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Jai is the fearless four year old explorer. Elijah is searching the cosmos for answers. Rian is finding inspiration in everyday objects. All three make up the Hedrick family.

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In a sea of several travel blogs, we hope ours floats to the top and helps you plan an enjoyable adventure.

Who says you have to be in your early 20's and without kids to explore the world? We are happy to prove them wrong.

A traveling family exploring one tack at a time.

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

November 13, 2017

We were lucky enough to visit Jakarta, Indonesia and volunteer to help students learn the English language. The staff at Golden English (http://golden-course.com/) quickly became our friends and keys to the city. They treated us so well and we hope that our time with t...

October 30, 2017

After leaving the lively city of Bangkok, Thailand, we went for a much more easy going atmosphere in Chiang Mai. We were volunteering at the most relaxing little village with local woodcarvers called Kad sala. Our volunteering tasks were teaching English and helping th...

October 1, 2017

After leaving San Diego, we spent our 2nd week of our World Tour in Los Angeles, California! To be more specific, we did a lot of hang time in El Segundo. We visited the La Brea Tar Pits, The LA County Natural History Museum, Santa Monica Pier, The Grand Central Market...

August 4, 2017

The Hedrick family has officially kick started their globetrotting! We packed up our house and said goodbye to our hometown of  11 years, Richmond, Virginia.

July 14, 2017

Doah Fest is an annual gathering of people who love camping, music and partying on the Shenandoah River. We had a great time with friends and met some amazing people too.

June 19, 2017

Let’s pretend for a moment that you have decided to travel and started to save. That ‘pipe-dream’ is getting more real. Then comes the hard decisions of what to do with your home and your material possessions. To make an extended trip or long vacation financially possi...

May 19, 2017

As we approached St. Peter’s Square, which is more of a circle, Elijah began to fill up with a rush of emotions. He took a seat at the base of the obelisk that stands at the center of the square and became a bit overwhelmed. Whether you are religious or not, you have b...

May 10, 2017

In August 2010, we arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada as newlyweds with Rian’s family. We held a small secret wedding in our yard that morning with both families in attendance. After exchanging vows, we joined Rian’s family on their planned trip to the neon city. Vegas Honey...

May 4, 2017

The examples that we use may not work for your lifestyle and the things that you value. That’s fine. My tips are not meant as gospel or an exact blueprint to follow, but they did help me reach my travel goals. The best way to make sure your budget succeeds is to have y...

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