Why Travel With Kids? Kid Traveling the World for 8 Years Tells!
Why travel with children? Is traveling with kids around the world an educational benefit and doable dream? Our trilingual 12 year old was recently interviewed for a TV show and we have been traveling around the world non-stop for 8 years now, so I thought you might be interested in what she has to say.
We are celebrating our 8 year travel anniversary as we sold our home in the fall of 2005 (and most of our belongings) to take this risk of a permanent vacation, world schooling, RTW family trip, so we made this video from a clip we sent them.
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MUST SEE TRAVEL VIDEO ABOUT TRAVELING KID
DO YOU TRAVEL WITH YOUR KIDS?
Family travel isn't always easy, but it is so enriching it has become my favorite type of travel. I am convinced there is no better education and the sweetest route to a more peaceful world.
CAN WE TEACH PEACE AND ACCEPTANCE THROUGH TRAVEL?
HOW TO TRAVEL WITH A KID FOR 8 YEARS
First we prepared a LOT, got rid of stuff, and traveled via USA roadtrips ( plan to do more of this for our homeschool high school and middle school), then took off to Europe in September 2006 to learn Spanish reading and writing in Spain, explore Europe, see amazing ancient ruins and more.
We've explored 45 countries on 5 continents now on just $23/day per person, so Mozart has seen much more of the world than most ever do. We've also spent extended time in Asia and China to master Mandarin fluently ( almost complete) and time in the Middle East, South Pacific islands, Oceana and more.
Soon we will go back to beloved Provence and Tahiti for French immersion ( via Mongolia and the Transiberian Railway) in the near future and another trip to Oz later this month. Despite traveling when sick, on our healing journey (or maybe because of it), we've become experts on organic food, healthy eating and homeschooling on the road through travel.
Best yet, Mozart has had time to deeply bond with her Mom, develop an amazing father- daughter relationship, grown up fluently trilingual and triliterate in Mandarin, Spanish and English,
As well as mucho multigenerational family travel with her Grandpa and aunt in Europe,
extended travel with her Grandma in Asia, time with cousins in Florida ( along with Harry Potter's Wizarding World) and many relatives in California.
SLOW TRAVEL AND KEEPING UP RELATIONSHIPS
The key for our trip around the world has been slow travel and keeping up relationships as we roam the world. Not only does it prevent travel burn out, but also allows our location independent kid to have close friends and deep relationships while traveling the world.
HOW TO STAY CONNECTED WHILE TRAVELING
Regular webcam calls, returning to places we love regularly, visiting famiy or traveling with extended family and packages from home are keys for us. In my opinion, with an only child, if you miss deep relationships, you miss the world. Sooo many amazing places on this planet, but it's the people that makes beautiful places extra special and memorable.
Learning languages well has also helped her connect deeply and that takes time. Mozart is a very social child and loves things like birthday parties with friends and sleep overs. So we do sleep overs...in California, in Spain, in Denver, Asia and more. ( Going to have another one this weekend.) She has celebrated her birthday all over the world...soon to celebrate another one.... in her 9th country and 4th continent.
FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD
I am happy that Mozart has made best friends around the world in so many places and languages. So cute that this 12 year old feels like her heart is in every nook and cranny around the planet. Yes, best friends and travel with kids can be compatible goals...even for a kid who has spent all her primary years...five through almost 13...exploring the world slowly!
What do you see as the benefits of traveling with your children?