“I don’t want to go to bed! Then I’m moving to Ethiopia!”
Television can be a very special thing. These words were uttered by my man’s beautiful 4 year old daughter. She watches a worldly television show after school. Yep. Ethiopia. Seems a little extreme in order to not go to bed, but you know I can’t help but smile with
pride. How cool is it that this four year old, who has never left Illinois, already have a travel appreciation. So proud. By the time I was her age I had taken a road trip on Route 66 across the United States, and I don’t believe I had that same mentality.
I am a planner. Hopelessly so. I went around the world in 2011, but had every hostel, every couch surfer, every train schedule already planned out in my little folder. Perhaps this seems like I was not taking the opportunity to be spontaneous, but in all honesty it
helped me to be more spontaneous. I knew my timing and what would be the best way to go to optimize my time in each place. This could also be helpful if traveling with children. So that is a plus.
I hate the idea of giving up travel in order to have a family. I am baby crazy right now, and would love to be a mom as my next adventure. My partner in crime of nearly 4 years has two incredible daughters. I never knew two people could be so alike and so different at the exact same time like them. One wants to move to Minnesota because she is always so hot and Minnesota has a colder climate. The other wants to go to China. Not sure how or why that came up, but I can’t help but love it! I signed them up with “Little Passports” in order to continue their curiosity of the world. They don’t live with us, but they are still our family. I would love
more than anything to bring the 4 year old to Ethiopia someday! I want them to experience the world and the people in it to better understand the magnitude of their possibilities in life. I want family travel for my own future child someday too.
The idea of family travel is near impossible in our world today. It is constantly stated that one must choose between the two. Do I? I want them to be included in this lifestyle and I also don’t want to lose this life for myself. Why is it so foreign to think of travel with young ones? Money plays into it. Time does. But how wonderful to make the connection in your child’s head with the education from books in school as well as the education of the real world. Perhaps my super skill of planning will help us to find the time and money necessary for our children.
Have you heard of families traveling together who are not super wealthy?