BMT 016: Traveling with Kids, from THEIR Perspective

Traveling With Kids

Adults, step aside, this one is about the kids! In this episode, I interview three kids whose families traveled abroad long-term. Sisters Allie and Noelle, ages 14 and 11, spent three months touring Europe in a van with their parents. That’s right; they lived in a van in Europe for three months. Graham, 14, lived in Indonesia for an entire year with his family. These three brave kids share all about what they learned, what they liked and disliked, and how these trips have changed their lives and their relationships with their families. If you are considering traveling with kids, don’t miss this episode!

Episode 16 Show Notes

Allie & Noelle

At the ages of 11 and 8, Allie and Noelle traveled with their parents around Europe in a VW van for three months. They visited 14 countries, covered 6,895 km by van, train, and boat, climbed 104,483 stairs, and tackled Central Europe’s longest underground wooden slide (Noelle’s favorite memory).

Allie & Noelle’s parents kept a blog of their trip, which you can find here.

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Allie, 11 & Noelle, 8 in Paris
Traveling with Kids in a VW Van
Allie, Noelle, and their parents with their VW van in Europe
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Graham is a 14 year old Bozemanite whose father received a Fullbright Scholarship to spend a year teaching in the remote Indonesian village of Salatiga. He was in 6th grade at the time, and this trip ended up being an amazing, life-changing experience the shaped the direction of his childhood. 

Graham in Indonesia
Indonesian Locals
Graham and Brother Indonesia

Graham’s Expert Travel Advice

  • “Don’t do things at the last minute… do them at the first minute so you have time to do them!”
  • “If you want to have big experiences, take every single opportunity… If someone invites you to dinner even if you already have other plans, just do it!”
  • “Leave your hotel and go do something… if you’re bored go do something new!”

11 replies on “BMT 016: Traveling with Kids, from THEIR Perspective”

Thank you so much for this! These kids are so amazing. I am in the middle of planning my year long travel trip and I was convinced I was going to leave him behind but now I am debating, I am still undecided but at least now I am giving it some serious thought.

I am trying to listen to all the podcast in order I am now up to 44 which is also AMAZING! I hate to say it but I will be bringing my 15 year old son with me and I have set a departure date and I have you to thank. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WEBSITE AND PODCASTS!!!

Hi, I LOVE your podcast! I am the founder of Rome4KidsTours and we have wonderful guides all over Europe for families with children! Travelling broadens horizons and it is so important for us parents to teach our kids to be more independant, tolerant, open minded and humble but also to learn about history in a fun way! It is so easy to ‘miss’ the essence of a city if you do it the wrong way! Would love to get in touch with you! Katja

A great show. I was hoping that you would ask how could the adults in your life made your travels more interesting, fun, appealing? This is the question I am most often asked by friends traveling with their kids.

That is a great question Randy, thanks for sharing. Stay tuned because I will be having their parents on the show to get the other side of the story, maybe we can get that question answered after all.

Awesome! Can’t wait to hear this one. Our kids (5 & 7) have actually traveled with us extensively over the US, and that was when they were even younger. They do really well and seem to enjoy it as much as I do. I tell my husband that travel is a dominant gene. 😉
PS-Another great interviewee would be Renee or any of the Tougas family. They took their 3 kids on a thru-hike of the Appalachian trail. They are just ending their 6 month hike in early September, and will be back up in Quebec, where they live, after that. They are extreme budget-travelers 😉
Here’s Renee’s site

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