Travel Legacy Begins With The Decision To GO!
Building a Travel Legacy
Before Daddy D and I became parents, we were individuals that loved to travel. It was easy back then, even easier than when we were married. You bought one plane ticket, you bunked with friends and you just went! You ate street food, or exquisite meals, you took tours or just wandered the streets. You did whatever you wanted, WHENEVER you wanted! I didn’t travel nearly as much as D did, but having the foundation of that travel legacy is important to our parenting values today.
This Mother’s Day was probably the best one I’ve had as a mom because it was a day that fed my heart for the adventures that I want my kids to grow up on – the legacy of movement, excitement, growth and learning. We packed up the kids for a quick road trip, drove 300 miles south west and spent the day at the San Diego Safari Park.
Decide To Go – Decide To Travel
Some of my fondest childhood memories are when I traveled with my family. We rarely went anywhere exotic, but it was the feeling of togetherness that I recall most. My parents divorced when I was young, but the travel memories I had with either sets of parents (and even some when they were together) are moments of family legacy that I will never forget.
And I want that for my kids. I want to experience other environments with them, to share memories of adventure with them. You just have to decide to GO!
So when I kept thinking of a plenitude of reasons why an overnight road trip to a less than exotic locale was crazy – when I hear the questions of whether its even necessary to travel with kids as young as mine, since they won’t remember it anyway – it was really Alina who convinced me that we had to go. She began telling me about the things she learned at her Kidville Summer Camp during Safari Week – “Cheetahs have spots and so do giraffes. Giraffes eat leaves, too. Can I see a cheetah in San Diego, Mama?”. With that, it was clear to me that we had to go.
We had the most wonderful time while at the San Diego Safari Park (I got the tickets half off on Amazon Local). But my favorite part was exposing Alina to a practical element of what she learned within a school setting. I hope we can continue to do that as my children get older. And to think I almost thought the trip wouldn’t be worth it…
We’re new to the concept of family travel; my babies are young, and while we have done so in the past, I hope that my family gets better and more efficient as the years go on. I would love to travel to Latin American, specifically, to immerse my babies in my family’s native language. I would love to take an actual African safari. I want that for myself, but I would only do with my kids too. Family travel is so much more than a relaxing week by the beach for me these days (although that sounds wonderful, too!). Its also about identity and connection to the global perspective.
We’re building a legacy of travel because by experiencing parts of the world, you begin to understand the parts of your identity that would otherwise feel homeless. Travel can bring you back to your roots and give you license to claim another. That’s what I hope to achieve for my children, anyway.
Major kuddos to parents who are building their travel legacy – and I have several friends who are doing so in major ways! I totally look up to you!