LearnLiveTravel discuss travel with teens & more: our interview with An Epic Education

We’re certainly not the only family who have left the rat-race to travel the world, but might be one of the few who did it with older kids and a tag-along-teacher. Our travels caught the attention of blogger and podcaster Jason Jenkins of An Epic Education. In his recently published podcast we discuss travel resources, spreadsheets, coffee makers, Rick Steves, library cards and the challenges of family travel with teens. Some highlights about world-schooling while traveling (

Youth Hostels can be a great choice for families: here's why

Every long-term traveler we've met or follow thinks differently about how they spend their hard-earned travel-funds. Some want to eat at fancy restaurants, but will skip hiring a guide to show them the city. Others will stay in a premier hotel, but won't buy souvenirs. Many have different financial priorities during different parts of their trips. (We wrote about our point of view here.) Lodging can be one of the most expensive parts of a long-term trip, but we've read about

Traveling has helped us refocus our energy and goals on "being" more than "having&quo

Our first Round The World trip comes full circle - we are now back in the Pacific Northwest. And a little culture shock is inevitable. As my family and I face a reentry into the "real" world, I am reminded of how important this trip has been to all of us; we are stronger, wiser and now have a much better idea of what we want our future to look like. It is not possible to fully quantify the benefits gained during this nomadic time abroad, but I can mention a few things we hav

For every traveling family ... there are thousands more migrating because they have no choice

This is my fifth time returning home from a year abroad. The first was after being an exchange student to Brazil with Rotary. The next several times I was in my twenties. And yes, I experienced reverse culture-shock and felt directionless and went through many other emotions as I reintegrated home. And I’m feeling those things again. And so is my husband. And my kids. And Heather. And I could write about all of that, but Michael Huxley nailed it in his article last December:

Navigating the sea of rental properties - Our 5 favorite homes around the world

Navigating the sea of rental properties on,,, and can be a daunting task for many travelers, yet the rewards you’ll get from renting locally are well worth the effort. As a family of five traveling the world for a year, we knew that we could save money by avoiding hotels and we also could get a deeper cultural understanding of the locale. We developed five core criteria to help us choose short-term rentals. Simply put, these are: c

"Temporarily living like locals"

We love the experience of temporarily living like locals that we get by renting homes through, Homeaway and Airbnb. We double-love how easy it has become over the past 10 years to find and pay for rental online. With the exception of one apartment – I’m looking at you, Santiago! – most of the homes we’ve rented have been great. But invariably there has been one or two things amiss, so we’d like to share our thoughts with current and future owners of short-term rental

"The key to a successful shared experience is intentional communication."

What could be better than traveling the world? Traveling the world with those that you love! We are two families who decided to combine our 'Round the World trips for one month in Turkey. The idea of traveling together around the world was born years earlier, with dreams shared around the dinner table and conversations over bottles of wine. The seed had been planted, but could we really do it? As experienced travelers, we knew that group travel meant more expectations and uni

425 Magazine just published the first article about our RTW trip!

So 2015 is here and we have been on the road for about 3 months already. We arrived in Brazil on November 24, just in time for Thanksgiving - more about our "fusion Thanksgiving" on a separate post. We settled in Natal, where most of my extended family lives, in the beautiful Northeast coast. We are currently in Rio, where we celebrated the New Year in Copacabana beach, watching the amazing fireworks. And we just learned that 425 Magazine just published the first article abou