Our next interviewee is 10-year-old Zac. He and his mother are currently in Bali. His interview had me laughing, and I think you’ll enjoy not only his sense of humor but his frankness. Props to his mom who after reading his responses said “I’m not going to censor him.” Zac’s best friend lives in London. He is also a self-described hardcore videogamer. Zac writes for his own blog at Kidventurer, and you can follow along on their continued adventures at EscapeArtistes.
I normally would have asked some followup questions to some of his responses, but they were so authentically Zac, I decided to take them as he gave ‘em.
How old were you when you began traveling with your family? Was your first experience of international travel before you began doing it long-term?
I was nine. As for international travel, I went to Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Australia, Kenya, Guatemala, Andorra, Finland, Switzerland, Wales and Israel before our big trip.
Whose idea was it to do long-term travel in your family?
Mum (mom)’s idea.
Please do a brief explanation of the trip your family undertook.
Ridiculously long, badly planned, but fun.
When your family began planning the long trip, what were you excited about?
Going away from school. Visiting new places. Lotsa stuff.
What were your concerns or fears?
Homesickness. Spending Christmas in Venezuela.
Do you see the world differently now that you’ve visited other countries? How do you think travel will change your life as an adult?
Make me not want to live in Indonesia.
When you’re an adult, do you plan to continue long-term international travel?
If you become a parent, do you see yourself doing this with your own family?
If you could go back in time, would you change anything about your family’s decision to do this?
Bring mosquito ointment.
What is your favorite part of travel? What is your favorite memory so far?
Whitewater rafting, xorbing, and also zipwiring.
What would you like parents to know who are considering doing a trip like this with their children?
Suitable for ages 8-70
Would you recommend this type of travel to other families? What would your advice be to parents so that they can make travel more enjoyable and meaningful for their kids?
See number 10. [“Bring mosquito ointment.”]
What would you say to other kids who are about to go on a similar journey as your family?
Never expect home comforts.
What would you suggest to other kids to bring on their trip and what to leave behind.
Don’t take anything too big, fragile or heavy.