Our trip is over.

We’ve been on a five-week family trip that ended today.

Our last day here in Barcelona was bittersweet. While we are all ready to come home, we’re also sad that this adventure is coming to a close.


It’s been an amazing journey. We’ve had so many experiences: mistakes, triumphs, highlights and lowlights…

I have so many posts to write, so many things to share. And I’ve had so many reader questions and comments about this trip. I’ve really felt like many of you were really along for the ride, in such a wonderful way.

Now it’s time for details. I’ve tried to post almost every day, to keep you guys sort-of up to speed about what we’re doing and where we are, but there’s just so much more to write.

So, let me know if there are things you’d like me to highlight, questions you have about places we’ve been, or anything else. I’d love to answer all of your questions and spotlight all of the good, bad, and ugly – so that we can laugh and sigh together.

Ciao for now. I’ve got some packing to do. 🙂


  1. Now you need a vacation!!!

  2. No, no, no. It can’t be over! I’ve truly enjoyed reading every moment. Congrats to you on surviving it all!

    I’d love to hear more about Barcelona, I’m actually heading back there in 2 weeks.

    Again, props to you! What an epic adventure. 🙂

  3. I’m a little sad to read this! But alas, it had to come at some point. It has been a ton of fun reading about your planning of this monumental trip with your family. It has been wonderful sharing in your adventures! So so fantastic for the kids, I’m glad you had them keep a journal. Safe travels home and look forward to reading more fun stories about your escapades!

  4. Having had the pleasure of overlapping with you and the family for a Paris exploration day, I think you should share the traveler badge system you did with your kids. It was great to watch young Bear navigating the Paris metro like a local and Bird was just a joy all day. The game is a great distraction for grumpy travelers of all ages.

  5. I just discovered your blog and have been reading about all your trips, especially this one. I am planning a trip to Europe next summer and was looking for family recommendations. We will be traveling with our 8 year old, so it’s a bit easier to book rooms than with 2 kids. Do you think the Park Hyatt Vendome is worth the points to book a suite or should we book a Hyatt property for fewer points? We don’t want to switch hotels and will likely stay 4 nights in Paris. We don’t have status, but I have lots of points that can transfer from Chase.

  6. Kendra, Hard to believe – it seems to have gone by so quickly.

    Have enjoyed “traveling” with you. Didn’t realize you spent 10 days in Kyoto until I saw that in one of your recent posts. Would love to hear even just an outline of what your 10 days in Kyoto covered.

    Safe travels home.

  7. I would love to see a breakdown of which points you used for what. And how you actually saved up the twenty bazillion points this trip must have cost you. 😀

  8. Alison Heafey says

    It’s been so much fun hearing about your fabulous trip! I’d love to hear more about the shopping in Japan!! I admire you for keeping up with the blogging on such an adventure; that is some discipline!! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. pinkisnice says

    It’s been a whirlwind of awesome! Smooth travels home. Personally, I’m hoping for a Bird or Bear guest-post post-trip.

  10. Great series of posts, thank you!

    Would love to see that post you mentioned about the spa at the Park Hyatt Tokyo — we’re going to be there in about two weeks and don’t really know what to expect!

  11. I would love to hear about your kids favorite things/days in Paris. Our family of 4 (kids will be 13 &12) will be going to Paris next summer.


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