EER044: Round-the-World with a Preschooler

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Traveling round the world with a preschooler can be an immensely rewarding experience. Just ask Maria Belfort. A native of Lisbon, Maria now lives in the UK with her husband Rob and their 4-year-old son, Charlie. Last year traveled across the globe, exploring Japan, Europe and New Zealand, as well as spending six months driving around the United States.

Round-the-World with a Preschooler

In this Epic Education Interview, Maria talks about how maternity leave and visiting family in different locations helped inspire their life of travel. I ask Maria about how they budgeted their trip, what they carried with them and how she and Rob transformed their jobs into freelance, location-independent careers.

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  • 02:42 Intro and their origins story
  • 05:42 Favorite places to travel with small children
  • 09:08 The importance of flexibility
  • 11:57 How they work and manage money
  • 17:49 Their gear
  • 21:55 Thoughts on raising a bilingual child
  • 26:03 Recommended resources
  • 32:54 Opinions and advice on round-world family travel with a preschooler


  • Names: Maria Belfort Henriques, her husband, Rob, and their son, Charlie (4 years old)
  • Hold passports from: Portugal & the UK
  • Type of travel: Gap Year. 6-month USA road trip, and then another 6 months in various places
  • A few places they’ve been: USA, Japan, New Zealand and many places in Europe




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  1. “Traveling round the world with a preschooler” good topic thanks for sharing.