When I take a step back and look at my life, several thoughts go through my head. It starts with “We are not normal.” Then it goes to “Maybe we’re a little crazy.” It ends with “I love our life.”
We’ve just spent three months in S. Africa and the last couple of weeks traveling through England and Ireland. We’ve literally gone from planes to trains to automobiles.
How do we do that with two kids?
Well, we put on our crazy hats, grab our homeschool books, and go. Well, not entirely (at least not the crazy hat part) but sort of. It is a unique situation that our job within the non-profit industry means traveling to other countries. My husband could do it by himself, but we’ve chosen to do it together. As a family.
I love that my kids don’t have to wonder…
“How cool would it be to see THE Rosetta Stone?”
“How amazing would it be to step inside a real castle from thousands of years ago?”
“What does Buckingham Palace look like?”
“What would it be like to visit one of the world’s monarchies?”
“How do kids on the other side of the world live?”
Here’s the thing. My kids have done all of the above and more in the last month. They’ve played with orphans in S. Africa. They’ve visited Swaziland and England (two of the world’s monarchies). They’ve stood outside Buckingham Palace. They’ve toured Arundel Castle and they set eyes on the Rosetta Stone at The British Museum in London. They’ve experienced so much in such a short amount of time. History has come alive for them and I love it.
More importantly, though, I’ve seen a confidence rise up in them as they’ve hopped trains and interacted with kids they’ve just met. They’re learning things that don’t show up in the textbook.
So why do I write this post talking about traveling the world with kids? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard parents say that they will travel when their kids get older or when they’re out of the house. My response is, “There’s no time like the present.” I know there are expenses involved and all that, but the education your kids will receive from little jaunts to faraway lands are priceless. If you have the means, do it. Don’t let it wait for another day. You will create childhood memories that your kids will never forget!
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