Growing Up in Different Cultures – Episode 70 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

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Kids are sponges and so capable of learning immense amounts from travelling around the world – and living in different places too. I sometimes think my son will have a “too stable” childhood – although the stability is punctuated by as many trips as possible – but who knows! In any case, in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast there are some great tales of kids who’ve either spent an extended time overseas to learn about the culture they came from, or are kids – in this case, now young adults – who’ve spent their growing years moving from country to country, and learnt an awful lot from it.

I don’t think there’s a “perfect” scenario – but it’s very interesting to hear from parents about what their kids have learnt from extensive travels like these. Enjoy!

Show notes: Episode 70 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Growing Up in Different Cultures

How does growing up as part of several different cultures change you as a person? Or growing up in many different countries? These questions fascinate me and in Episode 70 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I speak with two travellers who have experience with these particular questions.

First up, I chat with Leah Smileski who recently took her children to spend a couple of months in Macedonia, where their father was born. This was quite a challenge for Leah who doesn’t speak Macedonian, but we talked a lot about all the benefits for her kids and it was fascinating.

Secondly, I talk with Jo Castro, who’s the epitome of a wandering ex-pat – moving to rural Nepal with a newborn baby a couple of decades ago! She and her family, including two now adult children, lived in many different places around the world and she has much to say about how this has affected them, in both good ways and bad.


Growing Up In Different Cultures - Episode 70 - The Thoughtful Travel Podcast


  1. Thanks for including me 🙂 And wow, Leah’s stories about Macedonia were so interesting especially as she doesn’t speak Macedonian. And it’s a country I know so little about, so I listened with my ears wide open 🙂 Great interview.

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