Hey guys! My name is Tatum Oxenreider. My family has been traveling around the world for 9 months. It's not very easy as it sounds, but I want to encourage you to try traveling a little more than you are used to.
It changes lives. That's why i'm here to talk about long-term travel. Not only is long-term travel brain-changing and fun, but it is also life-changing. And I know, because it changed mine. How?
Well for starters, I have most definitely grown, not only in height and muscles, but my heart as well. I have really matured. And by doing that I have earned more responsibility.
I have also learned lots of lessons: I have learned that not everything revolves around me, I have learned that no matter how many times you order Ethiopian food, it’s just not good, and I have learned that there are still lots of other lessons for me to learn.
I’m also more thankful for the stuff that I already have, because before the trip, whenever my family went to Target or Old Navy, my parents were probably thinking that I wanted the whole building (I probably would've asked for a lot of stuff). But really during this trip, I have noticed that a lot of families have only about one set of clothes each, and hardly any food a all. I think that everyone deserves enough of what they really need.
I felt in between the wealthy and the non-wealthy families this year: I have been living out of a backpack for 9 months. That means no permanent bed, hardly any WiFi, lots of early mornings, and lots of sore muscles from carrying my heavy backpack.
Another thing about long-term travel is that it helps you find your likes and dislikes. Here are a couple of likes that I have found on my big trip: great WiFi, clothing, art, designs and sugar. Some of my newly found dislikes are: carbs, no WiFi, closed restaurants (particularly my favorite), expensive stuff, cheaply-made stuff, bad weather, and definitely mosquitoes.
Another favorite of mine is trying new foods. Pide is one of my favorite foods (hey, another ‘like’). It is a famous Turkish food. It is an oval-shaped, flat bread with lots of toppings like cheese, spinach, meat, tomatoes, peppers, spices and dressing. It is always a good idea to try new new things.
I have tried lots of new things like: gelato, a chicken casserole, lots of different kinds of soups, going on a safari, and lots of other things. But I must warn you that sometimes when you come into a new country you might get two things called culture shock and jet lag. Culture shock is when you come into a new country and it takes a while to get used to it—like smaller buildings than what you are used to (especially Americans. We like things big.) or different foods.
And jet lag is what you get when you get when you come into a new country and there is a different time zone, so at first you are very tired. When we first got to China, we all had jet lag. My youngest brother, Finn, woke up at 3:00 a.m. and started looking for something to eat in the fridge.
So I hope this encouraged you to get out of that house and do bigger things. And don’t forget to tell me all about your travels! Have Fun! Have any questions about travel from a kid’s perspective?
Signed, Tatum O.
Tatum Oxenreider is a 10-year-old American girl currently traveling around the world with her family. She likes the world of Harry Potter, the color royal blue, and animals of all kinds. The next place she wants to explore is South America.