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The Sparrow family was prepared for just about anything when they left home for a trip around the world. One thing the San Antonio, Texas, family wasn’t ready for was a global pandemic.

With their travels grounded indefinitely, the Sparrows have been staying safe in Perth, Western Australia. On this episode of Family Travel Radio, Jay and Christi Sparrow share their story of resilience, learning & growing together, and pushing themselves—and their kids—to live on the edge of their comfort zone.


Family Travel Radio - Guests Jay & Christi Sparrow

Jay and Christi Sparrow –  Co-founders of Puddles & Passports

A traveling family of four from San Antonio, Texas, the Sparrows, aka, the Puddles and Passports Family, left home in September 2019 for a trip around the world. Traveling with two young kids isn’t easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding, exciting, and fun. The Sparrows are learning as they go how to balance family time with remote work while continually travel planning. Their goals for their travels are to make amazing family memories, learn and grow together, share their stories, and push themselves to live on the edge of their comfort zone. Their website and social media accounts are aimed at providing tips, ideas, and inspiration for family travel! Learn more about the Puddles and Passports family here: https://puddlesandpassports.com/about-puddles-and-passports/.


Aaron Schlein - Director of FTA podcast - Speaker collage

Thanks to the generosity of his grandmother, Aaron Schlein traveled to four continents and a dozen countries before he was old enough to vote. Those early trips convinced him that travel is an essential part of life.

More than two decades later, Aaron remains inspired by his grandmother’s generosity. He is committed to honoring her legacy by sharing the gift of travel with his own kids—and by helping other parents do the same.

Aaron is the host of Family Travel Radio—a weekly podcast presented by The Family Travel Association.

Aaron also helps new entrepreneurs use their personal stories to build a network, expand influence, and strengthen relationships.

Aaron lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and two children (who are growing up too fast!)

Learn more at AaronSchlein.com.