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Ok so long story short, I had travelled a fair bit around europe and asia before my wife and I had kids.  After a few years I started getting restless and the work travel started to get old, so in 2005 I decided to take my then 9 year old son on a 1 month backpacking trip through Europe.  We planned it quickly and I took a sabatical from work so we could go, we headed out in June of 2005 and we loved it.  We ended cutting our trip a bit short becuase he was getting tired.

During the planning of that trip and booking everything I used EuroTrip as the basis for most of my decisions.  In fact I noticed that some of my posts requesting help are still here since 2005.  I even put up a webpage for the trip.  Well that was two years ago and alot has changed as a result of that trip. 

My eyes were opened that kids can travel and we should not be held back becuase of our borders, and that the world is there, we need to just explore it.  I think my son is a born traveller.  After getting back my wife and daughter seems to get excited about travel and we started looking at our next adventure.  Well that is when everything goes crazy, I decided to pursue an international assignment is asia and finally settled on Philippines, and we live here now.  We have been here a year and have been backpacking and travelling anywhere and everywhere when time permits.  When will we slow down? Who knows, I think we owe it all the EuroTrip…..seriously!

http://reedsadventure.com  we are a littel slow in updating, but the picture gallery in up to date…kind of.Smile

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Very cool, Brian.
I think I do remember your original posts.
Glad it all worked out so well for you and your family.

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I love hearing stories like that, thanks for sharing. Sounds like the trip had an amazing impact on your lives. I’m off to check out your website now!

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What an inspiring story!   You must be an amazing father, and the insight your son gained from the trip is more important than anything he could learn in a textbook. 

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 the world is there, we need to just explore it. 

 
Thats what I’m sayin!  Its a huge frikkin world with billions of people, why spend your entire life in a single country?
 
 
Thats awsome that you moved, I really want to do that eventually. 
 

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What do you do and how did you get the job?  I think it would be interesting to work for an embassy.

Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, and end up getting charged double.

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I remember reading your posts a few years ago.  That was the same summer that I was planning my last backpacking trip.  

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A couple facts I forgot to mention.  That first backpacking trip to Europe with my son was for 4 weeks, but was intended to be 7 weeks, we had to cut short becuase he was getting very tired.  I work for a company that has many international campuses and manfucaturing plants so I was able to stay with my company and find opportunities.  I hope the next one is in Vietnam, Summer 2008 we want to move there for 3 years after we leave Philippines.
 
So far the family has backpacked and traveled in Asia, Japan, Singpaore, All over Malaysia, Hong Kong, and several places in the philippines.  We are in the middleof planning a trip to Darwin Austrailia, Ankor Wat Cambodia, we go back to Japan in October, and we may try Thailand before the end of this year.

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I’m a little curious about the whole situation.  So, all of you are american citizens, right?  How are the kids adapting to life there?  Its just that trying to think back to my childhood, that would seem, well I don’t even know, overwhelming maybe.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe that your children will grow up being more literate about the world than 99% of other american children, and I’m all for america becoming more worldly.  But just curious how you think their future may turn out, and if you think they will have a “normal” high school experience, etc. 

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Good questions.  You would be surpised to learn how many US Citizens are living outside the US.  We have several familys that live in the same village and have plenty of influence from Americans.  Our entire family is very proud of being American as I hope most everyone would be of their home. 
 
There are several books written about “3rd culture kids” and the way then excell in life because of their experiences.  I suggest you do a google search and read up on it.
 
The school where my kids go just had their graduation, where 83 seniors graduated and 100% of them are going to college.  That is a hard statistic to beat in any american school, even&nbsprivate.  They attend a private school here that has an American circulium and operate just like an American private school.
 
I think our kids are going to do just fine, they have friends from all over the world and to them I think the world seems just a little bit smaller then before.  My son has three best friends, One Filipino, One Chinese, one Indian, and one from Germany.  They all communicate in english and are normal boys, just having fun.  On top of that they get to see what the real world is right in front of them, real poverty, real struggles, and they are imersed in so many cultures.

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A couple facts I forgot to mention.  That first backpacking trip to Europe with my son was for 4 weeks, but was intended to be 7 weeks, we had to cut short becuase he was getting very tired. .

Now I know I remember you. I do recall that you had to make the decision to cut the trip short.
I think your kids are having a awesome (I mean that literally) high school experience. There might be moments when they wish it was more “normal” but ultimately they will look back on these memories as being irreplaceable.
The coolest part is the friendships made and kept. My kid spent junior college year abroad and still has friends from that time.
It comes in handy when you need a place to stay![Smile]
I understand that not everyone wants to travel.
But sometimes I think that if more kids had the opportunities that yours do, there would be less ignorance and fear in the world.

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During the planning of that trip and booking everything I used EuroTrip as the basis for most of my decisions.


Okay so we’ve established the fact you’re clinically deranged!