Tips and Advice

Waiting in the airport — Teaching Patience While Traveling: An Epic Education

How We Use Travel to Teach Patience — Family Travel Basics

If you want to teach patience to your children, then travel together. Few activities offer more opportunities to teach patience than family travel. You may need to teach yourself as well! It’s a hot and muggy morning in Penang, Malaysia, ...
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An Epic Education’s Year in Family Travel 2017: Family Travel Roundup 2017

Kayaking in Borneo. Lava tubes in the Canary Islands. Horseback riding in Mexico and scuba diving in Indonesia. It’s been a full year for Team Epic Education (aka the Yoshikawa-Jenkins family). Here are a few highlights from our year in ...
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From “Gimmie” to Grateful: Family Travel, Raising Thankful Kids & How to Teach Gratitude

Raising thankful kids isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. In fact, I’m reassessing gratitude for myself as well. That said, family travel offers several opportunities on how to teach gratitude. From “Gimmie” to Grateful: Raising Thankful Kids ...
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Our Top 30 Tips for Flying with Kids - Before, During, After the Flight with Children

Our Top 30 Tips for Flying with Kids – Before, During, After the Flight with Children

We’re flying with kids all the time. There have been times when it has been a challenge, but it’s worth it.  Every time. Whether you’re flying with a baby, flying with a toddler, or traveling with a teen, there are ...
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Family Travel Safety Tips: How to Handle Child Safety While Traveling

Looking for family travel safety tips? Before any big trip with kids, it’s important to prepare everyone for potential hazards. Here are a few things we’ve learned about child safety while traveling. Our Top Family Travel Safety Tips We love adventure, and ...
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Moving on: Our Family Travel Plans for 2017 Valencia arts sciences sunset

Moving on: Our Family Travel Plans for 2017

Big changes are happening here at Epic Education headquarters. After nearly two years in Valencia, Spain, the four of us are making a move. Several moves, actually. Below I’ll fill you in on a little of our upcoming trip and ...
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Explore Southeast Asia with Kids — Our Family Travel Tips

We have some of our strongest family travel memories while in Southeast Asia with kids. It’s a great place to explore with children, and so I’ve put together some of the most important lessons I’ve learned into a few tips ...
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Our Family Travel Year in Review (2016) — An Epic Education 2016 our year of travel

Our Family Travel Year in Review (2016) — An Epic Education

So here it is: our family travel year in review for 2016. It was a year of road trips, water sports, and exploring more of our temporary home in Spain. In fact, most of 2016’s family travel year in review is based ...
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Save Money on Travel: 30+ Ways to Fund Budget Travel

You’ve planned and you’ve saved. Your trip is now a reality. However, saving money to travel is just the beginning. Learn how to save money while traveling, and your journey can last much longer. HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON TRAVEL In ...
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Choosing Travel Insurance: 14 Tips for Solo & Family Travelers

Choosing travel insurance isn’t the most exciting part of travel planning, but it’s really important. Below I’ve listed up a few tips and tricks for finding the right policy. TIPS FOR CHOOSING TRAVEL INSURANCE Insurance companies get a bad rap ...
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Why Buy Travel Insurance: Family Travel Essentials

If your family is traveling, then buy travel insurance. Seriously. When I was young, I took big (and occasionally stupid) risks. One of them was going without insurance. Now that I have kids, it’s a different story. WHY BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE? ...
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House Sitting for Families: Funding Family Travel by Staying Rent-Free

House Sitting for Families: Funding Family Travel by Staying Rent-Free

House sitting for families — it’s possible, and it can save you thousands of dollars. For some families, it’s a great option. For others, it’s a near-impossibility. Is house sitting for families something you should pursue? Read on and find out ...
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How to Travel Cheap with Kids: The Home Swap / House Exchange koh-lanta-house

Travel Cheap with Kids via Home Swap & House Exchange — Family Travel Tips

We’re all trying to figure out how to travel cheap with kids, but some of you have a house that you want to hold onto. How do you travel with kids when you have rent or a mortgage to pay? TRAVEL ...
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Rent Out Your House and Travel: How to Fund Your Travel

Rent Out Your House and Travel: How to Fund Your Travel

Want some time away from ordinary life? Why not rent out your house and travel? Having someone pay your rent or mortgage payment gives you the freedom to travel with your family and then return to the familiar when you’re ready. HOW ...
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How to Sell Everything and Travel the World: Fund Your Travel

Want to know how to fund your travel? Did you know you can sell everything and travel the world? If you are ready to make some money from your belongings, however, read on to find out how and where to ...
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How to Save Money for Travel: 8 Tips for Funding Travel

Everyone wants to know how to save money for travel. Whether it’s to travel the world or to drive around your home country, you need all the tips to save money you can get. Here are mine, and a little ...
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What is the Best Age to Travel with Kids? The Best Time for Family Travel

What’s the best age to travel with kids? Wrong question — a “best age to travel” doesn’t exist. Put another way, let’s just say that there isn’t a perfect age to travel with kids, therefore any travel age is the right one. What ...
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Family Travel is an Epic Education: The Blog Returns

Family Travel is an Epic Education: The Blog Returns

The Epic Education continues: Family Travel 2016 It’s 2am and we’re standing at a crowded intersection facing a massive sculpture nearly 10 meters high. And it’s on fire. Flames are roaring skyward, searing nearby tree branches as the engulfed figures begin to ...
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Jamie cu chi tunnels: Privacy and Internet Security — An Epic Education

Down the Hole: Parenting, Privacy and Internet Safety

As I was writing a recent post about my kids, something struck me — something that often strikes me when I write a personal account of my family that anyone with an internet connection has access to: Am I doing the right thing? This ...
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Fi & Jamie in Krabi Hot Spring 2 — Cultural Identity — An Epic Education

Year Two: An Epic Education Cultural Identity Update

When we first set out on this adventure in September, 2013, one of the biggest questions I asked myself was how a life of travel would affect my children’s cultural identity, and possibly my own. I’m an American who hasn’t ...
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Family Travel Year in Review – Epic Education 2014

Man-o-man, what a year! I’ve learned a lot since last January, and have tried to reflect on 2014 in the video you see above, but of course, I don’t expect a YouTube clip to even scratch the surface of everything we’ve seen, learned ...
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An Ostrich in KL Bird Park — An Epic Education

Caged: Kids, Zoos & Animal Cruelty in Southeast Asia

We hadn’t been in the park for 30 minutes before I realized we should leave, but then a stork shat on my arm, and that sealed the deal. It shouldn’t have taken a warm torrent of bird splatter to know it was time ...
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How kids can earn money — An Epic Education

How to Earn Money while Traveling: Our Kids’ Experience

Kids can earn money in so many different ways. It’s a skill every parent should teach their children, but it wasn’t until we hit the road that I realized how challenging this would be for a nomadic family. I cut ...
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Tune In: The Importance of Music in Family Travels

I remember when I really cared about the music I listened to. Wait, that’s not true. The importance of music hasn’t changed — I’ve just stopped talking about it all the time. So what I mean to say is that I remember ...
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Felicia at Petrosains Fear sign — Travel as a family now: An Epic Education

5 Reasons Why You should Travel as a Family Now

I occasionally get questions from people who are curious about how we travel: How can we afford it? How do the kids make friends? What do I carry with me? What about school? I love answering these, and welcome your questions if you ...
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Reading Percy Jackson Bali airport — An Epic Education

Reading Rights: The “Percy Jackson Problem” and Me

A nation that does not read much does not know much. And a nation that does not know much is more likely to make poor choices in the home, the marketplace, the jury box, and the voting booth. And those ...
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Hoi An Restaurant — An Epic Education

Snub-jective: I hate Trip Advisor, but I’m stuck with it

I won’t lie: I hate Trip Advisor. Wait — is “hate” is too strong a word here? How about this: “Overall, I find using the website Trip Advisor to be an unpleasant experience, and while often quite useful, it frequently feeds ...
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Chiang Mai garfield grafitti — An Epic Education

Tokyo Drift: Embracing cultural irrelevance

This past February, Jamie and I were walking through a department store in Chiang Mai. The evenings in Northern Thailand had turned cooler than expected, so we were out shopping for a few bedtime blankets. As we passed through the kids’ section,  Jamie ...
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Radio Calisthenics: My Secret Shame

When this trip began twelve long months ago, I fantasized about many of the changes that were coming to my life: New experiences? Check. Newer, wiser mindset? Uhm, maybe. A slimmer waistline? Oh, definitely. I mean, a life on the road means an ...
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What I’ve Learned from Family Travel: 15 Insights From a Traveling Dad

People sometimes ask me what I’ve learned from family travel. After our first full year on the road, I tried to express how I felt. Interestingly enough, much of what I wrote then still rings true with us today, but ...
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Fi at 3331 Arts Chiyoda — An Epic Education

Absurd expressionism: pretension, parenting and exposing kids to art

Art is such a loaded word. It can soar off the tongue showered in reverence, or be spat out of the mouth like a bitter pejorative. There will never be a consensus on its definition, and I’ll skip any pretentious pondering of what art ...
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Away Game: Parenting, Forced Enthusiasm and the World Cup

“OK, Boss. I’ll be waiting at 4 am.” Dede takes another drag off his clove cigarette and pushes a long, disheveled lock of hair behind his ear. “You want breakfast or just tea?” I give Dede our orders (tea and mie goreng, if ...
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Southeast Asia with Kids: Chiang Mai

Best City in Southeast Asia with Kids: Penang or Chiang Mai?

Where would you say the best city in Southeast Asia is for a family traveler? I’ve met several families traveling through Southeast Asia. They often follow a similar route through the region, stopping at places like Hanoi, Bali and Phuket, ...
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Our Homeschool Scheduling Method

It has been a struggle to craft a homeschool scheduling system that all four of us can agree on. When I say “it has been,” I also mean: “And it continues to be, so make mine a double.” In the ...
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Secret Lives: Walter Mitty and me

To see the world, things dangerous to come to. To see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel.  That is the purpose of life. Oh, what ponderous words permeate Ben Stiller’s little film. Did I say “little?” ...
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Jamie's reflection: Family Meltdown in Chiang Mai with kids

Family Travel Problems: The Meltdown

“I want to go home!” The walls were fairly thin in our building, so I’m sure everyone on the floor could hear. “I HATE traveling, I HATE homescholing, I HATE Thailand…” He paused. I was pretty sure the next words ...
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Airbnb Tips: My Tips for Using AirBnB in Southeast Asia, Europe & Beyond airbnb georgetown penang malaysia

Airbnb Tips: My Tips for Using AirBnB in Southeast Asia, Europe & Beyond

As more people travel for longer periods, I get more requests to talk about tips for staying at Airbnb in Southeast Asia. They also ask about tips for Airbnb in Europe and Airbnb in Mexico. Airbnb in the USA and ...
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Is Family Travel Dangerous? Looking, Leaping and Learning your Limits

Is family travel dangerous? It can be if you’re not careful, calm and self aware. I am rarely all of these things at once, but I’m working on it. Is Family Travel Dangerous? As I’ve mentioned before in these pages, ...
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Working Remotely: How I asked my boss about it

Working Remotely: How I asked my boss about it I can tell you the day I decided to pursue working remotely: It was Saturday, November 24th, 2012, and I was in Oaxaca, Mexico, using up nearly all my vacation days ...
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Making Friends while Traveling

We’ve been on the road almost two months now. That’s enough time to start assessing what’s coming together and what hasn’t (yet). Work and money? So far, so good. How about dealing with long-term travel’s inherent problems? Check. Next comes the ...
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Don't fear the creeper: Snakes, shadows and a lesson in overcoming fear

Don’t fear the creeper: Snakes, shadows and a lesson in overcoming fear

Travel has a way of teaching you skills that you’ll use for the rest of your life. It can teach you about patience, perseverance, tolerance and how to deal with boredom, and it can also teach you about overcoming fear ...
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Embrace the Drag: Dealing with Boredom in Family Travel

One of my favorite writers regarding Family Travel is Jennifer Miller of the Edventure Project, and one of my favorite pieces there is her 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids. There are many nuggets of hard-earned wisdom in there, but one nugget ...
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Lessons in Perseverance: How Travel Made Our Kids Stronger

Lessons in Perseverance: Travel and Children Bad luck, bad health or bad timing. Any one of these can deliver a hefty blow to one’s travel itinerary. So how about all three? In our first month on the road, we we ...
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First Steps toward Roadschooling

Wow. What a few weeks it’s been. This will be my first entry from the road — everything else was written while still in Tokyo. We’ve now spent a little over two weeks in Taiwan and it has been a ...
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Our experience with child modelling in Japan

Every so often, M gets offered a child modelling job. This comes as no surprise to me, considering that she is the most beautiful child on the planet (totally objective there), but it also may have something to do with ...
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How to Nurture Bilingual Kids (and how to screw it up)

Japanese Mother. American father. Put them together and voilà: bilingual kids from birth, right? How to Nurture Bilingual Kids Growing up in a bilingual house doesn’t automatically make bilingual kids. Fluency takes work. A lot of work. And while I’m ...
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Travel with Kids: What I’ve Learned after Years of Family Travel

Travel with kids can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. Here are a few tips I’ve learn both a a solo traveler and as a traveling dad. Travel with Kids: Some Tips Everyone has their own ...
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5 Differences Between Japanese and Western Parenting

5 Differences Between Japanese and Western Parenting

Japanese and Western parenting have some significant differences. What I experienced  growing up in suburban Atlanta was quite different than what Keiko saw in Osaka at the same time, but these are a few that seem to stand out in ...
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