EER025: Family Gap Year Itinerary

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EER 025: Bliss Broyard discusses her family gap year itinerary

Meet Bliss Broyard, a writer, author and Brooklyn resident who recently returned from an extended journey around the world with her family. Her husband’s sabbatical year from a New York university became an opportunity for the kids to leave school for nine months and travel with their parents through Africa, Asia and the sub-continent.

Family Gap Year Itinerary

Here Bliss talks about the “bubble of privilege” that her children (and countless others in the developed world) lived in, and what it was like when they realized that not everyone lived with enough food, safety and support. Tune in as we discuss her family gap year itinerary, the power of a good audiobook, and how she kept her kids on track to return to school one year later.

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  • Names: Bliss Broyard, her husband, Nico, and their daughter Esme (9 y/o) and son Roman (6 y/o)
  • Hold passports from: USA
  • Type of travel: 9-month RTW
  • A few places they’ve been: numerous locations in Ethiopia, South Africa, India, Japan and many others

Find Them On:  Their site  |  Her site  |  Twitter

EER 025: Bliss Broyard discusses her family gap year itinerary


  • Nico’s  year sabbatical from a university gave the family an opportunity to travel the word discovering its literature (husband is a tenured professor — details in the podcast).


  • Taught the kids that airports are places to be taken seriously, and approached with their best behavior
  • When bored or in transit (long hikes included), they would start a story-telling exercise: pick three random elements (ie. “a cake, a crown and a donkey”), and then spin a story from the three.


  • Rented their house
  • Husband is a tenured professor with partially-paid sabbatical leave

EER 025: Bliss Broyard discusses her family gap year itineraryEPIC ESSENTIALS


  • Combination of worldschooling and formal schooling
  • Adhered to New York City’s 3rd grade & kindergarten curriculum so the kids could re-enter the system the following year
  • When you’re with your kids all the time, daily life becomes “a teachable moment.”
  • Used manipulatives or teaching younger son math on the road



  • Kids are like “funhouse mirrors” reflecting the behavior of the parent. The more that parents can model calm & mature behavior, the more the kids will, too.
  • Relax your rules (details in the podcast)
  • Say “yes.” (details in the podcast)


  • Laos
  • Japan
  • Ethiopia
  • Cape Town, South Africa


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