Traveling the World from a 10-Year-Old’s Perspective

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.
Me and my sisters at spray paint park
Me and Liv at an Austrian fortress

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!
Me and goulash

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
  • change

Things I like about traveling:

  • seeing new things everyday
  • meeting new people
  • homeschooling
  • 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! :-)

Me and a big huge bell
Me on a boat in Dubrovnik
Me at the top of a fjord


About the Author

Emily Carisch

My name is Emily. I'm thirteen years old and I like to read. I like to consider myself an author, although I have never finished a single book. When I am not doing anything that concerns a book or writing in general, I'm probably doing something with my sisters. My family traveled the world together for a year and a half, changing me forever. Now I'm a typical middle school kid, with a unique view of the world and my place in it.

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  1. Beautifully said Emily!

    I LOVE what you said about looking off the outcropping, “I think I might have been meditating.” What a wonderful description. I do think that’s exactly what you were doing. Meditating with your eyes open.

    Enjoy the trip. I’m enjoying following your family’s travels.

  2. That is SO cool. I am very glad you have enjoyed your experience . You had a life changing experience and don’t let it be your last. Embrace the places , people and things you have discovered and never forget them. You will be a better person by knowing the things that you have learned , that very few people will ever get to experience . You have a very loving and good family and never forget that. I hope you and your sisters will go on to great things in the future. I wish you and your family the very BEST and hope you have safe journeys.

  3. Emily, you don’t know me; in fact, your parents don’t know me. But your grandparents, Mary and Jim McDonald, know me and told me about your family’s travels and this blog. I have really enjoyed keeping up with your adventures! We used to homeschool our three children because, like your parents, we wanted our kids to have lots of different kinds of experiences and a big understanding of the world. Our kids are pretty much grown up now, and I’m here to tell you that the brain connections thing is true: they are geniuses! And it sounds like you’re well on your way! Thanks for letting me read the 10 year old perspective. I hope you keep having fun!

  4. Amazing…love hearing about it from the eyes of a 10 year old! What an experience they are having!! It is an experience that will live with them forever!!

  5. Emily:
    I love the way you put your thoughts together and organized a great post. Your theme about what you’d say if anyone asked your advice is perfect. You captured really well the duality (sorry about that fancy word) of both loving and getting tired of sisters. I look forward to more posts from you!

  6. Emily, I am in awe of your clear thinking and the beautiful way you put it into words, but I’m not surprised! You make me smile, big time!

  7. Thanks so much for your comments. I had fun writing my post (I’ve always wanted to be a famous author). I think you’ve inspired me to write another post! I didn’t expect people to like it that much!

  8. You are a precocious young girl Emily. Your future is bright. The trip your whole family is taking is inspiring. I am taking a trip around the world myself starting in the fall. I will be sharing the story at Best wishes to you all!


  9. Hey Em, love the blog post. I know what you mean by meditating, I’ve done it before, but not in Europe!!!!!!!!
    It’s really overwhelming that in less than a week I’ll be joining you, in a good way though. I’m going to Europe, and I can’t wait to see you all!!! Especially you!!!!!! :]

  10. Dear Emily, such a great post! And such a mature point of view! Thank you all for visiting us at Croatia, I’m sure you’ll make a great beaded necklace out of all the people you met and places you’ve been to, having both people and places as prescious beads that will enrich you forever! Kisses and hugs to all!

  11. Emily, you are a gifted writer and an old soul – please keep writing! I traveled to England and Scotland with my parents when I was 12 and it was an experience I think about all the time. You have inspired me to plan a trip with our son when he’s older. Thank you for this beautiful post from your unique vantage point.

  12. Emily…….You are amazing! I loved your blog & the pictures that went with it. You are experiencing a lifetime of memories that will

    carry you through life. I am so proud of the way you express yourself. Keep smiling. Love you.

  13. You are a beautiful, smart, and inspiring young lady. I feel so lucky to see the world through your eyes. Thank you for all you have done, seen and shared. You are LOVE!

    Namaste, wise one!

    Your siblings and parents are pretty darn cool, too!

  14. I have just read your post. I am a little behind and catching up. Great Job! You speak well just like your Mother. Please do it again. And have Liv do it also.

  15. Hi Emily!!! I was crying while reading your post because it was awesome and I miss you so much I’m glad you are having a good time and will continue to read your posts I hope to see you in Colorado when you are done with your journey.
    P.S tell liv & ally I said hello and I miss them too!

  16. That was worded beatifully Emily it must be hard to leave friends and family to go on a trip around the world

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