An Interview with my Daughter About Travel

My 12-year-old daughter is by no means a “world traveler” but by most American standards for children who travel, she’s seen her fair share of the world, especially the United States. She’s been to all but 9 states in the United States and outside the US to 9 countries on 4 continents. Her first flight was when she was about a year and a half and by the time she turned two years old she had flown to three states including from the east coast to Hawaii . While there are of course American children who flew at an earlier age and have flown further and to more countries, it’s fair to say she’s a pretty well-seasoned traveled for her age.

When she first mentioned to me that I should interview her for my blog, I dismissed it. But then I started thinking about it and realized it could be really useful, especially for parents with young children who might be on the fence about traveling with their children. This is actually my second time interviewing her; the first interview was about her experience with Girls on the Run, which you can find here.

Q1. What are some of your favorite places you’ve been and why did you like them?

A1. Niagara Falls because it was so amazing to see falls that went over two countries, and I really liked when they were lit up at night. I liked Greece because the culture was so different and it was interesting to see the ruins and try their food. New Zealand was cool going to the Hobbiton movie set plus so much more there. I also liked Arizona because of Antelope Canyon.

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Boat ride in New Zealand, one of the highlights of our trip

Q2. What are some places you’re dying to go to?

A2. I want to go to France, Italy, and the Caribbean.

Q3. What are some things you’ve done because of traveling that you otherwise would have never done?

A3. I probably wouldn’t have tried some of the foods I had in Greece if I hadn’t gone there. I also got a camera because of all of the traveling I’ve done. Now I like that I can take my own pictures.

Q4. What are some places you’ve been to that you didn’t care for?

A4. None that I can remember.

Q5. What are some ways you’ve learned to occupy yourself during long flights, car rides, etc.?

A5. By listening to music, doing puzzles and games on paper and on my tablet or phone, playing games, audio books.

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Italy, one of the places on my daughter’s travel wish list that I went to before she was born

Q6. What are some travel tips for kids you’d like to share?

A6. If you’re in a foreign country, give the food a chance. It may not be what you’re used to, but it’s usually pretty good. Bring things to occupy yourself. Pack for the weather, so bring pants if it’s going to be cold where you’re going. I only brought shorts once and froze even though I was told before the trip to pack pants.

Q7. Is there a place you think is more special to go to as a child versus if an adult were to go for the first time?

A7. Disney because the rides are more meant for kids and they can meet the characters like Mickey Mouse, which wouldn’t be as special for adults.

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Hobbiton in New Zealand

Q8. Are there any life lessons travel has taught you?

A8. Give everything a chance because a lot of times it can end up being worth it.

Q9. What would you say to parents who say their child is too young to appreciate a place?

A9. That’s not true. Even if they don’t remember it later, they’ll still enjoy it in their own way when they visit it.

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Antelope Canyon

Q10. Do you think you’ll still travel as much as an adult as what you do now?

A10. If I have the money to, yes. If I can get a job that pays enough I could make traveling my life.

That’s it, for the interview. It looks like we have a world traveler in the making!

How do you all feel about traveling with kids? As a parent, I’d say it’s much easier in many ways to just leave them behind with a trusted family member or sitter but the experiences they gain from travel is priceless. I realize not everyone can afford to travel with their children, especially people with 3 or 4 children, but I encourage you to consider it if it’s feasible, even if it’s only for every other vacation you take.

I’ve seen how traveling as a family has brought my family together. We’ve seen and done things that have permanently bonded us, in ways that every day life would never have done.

Happy travels!

Donna

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Author: runningtotravel

I'm a long distance runner with a goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states in the US. I also love to travel so I travel to other places when I'm not running races. Half the fun is planning where I'm going to go next!

15 thoughts on “An Interview with my Daughter About Travel”

  1. Growing up, we didn’t have much money, but my mother did what we were able to do. There were tons of road trips and camping in national parks. Travel in any form is valuable, IMO.

    I loved her interview and I hope you do more with her in the future.

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    1. I do have to wonder what she’ll think of Disney when she inevitably goes there as an adult. Maybe she’s right in a way, though, in that Disney is even more special for kids, not that adults can’t enjoy it as well!

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  2. This is awesome! We currently live in a small town of 2000 people but work out of NYC. Right now we have our 2.5 year old and 8 month old out here for the month and I love seeing them experience it through their own eyes. We run everywhere and look for new things and try all sorts of different cuisine. We took our oldest with us to Aruba when she was 6 months and both girls to Mexico when our youngest was 5 months. We tried all food and didn’t make a deal out of it and our two year old loved it all. Traveling is hard, but I love that the 2 year old didn’t even flinch when we got to our sublet last week. She asked no questions and is just having fun. If you start young, I think they adjust well.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. That’s great that you’re also traveling with your daughters and they’ve tried new things and been around the world. I think if you make travel a part of kids’ lives when they’re young, it will be “normal” for them. I firmly believe the world is a great educator for our children!

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  3. What a neat idea to interview her! I have no children, but I like when I go to places like museums and see kids fully engaged with the trip and learning. That being said I also hate seeing kids running around screaming or throwing fits and not being taken aside or something as it can be distracting to my enjoyment of a place. My cousin and his wife divorced and their 5 year old son regularly flies between Pennsylvania and Michigan and has done so most of his life; he’s got more frequent flier miles than me! I think if it’s introduced to a child at a younger age it becomes more of a norm. As a child my family took a yearly trip to the beach, sometimes an amusement park, and once to Disney. I think I would’ve appreciated more day trips to new places though – traveling doesn’t always have to be expensive!

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    1. Thank you for your comments! I also can’t stand when kids throw fits in public and as a parent would do just about anything to not be “that family” with the screaming kid, although our daughter did have her moments like children do. Kids definitely adapt to what ever lifestyle is thrown at them at an early age and it just becomes their normal, like your cousin’s son. I agree day trips can be a great way to expose kids to new places and also control costs.

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