Our Youngest Traveller Interview
Our next interviewee is our youngest! M participated when she was 7 years old! Her hobbies are swimming, soccer, painting, and playing with her friends at school and at home. She also likes talking, acting, and singing. I think you’ll enjoy her advice and observations. Her parents were kind enough to transcribe her verbal responses for us. Like with 10-year-old Zac, I didn’t ask followup questions since I wanted to really retain her viewpoints and responses as much as possible. She also shares a similar word of advice as Zac about traveling. She can follow her and her family’s experience at http://GotPassport.org
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 think I was a baby when we did road trips. I went to London when I was 1 year old.
Whose idea was it to do long-term travel in your family?
It was Mommy.
Please do a brief explanation of the trip your family undertook or are taking.
We are in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and it’s very fun here.
When your family began planning the long trip, what were you excited about?
I was excited about bringing all my stuffed animals, going on an airplane, having gum, and trying new food.
What were your concerns or fears?
How is your life different now that you’re traveling than before?
We get to go on a motorbike! Finding new friends. Playing new things.
When you’re an adult, do you think you want to continue long-term international travel?
If you could go back in time, would you change anything about your family’s decision to do this?
What is your favorite part of travel? What is your favorite memory so far?
Get to go on planes. Get to learn a new language. Having marshmallows at a campfire – it was my first time. Sleeping in a tent.
What would you like parents to know who are considering doing a trip like this with their children?
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?
Yes I would. Some people don’t understand English, so you should learn their language. Instead of just having marshmallows, we put them inside crackers, with chocolate.
What would you say to other kids who are about to go on a similar journey as your family?
What would you suggest to other kids to bring on their trip and what should they leave behind?
They should bring short sleeves, long sleeves, jackets, shorts, pants, toothbrush, their own utensils, movies, computer, mosquito repellent, small stuffed animals. They should not bring thick sweaters, strong perfume, other stuffed animals.