We’re back with a new podcast! It was only fitting that I chat with my friend Stephanie Langford for my first international chat. She and her family traveled around the world last year, too—only she had four kids. And one of them was a baby. And they were gone for 54 weeks. (Makes me feel less crazy.)

tsh and stephanie

Last time we podcasted she was in Australia, so now the tables are turned: Stephanie is in Vancouver; I’m currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In this show we chat about traveling with kids (naturally), what it’s like to live out of a backpack, handling reeeeally tight quarters as a larger-ish (for Asia, anyway) family, and what it’s like to work from anywhere.

Show Notes

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8 comments on “Pillows Matter, Man

  1. I recently decided to subscribe to your podcast on iTunes, but have discovered that Episodes 1 & 2 won’t download – they say unavailable. I can’t figure out any other way to notify you, so you get a comment here :)

  2. I really identify with your thoughts on China! My first trip outside of the country (other than Mexico) was to Shanghai to meet my now father-in-law and his wife. China is SO INTENSE. Sensory overload. My brain kept trying to think things in french, which makes no sense other than the fact that it’s the only language outside of english that I’m familiar with. We spent most of our time in the city, but did venture out to Suzhou for Chinese New Year, which was amazing. I’m so glad I went, but there were definitely a lot of moments that I had to make myself overlook whatever miserable insanity was happening and focus on the memory I knew I’d look back on. It was also great to show me that my then-boyfriend was definitely the right one for me (little did I know that he had already bought my ring, and wanted to propose in China, but was afraid of getting the ring through customs. Sweet guy). Nothing like severe sleep deprivation and jetlag to show you who someone really is at their low point.
    Can’t wait to hear how the rest of your year goes!

  3. Sweet, sour, salty bitter! The four main tastes that are always a part of dishes in SE Asia along with spicy, of course. Umami is the fifth, savoury, taste, usually brought by fermented/ripened foods like soy sauce, fish sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes etc. It was only after being in Cambodia that I could truly appreciate the basic McDonalds hamburgers with its sweet ketchup, spicy mustard, sour pickles, salty/savoury meat etc!

  4. So enjoyed this one! Love that y’all kept the bit with Stephanie’s kids :).

    I am a huge fan of travel and I agree about it feeling worth it to do it with kids. We did a 2.5 week road trip through Canada and Maine this summer with a 2 & 4 year old (and a pregnant belly :)) –and got a lot of blank stares when we shared our plans. But even though there were some rough spots, what we saw and experienced together totally outweighed the bumps.

    Looking forward to hearing more as y’all continue your travels!

  5. Joanna Schoff Oct 29, 2014

    I have been following Tsh on her adventures around the globe, quite enviously. I liked this podcast. So real. It’s nice to hear the challenges too. Although it was only to Florida, but when I traveled my 3 kids last year they were arguing a lot which they don’t normally do so I know {sorta} what you mean. Tight quarters with kids all day is tough no matter what part of the globe you are on. And I completely understand about wanting some time away with a friend. I wish you all the best in your travels. I also like hearing Stephanie’s experience. Very interesting.

  6. Oh soooo nice to hear the honest evaluation and even complaints! Five months for us in Kathmandu and believe me there has been plenty to complain about but also SOOO much to be thankful for. It’s such a process, culture shock, family dynamics, transition, adaptation. For the first two months all I dreamed about was going back to BC buying a home and spending all my days gardening (in contrast to living in a city where there is zero green space for kids to play in). Always love a shot behind the scenes b.c. blogposts and nice photos can indeed make it seem all so glamorous;) enjoy!!

  7. Angie S Nov 6, 2014

    I was so excited to listen to your new podcast! I really love the longer episodes that dig in deeper…and I get to “see” things clearer and get to know you and your guests better. Thanks for an in-depth look at traveling for a season of life…

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