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The Travel Life of a Kid | an Interview with 7-year-old Natasha

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. 

Hi, everybody!

 On board a ferry bound for a Swedish archipelago.

On board a ferry bound for a Swedish archipelago.

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.
 On the Swedish island,  Brännö. 

On the Swedish island, Brännö. 

 On  Brännö

On Brännö

What are your favorite apps on the tablet?

  • Tynker

  • LibriVox
    • "The Enchanted Island of Yew" by L. Frank Baum
    • "The Magic City" by E. Nesbit
    • "The Bobbsey Twins" by Laura Lee Hope
    • "The Book of Nonsense" by Edward Lear
    • "Mother Goose in Pros" by L. Frank Baum
  • DuoLingo
  • Drawing App
 In our AirBnb in Oslo. The light was so lovely I snapped a few quick shots of the kids one morning. 

In our AirBnb in Oslo. The light was so lovely I snapped a few quick shots of the kids one morning. 

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?

 Natasha in the Haley's Airbnb in Denmark.

Natasha in the Haley's Airbnb in Denmark.

  • Solitaire, played with real cards
  • Play with my brother
  • Drawing
  • 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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