This interview is the sixth installment of our Child and Teen Travel interview series. Launched with an in-depth interview with Hannah Miller of EdventureGirl.com and The Edventure Project, this series strives to provide a look at what long-term travel is like for children and teens through the eyes of the experts…. the kids themselves!
Miro and his mom, Lainie, have been slow- traveling the world since 2009 and started the site Raising Miro on the Road of Life to chronicle their adventures. Having visited 12 countries so far, Miro and his mom have become what they term “accidental unschoolers”, allowing the world to become their educational guide. Currently in Peru, this duo has no committed plans of returning to “normal” life. They are living blissfully possession-free (or as close to it as they can get!) and enjoying whatever life throws their way. So, what does Miro think of all this? Well….
What do you think are the benefits of traveling with children/teens?
I think it’s a great experience for those as young as I. I believe it’s good to expose children to all that the world has to offer, like all the cultures and sights.
Have you learned anything about your mom that you did not know before you started traveling full-time?
I learned that she used to be an avid Quake player. Did not expect that… For those who don’t know, Quake was one of the very first first-person shooter games. As you can see, that’s why I was surprised, her being the peace activist that she is.
You are unschooled while traveling. Can you explain what that means in your family and why unschooling works for you?
Not to sound snobby, but It means I do what I want. Should I become interested in something, my mom is there as a facilitator. For example, recently I have became interested in juggling, and my mom found me a class. A few other examples are planting, improv and Tae kwon do. I am also writing a book.
What is the one thing that you absolutely do NOT miss about living a “normal” life in California, USA?
Probably school. Need I say more?
Is there something that you really do secretly miss about “normal” life?
The taco trucks. No doubt. You could get like 3 for 1$, even though they had mystery meat in them, they were the most the amazing tacos you’ve had in your life. Not as pleasant on the way out, though.
What is your level of freedom while traveling with your mom? Do you feel you are missing out on independence in any way?
Nope. I have a lot of freedom and independence in my life, and I really enjoy it. I often explore Cusco and hang out in parks, and I (try to, at least) help my mom cook.
Can you tell us about the absolute worst experience you have had while traveling so far?
Probably when I accidentally pooped in the sink on the bus. I really had to go.
What is the most adventurous thing you have done while traveling?
Hiked up a volcano, watched piranhas devour raw meat and bathed in a mud pond in the Amazon. My favorite was definitely NOT the bathing in the mud pond. It has to be watching the piranhas shred the pieces of meat to tiny pieces. Most terrifying fish I’ve ever seen.
What is the weirdest food you have tried since leaving California?
Cow heart. It’s really big in Peru and every where you go there’s someone on the road roasting some.
What is the 1 thing you absolutely must pack, no matter where you go?
My computer. How else am I going to answer interviews like this?
Do you have any tips for traveling with teens?
Bring an open mind, don’t be scared to try new things and say yes to everything!
If you could set the record straight on just one misconception about traveling teens/families, what would it be?
The mindset of “you have to go to school to learn”. It’s way wrong. I mean that it’s ridiculous, sitting in a uniform room in a uniform, watching some guy talk about something you have zero interest in. You’re surrounded by a ton of cool people, but have no chance to talk to them. I’ve only encountered one kid that says she liked school, and it was probably because her parent was with her. I’d rather let a gorilla maul me while I choke on my own puke than go to regular school. Speaking of school (or rather, unschooling) My mom and I are putting together a retreat for unschooling teens and families in Peru. Why? Because we like Peru, like our lifestyle and we want to stop kids like myself from getting mauled by gorillas.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your unique life?
I spend a lot of my time reading and writing my novel, called Shaun the Time Traveling Pizza Delivery Man, (you can read the prologue here!) and raising funds for the S.f.P. (Sombreros for Penguins) foundation. *cough* Sarcasm *cough*
Miro is certainly not lacking in creativity and humor!
What would be your number one question for a traveling child/teen?