My name is Emily Sage Carisch. Right now I’m not living the life of a typical ten-year-old. Over the past four months I’ve sold a lot of my stuff, packed the remaining stuff into boxes, spent the majority of my time with my two sisters, visited a dozen countries, and stayed in fifteen different apartments and hotel rooms.
To say my life has changed a bit would be the understatement of the century. The house went up on the market and things seemed to change overnight. First the ‘For Sale’ sign went up in the yard. Then we started with the ‘showings’. A showing is when people came to look at the house, but before that would happen we had to thoroughly clean every single room and get out. (fun, fun) We had to get Max and Roxy, our pet dogs, out too.
So months passed, we had more showings, the house eventually sold, and our stuff started disappearing into boxes. With all the things we had to get done, the thought we were going to be traveling the world somehow squished itself into our list of things to do. We were getting ready to leave, but where we were going wasn’t in my mind.
I was never worried about what we were about to do. I knew my parents would never take us somewhere dangerous. The day came when we had to leave. It came so quickly. Ever since I knew we were moving from Chattanooga, the actual day we would leave seemed like years away. But then, that day passed as quickly as it came. The next few weeks after leaving our home we spent seeing family, dropping off Max and Roxy, going to New York, and flying to Norway. That’s when it all really began.
Ever since then I’ve seen amazing things, started homeschooling, fought (and played) with siblings. The majority of the time I like playing with my sisters and we get along pretty well. But, I have to admit, I think having no school or friends’ houses to escape to can sometimes be a problem. Our parents definitely can’t withstand our bickering the way they used to. Probably because they’re around it all the time.
If you asked me “Emily, what’s been your favorite place that you’ve visited so far?”, I think I would say Preikstolen. That is the name of a fjord that our family hiked up. It was a very steep climb, but it was totally worth it. When we got to the top we went out to a rectangular outcropping. We stayed there for a number of hours. What I really loved, and what really freaked Mama out, was when I lay down on my stomach and put my head over the edge. I stayed there like that the majority of the time we were there. I think I might have been meditating. The ledge overlooked peaceful water, and a warm breeze blew up from the river onto my face. I could see and feel everything.
Obviously we’ve seen lots of other amazing stuff too. We’ve walked on the solid stone of old castles, the pebble beaches of Croatia, the concrete of the bridge crossing the river between Germany and Austria, and the grassy slopes of a steep mountain where we saw paragliders. Yeah, we’ve been to some pretty cool places and done some very cool things. I even ate goulash and liked it!
I’ve learned a lot about traveling, life and myself. For example, things I don’t love about traveling:
- being separated from our pets
- being separated from family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.)
- being separated from friends
- always (and I mean always) having to be around siblings
Things I like about traveling:
- seeing new things everyday
- meeting new people
- spending time with my family (even siblings)
- change (yes, it’s both good and bad)
If parents wanting to take their kid(s) around the world asked my advice, I would say “You should totally do it. It will be a great experience for your family. And don’t stop if your kid(s) try to fight it. In the end they’ll end up liking it, no matter what.”
And if kids, whose parents were taking them on a trip around the world, asked my advice I would say: “Whatever, you do, don’t fight it. You’re wasting your time. It’s really fun, once you open your eyes.” After all, science has proven to us that the more new things kids experience the more connections they develop inside their brains. The more connections you have in your brain the smarter you are.
When I look back on this as an adult, I know I will be thankful we did it because with this experience I’ll probably grow up to be an even better person than I would have been. Plus, if the whole thing about the brain connections is really true, then I’ll be a genius!