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by Dee Andrews

Dee Andrews

Dee Andrews

Travel and Travails is about a life of traveling, exploring, learning new things, getting out of routines and on new paths. Life and jobs and children keep us all busy and suddenly we look up and wonder, “where are we?”

My husband and I and our two young children have just returned from a year living abroad in Spain. I chronicle our travels and travails here, as well as the things that motivated us to go, to sell our house, our cars, put our stuff in storage and make it happen. We lived, learned, cried, laughed and had an unforgettable experience. We want our daughters to grow up to be travelers, to be open to change, to act on their curiosity, and to make their dreams a reality.

Travel and Travails is about sharing experiences, creating a travel guide with unique ideas and places, and finding humor and lessons in the unexpected travails of traveling and life. The stories are meant to inspire, motivate, spark an interest in taking new paths whether to new countries, in trying new foods, or in conquering fears.

Journey with us here and consider changing the road your life is on, whether it’s a spontaneous road trip with your family, changing a job for better balance, or becoming location-independent. Go. Travel. Explore new roads, experience life.

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Suzanne October 31, 2009 at 11:05 am

This is awesome. It really captures things. Love what you’re doing!!!!

Dee November 1, 2009 at 8:37 am

Thanks, Suzanne! Great to hear that from you given you just finished a similar sabbatical experience! I need to interview you for Travel and Travails. I know you have lots to share that others would find interesting and helpful. ~Dee

Laverne Bissky January 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm

In 2008 we did a 4 month backpacking trip to SE Asia. It was amazing but also a bit challenging because our daughter uses a wheelchair. So you see, there are few things that truly should stop anyone from travelling.

I commend you on taking this adventure while your children are young. We have done a lot of travelling with our kids for a few weeks or months at a time. It definitely becomes more complicated as they become older and have commitments and a social life of their own.

Dee January 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm

The gifts you are modeling and giving your family – of traveling, experiencing other cultures, finding patience, flexibility and generosity – are priceless. I am in awe of your bravery and perseverance as I know traveling with children and abroad can be challenging, and I can only imagine how much more so with your daughter and her wheelchair. Thanks for commenting here and sharing No Ordinary Journey. ~ Dee

rosanna February 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm

wow!!! I’ve just discovered your blog through nisrine (dinners and dreams) and I’m sooooo surprised!!!
You’ve just spent a year here in Spain. That’s fantastic!
I’m going to stay a bit longer in your blog and read more about your time here, there’s soooo much to see and read!!!!
I live in Sueca, 30 minutes south Valencia, on the coast. We also think many times of moving abroad and live anywhere else just for the experience. I’d really love to do it.
I’m going to have a more careful look in your blog.
Congratulations on such an interesting blog!!!!

Dee March 1, 2010 at 10:55 am

Hola Rosanna,

Glad you found my blog, and I can’t wait to dig into yours! Your Spanish food looks delicioso. I wish we would have found each other while I lived so close! I remember the name Sueca, though I think it was a street or neighborhood we were in during Las Fallas. I loved Las Fallas; it was so fun and different than anything we had ever experienced.

I strongly encourage you to move abroad; it’s so rewarding to change daily routines, try new things, and see how other cultures live.

Thanks for commenting here at Travel and Travails!

Marc May 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Greetings Dee (and family)!

I’m so excited to discover your awesome blog – it’s always nice to connect with another family that’s out there shaking things up and living consciously. I would love to compare notes with you sometime.

Keep up the great writing!

Dee May 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

@ Marc and 4 suitcases, Love your family’s itinerary for your First World Tour! South America and Asia are definitely high on our list for “the next time.” When and how we do the next time is still up in the air, but I’m confident it will happen in some form or another. We are enjoying life back in our own country for now, though hanging on hard to the lessons we learned and priorities we found.

Heather March 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I followed you over from the Travel and Leisure website where you have a profile since I was so intrigued by your comments there. As a fellow traveler who is now a mom, I thought my travel dreams were on hold. I lived in England for 4 months and used it as my home base to travel all over Europe. Now, with young kids I don’t get very far (Disney anyone?) but I am going to enjoy perusing through your stories.And maybe dreaming new dreams. 🙂

Dee March 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

@ Heather, Kids change travel experiences, but they don’t have to pause them. I hope you find inspiration here and plan some of those dreams!

Patricia September 3, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Hello Dee,

Me, my husband and our three kids are thinking of moving to Spain for a year and I stumbled into your blog while doing research online.

I was actually looking for what kind of visa would we need to be able to do that. I read about your year abroad and imagined all those things happening to us – feeling lonely, kids feeling sad etc but at the same time having a lot of fun and adding adventures, experience and growth into our lives!

If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of visa should we go after?

Thank you for sharing your experiences with everyone!

Very helpful!


Dee Andrews September 11, 2015 at 11:25 am

Hello Patricia,

See my following post about our visa process,

Unless something has changed, if you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you would need a residency visa. Good luck!


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