Year Two: An Epic Education Cultural Identity Update

When we first set out on this adventure in September, 2013, one of the biggest questions I asked myself was how a life of travel would affect my children’s cultural identity, and possibly my own. I’m an American who hasn’t lived in America since 1997, and my kids were born and raised in Tokyo. Their only […]

Stars Archery in Kuala Lumpur with Kids

Stars Archery in Kuala Lumpur with Kids Ready. Aim. BULLSEYE. If you’re in Kuala Lumpur with kids and looking for things to do, you’ll find that the city offers a number of indoor and outdoor options. As for indoor fun, Stars Archery in Kuala Lumpur located in Berjaya Square Mall is easily one of our favorites. Kuala Lumpur (a.k.a. […]

Family Travel Year in Review – Epic Education 2014

Man-o-man, what a year! I’ve learned a lot since last January, and have tried to reflect on 2014 in the video you see above, but of course, I don’t expect a YouTube clip to even scratch the surface of everything we’ve seen, learned and felt. Looking back on the year in review, it’s hard to believe that we […]

Visiting Penang War Museum with Kids

Visiting Penang War Museum with Kids Ghosts, bombs and paintball — welcome to the Penang War Museum. Near the southern tip of Penang Island is where you’ll find this scruffy, fairly recent attraction. I’ll use the term “museum” here loosely. It’s more of a historic site: a once-abandoned WWII fortress that’s had 60 years of […]

Caged: Kids, Zoos & Animal Cruelty in Southeast Asia

We hadn’t been in the park for 30 minutes before I realized we should leave, but then a stork shat on my arm, and that sealed the deal. It shouldn’t have taken a warm torrent of bird splatter to know it was time to go, but I know a cue when I see one. We were at the […]

Nightlights: the Malacca Trishaws

Malaysia is an incredibly colorful country, and the Malacca trishaws offer an added vibrancy. I wrote about our time in Malacca (spelled Melaka by the locals) here, but I thought the town’s famous three-wheeled transport deserved a few extra pictures. There are rides available as early as lunchtime, but you really want to see the Malacca trishaws after […]

Malacca with Kids: Dust and Neon – Malaysia

Malaysia is packed with fun stuff to do with children:the museums of of Kuala Lumpur, the beaches (and precarious waterfalls) of Langkawi, and of course, all that Penang has to offer. Our next Malaysian destination was Malacca, so we drove down to soak in the old-town ambiance. The history runs deep there, and a lot the most interesting […]

How to Earn Money while Traveling: Our Kids’ Experience

Kids can earn money in so many different ways. It’s a skill every parent should teach their children, but it wasn’t until we hit the road that I realized how challenging this would be for a nomadic family. I cut a lot of grass when I was young. It was punishing work, especially in the heat […]

Tune In: The Importance of Music in Family Travels

I remember when I really cared about the music I listened to. Wait, that’s not true. The importance of music hasn’t changed — I’ve just stopped talking about it all the time. So what I mean to say is that I remember when I was an asshole about music. You know the type: snobbish, judgmental, and full of strong opinions […]

Kuala Lumpur with Kids: Inside the Batu Caves

On our recent road trip through Peninsular Malaysia, we enjoyed a day at the Petrosains Science Discovery Museum, but a few days before that we experienced one of the most beautiful sites in the area: the Batu Caves. There is so much to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids, and this may be my favorite place in town. […]