13-year-old Miro Siegel is truly a global citizen. He and his mother, Lainie of blog Raising Miro, have been traveling for over 3 years and don’t plan to stop any time soon. His checklist includes Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia. Miro doesn’t attend formal school but participates in “unschooling” and is even helping produce a learning retreat in Peru. He tells suitcases&strollers why he loves his life on the road and doesn’t miss attending class.
Do you miss home and school?
I don't miss home or school. I'm getting a much more authentic experience on the road and life isn't so plastic here. The reason why I don't miss school should be obvious.
What are the positives about being a permanent traveller?
I get to see amazing sights and experience different cities, languages and cultures on a daily basis.
What is the most exciting or unusual thing you have done on your travels?
Go down the Amazon in a boat and have monkeys latch onto my face. It's very uncomfortable.
What are the negatives about being a permanent traveller?
The biggest negative I can think of is food. You would not believe how hard it is to find a bagel down here. [Miro is currently based in Cusco, Peru.]
[For more travel tips on introducing your kids to foreign foods, see the suitcases&strollers interview with the guru on toddler and baby feeding Annabel Karmel.]
Do you think being a permanent traveller makes you different to other kids?
The "being a permanent traveller" part isn't what makes me different. I'm unschooling and I think that's the big thing that differentiates me from other children. The ability to actively pursue my interests makes a big difference.
Do you still want to be a permanent traveller when you’re an adult?
I'll probably be a writer when I grow older and I want to stay on the road for another 10 years at least. I'll probably settle down until I have kids, then travel the world with them. So, the answer is yes.
[Thinking of quitting your job to be a permanent traveler with kids? Here's how to do it. Check out the suitcases&strollers interview with a dad who did just that here.]
Where is your favourite destination?
Antigua, Guatemala. The people are extremely friendly, it's very colorful and the town has this comfy feel about it.
Where is the one place in the world you would want to live permanently if you had to settle down?
I'd probably live in Antigua, Guatemala or Cusco, Peru. I love the mountains and I prefer the cold, so these are good choices for me.
Where is the one place you haven’t been that you want to visit?
Definitely Japan. I love Manga, sushi and everything Japan stands for. Plus, saying "Nippon" is fun.
Why is it important for kids to travel?
It’s great to expose children to the world at a young age. Children can soak in knowledge and the more time they have to see the world, the better.
Where is the one place in the world you would tell other kids to visit?
Probably Peru or Guatemala. Both are very friendly and are great places to start travelling.
To read the suitcases&strollers interview with Miro's mother, Lainie Liberti, visit The Permanent Travellers, Part 1
To find out more about other families that choose to travel permanently, read the suitcases&strollers story The Permanent Travellers, Part 3, The Permanent Travellers, Part 4, The Permanent Travellers, Part 5 and The World's Most Travelled Toddler