We are thrilled to share her story with you and hope you enjoy. Elena is doing amazing things with her creative talent and she is just 11 years old! We know so many families who travel full-time, part-time and are expats. So many people wonder what the kids think about all of the travel, so that is why we started this series. We hope to show you exactly what the kids think. The words are directly from them, so let’s see what Elena has to say.
Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child – Elena Orwick
Provide us with a little background on who you are, where you are originally from, name, age and what you are doing with your family, any siblings?
My name is Elena Orwick, I live in Oregon, USA. My mom is from Bulgaria, and my dad is a 7th generation Oregonian. I am 11 and am traveling for 10 months around South America, Asia, and Europe. Along our travels we are painting self-portraits with kids in local schools, and orphanages as much as possible. To learn more about the project – see Studio Everywhere.
Where do you call home?
Portland Oregon, USA
What do you like most about traveling?
How I never know what’s coming. Everything is new and a surprise.
How long have you been traveling and where have you lived so far?
We have traveled for 5 1/2 months. We have been to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Qatar, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
What have you learned from your travels thus far?
Everywhere you go makes its own special mark on your mind, helping shape what kind of person you are.
Tell us about how you are receiving your education?
Mostly online: Khan Academy, Google docs, Kindle eBooks, etc.
How many languages can you speak and at what level? Was it difficult to learn?
Do you have many friends? Tell us about them.
At home I have lots of friends from school, soccer/football, and a play group. For my friends on Instagram we keep in touch with direct messages. I have also made friends on our travels, whether they are other travelers or locals in the country we are in.
What is your favorite adventure?
I really enjoyed zip lining in Costa Rica. It was a fantastic thrill!
Do you have a favorite game you play when you travel?
“Exploding kittens,” a ridiculous card game. It’s really funny and you can play with any number of people.
Is there anything you miss seeing, having, doing?
I miss holidays with family, and I miss friends.
What is the one thing you are happy you brought with you?
Playing cards, drawing supplies, and…my parents.
Where do you want to go next?
We are going through Europe. So excited!
Do you have your own blog or write about your experiences?
Elena, Thank you for sharing your life, creativity, and your dreams with all of us! You are a true inspiration and a gift to all who know you. We are in Spain, so maybe you can look us up while you are in Europe.
If you want to know more about the Elena Orwick or her Family Travel Adventures with Mom & Dad (Gaby & Mike), feel free to comment and ask them more questions below.
We often are asked about what the kids think of their experience as a traveling child and how things are going. Do they have friends, how are they being educated and are they social? We thought these are likely questions for all types of families, so we decided to start a family travel interview series “Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child”.
We don’t often get exposed to the opinion of the kids and perhaps think we should. We all know the Wagoner kids are full of their two cents worth, and are loving travel. If you would like to read other interviews in our Traveling Child Series, just click the image below.
Thanks for following along! Do you have a traveling child who would like to be part of our series? Just let us know.