Because we have been extra lame at publishing articles about our travel, we thought we should take the easy way out and assign our kids a post. Lots of people ask us how the kids are enjoying life on the road. It’s been almost 10 months traveling and living in our RV, so we thought we would let the boys tell you themselves. We asked them to answer the same questions – the most common questions we hear, and a few requests from the Facebook Page! To read more about our specific stops, the boys have been busy writing at their site: ThePennyTrip.com. We have lots of posts in draft form coming soon! This is Aidan – he turned 12 in early March.
Tell me about yourself. My name is Aidan Fite. I am 12 and I have been traveling around the USA for almost ten months. I am in sixth grade.
Who do you travel with? I am currently traveling with my mom, Tiffany; dad, Ben; brother, Ethan; and my dog, Jack!
Describe your life on the road. We are traveling in a 30’ Sunset Trail travel trailer. I have my own bunk space, about the size of a twin and a half, and it’s about three feet tall.
What aspect of life on the road do you enjoy? I like how I will see things that most other people my age wouldn’t see for years, if not their entire life!
What challenges have you encountered living on the road? Keeping up with friends, I have realized that all of my friends are on Instagram. I have a Google+ and a Facebook. I am on Facebook mainly to follow other full-time people, and on Google+, no one is on it!
What do you do in the car on the long travel days? During driving days (moving or road trip), we usually listen to different history things. Our main history source is a book series called Story of the World, or a history podcast called Hardcore History. Within the first month of starting (full timing), we banned screens in the car, so I listen and look out the window. We also listen to other podcasts, like Radiolab and EconTalk.
Tell me about road-schooling. What do your days look like? Well for our work, we do our math, and writing. We don’t have a set schedule, it’s not like wake up at seven, math at eight, recess, then writing at nine. No, it’s not like that. We simply wake up when we want, do the school activities when we want, and go to “recess” when we want. My mom and dad trust us to get things done with quality, and not have it started too late.
What do you do when you want to get away from everyone? I usually will go for a bike ride around the campground. Then I will hop up onto my bunk and not talk to anyone.
What type of places do you like to go to? I like to go to parking lot like campgrounds; but I really like college towns, for example, Boise, Idaho, and Davis, California.
What other places have you been to that you really enjoyed? I really liked our campground in San Benito (Paicines, California), O’Brien, Oregon, and a couple other places. I liked those places because they are nice, and clean.
How do you stay in touch with friends and family? I really only stay in touch with my two best friends, usually by email and occasionally a call. Relatives will often email me.
Is there anything that could make life on the road more pleasant for you? When you’re on the road, it’s not unpleasant, I feel like I have pretty much everything I need. But if I had to pick something, it would probably be an Instagram account, which probably sounds wrong, but everyone (friends) are on Instagram, so that I feel like it is my way of keeping up with friends.
What advice do you have for other teenagers on the road? When preparing to go on the road, establish a way to contact each other. When getting ready to go on the road, specifically when you are downsizing (it took us 2 years, patience is needed), think, “when was the last time I used this?” If you don’t use it very often, don’t bring it because there just won’t be enough space.
How many states have you visited so far? Eight states – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
What has been your favorite location and why? I loved Boise, Idaho. The “campground” was awesome! It was a really, really nice campground. It was a lot like a parking lot but it was really nice. It had a little grass pad, private bathrooms that were nice. To top it off, Boise was awesome. The little downtown area is very nice; the campus (BSU) just merges with the city.
Where would you like to go internationally? I plan want to go everywhere so I’ll say my top 5 places… Probably Rome, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and Russia.