The Dad Blog

After debating between labeling my blog as a personal blog, travel blog, lifestyles blog, or just a strait up random blog… I’ve decided to call this a “Dad Blog” where I can share my thoughts and experiences of being my favorite kind of a person and best version of me, a dad.

Our home in Diriomo, Nicaragua

Here’s my Story

I grew up in Utah with the exception of living a year in Panama at eight years old and in southern Chile at age 13. At 19 I went on a two year mission for my church to Italy. Six months after getting home at age 21 I got married to the love of my life Angelina. We now have two beautiful children, Isabella (Bella) and Anthony (Tony). During our first six years of marriage we’ve already traveled to 12 countries together and have even lived in Nicaragua for almost a year. We’ve helped start a family business, a social venture to provide education for high school age students in developing countries, and along the way we’ve also purchased five rental units.

  1. Roasting hot dogs in the rain at our home in Santiago, Panama
  2. Visiting a fort in Ancude, Chiloe’, Chile
  3. Missionary in a small town called Monopoly, Italy
  4. Our wedding day, Salt Lake City, Utah
  5. First visit to Apoyo Lagoon, Masaya, Nicaragua

Why I Blog

I love my life and I want to show others that the good times don’t end once you have kids or get married. Travel is my passion and it is not only for single and retired people! Priorities are key to having the life you want and this blog is meant to show you how I make my family, helping others, and travel my top priorities.

Bella at 5 months. Canopy zip-line tour Tikal National Park, Petén, Guatemala

I’m also starting to enjoy writing and photography. And this blog will give me a place to keep my personal portfolio. For now I’ll call it my online journal.

Traveling and Keeping a Job

I’ve visited 25 countries on 5 continents and lived in four of those countries for over five years of my life. Travel is my passion and I love people and cultures. I know it’s helped shaped me into the person I am today.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
—Mark Twain

Growing up I watched my parents start businesses and invest in real estate. It gave them the ability to set their own schedule. They have inspired me to take on a similar life style so I can stay at home to work so I can spend extra time with my wife and kids and also take that occasional (at least once a year) trip out of the country. Our money comes from a few different streams but the main two are our rental properties and working full time on my families social venture called Yuda Bands… all from home or course.

Phillip is a 27 year old father of two. He has visited 25 countries on five continents and lived in four of those countries for over five years. He speaks fluent Italian and Spanish and has a deep passion for family, travel and cultures. He co-founded Yuda Bands in 2009 and has helped provide over 1,200 years of scholarships to youth in developing nations.