It’s the kids from “Taking On The World” (Frankie and Jackie)! We are thrilled we met them in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was actually nice meeting up with them a couple of times and having all of the kids and parents really hit it off. This family is on a round-the-world trip, and they are from California. Let’s see what they have to say.
Through the Eyes of the Traveling Child – Frankie and Jackie from Taking On The World
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?
Frankie: I’m Frankie and I am eleven years old originally from L.A.,California. My family and I are traveling around the world for a year. Our whole family is traveling including my mom, dad, and little sister Jackie.
Jackie: I’m Jackie (obviously) and I am eight years old also originally from L.A., California. My family is traveling around the world for a year. I have an older sibling named Frankie and a mom and dad and sorry I’m copying my sister on what to say – I won’t do it anymore. Fyi (for your information), I am one of the children of this family, Frankie is the other child.
Where do you call home?
Frankie: L.A. I was born there and lived my whole life there.
Jackie: Los Angeles. We live in an awesome house.
What do you like most about traveling?
Frankie: Seeing the different cultures in every single country. They are all so interesting. I learn something in every place we visit.
Jackie: Everything my sister said. Also we love to collect patches so we can sew them on a blanket when we get back, to remember our adventure.
How long have you been traveling and where have you lived so far?
Frankie: We have been traveling for six months with six more months to go. We have been to Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and now Thailand.
Jackie: Six months.
What have you learned from your travels thus far?
Frankie: I’ve learned a lot, and would easily fill the whole entire blog post, but I especially liked the facts about Easter Island and the Rapa Nui and how they created the giant moai heads.
Jackie: My favorite story about Easter Island is when the British came over and put a bunch of sheep on the island. When the British left the island, they left the sheep just sitting there, so the Rapa Nui ate all the sheep.
Tell us about how you are receiving your education?
Frankie: My parents are teaching me math, science, and writing. History automatically comes with traveling around the world. At school back home, my class is studying the American colonies which is kinda sad considering that we won’t go anywhere in America other than Alaska while on our trip.
Jackie: Our parents teach us. I am now know my times 2s and 10s and I’m working on 3s and 5s. I also have to write a lot. I would rather do math.
How many languages can you speak and at what level? Was it difficult to learn?
Frankie: Unfortunately, I only speak English, but I really like the elegance of the Japanese language, and would like to learn it someday.
Jackie: I can only speak English and a tiny bit of French.
Do you have many friends? Tell us about them.
Frankie: I have a bunch of friends back home, mostly my age, but some in the higher grade. (seventh grade). I have known my oldest friend my whole life. I was introduced to her when I was a couple of weeks old. On the trip, I have met some kids and became friends with them on Instagram.
Jackie: I have a few really close friends back home, but I have a pen pal who is also traveling the world and is in Europe now.
What is your favorite adventure?
Frankie: Definitely when we were transferring flights from Hong Kong to Japan. It was night, and we were flying China Eastern, a commercial plane company that is known for delaying the flights. The first flight was fine, other than the fact that we missed our flight to Japan after arriving in Shanghai from Hong Kong. We weren’t sure where our luggage was, either. We waited in the airport for a while, then we were lucky enough to get our bags, and a kind lady led us outside to stay in a hotel for a night, and the hotel was the real adventure. Let’s just say I don’t recommend the Yunting Holiday Hotel, which was definitely a wild experience. We checked in, only to find a run-down, sad-looking hotel room with rock-hard beds and a bunch of black mold stains. The food was dry and served in a platter like one in a prison cell (not that I’ve been in one) and was disgusting. It wasn’t a happy adventure, but definitely a wild one.
Jackie: Being in a camper van. Here let me tell you the story. My mom and dad rented a camper van for two weeks, one in the north and one in the south. They got a camper van that was not too big but not too small. When we got to the rental place we saw it was a huge camper van. A lady gave us a tour, but we all thought we are never going to drive this. But my dad got the hang of it. We also had to drive it on the left side of the road (which we are not used to). I loved that camper and I loved New Zealand.
Do you have a favorite game you play when you travel?
Frankie: I like to play cribbage with my parents. I also sometimes play video games, and my family will disagree with me here, but I try to limit my game playing and only play after my math is finished. My favorite online game is a little brutal, and is called Infinity Blade II and I also like playing Minecraft. But let’s talk about authentic, non-electronic games. I like playing a card game called ‘Spit’ with my sister. I also play Zombie Dice, a game literally about zombies with dice.
Jackie: I love love love Tenzi. It is a dice game and it is simply the best, and there are different ways of playing it too. I am also good at chess and always beat my mom.
Is there anything you miss seeing, having, doing?
Frankie: I absolutely miss my friends and especially my dog. She’s living in Wisconsin with my grandfather for a year. And I will miss sixth grade graduation, and that will be a bummer.
Jackie: I miss my friends and my dog and my family (that are not traveling with me, of course).
What is the one thing you are happy you brought with you?
Frankie: All my many journals I brought that I use to record my trip, draw, write about observations, and my Kindle for reading books.
Jackie: Definitely my stuffed animals.
Where do you want to go next?
Frankie: I am looking forward to Europe, because I have always wanted to go to Italy, Greece, and Rome. Next we are going to India. That will be quite the adventure as well. And when this is all over, I want to hike the John Muir Trail with my dad.
Jackie: Just Europe.
Do you have your own blog or write about your experiences?
Frankie: Our family has a blog and me and my sister did a couple of posts, but it’s mainly my dad and mom who work on it. Here’s the link if you are interested: Taking On The World. Thanks!
Jackie: I don’t have my own blog, but I do write some posts on takingontheworld.net. One of the most popular stories on the site is the one I wrote about Jetstar. Let’s just say I don’t like that airline, you will have to read more! Thanks for reading!
Thank you Frankie and Jackie for sharing with all of us!
If you want to get to know the Fassbender Family a little better, check out their blog Taking On The World. Feel free to comment and ask them more questions. 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.