make traveling together a priority.

Traveling together is more important to us than driving a new car every few years or living in a big house. Those are two of the biggest sacrifices that we've made in order to be able to take our kids with us when we see the world. But, there are lots of little things we do day-to-day that also allow us to save our pennies. It's not magic and there is no perfect solution for all but for us, it's choosing our 'rather factors' over more frivolous items that can add up.

TRAVEL // honolulu, hawaii

My second travel destination feature is one that has slowly become a place near and dear to my heart.

Honolulu, Hawaii is a tropical island like no other, with all the hustle and bustle of a growing city (and boy is this city growing!) but also has those secret hidden gems that are quiet, serene and breathtaking.

My guncles have been vacationing in Hawaii for around 30 years and a few decades ago they decided to make it their second home, buying up real estate and living there for 6 months of the year. They have developed quite a life over there, meeting some amazing people, hiking the island far and wide, and immersing themselves in the rich community that has welcomed them with open arms.

So you can imagine that I have been fortunate over the years to stay with them when I venture to this tropical island and most recently, we took our little peanut Grayson to visit them when he was just 3.5 months old.

TRAVEL // new york, new york

It's no secret that I LOVE New York City. I've probably bored my friends for years with my constant whining about how I just need to live there. ASAP.

I don't know what it is, but this city melts my heart when I see it in movies. When I travel there, I just never want to leave. My obsession with NY started when I was a young, impressionable 7 year old because I fell for all the movies in the 1980's where the power suits and corner offices were a bucket list item of mine. Working Girl, Baby Boom, When Harry Met Sally, Wall Street, and Annie Hall. I was obsessed with these movies (ok, I still am). My father would go to NYC on business trips in the 80's, stay at the Plaza Hotel, get shuttled to and from meetings in a limo, schmooze over oysters at the famous Grand Central Oyster Bar, but always found time to get my brother and I gifts at FAO Schwartz (RIP sweet toy store). 

This city is my home.

But it's not.