EER027: Family Travel in Europe & more

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EER027: Katie Barnes talks family travel in Europe & more

Family travel in Europe is just the start of a conversation with Katie Barnes. She and her husband Jeff seem to have traveling in their blood. Before children, they bought a boat and sailed from the United States to New Zealand. Fast forward to the present and you’ll find them exploring Europe for the past three years, worldschooling their three children along the way.

Family Travel in Europe & more

Tune in as Katie and I discuss family travel in Europe, homeschooling in Spain, what they carry with them, their advice to new traveling families and a few of the resources  that they’ve used for education on the go. Katie also talks about her family’s love of Prague, and why they’ve returned to the city after a long absence.

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  • Names: Katie Barnes, her husband, Jeff, and their three kids, (4, 6 and 8 at the time of recording)
  • Hold passports from: USA
  • Type of travel: 3 years into indefinite travel
  • A few places they’ve been: All over Europe, lived in Spain and Czech Republic

On the Web:  Her site

EER027: Katie Barnes talks family travel in Europe & moreEPIC ORIGINS

  • Before kids, they sold everything, bought a sailboat and sailed from the USA (Florida) to New Zealand over about 3.5 years.
  • The family left for their present European travels when the kids were 4, 2, and a newborn.


  • Mornings in Europe are family time (Jeff works USA hours).
  • Find classes and workshops to get involved in.
  • When going to a new place, find a book that relates to where you’re going.

EPIC ECONOMICSEER027: Katie Barnes talks family travel in Europe & more

  • Built & sold houses
  • Husband works remotely
  • Always get a local bank account (required to rent an apartment)
  • Keep a local (in their case, US) bank account
  • One credit card, shared between them


  • Backpack (“Currently have a Dakine backpack we picked up in Bulgaria when ours fell apart.”)
  • Workbooks, paper, pencils & crayons for the kids
  • 2 laptops (“Nothing to recommend here, mine is just an old HP”)
  • Several tablets (“An ASUS tablet we picked up in Romania when we found one on sale.”)
  • Several Kindle FiresEER027: Katie Barnes talks family travel in Europe & more


  • Katie takes a worldschooling approach to education, taking advantage of what’s around them to learn
  • Utilizes the Reggio Method and project-based learning
  • Signs the kids up for lots of classes
  • Minimizes distractions & limits screen time

EER027: Katie Barnes talks family travel in Europe & moreEPIC RESOURCES


  • For long-term travel, keep a home base, where you have a place to return to and to maintain friendships
  • Relax and trust the process (details in the podcast)EER027: Katie Barnes talks family travel in Europe & more


  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bavaria, southern Germany
  • Spain (They lived in the Javier/Denia area)

Family travel in Europe & more - # EER027 Interview with Katie Barnes

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