The Travel Life of a Kid | an Interview with 7-year-old Natasha
Last week I interviewed Daniel and Janel Haley about life on the road with kids. As an extra, Janel asked 7-year-old Natasha some of these questions as well (slightly altered) about what she likes to do as they travel, and what she looks for in other countries. I loved it!
By the way, Natasha knows more about geography and world history than I do at this point, so a conversation with her is never dull.
Why do you like to travel?
- We meet new people, like in New Zealand we met Lily and Hazel at a playground and now we're pen pals! And here in Denmark we have met two girls who are named Maria and Myah.
- We go places that are interesting like outdoor obstacle courses, LegoLand, and old castles.
What would you never leave home without? Or things to pack?
- Always take something that is really special to you, like your favorite stuffed animal.
- The tablet, because I can listen to audio books on it.
- Kids Almanac (Note from Mom: This is the one of the two "physical" books we travel with. It's packed full of fun facts, stories and information that takes longer to get through than a typical storybook. The other one being for Lincoln: "My First Spanish Word Book," leftover from when Natasha was a toddler in Panama. For us adults we use a Kindle, and borrow e-books from our local library at home).
Best backpack for kids:
- Fjallraven (Note from Mom: This is a Swedish company that makes quality backpacks and we found this particular version to fit 7 yr. old Natasha quite well. It doesn't have such crazy designs as some backpacks tend to have).
What are some of your favorite things to do on a plane?
- Watch a movie
- Look out the window and search for cloud land.
- Play talking games with Mom or Daddy.
Best Podcasts for Kids:
What are some of the best snacks?
- cheese and raisins
- apple and meat stick (Note from Mom: Every child we've fed these to, loves them. Great source of protein, not messy and superb for traveling when a regular meal schedule is harder to maintain.)
What are some good activities for days at home when we're not site-seeing?
- Solitaire, played with real cards
- Play with my brother
- Have a picnic inside
- Play pretend airplane
And that wraps it up! If you are so inclined, leave a comment below to say hi to Natasha and recommend a book for her (she's always looking for audio and regular books) and I'll make sure it gets to her. Thanks for joining!
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