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Tiare Johnston’s Travels in Russia

Tiare Johnston may travel to Russia regularly for therapy, but she always makes the most of her time there, seeing the sights with her parents. She tells us all about it.

Tiare Johnston may travel to Russia regularly for therapy, but she always makes the most of her time there, seeing the sights with her parents. She tells us all about it.

Tiare, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Tiare Johnston. I am nine years old. I love watching Frozen, Frozen 2, and Trolls. My favourite colour is pink. I enjoy books and modelling. I was recently part of the “live with us” campaign for Country Road.

As a frequent traveller, what’s been your favourite holiday?

I love going to Russia. I have travelled there three times. I went to Moscow for my first trip. I have learnt some Russian words and phrases, like ‘hello’, ‘good morning’, ‘how are you?’, and ‘goodbye’.

Why do you like Russia so much?

I like Russia because it’s cold. The people are nice and I like trying Russian food.

Is there a highlight from one of your trips to Russia you’d like to share?

On my third trip to Russia, I went to Samara. My Pa came with Mum and I. He loves me to pieces. I liked travelling with him. I went to the Museum Samara Cosmos (Space Museum). I learnt a lot about cosmonauts and saw a real rocket.

Tiare Johnston in her wheelchair seated in front of a display of a cosmonaut's space suit at Museum Samara Cosmos.
For Tiare, seeing the Museum Samara Cosmos was a highlight of her travels in Russia.

Samara was really cold. We walked along the Volga River. I did not like being outside.

Was there anything you didn’t like about your trip?

It was really tricky to get my wheelchair delivered to the aeroplane door. One stopover in the United Arab Emirates, it took two hours to get my wheelchair.

Do you have any problems when you travel?

I need my parents to help me access the loos. They are so small and it’s quite hard for two people to fit in the small space.

What’s your top travel tip for other kids?

Always be open to making new friends. Try to learn some of the local language. Take some Australian treats to give to new friends and helpful people you meet along the way, to show your gratitude.

This interview first appeared in Travel Without Limits magazine. You can subscribe here.

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