EER029: An Epic Family Travel Around The World

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An Epic Family Travel Around The World #EER029: Interview with Tom Fassbender

 Thirty-six countries in eleven months. That’s what Tom Fassbender and his family just did, an epic family travel around the world. For Tom and his wife Samantha, life was just getting too busy in Los Angeles, so they decided to sell their stuff, move out of their house, take their daughters out of school for a year and see a bit of the world before time got away from them.

An Epic Family Travel Around The World

And boy-o-boy, that’s exactly what they did: from Europe and India to Japan and New Zealand, the Fassbender clan covered some serious ground. Join us as Tom and I discuss travel gear, learning on the road, Easter Island and other amazing anecdotes from an exceptional family round-the-world trip.

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EPIC INTRO

  • Names: Tom Fassbender, his wife Samantha, and their daughters Francesca and Jacquelyn (now 12 and 9 at the time of writing)
  • Hold passports from: USA (Los Angeles)
  • Type of travel: 1-year, family round-the-world trip
  • A few places they’ve been: 36 countries in 333 days

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EPIC ORIGINS

  • The Fassbender’s lives were just too busy
  • Tom ran some numbers, and then with a single text, the decision was made (details in the podcast)
  • “We were saving for a bigger house, but our old house was big enough”

An Epic Family Travel Around The World #EER029: Interview with Tom Fassbender EPIC RULES & ROUTINES

  • Always planning where they’d go next
  • Get the kids involved in the planning (reasons & details in the podcast)
  • If available, they always took the Sandemans Tours when they first arrived in cities that had them
  • “Move in” whenever possible: unpack and put your stuff in drawers

EPIC ECONOMICS

  • Used mostly their nest egg that was reserved to buy bigger house
  • Made some income from his blog & freelance writing
  • Arranged a few sponsors: BackCountry.com & Goal Zero
  • Used the Chase Sapphire Card (double points for food & travel, and triple points on set days of the month)
  • Set a budget of USD $200 a day for the whole family. At year-end, they came in close at $220/day (not including airfare)
  • Used the McDonald’s menu as a standard of living gauge (details in the podcast)An Epic Family Travel Around The World #EER029: Interview with Tom Fassbender

EPIC ESSENTIALS

An Epic Family Travel Around The World #EER029: Interview with Tom Fassbender EPIC INSIGHT

  • Kids wrote and edited their work in a journal. Returned to LA and the same school after 1 year away.

EPIC RESOURCES

An Epic Family Travel Around The World #EER029: Interview with Tom Fassbender EPIC ADVICE

  • If someone offers you a meal or a place to stay, say yes.
  • “Get comfortable being uncomfortable” (more details in the podcast)

EPIC DESTINATIONS

  • Easter Island
  • Japan
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Granada, Spain

An Epic Family Travel Around The World #EER029: Interview with Tom Fassbender

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