THIRD CULTURE KIDS LIKE ME HAVE BEEN TRAVELING FOR YEARS. We grew up across the world and spent a significant part of our lives brought up in a country outside of our parents’ culture(s). Many of us were privileged and have likely seen more of the world than most people will in their entire lives.
I was born in Hong Kong before moving to Calcutta (Kolkata), then to Taipei, Beijing, New Delhi, Northern Virginia, and Chennai — all before I graduated from high school in Manila at the age of 17. And I’m not even mentioning all the places that I visited as I lived in each country. By sheer opportunity alone, my traveling experience has been prodigious. At a young age, I learned how to be adaptable, I was immersed in a wide variety of cultures and practices. I was raised as a cultural chameleon and while there have been definite drawbacks — crippling depression and anxiety, not having a “home” — TCKs are true global nomads by virtue of our upbringing.