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All about family travel, slow travel, gap year travel and living abroad with kids. Epic Education Radio is interviews, stories and strategies for people who travel with kids— and for those who plan to. Tune in each week to hear inspired family travelers discuss specific destinations and describe how they handle issues like education, money, accommodation, parenting, technology and more. We talk about the gear, websites, apps and other resources we use, and answer questions from those who have yet to hit the road. If family travel or living abroad is important to you, then this podcast is designed to make your journey better, cheaper and more meaningful.

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All about family travel, slow travel, gap year travel and living abroad with kids. Epic Education Radio is interviews, stories and strategies for people who travel with kids— and for those who plan to. Tune in each week to hear inspired family travelers discuss specific destinations and describe how they handle issues like education, money, accommodation, parenting, technology and more. We talk about the gear, websites, apps and other resources we use, and answer questions from those who have yet to hit the road. If family travel or living abroad is important to you, then this podcast is designed to make your journey better, cheaper and more meaningful.

    EER152: Putting Kids in Local Schools While Traveling

    EER152: Putting Kids in Local Schools While Traveling

    For some families on the road long-term, putting kids in local schools while traveling becomes an important component of the journey. No, I'm not talking about fancy (and often expensive) international schools, although those can be a good option for some.
    What I'm talking about are just the regular local schools of a city or country. With local kids speaking and playing in the local language. There are a number of benefits, and it may not be as difficult to do as you think.
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    Putting Kids in Local Schools While Traveling
    As many traveling families know, travel and education go hand in hand. There are hundreds of ways to approach education when traveling, but one you may have not thought about before is putting your kids into the local schools of the country you're traveling in.
    This isn't for everyone, and it doesn't work everywhere. That said you may be surprised at how easy and useful it can be to put your kids into a local school outside of your home country.
    Related Episodes: Putting Kids in Local Schools
    This isn't the first episode where I've talked to parents who've enrolled their kids in locals schools. Some of these guests were just visiting, while others were moving there for a year or for much longer. Listen in!
    New Zealand: The North Family Southern France: The Prince Family (and a second episode) Kerala, India: The Kramer/Moore Family Dominican Republic: We3Travel Peru: Michelle Mundy Spain (Andalucia): The Rauch Family Moving to Spain: The Wagoner Family (and their first episode) Mexico (Guanajuato): The Luxpats Mexico (Tulum, Cozumel): Crystal Blue Mexico (San Miguel de Allende): The Elliot Family Mexico (Merida): The Morales Family Morocco: The Mouttaki Family (her first episode) England: The Davies Family ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST
    Names: Stephen Lead, Gloria Tong, and their daughters, Penelope & Clementine Hold passports from: Australia & the UK Type of travel: Long-term travel A few places they've been: Japan, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain Sevilla Mexico Guatemala, Panama, Chile FIND THEM ON
    Their Blog: Steve & Glo Putting Kids in Local Schools While Traveling
    In this episode of Epic Education Radio, I talk with Stephen Lead, an Australian dad who has been traveling with his wife and two young girls for a year. They've put the girls into local schools in both Spain and Mexico so far. When we met in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Stephen and I went out for drinks and soon the topic turned to our experiences putting kids in local schools while traveling.
    We've done it, and so had Stephen. In fact, there are many episodes of this podcast with guests who have put their kids in local schools. I've had a few requests for more info and Stephen was keen to talk about it, and that' show this episode came to be.
    TLDR: Main Points of Putting Kids in Local Schools While Traveling
    Enrolling in local schools can be quite cheap and easy in many countries There are opportunities for local schools in Spain, Mexico, France, Malaysia, New Zealand, India, the Dominican Republic, and more In general, the younger the child, the more opportunities for enrollment Short-term enrollment is easy for primary school-aged kids and younger. Some schools require some paperwork, such as a birth certificate (or a copy of one), while others require almost none. Don't over plan or stress over the preplanning. Some schools work out, some don't. Book accommodation based on convenience to town or whatever you're interested in, rather than accommodation close to the school. List of other episodes with parents putting kids in local schools at the end of the post. Benefits of P

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    EER151: Things to Do in Korea with Kids — South Korea Travel Blog

    EER151: Things to Do in Korea with Kids — South Korea Travel Blog

    Korea with kids — this South Korea travel blog post & podcast will get you ready to buy flights! There are many things to do in Korea with kids...or without them. Surprisingly, travel in South Korea hasn't caught on like it has in Japan and China. But we're here to tell you that Korea is a great place to explore. Read on (and listen in!) for Korea travel tips, as well as advice on things to do in Seoul and exploring Korea's beautiful Jeju island.
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    South Korea Travel Blog: Korea Travel Tips
    Today I talk with Sejal Parekh to hear about travel in South Korea. Sejal and her husband have just spent time in Japan, Korea and now Bali, where we spoke from. In this Epic Education Radio episode, I ask Sejal all about exploring South Korea with kids. We talk about things to do in Seoul with kids, exploring Jeju Island with kids, and more.
     
    IN THIS EPISODE
    02:18 Intro convo - Bali plastic 06:47 Intro to Sejal's Family 08:49 Why Korea? Why Korea with Kids? 11:31 Things to do in Seoul 17:09 DMZ: Korea Travel Blog 23:14 The energy of the Hongdae neighborhood 28:20 Communication & food/eating in Seoul 35:08 Getting around Seoul 40:06 Pop band encounter 41:48 Things to do at Jeju Island 45:52 Accommodation on Jeju Island 48:50 Getting to Jeju Island from Seoul 50:40 More things to do at Jeju Island  
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    Names: Sejal Parekh, her husband, and their 4-year-old daughter Hold passports from: the UK (London) Type of travel: Living abroad (in the US) and long-term travel A few places they've been: Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Greece  
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    Things to Do in Seoul, Things to Do at Jeju Island & More
    This episode is between two family travelers, but as you'll see, all the great things to do in South Korea are for everyone. Not just kids or families.
    We discuss why they chose travel in Korea. We also talk about food, accommodation, getting around and more South Korea travel tips. If you're interested in exploring East Asia, then this South Korea travel blog post & podcast should whet your appetite!
    Why Korea? Why Korea with Kids?
    When I asked Sejal why they chose to travel in Korea, she explained that it had been on her list for a while. Some of her old coworkers had been and sent back pictures. In addition, we both agreed that Korea is in many ways the "it" place in East Asia right now. In fact, lots of cultural and commercial cues point to Korea. Whether it's in design, in music, in fashion or in the beauty industry, South Korea is at or near the center of many present trends.
    Another reason why travel in South Korea with kids is worth your time is that it is a very safe and well-run country. The crime rates are extremely low, and the infrastructure is strong. Transportation is fast and effective, and you'll have no problem getting online.
    Korea and Japan: Travel South Korea with Kids
    You may already know this, but Korea and Japan are extremely close to each other. Sejal and I talk about how fast and easy it is to get back and forth between the two counties. Flights from Tokyo to Seoul are around 2.5 hours, where flights from Osaka to Seoul are much less.
    If you're planning to visit Japan (and we certainly recommend that you do), then consider visiting Korea as well.
    Sejal and her family had just spent over a month in Japan before they visited Korea. Their Korean trip was for three weeks. Yet Sejal says that if they hadn't already booked flights out, they would have extended their stay.
    Where to Stay in Seoul: South Korea Travel Tips
     
    Their first stop was Seoul. This is the capital of South Korea and (arguably) the most vibrant and dynamic city in

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    EER150: The Everest Base Camp Trek – Everest Base Camp Hike with Kids

    EER150: The Everest Base Camp Trek – Everest Base Camp Hike with Kids

    Everest Base Camp Trek Tips
    The Everest Base Camp Trek: could you do it? Could you conquer it, on your own, independently and with two kids? That's what Ronnie and Any Jones have done. When most people attempt the Everest Base Camp hike, they buy loads of equipment and/or hire a tour company and guides to help them make it happen. Not the Jones family. In this episode, we talk to them about how they managed to do the Everest Base Camp Trek on their own, without porters or a travel agency.
    If you've ever dreamed of Everest Base Camp hike, then listen in. It's not for the faint of heart, but they loved it so much they've made new plan to hike the Himalayas again.
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    The Everest Base Camp Trek - Independently & With Kids
    The Everest Base Camp Trek. AKA the "EBC." Many try it. Many fail. Hiking the Himalayas is a challenge for anyone. Hiking the Himalayas as a suburban family with no prior experience? That's another thing entirely. But that's what Ronnie and Any Jones decided to do. It was one of the most meaningful experiences their family's had thus far in their adventures.
    The Everest Base Camp Trek (a.k.a. the EBC) is no small feat, but once they decided to take on the challenge, they found a way to make it work. In this episode, I talk to Ronnie and Any about how they planned their Everest Base Camp Hike. We discuss why they chose to do the Everest Base Camp hike independently rather than going through a large and expensive travel agency.
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    IN THIS EPISODE
    03:07 The Family RV that started it all 07:11 Arriving in Nepal & illness 12:20 The Most Dangerous Airport in the World 14:41 Altitude Sickness when hiking in the Himalayas 21:06 Planning & Resources for Hiking in the Himalayas 23:46 Training for the Everest Base Camp trek 26:39 Money & Hiking the EBC Independently 43:00 Things to You Need to Hike the EBC 53:12 The Positives of Doing the Everest Base Camp Hike together ABOUT
    Names: Ronnie and Amy Jones, and their two sons Hold passports from: USA Type of travel: RV Travel, Trekking, and Long-term Travel A few places they've been: US National Parks, Bali, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Nepal, and others IN THEIR BAGS
    Buff Headwear for sun protection Bentonite Clay Capsules and Dr. Schulze's Products for digestive issues LINKS & RESOURCES
    They used this blog post a lot while planning The highly suggest Shona's Alpine Kathmandu for outfitting yourself (no website). He describes it in more detail in the podcast. FIND THEM ON
    Where the Jones YOUTUBE channel! Hiking The Himalayas with Kids
    Meet the Jones family. Less than a year ago, they were living in the United States (St. Louis, MO.) with only a Canadian Stamp in their passport. Fast-forward to the present, and they've been on the road, traveling in Asia for nearly nine months. Most of that time was spent traveling in Southeast Asia, but they had one crazy idea: walk the Everest Base Camp Trek. Unlike many who do the Everest Base Camp Trek, they decided to do it on their own. They arranged flights, acquired gear and stayed in Nepalese tea houses along the way.
    They planned their Everest Base Camp hike as they traveled so that by the time they reached Nepal, they were ready. Here's how it went down.
    Before the Everest Base Camp Trek — a Prelude
    Long before the Everest Base Camp hike became a dream, the Jones family was living in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States. Yet they had aspirations to see more of the world. Their first step was to sell their stuff, buy an RV and travel around the US, visiting National Parks. As they traveled, hiking and trekking became somethi

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    EER149: Overlanding Africa with Kids: Land Rovers, Camping, Self-Drive Safaris & More

    EER149: Overlanding Africa with Kids: Land Rovers, Camping, Self-Drive Safaris & More

    Overlanding Africa with kids: would you do it? This week's guest just finished an amazing trip through six African countries — all in a Land Rover. If you're interested in what it's like to drive across the African continent, listen in!
    Overlanding Africa with Kids
    If you've ever thought about driving across Africa, then this is an interview for you. Jenny Lynn and her family have just returned from overlanding Africa for months. They started in South Africa. Then they drove through Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Namibia.
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    Land Rovers, Camping, Self-Drive Safaris & More
    In today's episode of Epic Education Radio, we talk to Jenny about shipwrecks, self-drive safaris, sand traps and more. We talk planning, budgeting and the on-the-ground experience of overlanding Africa. If you're interested in exploring places like Mozambique, Tanzania, and Namibia with kids, then listen in.
    Or look for more overland travel stories
    The last time we spoke to Jenny, she and her family were living in India. As we catch up, she tells me about the changes since we last talked. Her husband decided to take a voluntary redundancy package so they could plan an overland trip in Africa with their two young boys.
    IN THIS EPISODE
    03:29 Leaving India for Africa 09:25 Planning no Planning 13:36 Land Rover 16:02 Budget 18:47 Tanzania 24:39 food & cooking 29:33 Health & Safety 34:45 Africa bad rap 40:11 Country by country  
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    Names: Jenny Lyn, her husband, and their two young boys Hold passports from: the UK Type of travel: Overland travel A few places they've been: India, Nepal and many countries. On this trip, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Namibia. LINKS & RESOURCES Tracks4Africa Books & Maps Drive Moz  
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    What is Overlanding?
    The term "overlanding" is the idea of driving yourself from country to country. No planes. The term is often used when talking about driving across continents like Africa, Australia or South America. However, I consider any long-term, multi-country trip where you drive yourself the entire way to be overlanding, or overland travel. That could be by car, train, boat or bicycle. It could be on foot. As long as you stay on the ground and cross over the land that way, let's call that overlanding. 
    How to Plan an Overland Trip 
    One of the trickiest parts of the planning became an act of pure luck and serendipity. A South African friend rented them their own Land Rover, complete with stove, fridge, and tents that pop up on the top. They camped their way through Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Namibia, stocking up at local markets along the way. She describes their ride and the patterns of life in more detail in the podcast.
    Did they have any experience overlanding in Africa? Not really. They had backpacked in various African destinations before kids. They had also had driven a 2-wheel-drive car there. That said, they learned that overlanding Africa is a completely different thing.
    Did they have any 4-wheel-drive training? Not before they left. They learned along the way. It was a challenge but worth it, she said. There were roads turned to slush because of massive rains. There were sandtraps where local kids helped them push the landrover out. Overlanding in Africa is not for the faint of heart, but at the same time, it's not as hard as one might think.
    Is Overlanding Africa Safe?
    Many of you are probably asking yourself: is overlanding Africa safe? According to Jenny, absolutely yes. Sure, there are hazards to navigate: wildlife, bad roads, and the c

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    EER148: Trying New Foods - Tips for Picky Eaters & Their Families

    EER148: Trying New Foods - Tips for Picky Eaters & Their Families

    Trying new foods while traveling is difficult for some adults. It can be even more difficult for kids — especially if they're already picky eaters. Today's episode is all about tips for picky eaters, and the families who travel with them. Do you travel with picky eaters? How do you handle it? Read on, listen in, and add your insight in the comments.
    Trying New Foods While Traveling
    There are loads of tips for picky eaters on the web — both for adults and children. For me, food is an essential part of the joy and discovery of travel. For some people, however, trying new foods is an assault on normality. This can be especially challenging when traveling with children. Many kids are extremely picky eaters. That's why it can be a challenge to keep your kid fed, happy, and healthy while traveling. Especially if they're unwilling to try new foods.
    Today I talk with Emma Morrel, a mom of two who has had to deal with some picky eaters in her family. She decided to write about it on her blog after a trip to Italy with two other families. It was then that she discovered that they couldn't find a single meal that all six children with them would eat.
    "I knew I couldn't be the only parent with this problem," she explained, "so I asked my readers about it." The results are here.
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    02:26 Intro 04:21 Life in Doha 07:45 Why write about trying new foods? 09:53 The really picky stage 12:03 Bali food games 20:04 Compromises 22:57 Carbs & breakfast 24:44 Packing food & snacks ABOUT
    Names: Emma Morrel Hold passports from: The UK Type of travel: Living abroad & short-term travel FIND THEM ON
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    Tips for Picky Eaters and their Families
    In this episode of Epic Education Radio, Emma and I discuss tips for picky eaters and different ways of keeping kids well fed while on the road.
    Emma and I come from different perspectives: she lives in Doha with two kids under seven. We presently live in Mexico (with kids raised in Japan, Malaysia, and Spain) who are now 15 and 12 at the time of writing. We both have our own ways of getting our kids to try new foods, but this discussion is just the tip of the iceberg.
    There are loads of ways to get picky eaters to try new foods. We only discuss some of them. What are yours?
    Games & Wordplay: Trying New Foods
     
    Emma talks about the time they went to Bali with kids. For dinner was satay: skewers of chicken grilled over charcoal and dipped in a peanut sauce. Emma didn't tell the kids it was satay. She called them "chicken lollipops." And it worked.
    She also recalled a Charlie & Lola book where Charlie called mashed potatoes "fluffy clouds." Sometimes changing the name is all it takes to picky eaters to try new foods. I mentioned that when EER guest Karen Beddow was in Rwanda, everything her kids was served was "chicken curry." Why? Because the kids like chicken curry.
    Carbs, Choices, & Compromises: Tips for Picky Eaters
    Other tips for picky eaters that we discuss dealt with breakfast, autonomy, and dealmaking. For example, she and I both agreed that a carb-filled breakfast is often a bad choice — even if the child is trying new foods. Carbs tend to burn right through a child, and they're hungry again quickly.
    We also talked about giving picky eaters a choice at dinner — even if the choice is between two things they don't like. Giving a choice gives children a sense of autonomy that can be reassuring when they're in a new place.
    Compromises are also required when trying new foods. Not every meal on the road will be a balanced one. There will be places without vegetables on the menu, and there will times when all the food might be new and foreign to the child. When this happens, make a deal. Offer rewards of what they like at a l

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    EER147: A Road Trip in Norway with Kids — Norway Road Trip Tips

    EER147: A Road Trip in Norway with Kids — Norway Road Trip Tips

    If you think the idea of a road trip in Norway with kids sounds interesting, then this is the episode for you. Today we talk about an incredible Norway road trip and some of the fun things to do in Norway.
    A Road Trip in Norway with Kids
    We've driven/ridden in many places around the world, but we've never taken a road trip in Norway with kids. Yet after talking to this week's guest, it's now on my list. Today we talk again with Jeff Bogle from the Out With the Kids blog. The first time we spoke, it was all about cruises. This week is a very different topic: driving in Norway and a pretty incredible road trip through Norway.
     
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    IN THIS EPISODE
    10:20 Intro to Jeff 11:52 Norway Road Trips — Why Norway? 17:14 Skipped Oslo and Drove West 22:03 Bergen Norway 26:10 The Only Disappointment 31:23 Food in Norway 35:41 Book Towns in Norway 39:24 Alesund Norway 42:14 Trondheim Norway  
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    Names: Family blogger & Iris Award-winning photographer Jeff Bogle, his wife, and teen/tween daughters Hold passports from: USA Type of travel: Short-term travel, family cruises for kids, road trips A few places they’ve been: 20+ countries and counting, including Turkey, Greece, the UK/Ireland, Spain, and France.  
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    My first conversation with Jeff was about cruises Jeff tells us what to avoid in Norway A little more on the disappointing rail and cruise in Flåm  
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    The Bogle's Norway Road Trip
    Dreamed up and planned while traveling in Ireland, the Bogle's adventure started with flights to the Oslo airport. From there, they skipped Oslo entirely and instead drove west. From here their Norway road trip took them to Bergen, Alesund, Trondheim and other fascinating places. "It’s the prettiest place we’ve ever been, full stop," he says, "Top to bottom.” That's a pretty large claim for Jeff, who travels a lot — both with his family and on his own. Then again, many of the scenes they encountered sound magical. For example, during this road trip in Norway, they saw crystal-clear fjords and snow-capped mountains. And they sat in wooden hot tubs on a deck overlooking it all.
    During his road trip in Norway, Jeff describes a scene where they watched snowflakes "as big as a baby's fist." These flakes dropped so slowly that they could even make out the patterns on them as they fell.
    Driving in Norway: Norway Road Trip Tips
    According to Jeff's experience, driving is Norway is easy. Even with loads of snow, the roads are clear and easy to follow. That said, he explains that just about any road trip in Norway will involve lots of tunnels. In fact, one of the longest tunnels in the world (that's not underwater) is in Norway: 25 kilometers long. Some tunnels even have roundabouts, rest stops and forks in the road. If you're claustrophobic and taking a road trip in Norway, this may be something to consider.
    A road trip in Norway will also likely involve car ferries — especially in the west of the country. With so many fjords and other bodies of water, travel in Norway requires some time to cross to the other side. They had one close call during their trip, actually — because of a flight delay, they had to rush to reach one car ferry. The last ferry of the day left just 15minutres after they reached if after a long drive.
    Food in Norway: Norway Travel Tips
    Jeff and family had some fantastic food during their road trip in Norway. There was still plenty of snow on the ground when they were there. Yet his vegetarian daughters were still able to find enough to eat, including (their surpri

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I started listening to this podcast this year and it is fabulous. It's incredibly well-done as far as organization-each episode is well-thought out. The guests are all very interesting. Jason Andrew Jenkins does a great job of being impartial in his interview style but also connects often with the guests and is generally a very friendly and curious host. He would be a very comfortable host to work with, I imagine.

I thought the original format with the section dividers ("epic resources") was interesting and maybe a bit too structured originally, but now that it's gone, I realize I miss it! Mostly because it made it very easy to track which part the episode he was covering. I can appreciate though, that the editing is time-consuming and the change in format is absolutely not a deal-breaker for me.

Side note: the host sounds like "Walter White" from Breaking Bad to me-so I can't help but imagine "Walt" when I listen ha ha.

Very inspiring and my favorite podcast to listen to. Please keep the episodes coming. I have a feeling once word gets out about this podcast, your reviews are going to blow up (in a good way)! Waiting to watch history as you get discovered. Thanks so much for the amazing content.

SePe568 ,

Great podcast

I’m currently in the dreaming stage of world traveling with my family, and the podcast interviews with a number of different people, with different approaches to traveling- full time, living abroad, many vacations or gap year - are helping me plan my adventure. The host is very pleasant to listen to and great interviewer.
I look forward to all new episodes and have been listening to old ones as well! Thanks for a great podcast Jason!

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Excellent podcast!

I love this podcast! Hearing all these great stories of family travel has given me great inspiration.

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