Frequently Asked Questions, collected from people I meet while traveling and in comments online.
– How do you get to travel so much?
When I was 6, my parents left their jobs, with just a few rental properties for revenue, and moved onto a boat (We later sold the house about 2 years later) So my parents, sister who’s 4 years older, and myself lived onto a 50 ft slightly-rundown catamaran. It was a fixer-upper, meaning it had plenty of holes and rats when we first moved on. But we had it as a “Home” in no time at all, and though we never quite had all the holes covered before we put it up (Actually, in the end, we had more holes in it than when we started) it was quite ours.
Since then, my Dad (A Full-Time Musician) and Mom, who picked up a Wedding Destination job in Mexico that allows her to work online, have put my Sister through University and continue to fund our travelling lifestyles.
– Financially, how is this possible?
This might seem like a bit of a puzzle being able to travel constantly. But, before contemplating on it too much, take into account that: my family owns no cars. We don’t have fancy new computers, or get new Iphones. We don’t have a house, or any permanent residence to fall back on (At the moment we live in an apartment). And we choose where we live very carefully. I haven’t lived in the United States since I was 9, yet from just weekly visits during the summer with family tells me that everything from the price of a can of soda to lifestyles in themselves change drastically depending on where you live. And it’s not only the U.S. Everywhere is different, and us as a family have had to choose where we want and can live permanently in the world. We don’t eat out (Unless, like Malaysia, the average meal is $1 in restaurants) and we don’t have Health Insurance.
The Scholarship-hunt has already started with me, and my sister who is in University works part-time to help with living expenses. While there are many things that can go wrong with this lifestyle (And some have gone wrong), this is just how we live, choosing to travel over having that extra security of a permanent job, residence, and familiar culture.
– How exactly have you been getting an education?
From 6 to 10 years old I was homeschooled through a set curriculum, and then 5th, 7th, and 8th grade I attended an all-Spanish Mexican Elementary School. For my 6th year I went back to homeschooling to catch up on certain subjects I’d missed out on due to the language gap in the beggining of year 5, but was able to re-enter when I was more comfortable with Spanish . Since 9th grade I’ve been with the American Correspondence School, which provides teaching online with mainly self-learning materials but where all examinations provided by the school. In 1.5 years I’ll have finished transcripts as if I had attended a Public High School in the U.S. Its a fantastic program, and I’ve enjoyed it immensely.
– Where are you now; Where do you expect to visit in 2015?
I’m currently hanging out in Penang, Malaysia, and will be until March 1st, 2016. Thats when I’m headed to Europe, where I’ll get to see family and friends I haven’t seen in almost 2 years. After a month and a half, I’m moving back to the United States, where I’ll spend my final year of High School.
– Where have you been?
22 countries and 3 continents, including:
North America: Canada, U.S.A, Mexico, Belize, Virgin Islands, and Guatemala
Europe: Italy, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Germany.
Asia: Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
– Where are you on Social Media?
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If you have any other questions, in preparation to travel or out of curiosity, feel free to leave a comment below.