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Cliff Hsia
Cliff Hsia is a father who is determined to live a better than normal life by traveling the world, slowly and purposefully, with his wife and two young daughters. He writes about travel, family, love, happiness, faith, and everything else that life throws at him.

Read Cliff's articles at Live Family Travel and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Entries by Cliff Hsia

5 Things I've Learned About The World Through Travel

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 10:05 AM

In the last few years, I've had the privilege to travel all over the world, spending time in six continents in over twenty countries. I've learned many things through my world travels not only about myself, but also of the world we live in.

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Why We World-School Our Children

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 3:42 PM

In January 2014, we put our kids in preschool in Guatemala. Our oldest was four-and-a-half years old while our youngest was two weeks away from her second birthday. Our kids didn't speak Spanish and had never studied abroad before.

Chloe, our youngest daughter, cried a lot that first week of...

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A Day In The Life Of A World Traveling Family

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 3:32 PM

We love traveling, being in new places, meeting new people, eating new foods, and doing new things. And we like doing it together, as a family.

What we don't like is the act of traveling, or physically moving from one place to another. We have two daughters, ages five and...

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How We Afford to Travel

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 9:40 PM

Life is a product of our choices. One of the most important choices we make in life -- on a daily basis -- is what we spend our money on. I choose to spend a disproportionate amount of my money on travel for myself and my family. Spending lots of...

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The Most Important Element of Family Travel

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 11:05 PM

Family travel is all about teamwork. Everyone--including yourself, your spouse, and your children--need to be on the same page. Like any good team, everyone needs to know their roles and responsibilities, have clear expectations, and be accountable for their actions. And everyone needs to work together for a common purpose.

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5 Reasons to Travel Slowly

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 11:28 AM

Slow beats fast.

Recall the children's story about the race between the hare and the tortoise: the hare sprinted as fast as he could at the beginning of the race, while the tortoise took slow and steady steps. The hare, seeing how slow his competitor was moving, decided to take...

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33 Life Lessons in 33 Years

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Sometimes it's important to stop, take a moment, and reflect on the lessons life has taught you over the years. I'd like to share some of the things I've learned about dreams, fear, work, marriage, children, health, travel, and giving.

Here are my 33 life lessons in 33 years:

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Phuket, Thailand: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 3:17 PM

Phuket, Thailand is an island that's rapidly developing and changing. It's no secret paradise anymore, as tourists from all over the world come in droves to soak up the sun and play at the beaches.

We have lived in Phuket, Thailand for almost three months and have really enjoyed our...

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9 Steps to Creating Good Habits

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 4:22 PM

We all want to be happy, healthy, and wealthy, but our bad habits get in the way of our progress to our goals and a better lifestyle. We sacrifice our health for comfort food, sugary drinks, and a sedentary lifestyle. We sacrifice our happiness for overworking ourselves at the office...

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10 Harsh Realities of Family Travel

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 5:52 PM

Traveling with your kids for long, extended periods -- three or more weeks -- isn't always happiness, laughter, and smiles. The experience can wear you down, push you to the brink of blowing up in anger and frustration, and eliminate any shred of patience you might have had with your...

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5 Reasons to Mix Business and Family Travel

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:29 PM

If you've ever been on a business trip and you have kids, then you can empathize with that desperate feeling of missing your kids that normally hits you within 24 hours of arriving at your destination. No matter what city you're in and how nice a hotel you're staying at,...

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5 Ways to Find Time for Family Travel

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Time is the most precious thing we have in this world and it's the most valuable currency of life. Our time in this world is short, and our time as parents with our children is even shorter. Children grow up really fast and the window of opportunity for...

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The Ups and Downs of Travel and Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 12:54 PM

Just when things start getting comfortable, life has a funny way of shaking things up again to get your attention. Travel intensifies this feeling of having little, if any, control over things that make you uncomfortable.

Our recent week was a testament to the old adage, "Whatever can go wrong,...

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7 Steps to True Forgiveness

(4) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 12:56 PM

"I forgive you" are three of the hardest words you can ever give to someone else. Forgiveness is extremely difficult, but it can be the greatest gift if you are willing to give it.

Why is forgiveness so difficult?

  • Forgiveness is a heavy burden. You have experienced pain and hurt...
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Top 10 Benefits of Traveling With Kids

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 12:42 PM

Traveling with two kids, now ages five and three years old, over the past few years through various countries has been nothing short of easy. But the benefits of traveling together as a family far outweigh the stress and headaches that are inevitable with little ones.

Here are our...

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Why We Travel Slowly

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 4:00 PM

We travel rather slowly, almost at a tortoise's pace, as compared to others who squeeze in five European countries in a two-week vacation or four Central American countries in a ten-day cruise. We're not in the business of tour busing and picture taking. We're traveling and living as slowly as...

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15 Hours Overnight at Seoul's Incheon Airport With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 11:02 AM

Our first night after departing the USA on our gap year was spent sleeping at Seoul's Incheon Airport. This was a first for us.

Previously, we had done red-eye flights with the kids (not recommended) and early morning flights (also not recommended, but better than red-eye flights). This time we...

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The Art of Family Travel

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 1:43 PM

Taking care of your family at home is hard in itself. Then imagine taking your family and all your things to travel through different countries, living in different places, eating different foods, and trying to keep your sanity as parents along the way.

Family travel is art that requires consistent...

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How I Negotiated $675 in Travel Fees With Two Phone Calls

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:23 PM

Travel fees will kill any travel budget. Baggage fees, flight change fees, and rental car alternate location drop-off fees, hotel reservation cancellation fees, etc... All these fees add up quickly and make travel more expensive than it should be.

But sometimes your travel plans change and these fees just cannot...

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How to Stop Worrying

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 10:27 AM

Worrying doesn't have any benefits associated with it. You become anxious, nervous, fearful, jealous, and even shameful. You lose sleep over your worries, your health deteriorates, and you try to comfort yourself with anything that might offer an escape. Your relationships suffer because you become easily irritable and less patient...

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