Warmer than Canada

A Family Gap Year in the Era of Trump





I recently published an article in The Los Angeles Times about a trip my family took to Belize last December. Admittedly, this was no family gap year, though we were fortunate to spend two weeks exploring this fascinating Central American... Continue Reading →

Two Months in Uruguay

If immersive family time abroad appeals to you but you can’t imagine affording an entire year to the experience, then Anastasia Campbell’s story of two months with her kids in Uruguay will prove inspiring. Anastasia is a true world citizen:... Continue Reading →

On the Road in Latin America

Imagine dedicating a year to exploring Latin America. That's exactly what my friends Keith and Michele Bailey did. This month as part of my Warmer Than Canada series highlighting other families' gap years abroad, I was fortunate to interview the... Continue Reading →

A year on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Here at Warmer Than Canada, I’m launching a new series featuring other families’ adventures abroad. As part of the series, I recently interviewed friends whose kids opted for full Spanish immersion in one of Costa Rica’s public schools. This month,... Continue Reading →

Call for stories: other family gap years

So far Warmer Than Canada has offered a deep dive into my family’s gap year in Monteverde, Costa Rica. As wonderful as our year was, we realize it was just one approach to enjoying family time abroad. As a result,... Continue Reading →

Multigenerational Travel in Costa Rica

I recently published a travel article in The Boston Globe about a ten-day hiking and birding trip my family took with visiting grandparents in Costa Rica. We arranged our travel around three of Costa Rica’s northern regions known for their... Continue Reading →

El Regreso

We've been back in the States for about half a year now. In many ways, the return has felt quite seamless: we're in the same house with Maine woods out our back door and a short walk to town out... Continue Reading →

Public Schools Abroad

Finding the right school for our kids during our family's year abroad factored heavily into our choice of location. For a number of reasons, we ended up choosing a private, bilingual school. Nevertheless, once we were in Monteverde, I found... Continue Reading →

Parenting Abroad

Raising kids abroad can be liberating. In some ways, expat parents have the best of both worlds: they can adopt local family norms (insisting, for example, that their kids formally greet adults, as local children do) or they can chart... Continue Reading →

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