To keep up the Traveling Dad tradition, I’ll use my first post to introduce you to the blog & the family behind the newest TDAD member, Jet Set Daddy.
I’m still a beginning blogger, let’s be honest, my wife helps me with my blog more often than not, but I’m a seasoned traveler with a background that practically requires a blog.
Here Are The Facts
- Name: Luiz Perl
- Blog: Jet Set Daddy
- Years as a Dad: 7
- Family: Saira (wife), Sofia & Elisa (daughters)
- Current Home: South Florida (near Fort Lauderdale)
- Current Location: Depends when you read this – by the end of next month I will have been to 10 countries (Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Chile, Trinidad & Miami USA)
- Travel Type: Business traveler during the week, family travel on weekend
- Favorite Trips: Anywhere new doing something active
- Most Exotic Trip: Road trip through Oman
- Countries Visited: 63
- Countries Lived In: 8
- Languages Spoke: 5
My wife Saira left the corporate world when our daughters were born and makes a full-time income with her blog MomResource.com. She’s obsessed with blogging & basically dragged me into it. She’s a reluctant traveller & would be a total homebody if I let her. I guess that’s why we balance each other out so well. She loves some domestic chores like cooking & organizing, but would be on her computer 24/7 if we let her.
Sofia is our firstborn & like any 7 year old, she loves to sing & swim & draw. South Florida offers an excellent bi-lit program, so she takes her classes in English in the mornings & repeats them in Spanish in the afternoons. It’s a charter school that we had to line up for 36 hours to get her into (yes, I slept in a tent on the sidewalk to get her in – at least the weather was nice).
Elisa is a crazy 2nd born 3 year old – always frustrated & competitive. She loves going to nursery school where she can be queen bee & already has my sense of adventure. She hates staying home all day & races to the door whenever anyone opens it.
The kids are already addicted to travel & play “airport” at home, pretending to go to the airport on a trip, checking their luggage & boarding airplanes to anywhere & everywhere.
So it begins.
Long before becoming a husband or a father, I was traveling.
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil in the 70s and then moved to Mexico City in the 80s.
In the early 90s I moved to London, England where I lived on & off for 20+ years. For graduate school I lived in Barcelona & spent 6 months working & studying abroad in Sydney, Australia.
After school I lived in Madrid, Rome, London & Paris before landing in South Florida, where I am today. My wife is American, we met in Barcelona (on her semester abroad from Austin, TX), married in Italy and our daughters were born in London & Florida.
Family Trip Highlights
Family life hasn’t slowed us down.
Our daughter took her first transatlantic flight when she was 3 months old, from our home in London to visit my wife’s family in Dallas. We visited Dubai & Abu Dhabi when Sofia was just 9 months old. (Growing up in London is a transient affair, so I’ve ended up with have friends all over the world.)
Sofia’s first time in a swimming pool was at a hotel in Spain, when we went to a wedding when she was 16 months.
Even a 2nd baby didn’t stop us. When Elisa was 8 months old we took her, my parents & brother to visit Iceland for a week. I overheard a group of 20 year old backpackers saying “woa, cool baby”. I won’t pretend it was exactly easy, but it was definitely memorable.
The kids (and my wife) took their fist cruise when Elisa was 17 months & Sofia was 5 years old. It is not relaxing to take a 17 month old on a cruise, but we had a blast anyway.
With the kids getting older now, we can more easily go to remote places like Exuma.
We’re very lucky to have grandparents ready & willing to care for the kids – they seem to actually prefer it when my wife & I are not around!
In 2012 we went to Oman for 10 days. It was part resort & relaxation & party road trips adventure – the perfect combination.
Then in 2016 we took off to Peru for just a long weekend. It was enough to see Machu Picchu & sightsee at a grown-up pace.
At the beginning of the year, we went for a long weekend to Havana, Cuba, which is easy enough to do from South Florida.
I have a business trip planned for Argentina in a few weeks & my wife will tag along. We’ll add a few days onto the business trip & make an adventure out of it.
Traveling Dad Goals
It’s an honor to officially become a Traveling Dad & I look forward to sharing my stories with you. Working for a multi-national company means I travel often for work as well. The travel schedule can be exhausting, but it’s a lifestyle I can’t resist.
I’ll share a mix of business travel & family travel, covering both long-distance flights with kids & executive suites.
If there is something specific you want to hear more about from me, leave me a comment below & let me know.