We're now almost five months into this great big adventure, and so far a "fan favorite" was definitely our stint in El Chalten, Argentina. It's got an awesome outdoorsy vibe, yet some of the most spectacular views are available to even casual/moderate hikers like ourselves! Check out our favorites and get planning for your own Patagonia adventure.

Plan your El Chalten trekking trip with our guide to the best El Chalten day hikes, where to eat in El Chalten, where to stay in El Chalten and more!

Another awesome day in Tassie, and another fun “first” for our crew! We spent the evening out paddling with Freycinet Adventures exploring the unique rock formations, secluded coves and even edible marine plant life - and check out the gorgeous sunset 💗The company did a great job making the kids comfortable, with kid-size fleeces and life jackets for the tour and even cocoa with marshmallows for our snack break. We all agreed that it won’t be our last family paddle!

(Don’t you wish you had a fashionable spray skirt like mine???)

Visit Tasmania

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We had a wonderful day learning about the production of sustainable honey and coffee at Boquete Bees - Casita de Miel. Check our video tour for a quick peek. Look for a blog post coming shortly with more details and excessive butterfly photos. Thank you to our fantastic guide Johnny who was a wealth of knowledge. Some interesting facts we learned... there are native bees in Panama that do not sting, eucalyptus trees perform photosynthesis through their bark rather than their leaves, and much like wine... altitude and climate impact the flavor of honey. #Panama #Boquete #thefamilyvoyage
Sneak peek of the new Safe Traffic System Inc. Ride Safer Delight Travel Vest provided to us by Safe Ride 4 Kids. He's not ready to ride on a compact backless booster just yet. The vest exceeds crash test standards for forward-facing harnesses, but folds up small enough to fit in his little backpack with plenty more room for toys. No worries that the car rental company won't have the right seat. Europe, here we come! Look for a full review on the blog once we've had a chance to road test it during our trip :-) #sponsored
Killarney dance party

We are LOVING Tasmania. There’s so much to do, from beaches to historic sites to amazing nature trails. We spent the day in Mt. Field National Park hiking around all day amount the tall trees and gushing waterfalls (and then eating ice cream). Any other waterfall lovers out there? #tasmania #australia #thefamilyvoyage

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The Family Voyage is with Melissa Conn and Ronnie Conn.

There’s a reason they say golden hour is magic. #tasmanpeninsula #australia #thefamilyvoyage

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The Family Voyage is with Ronnie Conn and Melissa Conn.

Day 1 of Australia is in the books and we couldn’t have asked for a better introduction than Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. These folks take conservation and education seriously! Most of the critters in residence have been rescued in one way or another - we met an adorable orphaned wombat (check our story for her adorable pic!), an amputee echidna, an endangered Tassie Devil and more. And, or course, over a hundred kangaroos!!! These guys are NOT rescues, but are holdovers from... Bonorong’s previous status as a zoo rather than a sanctuary. There were 80 in the group to begin with, but they’ve increased their number through (frequent!) mating despite fairly regular controlled releases of mature kangaroos. We spent over an hour hanging out with these guys - feeding them, giving cheat scratches and even getting sniffed. The kids got to practice their hopping skills alongside the experts. It was such a memorable day! #tasmania #australia #thefamilyvoyage

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Goodbye New Zealand, sorry you didn’t get much insta-love. We’ll get there eventually. But today, after some travel hiccups, we’ve landed in Tasmania to begin our two month Aussie adventure! We’re so excited to explore, but of course we’re starting off with a good old fashioned winery lunch here at picture-perfect Cole Valley Winery. Check out this view, just a few minutes from the airport! #tasmania #australia #thefamilyvoyage

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Happy weekend! People always ask these days about what we’re bringing with us as we travel and whether or not we feel like we did well with our packing. I’m here to tell you that even as fairly experienced family travelers, we still made some really silly/costly mistakes! So feel free to come laugh at us. Have you made any big packing mistakes? Tell us in the comments so that I don’t feel so alone!

We made some big mistakes when we packed for our family gap year trip around the world! Want to read about them and laugh at us? You'll also find out what we did right and what YOU should bring for the whole family. Pssst... we have a packing list for women, travel essentials for men and even packin...

If you’re coming through the South Island of New Zealand, get yourself over to Bike It Now to hit up the Central Otago Rail Trail. We had an amazing day taking in the peaceful scenery, learning about the area’s cool history and even squeezing in a little exercise in our 30km ride. Check out this super cool tunnel lined with a mix of bricks and local schist, and head over to our IG story for lots more pics and videos. On a more personal note, I’m so thrilled to have works with Fletch, Duncan and Lisa - were extremely impressed with their operation in every sense, from their friendliness to their business savvy to be top-notch gear they provided. Next time we make it back to NZ, you can bet we’ll be booking one of their multi-day tours!

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We’ll be back with more amazing South Island pics soon! In the meantime, check out the gorgeous scenery... this country is absolutely made for road tripping!

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I’m still working my way through some camera troubles here (I’m looking at you, Get Olympus) so it’s time to flash back to our first stop on New Zealand’s South Island. While Ronnie had an amazing time taking in Marlborough’s wine offerings, the highlight for me and the kids was making friends with the funny alpacas at our rental home! These boys were super fun to feed, and the kids even got to take them for a “walk” around the paddock. #blenheim #newzealand #thefamilyvoyage

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Happy New Year! I’m spending some time writing about our favorite spots on the North Island of New Zealand, and this picture so perfectly captures what I loved about the scenery - lush plants juxtaposed against gorgeous turquoise waters and rugged mountains. Have you visited the North Island? #coromandel #newzealand #thefamilyvoyage

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Now that the page has turned to 2018 here in New Zealand, we’re reflecting on 2017, one of the most unique years in our lives. Click to find out how things are going for us personally and as travelers:

2017 has been a most unusual and extraordinary year for our family. We rang in the year in California’s desert with our favorite people in the world, a welcome weekend getaway from our comfortable but hectic life in Los Angeles. We’ll celebrate the end of the year in Christchurch, New Zealand as...
The Family Voyage added 2 new photos — with Ronnie Conn and Melissa Conn at Canterbury, New Zealand.

Happy New Year from New Zealand! Strange to think we’ll have to wait almost a full day to see the ball drop, but Auckland does a pretty nice job too.

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Sometimes we do heavy-duty exploring... and sometimes we play tag 😂 Check out the yard at our @guesttoguest place near Christchurch! We’re lucky to be calling this place our home for the next few days. #swannanoa #southisland #newzealand #thefamilyvoyage

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Proud. Kvelling, for my Yiddish speakers out there. Jacob only learned how to ride a bike in October just before our departure from the US, and he hasn’t really had an opportunity to practice since. So naturally we took him for his first real solo ride on an 8km dirt track 🤣 Through blood, sweat and tons of tears he made it like an absolute champ! We’re so glad that we partnered with Trail Journeys Nelson for the day - our rental bikes were BY FAR the nicest we’ve had anywhere in the world, and the kids’ gear was top-notch. Another new one for us was a purpose-designed “bike ferry” that took us across to Rabbit Island for our ride (and bath-temperature beaching). The staff was great with the kids and let them ride around in front for an hour when we got back. Awesome day and a great company! #tasman #newzealand #thefamilyvoyage

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