Journey of the Globe

Join us as we travel the globe as a family to expose our children to the world.

Sharing the gift and practice of yoga with an elementary school in Cacao, Panama. This was the first time most of the nearly 70 children had ever heard of yoga, but they were very willing to give it a shot. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Sharing the gift and practice of yoga with an elementary school in Cacao, Panama. This was the first time most of the nearly 70 children had ever heard of yoga, but they were very willing to give it a shot. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

After hiking 14km to the crater of Telica Volcano in Leon, Nicaragua, we were able to take in this magical sunrise early the next morning. Being able to pitch a tent at the mouth of the crater and wake to this sunrise, is a top memory of our time in Nicaragua for sure!  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

After hiking 14km to the crater of Telica Volcano in Leon, Nicaragua, we were able to take in this magical sunrise early the next morning. Being able to pitch a tent at the mouth of the crater and wake to this sunrise, is a top memory of our time in Nicaragua for sure! 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

The view at the top of Cerro Negro, an active volcano in Leon, Nicaragua, looks like we have landed on another planet. Cerro Negro is the youngest volcano in Central America, having just appeared in 1850. It has erupted 23 times, the last being in 1999.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

The view at the top of Cerro Negro, an active volcano in Leon, Nicaragua, looks like we have landed on another planet. Cerro Negro is the youngest volcano in Central America, having just appeared in 1850. It has erupted 23 times, the last being in 1999. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

After searching for one of the classic symbols of Costa Rica for nearly 6 weeks, we finally found the red-eyed green tree frog (non-poisonous) in Punta Mona. It was worth the wait, as it sat peacefully on the mossy branch, and allowed us an up close encounter.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

After searching for one of the classic symbols of Costa Rica for nearly 6 weeks, we finally found the red-eyed green tree frog (non-poisonous) in Punta Mona. It was worth the wait, as it sat peacefully on the mossy branch, and allowed us an up close encounter. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Half way thru our 8km bicycle ride in Turrialba, Costa Rica, we came across more than 50 acres of beautiful sugar cane fields. We managed to navigate our way out of this maze, just before the sun set.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Half way thru our 8km bicycle ride in Turrialba, Costa Rica, we came across more than 50 acres of beautiful sugar cane fields. We managed to navigate our way out of this maze, just before the sun set. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Meet our friend, the howler monkey, who lived in the trees above our home in Nosara, Costa Rica. Every morning during our 6 week stay, he and others doubled as our personal alarm clock with their loud "howl" at 5:15am sharp. Their howl can carry thru dense rainforest for up to 3 miles. The cute monkeys also make for great night time security systems, as they also howl if they see any movement down below after dark. 

Meet our friend, the howler monkey, who lived in the trees above our home in Nosara, Costa Rica. Every morning during our 6 week stay, he and others doubled as our personal alarm clock with their loud "howl" at 5:15am sharp. Their howl can carry thru dense rainforest for up to 3 miles. The cute monkeys also make for great night time security systems, as they also howl if they see any movement down below after dark. 

We (Ellen, all 5'5" of her above) finally tracked down the giant of the sea, when we got the chance ego swim alongside whale-sharks in Isla de Mujeres, Mexico. These "fish" which are between 26-30 feet long and average 20,000 lbs, can live up to 70 years old. We were fortunate to have an amazing guide who knew which direction they would be heading during this time of the year!  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

We (Ellen, all 5'5" of her above) finally tracked down the giant of the sea, when we got the chance ego swim alongside whale-sharks in Isla de Mujeres, Mexico. These "fish" which are between 26-30 feet long and average 20,000 lbs, can live up to 70 years old. We were fortunate to have an amazing guide who knew which direction they would be heading during this time of the year! 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

One of the best parts of "world-schooling" is finding something we all have never heard about before, and enjoying it so much. The cenotes of  the Yucatan state of Mexico, are a perfect example of this. A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes fresh groundwater underneath. There are over 6,000 cenotes in this part of Mexico, which now can be visited and are open for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling since they have such clear water and amazing unique formations underneath the surface. This one had a nice jumping platform (top middle) which we all enjoyed jumping in from on this humid day. A true hidden gem in the middle of the mayan jungle!!!! (photo by: Ricky Willis)

One of the best parts of "world-schooling" is finding something we all have never heard about before, and enjoying it so much. The cenotes of  the Yucatan state of Mexico, are a perfect example of this. A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes fresh groundwater underneath. There are over 6,000 cenotes in this part of Mexico, which now can be visited and are open for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling since they have such clear water and amazing unique formations underneath the surface. This one had a nice jumping platform (top middle) which we all enjoyed jumping in from on this humid day. A true hidden gem in the middle of the mayan jungle!!!!

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Amazing family surf lesson with our friend Kaimani in Nosara, Costa Rica. Kaimani is originally from Hawaaii and offered to teach us all how to properly surf after we struck up a conversation on the beach. At first we were a little unsure as it seemed this man was walking the beach, looking to make a dollar off tourists by offering to teach them lessons. After a few minutes, Ellen decided to go for it and we were off to the water with this man. Turns out, he didn't want any money, and would not talk about himself much when we asked him about his surfing/life background. He simply wanted to share positive life lessons, and supply us with all the tools and knowledge to successfully get up on our board and ride the amazing waves at Playa Guiones. After spending two sessions with him and soaking up his incredible wisdom, we found out from a local surf shop in town, he was a very famous surfer and one of the best instructors in the world, who happened to be in town visiting. He simply wanted to share his passion with us and is a great reminder to give ALL people a chance and don't be too quick to judge someone. Live. Laugh. Learn. Aloha Kaimani !!!

Amazing family surf lesson with our friend Kaimani in Nosara, Costa Rica. Kaimani is originally from Hawaaii and offered to teach us all how to properly surf after we struck up a conversation on the beach. At first we were a little unsure as it seemed this man was walking the beach, looking to make a dollar off tourists by offering to teach them lessons. After a few minutes, Ellen decided to go for it and we were off to the water with this man. Turns out, he didn't want any money, and would not talk about himself much when we asked him about his surfing/life background. He simply wanted to share positive life lessons, and supply us with all the tools and knowledge to successfully get up on our board and ride the amazing waves at Playa Guiones. After spending two sessions with him and soaking up his incredible wisdom, we found out from a local surf shop in town, he was a very famous surfer and one of the best instructors in the world, who happened to be in town visiting. He simply wanted to share his passion with us and is a great reminder to give ALL people a chance and don't be too quick to judge someone. Live. Laugh. Learn. Aloha Kaimani !!!

What a fun night learning how to make authentic Mexican cuisine with our new friend Lina in Tulum, Mexico. Items we learned how to make from scratch included hand made corn tortillas, chicken molé, vegetable empenadas, stone soup, and of course a delicious flan for dessert. Lina and her sister have 20+ years of experience running and owning restaurants, and now share their passion of cooking by hosting lessons in their home. Que delicioso! 

What a fun night learning how to make authentic Mexican cuisine with our new friend Lina in Tulum, Mexico. Items we learned how to make from scratch included hand made corn tortillas, chicken molé, vegetable empenadas, stone soup, and of course a delicious flan for dessert. Lina and her sister have 20+ years of experience running and owning restaurants, and now share their passion of cooking by hosting lessons in their home. Que delicioso! 

We found Paradise. The Maldives is certainly all that it is built up to be.....and maybe more. Taking in this beautiful sunset at the Sun Siyam Hotel and Resort, where we wrapped up this amazing year of travel with 5 days of fun in the sun! (photo by: Ricky Willis)

We found Paradise. The Maldives is certainly all that it is built up to be.....and maybe more. Taking in this beautiful sunset at the Sun Siyam Hotel and Resort, where we wrapped up this amazing year of travel with 5 days of fun in the sun!

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

These hard working Tamil women work the beautiful hillside near the Knuckles Mountain Range each day plucking fresh tea leaves to earn an income. The goal is 18kg per day (almost 40lbs) and all the work is all done by hand and in bare feet. 7 days a week, these ladies show up and work to earn an average of $8.00 USD per day. This photo illustrates the final step of the process, as they have hiked up the side of the hill for the official weigh-in and to get paid from their supervisor.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

These hard working Tamil women work the beautiful hillside near the Knuckles Mountain Range each day plucking fresh tea leaves to earn an income. The goal is 18kg per day (almost 40lbs) and all the work is all done by hand and in bare feet. 7 days a week, these ladies show up and work to earn an average of $8.00 USD per day. This photo illustrates the final step of the process, as they have hiked up the side of the hill for the official weigh-in and to get paid from their supervisor. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

So lucky to have this up-close encounter with a dozen female elephants on our safari drive in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. It was so exciting to see these gentle giants roaming free on the over 240,000 acres the park provides. Fortunately for us, these elephants were in no hurry, which allowed us to spend 30 minutes with them right in front of our 4x4 vehicle. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

So lucky to have this up-close encounter with a dozen female elephants on our safari drive in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. It was so exciting to see these gentle giants roaming free on the over 240,000 acres the park provides. Fortunately for us, these elephants were in no hurry, which allowed us to spend 30 minutes with them right in front of our 4x4 vehicle.

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Fun in the sun learning how to surf in Weligama Bay, Sri Lanka.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Fun in the sun learning how to surf in Weligama Bay, Sri Lanka. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Morning walk to the iconic 9 Arches Bridge using the train tracks in Ella, Sri Lanka. The beautiful hill country, full of lush tea plantations, was so much fun to explore by foot and train. Not many in the fashion industry can pull of a beautiful dress and backwards athletic hat like Shae can! This journey has made us all stronger, closer and wiser, and opened our creative minds  more than we could have ever imagined, style included. 

Morning walk to the iconic 9 Arches Bridge using the train tracks in Ella, Sri Lanka. The beautiful hill country, full of lush tea plantations, was so much fun to explore by foot and train. Not many in the fashion industry can pull of a beautiful dress and backwards athletic hat like Shae can! This journey has made us all stronger, closer and wiser, and opened our creative minds  more than we could have ever imagined, style included. 

We have enjoyed learning about the local cuisine and ingredients from every country we have visited. Taking cooking lessons has been a great way to understand local flavors, traditional meals, visit markets, and learn how to make certain dishes we really liked. This class in Sri Lanka with Karuna may have been our best! We had such a great time learning how to make delicious (and spicy) chicken curry, mango curry, vegetable devil, fried eggplant, daal, and much more.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

We have enjoyed learning about the local cuisine and ingredients from every country we have visited. Taking cooking lessons has been a great way to understand local flavors, traditional meals, visit markets, and learn how to make certain dishes we really liked. This class in Sri Lanka with Karuna may have been our best! We had such a great time learning how to make delicious (and spicy) chicken curry, mango curry, vegetable devil, fried eggplant, daal, and much more. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

After arriving on a beautiful and untouched deserted island to spend an afternoon, the girls fixed up an old bamboo raft they found had been left ashore. An hour or so later, we took it out for a test ride and successfully sailed the turquoise waters. Amazing what a little creativity, imagination, and teamwork can do when you have no supplies, tools, and  no one else in sight for miles.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

After arriving on a beautiful and untouched deserted island to spend an afternoon, the girls fixed up an old bamboo raft they found had been left ashore. An hour or so later, we took it out for a test ride and successfully sailed the turquoise waters. Amazing what a little creativity, imagination, and teamwork can do when you have no supplies, tools, and  no one else in sight for miles. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Fresh catch of the day.......a 3.3kg Mahi-Mahi from the clear waters of the Perhentian Islands. Taylor and the boys went out on a 3 hour charter boat ride, and were fortunate enough to reel in this beautiful mahi-mahi while staying on Pulau Perhentian, a beautiful island off the coast of Malaysia. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Fresh catch of the day.......a 3.3kg Mahi-Mahi from the clear waters of the Perhentian Islands. Taylor and the boys went out on a 3 hour charter boat ride, and were fortunate enough to reel in this beautiful mahi-mahi while staying on Pulau Perhentian, a beautiful island off the coast of Malaysia.

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

We were so fortunate to visit the Probiscus Monkey Sanctuary while in Borneo and meet our new favorite animal. The Silverleaf Lungur was so sweet, calm, and playful,l even chewing on Taylor's shoes when we encountered them in the wild. The little baby was an amazing bright orange color  ( no photoshop here ) and will change over to a dark grey coat in 4 months time. Beautiful animals and a beuatufl day out in the wild. ( photo: Taylor Bradley)

We were so fortunate to visit the Probiscus Monkey Sanctuary while in Borneo and meet our new favorite animal. The Silverleaf Lungur was so sweet, calm, and playful,l even chewing on Taylor's shoes when we encountered them in the wild. The little baby was an amazing bright orange color  ( no photoshop here ) and will change over to a dark grey coat in 4 months time. Beautiful animals and a beuatufl day out in the wild.

( photo: Taylor Bradley)

One of the things at the top of our "to-do" list when we set out on this journey was to swim alongside sea turtles. After 6 months and many tries, we finally found them in the Malaysian Islands off the coast of Semporna. Mataking Island and Sipidan Island proved to be the perfect spot to swim side by side with hundreds of green sea turtles and horn billed turtles as well. Mom and Taylor took an extra close look here at these graceful and peaceful turtles which can live up to 80-100 years old.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

One of the things at the top of our "to-do" list when we set out on this journey was to swim alongside sea turtles. After 6 months and many tries, we finally found them in the Malaysian Islands off the coast of Semporna. Mataking Island and Sipidan Island proved to be the perfect spot to swim side by side with hundreds of green sea turtles and horn billed turtles as well. Mom and Taylor took an extra close look here at these graceful and peaceful turtles which can live up to 80-100 years old. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Sao Beach on Phu Quoc island was one of the best hidden gems we have found on our journey. With pure white sand and clear turquoise water, this is easily one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever stepped foot on. Add in these fun swings and an inflatable water park/obstacle course set up in just off the sand, it is no wonder why we spent our last 48 hours on the island on Sao Beach.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Sao Beach on Phu Quoc island was one of the best hidden gems we have found on our journey. With pure white sand and clear turquoise water, this is easily one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever stepped foot on. Add in these fun swings and an inflatable water park/obstacle course set up in just off the sand, it is no wonder why we spent our last 48 hours on the island on Sao Beach. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

What better way to take in the sights, sounds, and feel of a new city then to hop the back of 6 scooters for a  tour of Saigon after dark. In a city with over 10 million people and 8 million scooters, it is pretty much the only option to get around. We spent the evening trying local street food, seeing famous landmarks, and laughing constantly as we zigged and zagged all over the city.  At this red light, we share a laugh, tighten our helmets and do a quick head count to make sure we have everyone!  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

What better way to take in the sights, sounds, and feel of a new city then to hop the back of 6 scooters for a  tour of Saigon after dark. In a city with over 10 million people and 8 million scooters, it is pretty much the only option to get around. We spent the evening trying local street food, seeing famous landmarks, and laughing constantly as we zigged and zagged all over the city.  At this red light, we share a laugh, tighten our helmets and do a quick head count to make sure we have everyone! 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Exploring the underground network of the Cu Chi tunnels, used by the Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat. The tunnels were the base for the Viet Cong soldiers during the American/Vietnam war, and a place they could safely find shelter during bomb raids. These tunnels also served as communications and supply routes, hospitals, and living quarters for the North Vietnamese fighters. Most of their days were spent inside the tunnels, only coming out at night to scavenge for supplies, tend their crops, or engage the enemy in battle. During heavy US bombing, they would be forced to spend several consecutive days underground at a time. Although many tunnels have been renovated for tourism purposes and for westerners to fit thru and tour, this is an original size tunnel which Ellen barely fit in. Our tour guide mentioned every Vientames solider was roughly 5'6" and no more than 130 pounds.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Exploring the underground network of the Cu Chi tunnels, used by the Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat. The tunnels were the base for the Viet Cong soldiers during the American/Vietnam war, and a place they could safely find shelter during bomb raids. These tunnels also served as communications and supply routes, hospitals, and living quarters for the North Vietnamese fighters. Most of their days were spent inside the tunnels, only coming out at night to scavenge for supplies, tend their crops, or engage the enemy in battle. During heavy US bombing, they would be forced to spend several consecutive days underground at a time. Although many tunnels have been renovated for tourism purposes and for westerners to fit thru and tour, this is an original size tunnel which Ellen barely fit in. Our tour guide mentioned every Vientames solider was roughly 5'6" and no more than 130 pounds. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

The girls enjoying their bicycle tuk-tuk ride thru the ever busy streets of Hanoi, Vietnam. More than 6 million people live in the Hanoi area, and we are told 5 million of them or more own scooters. Taxes on automobiles here in Vietnam can reach as high as 150% of the purchase price, which alone forces most to buy the more affordable option of a scooter. ($1,300-$1,600). 

The girls enjoying their bicycle tuk-tuk ride thru the ever busy streets of Hanoi, Vietnam. More than 6 million people live in the Hanoi area, and we are told 5 million of them or more own scooters. Taxes on automobiles here in Vietnam can reach as high as 150% of the purchase price, which alone forces most to buy the more affordable option of a scooter. ($1,300-$1,600). 

Traffic paused just long enough for a quick family photo on the historic Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam. The bridge which spans over 1 mile and is one of the longest in Asia, crosses the Red River and connect Hanoi to the Northern provinces of Vietnam. It was bombarded heavily and often by the USA during the Vietnam War, but always re-built and still stands strong today. It is now only used for scooters and pedestrians access.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Traffic paused just long enough for a quick family photo on the historic Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam. The bridge which spans over 1 mile and is one of the longest in Asia, crosses the Red River and connect Hanoi to the Northern provinces of Vietnam. It was bombarded heavily and often by the USA during the Vietnam War, but always re-built and still stands strong today. It is now only used for scooters and pedestrians access. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

The paparazzi caught these 2 striking a pose on our Saigon graffiti art tour. Walking thru the less travelled alleyways of Ho Chi Minh City, to discover these beautiful colors and the unique and meaningful works of art, was a great family experience.   (photo by: Ricky Willis)

The paparazzi caught these 2 striking a pose on our Saigon graffiti art tour. Walking thru the less travelled alleyways of Ho Chi Minh City, to discover these beautiful colors and the unique and meaningful works of art, was a great family experience.  

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Vietnam Village Life. After a while, you just get used to avoiding whatever you may encounter on the road......including an entire herd of cattle.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Vietnam Village Life. After a while, you just get used to avoiding whatever you may encounter on the road......including an entire herd of cattle. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

While out roller blading and enjoying the beautiful weekend weather at the Hanoi city center square, the girls quickly became fan favorites of the local High School graduating class. Lots of laughs and selfies were shared with this group of local Vietnamese girls. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

While out roller blading and enjoying the beautiful weekend weather at the Hanoi city center square, the girls quickly became fan favorites of the local High School graduating class. Lots of laughs and selfies were shared with this group of local Vietnamese girls.

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Visiting Cat Ba Island in Vietnam, we take a cruise through the beautiful and scenic limestone karst islands of Han La Bay.

Visiting Cat Ba Island in Vietnam, we take a cruise through the beautiful and scenic limestone karst islands of Han La Bay.

While in Chiang Rai, Thailand we had the opportunity to visit the Karen Long Neck tribe village and meet this beautiful 9 year old girl. Kya was immediately drawn to her, being the same age. We learned many children from the village will never attend school, instead they learn at a very young age how to hand knit scarves and other items to help their family earn an income. The villagers have placed rings around the girl's necks, to protect from tigers who may enter the village seeking prey. Village stories tell of a young girl who was bitten by a tiger on her neck and killed many years ago.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

While in Chiang Rai, Thailand we had the opportunity to visit the Karen Long Neck tribe village and meet this beautiful 9 year old girl. Kya was immediately drawn to her, being the same age. We learned many children from the village will never attend school, instead they learn at a very young age how to hand knit scarves and other items to help their family earn an income. The villagers have placed rings around the girl's necks, to protect from tigers who may enter the village seeking prey. Village stories tell of a young girl who was bitten by a tiger on her neck and killed many years ago. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Spend an afternoon with a few adult elephants and their mahouts in Chiang Mai? Sign us up! We were able to visit Hug Elephant Sanctuary for an unforgettable afternoon with rescued tourist and logging elephants, in the countryside of Chiang Mai. We walked alongside these amazing animals, fed them sugar cane and bananas in the jungle, and got to give them a mud bath to end our day. The mahouts spend their entire lives looking after the elephants, and the bond between elephant and mahout is special to witness. Hug Elephant Sanctuary does not allow elephant riding, which hurts the elephants back and neck, instead they let the elephants roam freely and enjoy their lives in the wild. This elephant pictured above is 28 years old and weighs 6,000 pounds.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Spend an afternoon with a few adult elephants and their mahouts in Chiang Mai? Sign us up! We were able to visit Hug Elephant Sanctuary for an unforgettable afternoon with rescued tourist and logging elephants, in the countryside of Chiang Mai. We walked alongside these amazing animals, fed them sugar cane and bananas in the jungle, and got to give them a mud bath to end our day. The mahouts spend their entire lives looking after the elephants, and the bond between elephant and mahout is special to witness. Hug Elephant Sanctuary does not allow elephant riding, which hurts the elephants back and neck, instead they let the elephants roam freely and enjoy their lives in the wild. This elephant pictured above is 28 years old and weighs 6,000 pounds. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

It is going to be very easy for our family to keep track of each other in busy sights such as the Grand Palce in Bangkok. All we have to do is look up. The locals and tour groups alike, were touching, laughing and trying to grab photos as clearly they have not seen anyone over 6 feet tall for a while, never mind a 7 footer. Little did we know, there would be record crowds during our visit, as the King who resided over Thailand for 70 years (age 19-89) passed away 3 months prior. The government is giving all Thai's the opportunity to come and pay their last respects to the King for a full calendar year at the Palace. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

It is going to be very easy for our family to keep track of each other in busy sights such as the Grand Palce in Bangkok. All we have to do is look up. The locals and tour groups alike, were touching, laughing and trying to grab photos as clearly they have not seen anyone over 6 feet tall for a while, never mind a 7 footer. Little did we know, there would be record crowds during our visit, as the King who resided over Thailand for 70 years (age 19-89) passed away 3 months prior. The government is giving all Thai's the opportunity to come and pay their last respects to the King for a full calendar year at the Palace.

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Checking in with our local TV station in Cincinnati (WKRC-12) via a Skype interview from Ayutthaya, Thailand. Not a bad backdrop, when you are fortunate to have 600 year old ruins light up the night. After an evening 2 hour guided bike ride to the ruins and temples, we were able to find a connection, and keep our family and friends up to date on our travels. This was a great day trip to escape the chaotic Bangkok streets, and enjoy mother nature and a piece of history.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Checking in with our local TV station in Cincinnati (WKRC-12) via a Skype interview from Ayutthaya, Thailand. Not a bad backdrop, when you are fortunate to have 600 year old ruins light up the night. After an evening 2 hour guided bike ride to the ruins and temples, we were able to find a connection, and keep our family and friends up to date on our travels. This was a great day trip to escape the chaotic Bangkok streets, and enjoy mother nature and a piece of history. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Hard at work planting just shy of 1,000 tomato and pumpkin plants at an organic, permaculture farm we spent a week living on. Our first time using the WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) program and we had a blast. We learned all natural farming techniques, how to efficiently and properly garden, bake bread and make pastries, while living with the Moritz family of Cheshunt, Victoria (Australia.) Not only do Tomas and Gabi live off their land and tend to all 600 acres themselves, they also have an artisan wood fired bread baking business out of there home. We helped make 350 loaves of bread and over 100 pastries from scratch for the weekly farmers market. I think it is safe to say, we have a new respect for organic farming!!!

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Entering the Daintree Rainforest for a hiking adventure and to explore the beautiful nature in Queensland, Australia. We spent the day learning from an aboriginal tour guide and understanding their culture. It is a very peaceful culture, and one that simply and grateful for each day.  We finished the day off with a fresh water swim in Mossman Gorge, the only safe place to cool off where you won't find crocodiles this time of the year.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Entering the Daintree Rainforest for a hiking adventure and to explore the beautiful nature in Queensland, Australia. We spent the day learning from an aboriginal tour guide and understanding their culture. It is a very peaceful culture, and one that simply and grateful for each day.  We finished the day off with a fresh water swim in Mossman Gorge, the only safe place to cool off where you won't find crocodiles this time of the year. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

On top of the world!!!!!!!!!! Well, not really, but it just seems like it from this aerial shot high above the majestic Great Barrier Reef. After spending all day in the gorgeous blue water snorkeling over the reefs, we were fortunate  to take a 35 minute scenic helicopter ride  back to our hotel in Port Douglas. The memories of this view and our family conversations and laughter over the headpiece sets will last a lifetime. 

On top of the world!!!!!!!!!! Well, not really, but it just seems like it from this aerial shot high above the majestic Great Barrier Reef. After spending all day in the gorgeous blue water snorkeling over the reefs, we were fortunate  to take a 35 minute scenic helicopter ride  back to our hotel in Port Douglas. The memories of this view and our family conversations and laughter over the headpiece sets will last a lifetime. 

Freedom Camping in new Zealand!!!!  We found this hidden gem campground near Lake Wanaka and wasted not imd gathering driftwood to make an evening campfire. We enjoyed dinner, star gazing, laughs and family time around the fire. From the snow capped mountains to the crystal clear and refreshing lake water, this was a highlight of our road trip. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Freedom Camping in new Zealand!!!!  We found this hidden gem campground near Lake Wanaka and wasted not imd gathering driftwood to make an evening campfire. We enjoyed dinner, star gazing, laughs and family time around the fire. From the snow capped mountains to the crystal clear and refreshing lake water, this was a highlight of our road trip.

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Our flight from Nadi to Savusavu, Fiji had us a little worried at first, but this 18 seat prop plane did the job perfectly. We had an amazing view landing and met some great friends on the flight with whom we are still in touch with today. 

Our flight from Nadi to Savusavu, Fiji had us a little worried at first, but this 18 seat prop plane did the job perfectly. We had an amazing view landing and met some great friends on the flight with whom we are still in touch with today. 

On a tour of the 10th largest stadium in the world......the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG). This uniquely built and designed stadium can hold 101,000 fans when full for championship Aussie Rules Football and Cricket matches. We learned a lot about the international game of cricket. It is a game for those with much patience, as matches can take up to 5 or 6 days to complete.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

On a tour of the 10th largest stadium in the world......the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG). This uniquely built and designed stadium can hold 101,000 fans when full for championship Aussie Rules Football and Cricket matches. We learned a lot about the international game of cricket. It is a game for those with much patience, as matches can take up to 5 or 6 days to complete. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Kya and Dad hard at work harvesting the rice in the beautiful terraces in Ubud. It takes 3.5-4 months from the initial planting of the seedling until it is time to harvest. Many families here in Indonesia use their land to grow white, red, and black rice. 

Kya and Dad hard at work harvesting the rice in the beautiful terraces in Ubud. It takes 3.5-4 months from the initial planting of the seedling until it is time to harvest. Many families here in Indonesia use their land to grow white, red, and black rice. 

Our mobile "home" for two weeks during our road trip their the beautiful south island of New Zealand. Sleeps 5, carries 4 bicycles, and makes for some very funny memories living in such tight quarters. 

Our mobile "home" for two weeks during our road trip their the beautiful south island of New Zealand. Sleeps 5, carries 4 bicycles, and makes for some very funny memories living in such tight quarters. 

Taylor enjoyed her daily 7am morning routine of milking the goats during our one week stay on an organic farm in Cheshunt, Victoria. (Australia) She woke daily at 6am sharp, got dressed, and was ready for Tomas to say it was time to go to work. A true farm girl, she enjoyed learning and participating all week long. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Taylor enjoyed her daily 7am morning routine of milking the goats during our one week stay on an organic farm in Cheshunt, Victoria. (Australia) She woke daily at 6am sharp, got dressed, and was ready for Tomas to say it was time to go to work. A true farm girl, she enjoyed learning and participating all week long.

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

During our 10 day stay in Melbourne, Australia, the girls were able to take a few gymnastics classes from the amazing team at Kids in Motion. Rock wall climbing, trampoline, and plenty of leaps and jumps kept them entertained. Here, Shae shows off her jumping ability, clearing the hurdle with ease.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

During our 10 day stay in Melbourne, Australia, the girls were able to take a few gymnastics classes from the amazing team at Kids in Motion. Rock wall climbing, trampoline, and plenty of leaps and jumps kept them entertained. Here, Shae shows off her jumping ability, clearing the hurdle with ease. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Jumping for joy on our final day in the Maldives. It was hard to leave such a beautiful place, but we are very lucky for the experience and for being able to take in one of the prettiest sights we have ever seen. 5 days of fun and sun at the Sun Siyam Resort was a perfect ending to our journey of the globe. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Jumping for joy on our final day in the Maldives. It was hard to leave such a beautiful place, but we are very lucky for the experience and for being able to take in one of the prettiest sights we have ever seen. 5 days of fun and sun at the Sun Siyam Resort was a perfect ending to our journey of the globe.

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Ellen has found numerous ways to continue her dedicated daily yoga practice while being on this journey. Since a Modo hot yoga studio is not always nearby, she often times has to get creative to fit her practice in. Here she is practicing on a stand up paddle (SUP) board at the Jean- Michel Cousteau resort in Savusavu, Fiji. From the reaction of the amazing staff and hotel guests, I don't think they have ever seen anyone perform Warrior pose and more in the ocean before. (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Ellen has found numerous ways to continue her dedicated daily yoga practice while being on this journey. Since a Modo hot yoga studio is not always nearby, she often times has to get creative to fit her practice in. Here she is practicing on a stand up paddle (SUP) board at the Jean- Michel Cousteau resort in Savusavu, Fiji. From the reaction of the amazing staff and hotel guests, I don't think they have ever seen anyone perform Warrior pose and more in the ocean before.

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all from Bali. 2016 was full of adventure and fun for our family, and we look forward to continuing this journey into the new year.  We wish you all continued health, happiness, and peace in 2017. Love, the Bradley Bunch (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all from Bali. 2016 was full of adventure and fun for our family, and we look forward to continuing this journey into the new year.  We wish you all continued health, happiness, and peace in 2017. Love, the Bradley Bunch

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Enjoying the beautiful view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This amazing city is very environmentally friendly, super clean, and has such a kind respectful feel to it. Add that to the diverse population, some of the most delicious food we have ever tasted, and an impressive public transportation system, and you have one of our Top 5 cities we have ever visited. It was a short 4 day stay, but we will be back for sure!  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Enjoying the beautiful view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This amazing city is very environmentally friendly, super clean, and has such a kind respectful feel to it. Add that to the diverse population, some of the most delicious food we have ever tasted, and an impressive public transportation system, and you have one of our Top 5 cities we have ever visited. It was a short 4 day stay, but we will be back for sure! 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Early morning swim in the freezing turquoise water of the Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos. We are all waiting for Kya to take the leap off the 15 foot high tree stump.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Early morning swim in the freezing turquoise water of the Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos. We are all waiting for Kya to take the leap off the 15 foot high tree stump. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Ready, Set, Go! Kya finally took the plunge and joined us in the freezing cold turquoise waters at the Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Ready, Set, Go! Kya finally took the plunge and joined us in the freezing cold turquoise waters at the Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

The colorful and vibrant nightly street market scene in Luang Prabang, Laos. The sights, sounds, and smells from this lively night market are enough to entertain anyone. If you want it, they have it here in this 1km long market. Some of our favorite snacks here are the vegetable noodle soup and freshly sliced mango and pineapple.   (photo by: Ricky Willis)

The colorful and vibrant nightly street market scene in Luang Prabang, Laos. The sights, sounds, and smells from this lively night market are enough to entertain anyone. If you want it, they have it here in this 1km long market. Some of our favorite snacks here are the vegetable noodle soup and freshly sliced mango and pineapple.  

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Kayaking thru Han La Bay and the Cat Ba Islands, were highlights of our stay in Vietnam. It was difficult to reach, but well worth the effort to have these amazing waters and limestone karsts to ourselves for 2 days. 

Kayaking thru Han La Bay and the Cat Ba Islands, were highlights of our stay in Vietnam. It was difficult to reach, but well worth the effort to have these amazing waters and limestone karsts to ourselves for 2 days. 

Tonkun, a 34 year old mother, walks with and keeps a close eye on her 1 year old baby boy named Kit. We spent the day walking alongside these beautiful animals in their natural environments, with their mahouts. Being able to feed the elephants bananas and give them an afternoon bath in the Nam Kahn River were highlights of our day at Mandalao. 

Tonkun, a 34 year old mother, walks with and keeps a close eye on her 1 year old baby boy named Kit. We spent the day walking alongside these beautiful animals in their natural environments, with their mahouts. Being able to feed the elephants bananas and give them an afternoon bath in the Nam Kahn River were highlights of our day at Mandalao. 

Snorkeling around the beautiful Similan Islands off the southern coast of Phuket, Thailand during our 3 day Live-aboard boat  trip.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Snorkeling around the beautiful Similan Islands off the southern coast of Phuket, Thailand during our 3 day Live-aboard boat  trip. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

After a 3 hour hike just shy of 10 miles, climbing limestone rock and thru the jungle, the girls were "flipping out" and "bending over backwards" that they made it to the peak!!!! These 3 strong girls led the way and amazed our local guide. 

After a 3 hour hike just shy of 10 miles, climbing limestone rock and thru the jungle, the girls were "flipping out" and "bending over backwards" that they made it to the peak!!!! These 3 strong girls led the way and amazed our local guide. 

Just a "small and harmless" black tip shark, according to our guide, swimming right under us during our Phi Phi Island, Thailand snorkel adventure. The white sand, turquoise water and bright sun, made Phi-Phi a perfect place to spend the day.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Just a "small and harmless" black tip shark, according to our guide, swimming right under us during our Phi Phi Island, Thailand snorkel adventure. The white sand, turquoise water and bright sun, made Phi-Phi a perfect place to spend the day. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

On our first night in Colombo, Sri Lanka we ran into this "snake-charmer" on our way to dinner. After being talked into it for a little while, we held 7 foot pythons and Mom even faced her fear and put one around her neck. I don't think Kya will ever forget this memory!  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

On our first night in Colombo, Sri Lanka we ran into this "snake-charmer" on our way to dinner. After being talked into it for a little while, we held 7 foot pythons and Mom even faced her fear and put one around her neck. I don't think Kya will ever forget this memory! 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Family stroll thru the beautiful turquoise waters during low tide at the Mataking Island Reef Resort. (Malaysia) (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Family stroll thru the beautiful turquoise waters during low tide at the Mataking Island Reef Resort. (Malaysia)

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Always chase your dreams, keep the faith, and never give up when things don't go your way. One of the girls goals before we left on this journey, was to see and swim with sea turtles. After 6 months of not being able to locate any along our travels, we finally struck gold in Malaysia while visiting the amazing Mataking Island. Here Taylor goes free diving for a closer look at her new favorite animal.   (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Always chase your dreams, keep the faith, and never give up when things don't go your way. One of the girls goals before we left on this journey, was to see and swim with sea turtles. After 6 months of not being able to locate any along our travels, we finally struck gold in Malaysia while visiting the amazing Mataking Island. Here Taylor goes free diving for a closer look at her new favorite animal.  

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Enjoying the 2.5 hour scenic train ride from Ella, Sri Lanka thru the hill country and tea plantations. The best seats on the train are the open doorways, where you can let your feet hang loose, take in the panoramic views, and enjoy the clean fresh air.  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Enjoying the 2.5 hour scenic train ride from Ella, Sri Lanka thru the hill country and tea plantations. The best seats on the train are the open doorways, where you can let your feet hang loose, take in the panoramic views, and enjoy the clean fresh air. 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Our new preferred mode of transportation!!!!!! So much fun taking the longest island to island zip-line in the world, while enjoying a day trip snorkeling in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. What a pretty view to take in mid-fight!  (photo by: Ricky Willis)

Our new preferred mode of transportation!!!!!! So much fun taking the longest island to island zip-line in the world, while enjoying a day trip snorkeling in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. What a pretty view to take in mid-fight! 

(photo by: Ricky Willis)

Future photo journalists in the making. Galle Fort, Sri Lanka provided many amazing sights for the girls to capture and practice their photography skills. 

Future photo journalists in the making. Galle Fort, Sri Lanka provided many amazing sights for the girls to capture and practice their photography skills. 

In the middle of a scuba dive on the beautiful Sipidan island, this school of jackfish came and decided to fully surround me. I lost sight of the dive master and my dive partner for just 10 seconds (long enough to pull out the GoPro and get a few photos)  which sent me into a mini panic attack. Thankfully the jackfish were just passing by in a very large number, and went along peacefully leaving me to continue on with an amazing dive full of marine life. 

In the middle of a scuba dive on the beautiful Sipidan island, this school of jackfish came and decided to fully surround me. I lost sight of the dive master and my dive partner for just 10 seconds (long enough to pull out the GoPro and get a few photos)  which sent me into a mini panic attack. Thankfully the jackfish were just passing by in a very large number, and went along peacefully leaving me to continue on with an amazing dive full of marine life. 

By far, the most adventurous and fun mode of transportation we had during our journey. This seaplane ride from Male to the Noonu atoll in Maldives, was an experience we will not soon forget. The views were beyond spectacular but we could have done without the few pop-up thunderstorms we encountered on our approach to landing in the water at our resort. Trans Maldivian Airlines could be our new favorite airline. Where else will you find a barefoot pilot? (photo by: Ricky Willis)

By far, the most adventurous and fun mode of transportation we had during our journey. This seaplane ride from Male to the Noonu atoll in Maldives, was an experience we will not soon forget. The views were beyond spectacular but we could have done without the few pop-up thunderstorms we encountered on our approach to landing in the water at our resort. Trans Maldivian Airlines could be our new favorite airline. Where else will you find a barefoot pilot?

(photo by: Ricky Willis)