Limoges Teenagers: Skipping High School To Travel the World
Imagine your parents asking you if you want to skip high school to travel the world. You'd have to give up hanging out with friends, sports, clubs, and going to homecoming and prom.
Katheryn, Kennedi, and Benjamin Limoges answered YES! While it took a year to go from idea to execution, the Limoges teenagers have experienced the ups and downs of travel and experienced new cultures while traveling with Mom and Dad.
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Shea Oliver: Hi, I'm Shea Oliver. Welcome to The Priority Paradigm. I'm sharing stories of amazing people who have made radical changes in their lives for something more important. Today I'm joined by Kennedi, Katheryn and Benjamin Limoges. They have a very interesting story to tell. I've recently interviewed their parents and they have decided that they want to share their perspective on the story. So without further ado, please tell us your story.
Katheryn Limoges: Well, I mean it all just started. We were just whatever in high school and then one day we were all called down to our office and our parents showed us this video they talked about in theirs and they presented an idea to us just if we wanted to take like our next year what would have been his senior year and then our sophomore year to like travel, sell the house and travel. And we were all kind of shaky about it. Kind of like this is such a cool experience to do. I think we all had our moments of yes and no. You guys have any.
Kennedi Limoges: I definitely think that when they first presented the idea, none of us thought that it would actually happen. It was just kind of like a pointless conversation, but, it's like a cool idea, but that it would never actually work out.
Katheryn Limoges: I know we had conversations like that.
Kennedi Limoges: But like from the beginning I knew that I wanted to do it, I was like no one else gets to experience this, like that actually worked out. That'd be so cool. But definitely didn't think it would happen. And so okay, it's very cool that we're actually here doing it.
Katheryn Limoges: And then for me, like she said like at first I was like, wow, this is so cool. Like I would love to do this and then I had my moment of well do I want to like leave all my friends and all of it does have high school and Prom and football games and those kinds of things and so it was hard, but looking at it, no one else gets to experience this and this is such a cool opportunity that we have to do it. Did you?
Benjamin Limoges: Yeah, like at first I was a little shaky because I didn't really want to miss my senior year of high school because I was established in my school, you know, but eventually agreed to it, although not really going to do it.
Katheryn Limoges: The house didn't sell the first time. We started our next year, so we weren't going to like leave through it and then once we put it back on the market and it we sold, I think, I know my parents said this as well, but we were a lot more prepared the second time, we had sold furniture and started like organizing our stuff and so I think it was definitely meant to be that time. And then though, Benj can't like travel with us, he got to do some of his own travels. This summer.
Benjamin Limoges: During the summer I went to Thailand and then as a family trip we went to Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. I still have to travel to five different countries.
Shea Oliver: Very, very cool. So what was it like in the moments after your parents said, "hey, let's sell it all and go travel." What did you feel inside your gut was your... Was it more excitement or was it more fear or was it Mike? Well, there they go again. Parents talking about plans that aren't going to happen.
Katheryn Limoges: I think it was definitely excitement.
Kennedi Limoges: I don't think the fear really showed up until we knew the house was actually going to be sold and I was like whoa.
Katheryn Limoges: Like because it was just like a really cool idea, but then it actually turned into like reality and we're actually going to do it.
Shea Oliver: What were you guys scared of? What was the fear about?
Kennedi Limoges: I mean it's a fear in itself. Leaving everything you know to do something you've never done before. So.
Katheryn Limoges: And then the unknown. We don't know what's going to happen. Like when we're there, when we're going to travel
Kennedi Limoges: We're going on a trip in two weeks for our first time in Europe and we don't have it planned past September. So it's like it has never really know what you're doing and you just kind of have to go with the flow with everything.
Katheryn Limoges: So I would say like the fear of missing out with our friends and high school and that kind of stuff. So that was kinda, that was, it was hard, but looking back like it was, that's like it was the right decision.
Shea Oliver: Benjamin, for you, did you take off after your senior year? Did you get to finish high school?
Benjamin Limoges: Yeah, so basically like I think it was one week after high school ended or something. I went on a plane to Thailand and I was actually with my cousins for that. So that was about a week in Thailand, and then I flew to Japan where I spent almost a month with host families, basically all around Japan. So I got to experience their actual life.
Shea Oliver: Sure. So you, you did Japan by yourself?
Benjamin Limoges: Yeah, for the most part. My cousins like went to Japan for like five days with me and then they flew back but I stayed.
Shea Oliver: So were you nervous suddenly being left alone on the other side of the planet?
Benjamin Limoges: A little bit. Like transportation was difficult because I can't really read the signs and things like that so I did do the subway and like by myself and things like that.
Shea Oliver: Cool. Very cool. So let's jump back to when. Shortly after your parents said, hey, let's go do this crazy idea of ours, and you started thinking about what you might miss, what were the things that specifically came into your mind that you thought I'm going to miss in my life? If I go do something else,
Kennedi Limoges: I can definitely say that it's be prom because we'd be going into our junior year. So like you've never been to it before, but it's just the little things like that which is going to be like one night which will suck, but overall we will be experiencing so much more. So it really just doesn't compare.
Katheryn Limoges: Well because even now for me I think about like, oh all my friends are going to get to go to homecoming and prom and this kind of stuff. But then I think about, well, what about the every day events? These big events. I wouldn't want to be there in the every day. It wouldn't be anything special when I could be in Prague, you know?
Shea Oliver: So, Benjamin, you didn't get to miss out on prom and homecoming.
Benjamin Limoges: Yeah, I went to prom.
Shea Oliver: Was it the best experience of your life?
Benjamin Limoges: No, it was kind of boring.
Shea Oliver: So how did prom compared to Thailand and Japan?
Benjamin Limoges: Pretty bad.
Shea Oliver: You'd have rather gone to Thailand and Japan. So after you began this process of heading into, oh my gosh, we're really going to leave. What did you tell your friends and how did they react?
Katheryn Limoges: We weren't able to tell our friends until like two weeks before we were leaving.
Shea Oliver: Oh my gosh.
Katheryn Limoges: Because of like jobs and everything. So it was, it was kinda hard. But actually our friends showed up at our house one day to give us ice cream, just like a fun little whatever. And they saw that the house was just all packed up.
Kennedi Limoges: We actually have to tell them right now.
Katheryn Limoges: That was hard because we didn't really have a choice. I don't know. And then I guess our other friends, you know, some of them were like, this is so cool. I'm so happy for you. And then others are like, I'm going to miss you so much. I'm so sad. But I think like all of them were supportive and excited.
Shea Oliver: So how many of them are jealous?
Katheryn Limoges: It's only a couple, actually. Most of them want the high school experience, but then I know our best friend, she's like, I want do this so bad. Like I think she was kind of inspired by what we're able to do.
Shea Oliver: What about your friends?
Benjamin Limoges: Their first reaction is like, why? I don't think guys care as much. It's not that big of a deal. It's like, oh that's interesting.
Kennedi Limoges: I think its different for him too, because all of his friends are going to college right now. So it's already a new experience for them. Like they're leaving high school to go to college.
Katheryn Limoges: And they were already like parting ways, but we were still supposed to be there for another two years.
Shea Oliver: So do you feel now that you want to go back and have a traditional high school experience?
Katheryn Limoges: Not at all.
Kennedi Limoges: No
Shea Oliver: Why not?
Kennedi Limoges: There is so much just bad that you just never really knew until you left it.
Katheryn Limoges: And like nothing was bad. It was just like there was so much better that could have been going on, which we're experiencing. Right.
Shea Oliver: Can you give me examples?
Katheryn Limoges: Just again with like the every day I feel like, like I felt like I was wasting a lot of time in school because of slower learners or just that I could do things faster and kind of that I felt it was pointless at some part. So I really like online school because I get to go on my own pace.
Kennedi Limoges: Now that we're back in Virginia, like visiting every one, so it's like they're all in school right now so we have to wait until they get home at like three and it's like we've already been done with school like for hours by the time they're out, it's just like pointless. You know.
Shea Oliver: As you're doing the online school, are you accelerating your education to get done quicker? Are you moving at the same rate as your peers?
Katheryn Limoges: Well, we're only doing one class at a time, but we're already. We've been doing that for probably two weeks now and we're already one third done of one class, but I think we're moving really fast and I'm excited for that.
Shea Oliver: Do you think you can graduate before your friends?
Katheryn Limoges: It's a possibility. I'm not sure yet, just because I don't want to be spending a lot of my time doing school when I can be experiencing different countries, so I think it'll just depend on the pace that we go.
Shea Oliver: So you guys will get to choose and do it yourself. All right. So your teenagers doing your own school thing, do you guys get up as early to do schoolwork?
Kennedi Limoges: No, we try and wake up at like eight and then we end up waking up at like 10.
Shea Oliver: Oh, okay. That's kinda what I figured. So you're getting to head off, Benjamin, and do something totally different in college.
Benjamin Limoges: Yeah. So I'm actually a dual citizen of Canada and the USA. We all are. And so I'm actually going to university in Canada. It's Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Kind of near Ottawa.
Shea Oliver: Now you've made the decision to go do a traditional path for education. Do you feel like you're getting a little left behind or is it new enough? Doesn't matter.
Benjamin Limoges: Well, the plan right now is in December, I'm going to meet them in Europe for a few countries before, like while I'm off school for school and then back for school as it starts, but I feel like I'm missing out a little bit, but I'm excited for college.
Katheryn Limoges: At least he gets a new experience for college. My friends say, why is he going to Canada, you know. So it's, it's a cool experience that an American gets to experience.
Shea Oliver: Absolutely. Absolutely. So as you guys have done this, the various traveling's that you've done, how has it changed your family dynamics between the siblings and between your relationships with your parents?
Katheryn Limoges: I think our family has always been like pretty close as it is, but traveling for a month in Central America. You stay in like two bedroom places. So we're really close all the time but we actually don't argue very much... Sometimes! We're really close and we actually liked being around each other.
Kennedi Limoges: And I think that, like honestly became closer once the idea of even traveling got brought up because we were always like in the office together looking at the world map and talking about places and things we could do. And so I had said it before, like I was like, I felt like we just became so much closer with just that idea that I know like the traveling is a whole different dynamic of that.
Shea Oliver: Sure. So what's the, what's your, what about you, Ben or Benjamin?
Benjamin Limoges: What was the question again?
Shea Oliver: Family Dynamics? How's it changed your relationships?
Benjamin Limoges: Yeah, I think everyone became a little bit closer and we all have this idea that like, my parents had a dream that they really wanted to travel with their kids and stuff like that. So just kind of like the last chance before we're all off to college and stuff like that. So, yeah, I think it brought us closer in the end but not really sure how to discuss that.
Shea Oliver: Sure. So each of you, what's your favorite part of traveling? The way that you guys have been traveling?
Benjamin Limoges: Trying the food.
Kennedi Limoges: For me, my favorite part is when we're at like a place with a really, really nice view and like I can just sit there and like I don't like, I don't even know how to explain, just take it and like I could be sitting in school but like this is my life. Like I just, I always just feel so lucky and blessed at that moment.
Katheryn Limoges: And then for me I think I would say being able to like see culture in a different place and how like different we act versus how a certain, a different country acts. I think that's really cool.
Katheryn Limoges: Can you give me an example of that? Where something's just been a big surprise or just cool to see and experience?
Katheryn Limoges: I think like the tuk tuks in Guatemala because I had never heard of them but they're like the little small three wheel things where you fit here. Also the taxi prices versus here
Kennedi Limoges: Oh they are amazing!
Shea Oliver: Okay so, Kennedi, I have to ask, you're sitting having your cup of tea or whatever with the amazing view. Does the mobile phone come out to snap a picture and harass your classmates?
Kennedi Limoges: I'm not gonna lie it does, but the good thing is that when we're traveling, a lot of the time our phones aren't working so even if I take that picture, it's a couple of days until it's posted.
Katheryn Limoges: I think a lot of the time like we take pictures to capture the moment and not even to post just to like be able to go back and be like, remember what we were thinking in that moment, and where we were and it's just like such a cool opportunity.
Shea Oliver: Very cool. Very, very cool. So as you've gotten to do this experience and do something so different from everyone else, how do you think it's changed your view of yourself?
Benjamin Limoges: I think it makes you more outgoing when you, when you're in another country and you have to, they don't know any other language or something. So let's say in Mexico we had to order our food in Spanish. I don't know any Spanish. I never took a Spanish class in my life. I try and I don't know if you have to be outgoing, if you to get what you want.
Katheryn Limoges: And also like respect the culture. I think it's to be able to travel like this. You have to be respectful towards the way other people live their life and that we're the foreigners, you know.
Shea Oliver: How's it changed you?
Kennedi Limoges: I honestly just think that since we've started traveling, I'm just a happier person and like same, like more outgoing and stuff, but I just think like my whole view of life and like what the everyday life should be has completely changed for the better obviously.
Shea Oliver: Can you say a little more about that?
Katheryn Limoges: Yeah, I would agree with that. Just like being happier and being able to live out our dreams even though we're so young. Just I think we all have a passion for traveling. So being able to travel this young is amazing and it's an experience I hope everyone can experience.
Kennedi Limoges: And I think what really makes it so much better is that we wanted to do it at a certain time and then it actually happened a year later. So because, she said earlier like we thought we were ready when we put the house on the market the first time, but after putting it on the second time, I know we were not ready the first time. And so that was like a blessing in disguise that it didn't sell them, but, so I think that like I've been like thinking about this happening and dreaming about this happening for so long, but now that it's actually happening, it's like, like unbelievable. That's the way to describe that.
Shea Oliver: How has it changed your view of the world?
Kennedi Limoges: I want to see at all!
Katheryn Limoges: It's amazing.
Benjamin Limoges: With all the countrie you go to, you learn the history and the culture of how it's different and you can compare it to your culture
Katheryn Limoges: And you don't actually like learn about the world. I feel like you can't learn about it unless you're actually there because you read a textbook but you're not going to know what it's actually like until you meet the people there and the culture and that kind of stuff.
Shea Oliver: So you talked about a lot of positive stuff about what you guys have been doing. What have you had any negative experience traveling.
Kennedi Limoges: Oh yes, Travel days are the absolute worse.
Katheryn Limoges: They're really hard.
Shea Oliver: Why's that?
Katheryn Limoges: Because I think everyone gets stressed in our family on travel days. Like we should, but I don't know.
Benjamin Limoges: Long bus rides
Kennedi Limoges: It's part of the unknown that we talked about like... We can talk about the one specific travel day when we went from Guatemala back up to Mexico?
Shea Oliver: Tell us!
Kennedi Limoges: So that day. Okay. That day, first it started off, my mom was sick so she woke up throwing up and so we were like, great, this is going to be a great day. So then our private direct shuttle showed up, which is not private. It's not direct. You squish like two people in one seat, can't really even fit.
Katheryn Limoges: And then going through the immigration...
Kennedi Limoges: We had to go through four immigrations that day.
Katheryn Limoges: It took a long time,
Kennedi Limoges: Like hours standing in the sun and then my mom's sick so we're worried about her and then they had like one guard doing the, like hundreds of people in line and it just.
Katheryn Limoges: And then the money situation too.
Kennedi Limoges: That was there too.
Katheryn Limoges: And so our parents didn't have enough money because they had to get some from them.
Benjamin Limoges: They don't have ATMs and they only take cash. and it costs like $20 per person to enter or exit.
Kennedi Limoges: So we have to pay to go into Belize because we were going from Guatemala to Mexico and so you have to pay going through there, but then of course they don't have atm or any card machines or anything. So I had like a $20 in my phone case and we had to go back to the shuttle, get escorted there to get some money from like my brother's wallet, just to have enough to pay, to go through. It's like unbelievably complicated for no reason.
Katheryn Limoges: And especially when it's hot outside, it's harder to travel.
Benjamin Limoges: There's no air conditioning.
Kennedi Limoges: It's so hot outside and you're just standing in the sun waiting.
Katheryn Limoges: I mean if they're fun, it's fun to look back, but during the moment!
Shea Oliver: So what did it teach you, that day?
Kennedi Limoges: To bring money.
Benjamin Limoges: Always have cash on you.
Katheryn Limoges: But you have to be patient when doing those things, even though it's really hard because super hot and not feeling well. But I guess that's all really learned from it.
Shea Oliver: What did you Benjamin, have any rough days are rough days?
Benjamin Limoges: Rough days? Actually, not really. It was very stressful on the subway sometimes because I had to either use the subway system twice to get across Japan depending on basically. And that was really stressful because I'm like, am I getting on the right train here? I don't really know. It's all written in Japanese.
Shea Oliver: Did you guys get lost at all while you were traveling?
Katheryn Limoges: Luckily we did not.
Shea Oliver: What would you do if you did?
Kennedi Limoges: Depends where we are.
Benjamin Limoges: I'd probably see if my phone has service and try to map my way back.
Kennedi Limoges: Luckily when we were in Central America, my Dad speaks a little bit of Spanish so if we got lost there he could ask someone but tried to communicate. But when we're in Europe with all the different languages there, I don't know what we'll do with that.
Shea Oliver: So what's going to happen if you're in wherever, Europe, Central America, you get separated from your parents and you're lost?
Katheryn Limoges: We're going to try not to have that happen. Honestly, I don't know.
Kennedi Limoges: Well, stay in the same spot.
Benjamin Limoges: Google translate something on my phone and ask where I should go. I don't know.
Kennedi Limoges: We're really good at like making sure everyone knows the plan and like staying together. So I doubt that will get in that situation. But you never know. So.
Shea Oliver: So do you guys think you can handle yourselves that that happens?
Katheryn Limoges: Hopefully we could. Yeah. I think like everything was three of us were together. I think we would be able to, like keep calm and figure out what to do. It'd be harder if it was just me and Kennedi because he comes, he brings like a calm effort,
Shea Oliver: You don't panic as much, huh? So now that you're back and you're getting a chance to see some of your friends, do you guys see some differences in the friendships that might not exist if you were here or at home or wherever home might be to you?
Katheryn Limoges: Obviously there was some distance. I think when we even told her friends. It was like not as easy to talk to each other and then seeing them, it's never going to be the same, and I just have to accept that I think besides like our best friend right now, which she totally understood. She's the one who is so supportive with us. I think relationships are different. They're still like fine, but just not the same.
Benjamin Limoges: My relationships are pretty much the same.
Shea Oliver: Yeah. You just take off and come back and it's all cool.
Benjamin Limoges: Welcome back. There you go.
Shea Oliver: How has this experience of doing the travel, of being in a non-normal lifestyle changed your plans for yourself for the future?
Katheryn Limoges: I think we are all going to definitely make sure that we travel a lot more because we all just love it. So I think definitely making time for that in our lives will be really important.
Benjamin Limoges: I wanna possibly study abroad probably to like Japan or something. And sometime in university would be pretty interesting too.
Shea Oliver: Well, so did you guys have the quintessential adult question? Did you know... what you had an idea of what you wanted to be when you grew up? Has that changed as you've done this experience or did you just not even know?
Kennedi Limoges: I was hoping this experience would help me with that? Because I'm indecisive so I have no idea what I want to do yet. I know that it definitely has to do with being in different places. I don't want to be stuck in the same place doing the same thing for all my life.
Shea Oliver: Why not?
Kennedi Limoges: That's just not who I am. That's just not what would make me happy.
Katheryn Limoges: I don't think it's fulfilling life that way. Same thing instead of being able to experience different things.
Shea Oliver: So did you have something that you wanted to be when you grew up or tas This changed you?
Katheryn Limoges: I go through a lot of things.
Benjamin Limoges: Every month she wants to be something else.
Katheryn Limoges: I don't have like an exact plan but this has solidified that I want to make sure traveling is important and whether that's with my job or having a job that lets me travel, either one of those as long as I get to experience,
Benjamin Limoges: I'm going to study international business with my school. So I wanted to do that before this trip honestly because I just like international things. Yeah, I mean it basically solidified that yes I want to be international and learn different cultures.
Shea Oliver: Very cool. So if we could go back to those days right after your parents said, crazy idea we're going to take off and travel the world, what would have happened for you guys, do you think if it hadn't happened?
Katheryn Limoges: Well I think after the first time and not selling, I was definitely like, oh that's not gonna work, you know,
Benjamin Limoges: Isn't he's saying what if they never showed you the video.
Kennedi Limoges: I wouldn't know any better. I think I would just continue living, going on everyday, but I feel like eventually I would end up traveling and realizing that that was a waste of time, but I think it was a perfect time that they brought it up.
Katheryn Limoges: I mean, we always like loved traveling as it is. Like she said, it would've just been like, we wouldn't have known any better, like a big deal, but I mean I think we're both, all, so happy or we didn't get to do this.
Shea Oliver: You were taken off anyway.
Benjamin Limoges: Let's see,
Katheryn Limoges: You're going to college soon.
Benjamin Limoges: Yeah, I don't know,
Kennedi Limoges: I don't think it would have affected him very much because when he came back from Japan, which I'm sure he would have already done. We went to Central America like five days later, so I'm sure he would've been happy not traveling anymore because he was already exhausted.
Shea Oliver: Sure. So if you could go back and talk to that person the day after your parents showed you that video, who was uncertain, who was kind of trying to make the decision going, hey, this is really cool. But Oh Jeez, what would you tell that person?
Katheryn Limoges: I don't know. I don't think I would have. Like, I don't think I would want to change how I like thought about everything because I went through the stages that led me here. Those are all like necessary and needed to happen for me to be happy with the decision that I made and not think that I've maybe made a wrong decision.
Kennedi Limoges: I agree.
Shea Oliver: That's pretty easy! Alright, so, you know, you guys are young. I mean relatively speaking to many people who may be watching this, you guys got to make a choice at a very young age to radically change your lives, to go from a traditional experience in high school to go travel the world. You gave up a lot. You focused on prom and homecoming, which is kind of what everyone does when they talk about travel with teenagers. But you also gave up some opportunities of relationships, so especially for you, Kennedi and Katheryn, how was it, inside, to think? Okay. My field of potential people to date just changed. What was that like?
Kennedi Limoges: Yeah. I don't know. I don't really think were interested
Katheryn Limoges: We weren't like, we're not really focused on I guess like having a partner at this time. I'm sure it would have been nice to have a boyfriend, but it wasn't like that big of a deal I think to me and Kennedi.
Kennedi Limoges: I mean, we both just believe everything will happen for a reason. So I don't, I'm not like trying to like find anyone. It's not really a big deal for me as it might be for other people.
Katheryn Limoges: There's plenty of time in the future to have relationships. So right now...
Kennedi Limoges: Maybe a European boy!
Benjamin Limoges: I don't know. Like am I supposed to be talking as if I'm going on like the whole trip?
Shea Oliver: You've gone and taken off, do you feel like it's changed your expectations for relationships with a potential significant other? For what I mean, you're kind of going into a traditional college experience. Doesn't change that much for you?
Katheryn Limoges: I think he has the same opportunities as he would in high school, I guess we won't because we'll be moving around so much.
Shea Oliver: That doesn't seem to be you're something even phased by in the least. So, if you guys were given the opportunity to talk to somebody who was older, who was facing a choice in life of either going one way or going the other, what's the one thing you would tell them to do?
Kennedi Limoges: I would say everything happens for a reason. So just follow your instincts, your heart, your mind, everything, whatever it's telling you, everything will work out. And you made that decision for a reason.
Benjamin Limoges: Do what you're, what your heart says. Follow your dreams. Actually commit to it. Don't just be like, oh, I wish I could go travel. Save up your money. If you really want to do something, you'll make it happen.
Kennedi Limoges: Don't say you can't do something.
Shea Oliver: Katheryn?
Katheryn Limoges: They both kind of covered what I was going to say. Follow your heart and what's meant to be will be.
Shea Oliver: Cool. So even though you're getting to live a different lifestyle, you guys get to continue to bond as a family. Do you think that the travel is going to make you even closer as a family, as you travel in the future?
Kennedi Limoges: I don't think that it can happen any other way. I mean, you're experiencing things. Others, other families don't get to experience, of the love of travel as well as the hardships and the stresses of it and just getting through it all. There's no way that you can't become closer.
Katheryn Limoges: It's a lot of experiences that we get to do together, but I think it'll bring us closer.
Benjamin Limoges: They'll like family, but they're basically going to be like your roommates, your friends, your everything.
Shea Oliver: Certainly, certainly I am really, really happy for you guys getting to do this. It's such a, such a cool experience that you get to do this and then and then share it with, you know, with me and with your, with your friends. Do you think that you will choose a lifestyle when you have kids? If you have kids, it's going to include lots of moving around?
Kennedi Limoges: So I don't know if you guys agree, but for me I personally do not want to travel with my kids when they're young. I don't think that it's going to bring any experiences that they can actually grasp and appreciate it as if you were older. I think that when I have a family, I will like start settled down and probably end up asking my kids same thing if they want to travel so that they can experience the same things that I got to.
Katheryn Limoges: Yeah. I think after like being able to learn about world history and then in like high school I was able to like understand when I'm going to like museums or seeing different architecture. Like I was actually able to understand what I was seeing so I agree to not travel when they're super young, but traveling. Yes. And moving around. I'm not sure exactly just because I think it'll depend on like jobs and like my husband and like everything.
Benjamin Limoges: Yeah, that's a good point. Not to travel too early where they won't remember it. Experience it fully.
Shea Oliver: Another tough question here. What's the most important thing in life?
Kennedi Limoges: Actually living it.
Shea Oliver: Whoa! Very good! That's really my answer. I have nothing to add to that. I think that you can't just go by life thinking that you're living if you're not actually experiencing anything or I don't know.
Katheryn Limoges: I wouldn't say probably like to be like actually happy and whether that is just like staying in a small town, raising your family. If you're happy like that, then that's amazing. But I also think that everyone should travel to learn different cultures and if that makes you happy, then that's what you should do.
Kennedi Limoges: For me, it's like I don't even think that like living life has to be traveling. I think it's just doing whatever makes you happy. Whatever you're interested in, just actually following your dreams and your goals in life. Otherwise you're just going by without any successes or anything.
Benjamin Limoges: The most important thing in life, maybe oxygen, just doing what makes you happy. Pretty simple.
Shea Oliver: Those are good answers. So I really appreciate you guys taking some time today. This has been really fun. Is there a way people can follow you, contact you if they want to know more about your travels and what you're doing or even get ahold of you?
Katheryn Limoges: We're all on like Instagram and Facebook.
Kennedi Limoges: And then I know my parents, I know my parents have said it before, but I started a YouTube channel to document our travels so they can, they can subscribe to that if they want to follow our adventures and it can actually see not only the good, the bad in those videos.
Shea Oliver: So what's the URL for the Youtube Channel?
Kennedi Limoges: If you get on Youtube and look up k e n n e d i r a y e one word. Then my channel should come up and then click it.
Shea Oliver: I'll get the link and make sure that it's with the video. Everyone else? Instagram?
Benjamin Limoges: I usually just post on instagram, like the different locations. I'm at.
Shea Oliver: So you guys have seen this. So I always end with the same question, which is what question should I have asked you?
Kennedi Limoges: I don't think there's any that I can think of.
Benjamin Limoges: What was the most different cultural experience that you experienced?
Shea Oliver: Alight, now answer the question.
Benjamin Limoges: Let's see.
Kennedi Limoges: I mean, you went to Japan.
Benjamin Limoges: I'm going to say in Japan, well you have to take off your shoes before you enter the house every time. That's pretty different. People bow instead of like shaking hands most of the time. I don't know a lot of little things in of things. Their beds are like some other beds are just like on a mat, on the ground basically. It wasn't very comfortable. Yeah. Everyone uses chopsticks instead of folks. You have rice every meal. I don't know, just a lot of little things for me, but yeah.
Katheryn Limoges: I feel like we didn't have as big of like a culture shock as you might've had because I don't think the culture is like too much different. Obviously there's some things that, they do different in Mexico and Central America, but I don't think there was...
Kennedi Limoges: The biggest one, which makes sense, was in Belize when we were on Caye Caulker Island. So it was like a really small island. So you didn't have to wear shoes anywhere or you could be wearing your bathing suits in restaurants and everything. It just, it didn't, it didn't matter, which is different, but it makes sense since it's on an island. Oh, and they had only golf carts and bikes. They didn't have any cars or transportation or anything.
Shea Oliver: Very cool. Very cool. Well guys, thank you so much for spending time with me. It's been really fun. So I'm going to go subscribe to your Youtube Channel and follow you guys on Instagram because I want to see what you guys do. Not just in the next couple of years, but I'm interested to see how this changes you guys longterm. I think it's going to be interesting to see what you do longterm and I have a feeling that each of you is probably going to make a very positive impact on the world. So thank you.