Ask a Traveling Teen Unschooler

Ask a Traveling Teen Unschooler
November 5, 2013 Lainie Liberti

1010017_540914562632252_137188272_nMiro and I receive a constant stream of questions from our readers, and more than half of them are directed at Miro. We talk about many things on this blog, from long-term family travel, archeology, Peru, inspiration, how we make a living and of course, natural learning (unschooling). The majority of the questions aimed at Miro are in refernce to his education. So along those lines, we decided to create a feature called “Ask a Traveling Teen Unschooler”.

I know the label “unschooling” is off-putting for many, but there really isn’t one word that describes our approach to education. We do employ the values of unschooling, which included self-guided-interest-led learning pursuits, but I have to add, Miro’s education includes another level than just that.


Travel is unique for anyone, and especially the natural learner. Even when the learner’s interests do not guide the learning, by virtue of providing new stimulus in terms of geography, culture, traditions and customs, one “learns” through engagement.

So, as I said above, we decided to launch a feature this month, called “Ask a Traveling Teen Unschooler”.

Do you have questions specifically about natural leaning through travel as a legitimate form of education? He invites you to submit your questions. Please either leave your questions in the comments box of this post, or sent them to us directly at hello [at]


  1. Elisa 11 years ago

    First, Lainie, I really respect and admire what you’re doing for both yourself and Miro. I’m glad you’re both enjoying your travels. It’s truly a great way to live and learn and grow up and I’d like to thank you for allowing Miro to experience it.
    Second, Miro, you’re a great example of how traditional schooling isn’t the only way to get educated and how it isn’t the most important thing in life, nor is it necessary. You’re incredibly lucky to be able to live like you are and you have an amazing mother.
    You both are doing what I wish I could be doing right now. Sadly, I have about three more years until I’m free to do exactly as I please, when I please. However, for the time being I shall live vicariously through you two. I just discovered your blog tonight and I’m going to continue to follow it to see how you guys are doing and what you’re up to and hopefully gain a few things for my own travels while I’m at it.
    My questions are for both of you, actually. I hope that’s alright.
    -Did you always want to travel? If not, what made you want to?
    -What is THE most important thing you’ve learned about traveling? And what’s the most important thing you’ve learned WHILE traveling?
    -Do you intend on traveling for the rest of your life, do you have any plans that don’t involve traveling, or do you just plan on taking things as they come?
    -What are the strangest customs you’ve seen so far?
    -What are a majority of the people you meet like?
    -What are some of the things you think are necessary to be able to travel? (Both in a person, and material wise. Besides obvious things like curiosity, money, etc.)
    Well, those are all the questions I’m able to think of at the moment. I hope to hear from you soon!

  2. Joanne Shilay 11 years ago

    Thank you for the interesting story. I am interested in moving, at least part-time to Central America or South America and so was happy to find you.

  3. eyeandpen 11 years ago

    I think getting to travel the world as a teen is an amazing opportunity. My question would be, do you feel that when you settle down in a destination and build a family, that you will be somewhat unprepared and lack anything that a school setting didn’t provide? I wouldn’t think so, but I wanted to ask. 🙂

  4. Vanessa 11 years ago

    Hi Miro! My question is probably a simple one to answer, but I’m curious. 🙂 Do you find that most of your friendships (minus your mom) are via the internet (skype, etc) or now that you guys have been in one place for a little while, do you see yourself finding lasting friends in Peru? Thanks! 😀

  5. James Alderman - Dallas TX 11 years ago

    Miro, From all I can see, you are living the adventure. I am a big supporter of home schooling, but this un-schooling…well, I’m not there yet. Questions:

    1) CAREER: Do you have career plans already, and how will you prepare? Will you go to college to get a degree in some major field of study, or will you try to learn a trade through an apprenticeship program?

    2) SCHOOL: Un-schooling is by nature a self-directed learning process. What if an un-schooler decides, “Hey, I want to go to regular school just like my friends?” Is an un-schooler such as yourself free to do that?

    3) BACKGROUND: I know that many home school families do it for religious reasons because they feel that the public schools undermine their Christian family values. In your experience, is un-schooling a common practice for any particular particular religious or philosophical movement? I get the impression un-schoolers are mainly artsy, free thinking, non-religious types.

    I look forward to learning more about un-schooling from your preservative through this new column.

  6. Ricky Ferdon 10 years ago

    Awesome! I just came across your site today, and remember years ago coming across it when Miro and you were much younger. So nice to see y’all again and how you are doing. As a substitute school teacher in the public school system, and a lifetime rebel of sorts, I appreciate your approach to education, and frankly…life! The idea that Miro’s education is plus or minus is to establish that the usual educational “system” is this or that. Pretty relative, actually. Keep on keeping on! ~ Ricky

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