Journeying New Zealand The Big Trip

The Happy Half & Unhappy Half – Kids View of Travel

Kids playing in a puddle - the simple joys
Written by Matthew
Kids playing in a puddle - the simple joys

How do kids experience travel… what do they say they like best and hate the most? We asked them.

The Happy Half and Unhappy Half

From:     Matthew and Cameron
Subject: The Happy Half and The Unhappy Half
Place:    Fairlie, MacKenzie District, New Zealand

Time to take stock and get a kids view of travel

After six weeks travelling we thought it was time for a review of the trip so far, so we asked Matthew and Cameron to tell us about the Happy Half (thumbs up) and the Unhappy Half (thumbs down) of the big trip so far. And here’s what they had to say, unedited, unabridged and in the order it all came out.

The happy half

Matthew says thumbs up to….

Thumbs Up Matthew The Happy Half

Thumbs Up Matthew tells us about The Happy Half

“I say the happy half is…

  • Playgrounds
  • Matthew
  • Puppy The Wuppy
  • Snoopy
  • My little dolly
  • I really liked seeing Mount Cook
  • Luge
  • I like short times in the buggy
  • My magnetic drawing board
  • Squawker farts (Dad doesn’t like those)
  • Staying in a cabin or house or something is nice cos we don’t get rain on our tent
  • Sweeties and sweety shops
  • All places that have playgrounds
  • The big playground
  • Puppy’s not left in Mount Cook, that’s good
  • All my toys in my rucksack
  • Bunk beds
  • Glow worm caves”

Cameron says thumbs up to….

Thumbs Up Cameron The Happy Half

Thumbs Up Cameron spills the beans on his Happy Half

“I like the happy half….

  • My Snoop
  • My squeaky
  • Pup
  • The yellow playground
  • Mount Cook, Lamby’s there
  • New Zealand
  • Bicycles, our bicycles
  • The Happy Half
  • Mum
  • You Dad
  • Me and you and mummy and Matthew”

The Unhappy Half

Matthew says thumbs down to…

Thumbs Down Matthew The Unhappy Half

Thumbs Down Matthew The Unhappy Half

“I don’t like….

  • Rain on this big trip
  • When Cameron is being naughty
  • When I’m being naughty I don’t really like myself doing that
  • I don’t like being in the buggy for too long
  • I don’t like Puppy being naughty when I sit and he lies down
  • Injections
  • Camping in the rain
  • Places that don’t have playgrounds”

Cameron says thumbs down to….

Thumbs Down Cameron The Unhappy Half

Thumbs Down Cameron The Unhappy Half

“I don’t like…

  • The happy half
  • No puddings”

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