Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child – The Taylor Family (Adam, Matt and Katie)

This is interview number eight in our series Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child”.

Look who responded to our interview!

It is the Taylor family kids (Adam, Matt and Katie).  We are thrilled and just love this family!  Remember when they spent a little time with us in Almuñécar.  Adam, Matt and Katie have been touring the world with their parents via RV, most of the time.    

Taylor Family Katie- Adam - Matt

Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child – Taylor Family kids
(Adam, Matt and Katie)

Provide us with a little background on who you are.

Katie:
I’m called Katie, I’m 10 years old, and we are travelling for a year in a campervan to find out about the world.

Matt:
I’m Matt, I’m from Scotland, 13 years old, 14 this month. We are travelling around the world for 10 months in our Camper Van. I’ve got one older brother and one younger sister.

Adam:
I’m Adam, aged 15, born in Scotland; I moved to France when I was 9. I’m fluent in French and English and speak some Italian. We’re travelling around the world for a year.

Where do you call home?

Katie:
It’s a village in France called la Roussille. I have 4 hens and a cockerel, 3 sheep and a dog called Wooster.

Matt:
I call home our house in France where we’ve lived for 6 years.

Adam:
Well my home (house) would be our house in France, but my home would be Elgin in Scotland where I grew up.

What do you like most about traveling? 

Katie:
I like learning new languages and visiting new things, I liked the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand.

Matt:
With the campervan, it’s great being able to carry your home with you – I like the fact that it’s so varied and you can be in a few countries in a week or even a few days. And also learning new cultures and languages is good and helpful.

Adam:
I just like the fact that you don’t really know where you’re going to be next, I mean you could theoretically go anywhere. Seeing all different places and cultures is also very interesting.

How long have you been traveling and where have you lived so far?

Katie:
We have been travelling for 8 months. We have lived in Scotland and in France so far.  I moved to France when I was three.

Matt:
We left in September 2013, so 8 months.

Adam:
So far, we have spent a month in Thailand, two weeks in the Middle East, a month in France, two months in Morocco, two weeks in Italy, 3 weeks in Portugal, nearly 2 months in Spain, and we are now in Greece.

What have you learned from your travels thus far?

Katie:
I have learned that some countries have different rules (things you can do in a country and things you can’t) and in some places they should look after animals more.
Katie with her favorite elephant. The Taylor Family

Matt:
I’ve learnt a few words in Thai, Berber and Greek. And who invented paper and what date (I learnt that at a place in Thailand where they make paper from elephant poo).

Adam:
I always try to learn the odd word in the language of the country in which we are staying.  It’s hard to say exactly what I’ve learnt, you just pick up so much useful stuff every day.

Tell us about how you are receiving your education?

Taylor FamilyKatie:
I go on a site called Khan Academy, and I do maths with my dad.  I have school books with me and I help with the blog and post cards.

Matt:
I do most of it from a book that we bought before we left which has all my 7 subjects for a year.  And when we have an internet connection I usually go on Khan Academy to do some maths.

Adam:
I’ve got a book with the entire program for my year (in French), all of the subjects. Usually I try to do a chapter (1-2 hours) most days.

How many languages can you speak and at what level? Was it difficult to learn?

Katie:
I can speak English and French fluently and in 7 other languages ( Spanish, Italian, Greek, Thai, Portuguese, German and Arabic ) a few words.

Matt:
I speak fluent French and English. Ok German, a little Italian, Greek, Spanish, Berber and a few words in Thai. French was easy to learn especially if you live and go to school there. I do German at my collège.

Adam:
Ok, so English and French fluent, no problems. I took Italian for 2 years at school so my Italian isn’t too bad. I’d love to be fluent in Italian and also Spanish. Once you’ve learnt one Latinbased language (French) it’s way easier to learn more (Spanish, Italian…)

Do you have many friends?

Katie:
I have lots of friends, most of them are French. I have Scottish friends that I visit every year. I also have new friends from travelling eg: Hassna and Kadija from Morocco and Anya from Spain.

Matt:
Most of my friends are in Scotland but a have quite a few as well in France. In France my best friend is called Victor. And in Scotland I have loads of best friends !!

Adam:
I have lots of friends everywhere in the world, that’s the great thing about travelling.
Adam Taylor with new Friends - Taylor Family

What has been your favorite adventure?

Katie:
Camel riding in the desert and the elephant nature park in Thailand. My favourite elephant there is called Medo. Because she’s got golden eyes and had a really hard life, but she’s happy now.

Matt:
My favourite adventure was Koh Samui, a small island off Thailand. I had a great time there next to the beach and there was a canoe Adam and I could use.
Matt in Thailand - Taylor Family

Adam:
My 10k race in Thessaloniki in Greece.

Do you have a favorite game you play when you travel?

Katie:
I love playing monopoly cards because I always beat my mum.

Matt:
I like playing Scrabble and Yam, we also play quite a few card games. Scrabble is good in teams – my mum and I against Adam and dad. And also Monopoly Cards.

Adam:
Nomination card game.

Is there anything you miss seeing, having, doing?

Katie:
I miss my dog Wooster.  I miss the horse riding.  I miss my stick insects.

Matt:
Not really, I took most of my stuff with me, maybe a few things but not much. I miss our pets, the dog, sheep, chickens.

Adam:
To be honest, no.

What is the one thing you are happy you brought with you?

Katie:
My yellow fluffy socks. Because they’re cozy at night.

Matt:
I’m happy I brought my computer and my big football pillow, it is so comfy.

Adam:
My iPad, always useful.

Where do you want to go next?

Katie:
India, Egypt, Germany, and Russia, because I haven’t been there yet.

Matt:
I would like to visit Sweden, Finland the northern countries.

Adam:
Australia and the States.

Do you have your own blog or write about your experiences?

Katie:
Yes. the blog is
A Year In A Campervan With Two Teenagers Snow White And A Lab
I am Snow White, or I was when I was little.

Matt:
Yes we have a blog, occasionally I write a post about our travels and I translate posts from English into French.

Adam:
We all write blog posts and Matt and I handle the translation.

 Taylor Family

Thank you for sharing with all of us! 

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.

Through the eyes of the traveling Child Interview Series.  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 visit WagonersAbroad.com

Thanks for following along!  Do you have a traveling child who would like to be part of our series?  Just let us know.

4 thoughts on “Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child – The Taylor Family (Adam, Matt and Katie)

  1. Fascinating interview, guys. We used to travel with a campervan around Europe most summers as kids. Happy days.

  2. Thanks Heidi. I’m going to have a look back at all the other interviews (when I get decent wifi!) – the views of the kids travelling is really interesting.

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