Oma Painted Forest: Family Hiking in Basque Country — Family Travel in Spain

About An Epic Education

Whether you’re crossing the globe or visiting a nearby town, we believe that learning and traveling go hand-in-hand. The rewards of family travel are too many to mention here, but we want you to experience it for yourself. 

An Epic Education is a resource for travelers — a place where our family can share what we’ve learned from our traveling experiences and from other inspired travelers. Our goal is to inspire you to travel too, whether it be solo, as a couple, or as a family.

You may already know why you should travel. We’re here to help explain how you can do it, too.

Vietnam Mekong Family Portrait — An Epic Education

What’s your travel dream? Backpacking through Southeast Asia? Sailing across the Mediterranean? Driving across the Americas? Maybe for a summer, a year, or longer?

There are thousands of people out there traveling right now. Some are traveling alone as with someone. Others have four or five kids with them, spending time together and learning about the world and about each other, all in their own unique way.

I’ve been living abroad since 1997 and my family has been slow-traveling full-time since 2013. In that time I’ve met hundreds upon hundreds of travelers — both online and on the road. I know from experience that there isn’t any “one size fits all” formula for meaningful travel.

  • I’m not here to say it’s easy.
  • You’ll never hear me say it’s free.
  • I won’t even tell you that you should do it. Travel ain’t for everyone.
  • All I really want to tell you is this:

Travel changed our lives. Maybe it can change yours, too.

The web is full of pretty images and quotes that say things like  “Just GO!”

These images often imply that if you simply decide to travel, the universe will conspire to help your plans work out. This works for some travelers. I’ve seen it. Serendipity is a wonderful thing, and it works like magic for some people.

I’m not one of those people.

We want to give you useful info, insight, and advice that will help make you plan better, travel cheaper and experience the world more meaningfully. Some advice would be ours, while other tips will come straight from conversations and interviews with travelers and families who’ve already stamped their passports and jumped onboard.

You should join us.

Family Travel. Travel with kids. Valencia Greenhouse family portrait

On An Epic Education, you’ll find information and advice on living abroad with kids and long-term family travel, including destination guides for fun, family-friendly places in Japan, Malaysia, Spain and elsewhere.

On the Epic Education Radio podcast, you’ll hear experienced family travelers tell you in their own words how they approach parenting, money, education, accommodation, travel gear and other topics related to extensive travel with kids.

My goal is to help the growing community of long-term traveling families. Whether you’re an experienced expat, a seasoned backpacker parent, or just daydreaming of a summer spent overseas, An Epic Education is here to help you get more out of your travels.

About Me

About Me: Antelope Canyon — An Epic Education

My name is Jason and I’ve been living abroad since 1997. My kids were born in 2002 and 2006, and lots of people told me that it was best to stay in one place until they graduated from high school. Moving around too much and too often would be bad for their education and their relationships, they said.

They were wrong.

Traveling long-term together as a family has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Our relationships are stronger, our knowledge is deeper, and the kids are more confident and capable.

It wasn’t always easy — there have been challenges at every turn — but the rewards (and the memories) have made it all worthwhile.

Traveling has been transformational to my life — first as a solo backpacker, and then later as a couple with my wife, Keiko. Our children were born in Tokyo, Japan and lived there until September 2013, when Keiko and I left our desk jobs, pulled our kids out of school and started slow-traveling full time.

We stayed in Southeast Asia until the spring of 2015 and then spent that summer in the United States, visiting family and road-tripping until we moved on to Europe in August, setting up a home base in Valencia, Spain. 

  • We are not rich
  • We are not crazy (well, not certifiably…)
  • We are not in the military or some kind of religious missionaries
  • We just like to travel and meet people like us

I’ve learned a lot about traveling over the years, and even more about family travel since I started the Epic Education Radio podcast in the spring of 2015. I want to share what I’ve learned with you so that your own family travels can be longer, cheaper and more meaningful.

Want to know more about us? Here’s the original “About” page that I published in 2013.