Planes, Trains, & Kids Abroad Travel Podcast

Planes, Trains, & Kids Abroad Travel Podcast

Erika Bud, author of the Travel Rangers children's book series, created this travel podcast to inspire families to have overseas travel adventures and learn about cultures. From single parents to families of eight, listen as parents and children talk about what it was like to travel around the world on their international family vacations. Learn about countries, international travel tips, best international trips for families, affordable international vacations, how travel abroad facilitates quality family time, and so much more. Laugh with us, dream with us, and be inspired by us to travel with your kids abroad.


June 21, 2023 52 mins

Listen as Ashley shares her experience with moving from the United States with her son to teach in the United Arab Emirates. She explains what life is really like in the UAE, how she was treated as an American, and some of the struggles she has had with returning to the United States as a result of the safety mindset she developed while living in the UAE. If you are a teacher who has thought about teaching in another country, or yo...

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What is travel hacking? How does it help you travel abroad with your family for less than the cost of a domestic flight? Listen to Kelly as she talks about travel hacking, homestays, and vacation rentals, all on a low income. Learn more about the different ways that you can make international family vacations affordable on the Planes, Trains, & Kids Abroad travel podcast at or wherever you listen to podcasts...

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May 12, 2023 44 mins

When you have a child who has severe allergies, traveling abroad can be terrifying. In this episode, I speak with Sarah Thai who shares many helpful tips that she has learned while traveling abroad with her toddler who has severe allergies. If you have kids with allergies or kids who are just picky eaters, you won’t want to miss this episode!

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April 28, 2023 38 mins

Becky and her husband were avid world travelers, backpacking through Europe. When they had kids, Becky wanted to wait, but her husband was determined to keep traveling the world. Listen as Becky shares her challenges with traveling abroad with three children under five years old, why she now loves traveling with her young kids, and great tips including how she entertains the kids and why she does not like to stay in hotels. If you ...

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April 14, 2023 52 mins

In this episode, I speak with James Olsen. He’s a lawyer, husband, and father to an 11-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. They are currently traveling the world on a 14-month sabbatical. Listen as he shares what inspired this sabbatical and how they financed such a great trip. He’ll speak on everything from renting your house to insurance. If you’re thinking about taking the leap, you won’t want to miss this episode!

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In this special episode, the host records the podcast from Barcelona to share their experience as she and her son live in Barcelona for a month. Erika will discuss how she got the courage to make this move and how she is able to afford it. She’ll also explain how she is handling Hayden’s school, what she wished she knew before she arrived, and Hayden will share what he has learned during this adventure. If you are thinking about ta...

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In this week’s podcast, I speak with Katelyn Stewart, a single mom from the U.S., who just returned from her first trip abroad with her 8-year-old son. Katelyn shares many international travel tips that first-time travelers are sure to want to hear. Listen as she talks about her experiences and why, despite these negative events, she wouldn’t trade her travel abroad experience for the world. 

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Meet Lidia Aguirre, a single mom from Texas who was terrified to travel out of the country with her daughter. Hear how she overcame her fears to live in Mexico and Korea, how she approached her daughter’s father about her idea, great tips about living abroad, and so much more! This episode inspired the host to move to Barcelona with her son and I hope it inspires you to follow your dreams as well. 

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February 17, 2023 37 mins

In this week’s podcast, I speak with Andreas as he shares why he doesn’t believe in the conventional school system. You’ll hear when his perspective changed, why it’s so important to let kids learn at their pace, and why we should let kids learn about what they are interested in learning. This episode will leave you questioning what is the best education for your children. You won't want to miss it!

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February 3, 2023 45 mins

If you have a friend in Europe, you often hear how many European countries they’ve traveled to because it’s so easy and cheap. Many Americans dream of being able to do this. What happens when you turn that dream into a reality? On this week’s podcast, we speak with Allison and hear how and why she and her family moved from New York to Portugal. She’ll speak about the cultural differences, how she and her husband could afford this m...

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January 20, 2023 28 mins

Dax Hamman is a proud father to four girls and currently lives between the U.S. and England. When his girls were five and seven, they made a goal to travel to 30 countries by the age of 16 years old. They have now been to 40 countries. Listen as Dax shares fascinating stories including the time his daughters were almost eaten by a wild animal and the time he got stopped for smuggling his wife in the trunk of his car. You’ll also he...

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Parents talk about how traveling abroad changed their child’s life, but what does the child think? Available this week, we’ll hear from Dan Santat and his latest memoir about the middle school trip to Europe that changed his life. Dan is not only a #1 New York Times best-selling author, but he’s a Caldecott winner, Author/Illustrator of over 100 titles, and the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. You won’t want to ...

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December 16, 2022 48 mins

For any cruise lovers or anyone thinking of taking a cruise with their family, join me as Jennifer shares her cruising experiences with her family. Her son went on his first cruise when he was two years old, and now he’s just as addicted as his parents. Hear the resourceful ways Jennifer used to afford international travel, why cruising is great for the family, international travel tips, and more.

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December 2, 2022 69 mins

Kellie’s family had a goal to see most continents before the girls graduated high school. This resulted in travel to over 40 countries, two sabbaticals, and worldschooling. Listen as Kellie speaks about how her family made this happen, how the two sabbaticals impacted their family,  and talks about her new book, The Passport Project, written from the perspective of her daughters.

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Have you ever felt as if you weren’t connecting with your kids or spouse and your life was becoming increasingly transactional? This is exactly how Sheila felt, but the amazing part is that she did something about it. From life in Chicago to a year in Brazil, listen as Sheila talks about the circumstances that led her family to take a gap year, how it changed her family, and life in Brazil. For further inspiration, Sheila talks abo...

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October 27, 2022 63 mins

Rich did not leave the US until he studied abroad, and it changed his life forever. Now, 20 years later, he is happily raising a family in Barcelona. Rich believes so strongly in the positive impact that studying abroad brings to students, he started Barcelona SAE, a study abroad and internship program. Understanding that studying abroad can be challenging, Rich also wrote a book, Like a Fish in Water: How to Grow Abroad When You G...

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October 12, 2022 66 mins

Courtney left the US to join the Peace Corps and help the people of Africa. She has now lived in Zambia for 18 years and is raising three children, ages 9, 5, and 2. Listen as Courtney speaks about life in Africa, how travel has changed her children, and why she doesn't believe it's a bad thing that it can be difficult when you travel with kids.

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Eric has been to 100 countries and seven continents, and his kids have now been to about 60 countries. With Eric’s knowledge and experiences traveling around the world, there is a reason that Forbes named him the #4 Most Influential Travel Influencer. Listen as he talks about traveling with his kids when they were young vs. teenagers, the differences between traveling solo and traveling as a family, becoming a travel influencer, sa...

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Paola was born in Brazil and has been living abroad since 2005. She has lived with her three kids, and Italian-born husband in Italy, Brazil, Canada, and the U.K., and she has taught her kids multiple languages along the way. Listen as she talks about cultural differences, what the experience has done for her kids, why she strongly encourages every family to live abroad, and much more about her overseas travel adventures. 

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August 26, 2022 49 mins

One parent is from the United States, the other is from Thailand. Together, they have raised their kids not only to embrace both cultures but to travel abroad to learn about new cultures. Listen as Arpakorn talks about life in Thailand, why it’s so important that her kids travel back to Thailand often, and how the different perspectives have affected their travel and overall outlook on life.   

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