Travelling the World With Kids. What Do They Think About It?

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Were you wondering what the kids think about being uprooted and dragged around the world by their crazy parents? Is this a plan that works for them, too?

I thought I’d interview them and find out. They are two pretty well-travelled children already, they’ve been to Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia, let’s see what they think about our plans to travel the world indefinitely. Boo is six, D is eight at the time we asked them these questions.

So did the kids think they will enjoy travelling the world? Let’s find out.

kids enjoy world travel
This child looks like he’s enjoying himself. Photo taken in Bali.

I asked them these questions before we set off. They were maybe 5-6 and 7-8 years old. They’ve now been travelling 6, maybe 7 years and are very happy with their lot.

This is what my little boys said, a long time ago.

Are you looking forward to travelling the world?

D:  Yes, it’s going to be so fun, I’ll learn so much and visit loads of exciting places.

Boo: Yes, it won’t be so hot and sweaty.

Where do you most want to go and why?

D: I’d like to go somewhere like the Dead Sea and relax on the water, that would be awesome.

Boo: The Himalayas, because it’s snowy, I’ve never seen snow before.

What sort of things do you like doing when you travel?

D: Spending lots of time with my family and looking at interesting sights.

Boo: I want to do mountain climbing.

In your travels so far, which country did you like best?

D: I’d love to go back to the USA because of Disney. That was the best.

Boo: Thailand because it had squid balls.

What is your best travel memory?

D: Seeing that giant golden Buddha when we were in Thailand. (Ayutthaya)

Boo: Having hot chocolate and pancakes for breakfast.

Would you rather be in school?

D: No, absolutely, no!

Boo: No!

What will you miss about your current home, Australia?

D: Just my friends.

Boo: My house, my toys and my friends.

What do you miss about your old home, the UK?

D: Grandma and Grandad.

Boo: London, the giant toy shop and it wasn’t hot. (Hamleys)

What are the most important things that travelling children should have in their backpacks?

D: Clothes, a computer game console and goggles for swimming.
Clothes, toys (all sorts of toys), shoes.

I had no idea that Boo disliked being hot so much, tricky for a child living in the tropics. We’d better fly through Malaysia pretty quickly or he won’t be happy. I already knew that food was very important to him, so no surprises there. It sounds like I primed D to answer the way he did, I didn’t, they were his own answers, parental brainwashing maybe.

Find out how we get on, sign up to follow us in the box below. Will Boo be hot? How many squid balls will he eat? Will D need his goggles in The Dead Sea?  Can a family really be happy travelling the world together or will our dreams come crashing down around us?

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

7 thoughts on “Travelling the World With Kids. What Do They Think About It?”

  1. Hello,
    Well done for making your dream a reality. I’m sure your kids will learn a lot from visiting different countries and experiencing different cultures. If you ever fancy Taiwan, my article recommends family friendly activities.

  2. I love this! You are right – I bet a lot of people wonder what the kids think. Sounds like they are very experienced travelers! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures. Thanks for sharing at the Culture Swapper!

  3. You are living my dream!! My husband and I have talked about trying to just do yearly trips for a month or so, we’re planning our first with our 2 yr old this summer so I’ll be checking your advice. I would love for you to link up activities like this that teach children about other languages and cultures at my weekly link-up “Say it Two Ways Thursdays”.

    • Hi Yogamamma, thanks for reading, I’d love to link up and I’ve been over to have a look, but I don’t do buttons on this site, sorry. Good luck with your trips, our 2 year old had flown Uk-Australia and UK-Florida along with a few forays into Europe. All good, don’t worry!

  4. And we wait anxiously for the next chapter… 🙂

  5. What an exciting adventure for them! Can’t wait to read about it!

  6. Cool interview. Great answers. The outcome and results will be top notch I’m sure.


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