Publishing September 17, 2019

A couple of years ago, my wife and I hatched a crazy plan: We’d abandon our D.C. suburb and spend a year traveling around the world with our daughters, living in four very different places—New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and small-town Kansas—to explore what family life is like outside our parenting bubble. We were feeling really frustrated by how insanely busy our life was and how cloistered our kids seemed, and we thought we needed to do something about it before it was too late.

This is the story of that trip, the various ways I screwed it up, and what we learned.

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I didn’t include footnotes in the book, but you can find those notes here once the book pubs.


I also recorded an audio version of the book, with the help of my wife and kids. If you would like to listen to us talk for like nine hours, please enjoy.


While we were on the trip, my children created a YouTube channel called “GloboGirls.” Feel free to enjoy all their videos and join the channel’s 48 subscribers.