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About us

This blog shares our family’s travel, living and exploring around the world. We homeschooled our kids, packed our belongings in storage, and halted our careers to leave for the World Trip in August 2015.

We are a family of four who have very little sense of roots. Peter grew up in Taiwan and met Annie, a mainland Chinese girl, in sunny San Francisco Bay area in the United States. We had our first kid, Anita in Toronto, Canada (east coast) and 2nd kid Julia in Vancouver (west coast).

We are often attracted to the opposites of ourselves. Peter is the quiet introvert and Annie is the outgoing extrovert. Peter is the dreamer and explorer and Annie is the stable anchor. Peter is the free entrepreneur while Annie is the iron communist who grew up in Red China and still worships Chairman Mao. (OK, worshiping is a joke. But Annie is tolerant of almost anything.)

Anita was 8 when we started the trip. She’s gifted and homeschooled on the road. She plays guitar and enjoys arts, reading and writing. She has her own page on this blog – Anita Original.

Julia was 3 when we started. She is curious and a super cool kid too.

Peter writes most of the blog posts and Annie does the editing and technology heavy lifting. Anita draws the pictures, while Julia poses for the photos. Collectively we speak fluent Mandarine Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, English and French (from Anita’s 3 years in French immersion, if that counts). Since then we were convinced Spanish and Japanese are going to be the fun languages to pick up next so we are trying.

Please leave comments and enjoy the blogs. We update our routes in the Map, and our travel expenses in the Expense menu. We will be thrilled if you become our fans on Facebook too where we share more recent updates. 

Lots of people have done what we’re doing but few of them have the background of growing up in poor developing countries and striving as first generation immigrants in western world. We worked as hard as we could and then some, to earn the freedom while keeping our dream to explore the world and the courage to take risk.

We hope you find inspiration here. Have a dream and go do something.


Family at Melaque beach cliff, Mexico

Family at Melaque beach cliff, Mexico, March 2015


10 thoughts on “About us

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  2. Dinah Dos Santos

    Annie, your adventure and spirit is admirable! I wish you best of luck while you enjoy life experiences around the world with kids in tow !!! i look forward to hearing about your adventures. Dinah 🙂

  3. Pony Ma

    Wow!!! I really admire your courage and all the brave ideas !!! Clearly it is more than just a gap year, you are making it your life1

    I always believe in “live in the moment” and your guys simply live life to the fullest.

    Good luck, Annie, and wish some day I could embrace life like you do.

  4. sherry mortensen

    have the time of your lives. I am so happy I met you and your family in mexico.i can hardly wait to follow all of your adventures.happy trails sherry

  5. Shiwe

    Hi! Anita and Julia,還記得在去Koh Rong的船上遇到的叔叔嗎?我會持續關注你們一家人的旅程!Have a nice journey!

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