Digital nomad talk is usually focused on the adults. We spend a lot of time talking about what the highs and lows are of being a nomadic family but what do kids think? Roobs wanted to share about what nomadic life has been like for her as an explorer kid for the past 2 years.
What is it like travelling with your family for so long?
It’s really fun. We get to do lots of things together and we get to see each other a lot, unlike families who don’t travel. Sometimes we have a bit too much family time. Those times we get annoyed with each other and fall out.
What are the things you do together that you like?
I like playing bat and ball with my dad, drawing with mum, playing board games together. I also like being able to go to beaches and collect shells. I get to go to restaurants and try new foods.
I get to go to special festivals around the world. For example, Songkran is a festival in Thailand to celebrate their new year. We all get water guns and buckets and can get everyone on the street soaking wet.
What has been your favourite experience so far?
Hmm. Probably going to the elephant sanctuary in Thailand. I made medicine for the elephants there. I also fed them bananas and gave them a mud bath.
What new things have you learnt?
I’ve learnt how to make new friends and how to try different foods around the world. For example, I have tried Okonomiyaki in Japan. It’s a kind of noodle omelette dish covered in yummy sauce. I had trdelnik in Prague. It’s basically ice cream with doughnut wrapped around it.
How do you make new friends?
You have to be brave and make sure you’re not too scared to say ‘hello’ or say ‘hi, do you want to play with me?’ And you have to try to be kind.
It’s quite good to speak first in the language of the country you’re in or ask them if they speak your language. For example, in Spain I learnt the words for ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
I also like to carry around an easy game that doesn’t need language. I like Dobble and take that with me.
What has been the hardest thing about travelling as a kid?
Not seeing all my friends. I do make new friends but I miss my old ones. I usually video call my old friends at home. I also send them postcards and they send me letters.
What’s your advice to any families who are thinking about long-term travel?
Plan your first couple of countries and then plan the rest based on the countries you’ve been to. This way you can choose better because you know what you did and didn’t like as a family.