EER001: Slow Travel – Interview with Yoshikawa-Jenkins Family

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In this first full episode of Epic Education Radio, I run myself through the same family travel interview questions that I’ll ask my guests.

Keep in mind that my episode is probably MUCH longer than the interviews you’ll hear with upcoming guests. I just wanted to share as much information about us and recommend as many resources as I could. Hope you enjoy!

Team Epic Education in Kyoto



The Epic Education Radio Family Travel Interview Questions:

  • Epic Intro: About the family and where they’ve been
  • Epic Origins: How they became a long-term traveling family
  • Epic Habits: Any practices or routines important to them
  • Epic Economics: How they fund their travels and/or manage money
  • Epic Essentials: What they carry with them
  • Epic Insight: Beliefs and practices regarding education
  • Epic Resources: Any recommended books, sites, apps, etc.
  • Epic Advice: What have they learned that they’d share with other families?
  • Epic Destinations: A few family-friendly places they’d recommend

And here are my answers!


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Name: Jason Andrew Jenkins, my wife Keiko Yoshikawa, and our kids M and S (8 and 12 years old at the time of publishing).  Traveling indefinitely since September 2013, with the knowledge that we may need to stop or slow down to meet the needs of our family.

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  • Jason’s from Atlanta, USA. Keiko’s from Osaka, Japan. Our kids grew up and went to school in Tokyo. Keiko and I had long works schedules. We wanted more time with the kids (and each other), so we hit the road and started homeschooling. You can read more about us here.


  • We try to have a moment of gratitude every night before we go to sleep. Just before bed, we each explain one thing that we were grateful for that day. It can be big things (health, friendships, shelter) or little ones (a delicious meal, a sunny day, etc). Whatever the item, it’s important for all four of us to acknowledge the good things in our life.
  • Getting to the airport early: Big travel days can be hectic, and airports can often compound any stress — especially if you’re running late. That’s why we always try to get to the airport super early. The airlines recommend you arrive two hours before an international flight. We recommend three. Or more.


  • I work remotely for my old job in Japan. A fraction of my previous income, but completely worth the dramatic paycut. More on that here.
  • I have a few freelance writing and editing jobs, including a bi-monthly column for the Japan Times (I’ve written off and on for them since 2001).
  • We’re also using some of our savings while I sort out new ways to earn money, such as through eBooks and affiliates (like the amazon links you’ll see in this post), as well as acquiring more writing and editing clients.
  • Thirteen years of flying Delta between Atlanta and Tokyo and using Delta Skymiles credit cards as much as possible. This has earned us enough points to cover some expensive flights.
  • For on-the-fly budgeting, I use the Trail Wallet app and love it — especially when using multiple currencies at once.
  • We’ve used World Nomads Travel Insurance, simply because others had recommended them to us. Fortunately, we haven’t needed it yet. If ever we do, I will asses (and report on) their performance at that time.



  • 2 MacBook Airs (one of them unlocked)
  • 1 old MacBook Pro
  • Various external hard drives from Western Digital, Seagate, Transcend, Toshiba and SanDisk
  • 2 older iPads, along with HDMI wires and adapters like this and this
  • For work and other organizational tasks, the Fujitsu ScanSnap
  • For smartphones, an iPhone 5s 64GB (also unlocked. Very important), while Keiko has used the lowest Samsung “dumb phone” you can buy…and loved it

Portable audio:

Other electronic accessories:

Photography and Video:

Other photo accessories:

For Clothing:

  • No brand, model or item vital except for maybe a rash guard and some good underwear

For Luggage:

Other accessories:

BUT…you really don’t need any of this stuff.


  • Our kids were in elementary school in Japan until we left on this trip in September 2013. We use a mix of conventional school techniques mixed with homeschooling/unschooling principles. I describe a bit of our (ever-evolving) method here and here. We also make sure that the kids have time to meet and play with other kids through soccer teams, after-school clubs and other opportunities.


Websites (Kids):

Apps (Kids):

Books that the kids have loved:

Apps (Parents)

Websites and Blogs:


  • Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
  • The Bugle
  • Entrepreneur on Fire
  • Smart Passive Income
  • Mom & Dad are Fighting
  • Dinner Party Download
  • The Concert



  • Google maps work offline as well.
  • Check the minutiae when renting AirBnB in Southeast Asia.
  • Also, when looking for accommodation in Malaysia and Indonesia, check a google map to see how close the nearest mosque is, and remember that the first call to prayer every day is usually broadcast over loudspeakers before dawn.
  • If staying somewhere for three months or more, see if there are any international schools nearby and if they have a “Distance Learning Program.” The price and availability of these programs vary by school, but they often give homeschooled kids an opportunity to use the school’s library and participate in after-school activities with their students.
  • A few other tips on traveling with kids: Travel Advice for My Kids and How We Use Travel to Teach Patience.


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