Ciao! Welcome to our blog!!
We are Gina, Todd, Kaitlin, Cassidy, and Trevor – an American/Italian family that loves to travel!
We are originally from Southern California, but have been traveling and living abroad for the past 25 years. So far, Todd and I have lived in 8 countries, moved 16 times, and traveled to 40 countries. We spent 11 years living in Italy – the first 4 years in Rome and the last 7 in Venice. We adored our years in Italy – we made many fantastic friends, incredible memories, and even became Italian citizens (thanks to my Italian grandfather)!
In September 2013, we packed all of our things into storage in Venice and set off on an indefinite journey around the world! Since then, we have traveled to 40 countries on 4 continents and our trip is just getting started!
Since our kids are growing so fast and our oldest had just started high school, we knew that our chances to take a trip like this were running out and it was most likely “now or never.” So we signed the kids up for an online home school program, said goodbye to our old lives and all the “stuff” that comes along with it, and headed out for a family adventure of a lifetime!
GINA I am the mom of our traveling “circus” and the website editor. I have been in love with travel my entire life and want to share my passion with my kids and everyone I meet. I have spent much of my life battling a rare bone disease and found travel dreaming to be a great escape. After losing my left shoulder to bone cancer 7 years ago, I grew more determined than ever to embrace the gift of life, see the world with my kids, and share my story with others – hopefully inspiring them to face challenges with positivity and perseverance and to always follow their dreams!
TODD is the dad of our crew, an avid traveler, a software consultant, and the one who funds all of our travel quests. He has the great skill of balancing international work projects and a full family schedule. He is the calm in the occasional storm of family travel adventures! Here has his own blog where he shares funny stories about life as a Corporate Nomad and offers great advice and tips for those that want to follow their dreams of traveling on the job.
KAITLIN is 17 and loves to travel, write, and help those in need through the charity she founded called Kids Unite 4 Hope. She loves meeting new people and learning about the world through real-life experiences. She dreams of making a difference in the world and with her determination, kindness, and knowledge at such a young age, I think she will make her dream come true!! Kaitlin has her own travel blog called Travelin’ Kait and is also teen writer for the website Dandelion Moms and one of the authors in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul book, The Joy of Less.
CASSIDY is 15 and loves volunteering, fashion, singing, dancing, and chatting with her friends. She is funny, energetic, and creative and always makes us laugh. During the last few months volunteering with refugees in Greece, she has found her passion for helping others and is the co-founder of the charity Kids Unite 4 Hope. She has her own blog called Ciao Cassidy and is also a teen writer for the website Dandelion Moms.
TREVOR is 8 and full of energy! He loves Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Legos, Minecraft, and adventure games. He is funny and incredibly patient for his age as we drag him to endless sites, museums, restaurants, and shops! He also enjoys volunteering as we travel around the world and has made the most amazing friends. Trevor wanted to be like his sisters, so he has a blog too! Follow his awesome adventures at Trevor’s Big World.
As Nike says, ”JUST DO IT!”
We say “JUST GO EXPLORE!”
We believe that whether it’s exploring the city next door or a city across the globe, just take yourself, your kids, anyone and everyone, and go see our world through an EXPLORER’S EYES. The world is amazing and we don’t want to miss it!! There is never the “perfect time,” to go, there is only NOW.
For those who know me, I have wanted to write about our “crazy” lives for years, but kids and life always seemed to take all my time. So here I go, I am giving it my best shot. I am not a technology whiz or a professional journalist, I am just a mom who loves to travel and wants to share our story with you.
Since I have so much to share over many years of travel, the blog will be a sprinkling of current adventures, stories from the past, ideas, advice, inspirations, discoveries, and showing you our true selves.
JOIN US as we
DREAM BIG, INSPIRE OTHERS, and DISCOVER OURSELVES!
Your new friends,