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  1. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    September 9, 2013

    It’s exciting to read about the global education that your son is receiving and that you have taken the opportunity to share so much time and so many experiences with him! The world changes us and allows us to grow in extraordinary ways when we take the opportunity to go out and see it and to engage with it’s diverse inhabitants. As to slow or non-existent wifi, I can completely relate! 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 10, 2013

      I think slow WiFi is even more annoying than nonexistent.

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  2. David Meier
    May 2, 2013

    I too have been exposed to slow internet services in the jungles of the Yucatan. It is frustrating not being able to utilize this single lifeline to it’s fullest. Completely sympathize.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 2, 2013

      Even harder when your livelihood depends on it!

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  3. Iain Mallory
    March 29, 2013

    I love how travelling constantly makes us reassess our perceptions and values, great to hear how being on the road has changed the way you think and respond. Being flexible should be a motto for us all.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 29, 2013

      So true! Few things put a person in a state of constant reassessment and change like long-term traveling.

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  4. bernie
    March 25, 2013

    yeah its great that you are doing it!! i wish i could have with my kids! as it is i have been on trips to Thailand with two of my lads over the last couple of years, and we all enjoyed it! so i hope for more!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 26, 2013

      I’m glad you’re able to get out ad explore with them at least! Any type of travel is just great in my book.

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  5. joy
    March 25, 2013

    funny, we were invited to a ‘great’ beach today, and the boys said, well, don’t they realized we just lived across the street from the beach in Costa Rica for 7 weeks, Not that we don’t like the beach, we even just went to the beach 2 days ago, but I get and agree with your post (and many of your others (mostly the single parent one))…
    And, we love the place we are staying, but the lack of internet SUCKS, this whole town seems to have slow WiFi… anyway…. miss you guys……
    J K E

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 25, 2013

      When you live this lifestyle, crappy Internet can sure make an impact! I’m sure you’re missing CR!

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  6. Dariece – Goats On The Road
    March 23, 2013

    The whole time reading this I was like..yep, yes, oh..ya! I completely agree with everything you said.

    Having slow wi-fi is the worst! Give me a dirty room or a squat toilet over slow wi-fi any day. We definitely remember certain things that happened by where we were, rather than when it happened. “When were we in the Philippines?..not sure, it was right after Hong Kong, but before Malaysia”! We have no idea of time anymore, which is great!

    Thanks for a great post 🙂
    Cheers

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 24, 2013

      A friend of mine (also part of a nomadic family) and I were laughing just yesterday about how when we see friends on Facebook being joyous that it’s Saturday we both think “Oh, it’s Saturday?” Unless you’re catching a plane or something, or needing to remember that it’s Friday in a Muslim country so you need to do the market earlier in the day, the day is really an insignficant detail.

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  7. Sam
    March 23, 2013

    I’m totally with you on the slow wifi! Also, I love the idea of Moroccan dental floss as a souvenir. I won’t be able to look at my toiletries the same again now!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 24, 2013

      It’s kind of funny when you look at those things in a different light.

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  8. Dyanne@TravelnLass
    March 23, 2013

    “… I don’t care if the place doesn’t have complimentary toiletries. I’m happy if the door closes all the way… ”

    LOL Talon – oh how our expectations change! Shoot, in Mongolia – I didn’t even HAVE a “door” – just whizzing under a gazillion stars amid dollops of yak dung. 😉

    And yes, I do sometimes wonder if experiencing so many of the world’s wonders (countless breathtaking tropical beaches, amazing temples, incredible cultural moments all over the globe) won’t somewhat dim the thrill of the next tropical isle, etc.

    It hasn’t yet, but like you, I must admit that yet another sun-kissed beach simply doesn’t impress me anymore. And what I seek most is the little unique encounters with local people – be they in glorious settings or crusty city alleyways.

    Oh and yep – that “hair” in my pho? Uh, meh – whatever! 😉

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 24, 2013

      Those encounters are the best, as are the moments of personal growth. Our 2 months on the oasis in Morocco are one of the highlights of my life. If someone had told me that would be the case and not the almost year living on a small island in the Caribbean while scuba diving almost every day, I would’ve called them nuts. 🙂

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  9. Nicole @ Suitcase Stories
    March 23, 2013

    I was nodding my head in agreement throughout this entire post.

    We have only been living the nomadic life for just over a year but in that time we have gone through some massive changes. I used to be known as a bit of a ‘princess’ but after 12 months of living this life I am happy to say the princess has left the building! Although, I don’t know how happy I would be to find hair in my food so maybe she’s still a little bit there 🙂

    The souvenir thing I especially related to. We never buy anything as a ‘keepsake’ on the road. But I can say with all my heart, that I will remember this time of my life better than any other period in which I have souvenirs from. Yes, I have photos and a blog so I will have those to remind me. But most importantly, I have beautiful places, new friends and precious moments etched into my heart so I couldnt possibly forget a thing.

    Thanks for yet another wonderful post Talon.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 24, 2013

      Heart souvenirs are the absolute best kinds!

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  10. Laurel @Capturing la Vita
    March 23, 2013

    Love the Redefining Impressive!

    The souvenirs are perfect! My kids prefer to pick up a piece of sea glass off the beach than get some plastic junk.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 23, 2013

      My son is similar. Although now that we’ve been on the road for a while he picks up less and less.

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  11. Jennifer Miller
    March 23, 2013

    Yep. You nailed it. I’m sharing this one.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 23, 2013

      Thanks, amiga!

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  12. Jessica
    March 23, 2013

    We are certainly not nomadic the way you are, but I could completely relate to the idea that events are related to locations. We have so much of that in our lives!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 23, 2013

      Isn’t it funny sometimes? But it’s also wonderful when you have experiences to relate things to rather than money, merely a calendar, etc.

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  13. Leigh
    March 22, 2013

    I relate to this post on so many levels. (Although, I feel like I say that a lot on your posts). It most definitely is a chance of point of view. And yes, lack of internet is the one thing that leaves me entirely devoid of patience.

    People say this about LIla often, but I’m going to pass it along to Tigger. He is so lucky to have the kind of childhood he has. Not just because of the moving around and travel, but because he has a dad who knows how to allow him to experience it.

    I hope our two can meet one day.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 23, 2013

      I would love to meet up! Eventually, we’ll be in your area. Who know when, though LOL

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  14. Barbara
    March 22, 2013

    I’m so happy this is working out for you, Talon and Tigger. Beyond happy … thrilled for you. I love following your nomadic journey from my not-nomadic-for-now base in Ho Chi Minh City. I hope we see you here soon. (We have a ensuite!!)

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 23, 2013

      Thanks, Barbara. And we are coming to Vietnam in late April and staying about a month. Hope to meet you!

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