Jul 20, 2022
This episode, Ed takes adventure
to the next level with ways to experience adventure near and far.
Ed is a husband and father originally from Singapore now in
Washington. Prior to Covid he was a sophisticated travel
hacker, but now more of an aspiring polyglot. Others might
also say he’s a tax optimizer, a geo-arbitrage schemer,
homeschooler, entrepreneur, and just adding a budding asian cuisine
chef...Right? Let’s just say Ed Tee has become one of my
adventure Super Heros. This episode will demonstrate, there
is not much he hasn’t done as he works to leave his own mark on the
In preparing for this interview
I dove deep into what it means to be a polyglot: which is the study
of multiple languages. While Ed only speaks 2 languages
fluently, I believe he said he can speak at an elementary level in
I believe 12 languages. For listeners who may not be familiar
with geo-arbitrage, it’s the ability to live anywhere. As you
will hear Ed spends a significant amount of time in various
countries. I am so grateful Ed was able to join us and take
us on a wild ride just touching on a few of his adventures and give
us all some tips and free resources to support our own adventure
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Unlikely Cooking Lessons in
Length of travel and depth of
Teenage daughter inspired most iconic adventure
for the entire family
Homestead experience in Western
version of adventure
Lifestyle fueled by Financial
I just wanted to recap with a
couple of key takeaways that I noted throughout this
- Embrace the suck. Making the best of an
experience can open your mind to new possibilities.
- Once you realize you can belong anywhere, and
be happy, the whole world opens up to you.
- Language and food are critical aspects to local
culture. Authentic local experiences typically don’t require
- You don’t need to be fluent, but the attempt to
learn the language builds connections. Define a benchmark
such as ordering a beer.
- The military can be a path to explore the world
and make meaningful connections.
- Traveling the world is “more than collecting
stamps in your passport.”
- Is hunched over cooking at a street vendor push
cart what you imagined for local cooking lessons? Maybe it
- While American safety standards exist for a
reason, be open to what the standards in the community you are
visiting. Lean in - get curious. You might be opting
out with your hidden bias.
- Is anyone else craving yummy Asian cuisine
now?! Note to self: go to Thailand and indulge. It’s
cheaper than Mac-N-Cheese at home :)
- Look for inspiration everywhere. The
curiosity of his teenage daughter took them on one of the most
iconic experiences for their family.
- Someti mes the greatest experiences will happen
in the most unlikely places. Memorable experiences are not
always synonymous with comfort.
- Adventure and travel is a tool to reinforce
- The buddy system is a good practice, even for
remote locations like Western Mongolia
- Not traveling in 2020 led to adventures in
learning a new language and Japanese home cooking. Language
and food were 2 large chunks of his travel experiences. What
are big chunks of your travel experience.
- The key to allowing their family the
flexibility and freedom to travel extensively was a combination of
Financial Independence and Homeschooling.
- Financial Independence = Earn More, Spend Less,
and Invest the difference. Maintain a reasonable lifestyle
that keeps your spending aligned with your values. Make
investing simple using broad-based index funds. After 10
years they were able to draw 3-4% to cover their annual living
- Fill the gap by being willing to take odd jobs
or ad-hoc consulting. This gave them the ability to be
anywhere in the world.
Free Resources Referenced during
- Financial Independence
101: Free FI course for
Everyone: for people who want to get started and dive deep into FI:
the Foundation's FI101 choosefi.com/fi101.
- Choose FI Travel Rewards
course: Your shortcut to
traveling better using less money with travel rewards.
Pimsleur Language Learning Series: CD set available from local library system or
download the app. Recommended by the military and available
in about 50 languages.