Do you have young children who dream of traveling the world? Before they become international jet-setters, inspiration can be found in the form of a new television show called “The Traveling Trio.”
“The Traveling Trio” follows three siblings as they visit such places as Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, and Slovenia. Have I mentioned that they’re only nine and 11-years-old?
Eleven-year-old Olivia Gray is an avid drawer, sewer and creator in addition to being an adventurous explorer and a kind-hearted young girl. Her dream destination is the Australian outback. She loves getting to try new foods wherever her travels take her.
She also looks forward to “meeting new people that you would have never imagined that you would meet ever, ever before.”
Olivia’s 9-year-old brother, Ingram, is the goof ball of the group who loves to make little kids laugh. He has a habit of disappearing from a restaurant or public venue, only to be found entertaining a group of adults and children.
He is also a master of origami who can create a paper parrot in seconds. His favorite way to travel is by bike! “If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be Africa.”
Nine-year-old Everett is a naturist. He loves to be in the woods and collects fossils, minerals, bones and any other item he can examine with his magnifying glass. You can find his collection of donated fossils at the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin!
Like his brother, he has a strong sense of humor and an ability to connect with others. Everett’s dream destination is China. Like many children his age, he has a major sweet tooth. “The thing I like about traveling is that I know almost every single place there’s ice cream.”
In the show, the trio goes rafting, feed bears and explore the ruins of castles! At the beginning of each episode, viewers are given a brief geography lesson before the three delve into the history of their destination.
At the end of each episode, the trio teaches their viewers how to say common phrases in the country’s language. Perhaps most important of all, the show is geared toward young children, so each episode is easy for them to comprehend.
Some of the goals of “The Traveling Trio” include showing children that the world is worth seeing and that much of it is not frightening, an acceptance of history as an awesome way to understand who we are and how it effects us, and a feeling of responsibility and respect toward an ecological whole.
Since its premiere in October of last year, “The Traveling Trio” has already won a handful of awards including a 2011 Communicator Award, 2011 Parents’ Choice Silver Award, 2011 Telly Award, and The Parents Television Council Seal of Approval.
The show encourages people of all ages to get out there and do something to better than themselves.
To learn more about “The Traveling Trio,” visit www.thetravelingtrio.tv
Read more about the countries the siblings travel to at GoNOMAD