We've explored 45 countries on 5 continents now on just $23/day per person, so Mozart has seen much more of the world than most ever do. We've also spent extended time in Asia and China to master Mandarin fluently ( almost complete) and time in the Middle East, South Pacific islands, Oceana and more.
Regular webcam calls, returning to places we love regularly, visiting famiy or traveling with extended family and packages from home are keys for us. In my opinion, with an only child, if you miss deep relationships, you miss the world. Sooo many amazing places on this planet, but it's the people that makes beautiful places extra special and memorable.
Learning languages well has also helped her connect deeply and that takes time. Mozart is a very social child and loves things like birthday parties with friends and sleep overs. So we do sleep overs...in California, in Spain, in Denver, Asia and more. ( Going to have another one this weekend.) She has celebrated her birthday all over the world...soon to celebrate another one.... in her 9th country and 4th continent.
FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD
I am happy that Mozart has made best friends around the world in so many places and languages. So cute that this 12 year old feels like her heart is in every nook and cranny around the planet. Yes, best friends and travel with kids can be compatible goals...even for a kid who has spent all her primary years...five through almost 13...exploring the world slowly!
What do you see as the benefits of traveling with your children?