POSITIVE Reasons to Travel Around the World NOW with your child
If I had a $ for every negative comment made regarding my proposed trip, I would filthy rich. I am shocked that one of the toughest obstacles in my life has been other people’s thoughts about my decision. So when Adrian from Australian Caravans suggested I write why I would quit my job and travel, I came up with this – thanks Adrain!
The world becomes his classroom. He will learn new languages, culture, currencies, customs, geography, and much more. His education will be enriched far beyond anyone’s expectations. Here he sees a Joey feeding from its mother’s pouch.
Living without a room full of toys, my child will get creative and come up with fun ways of passing time. He will also become fit and active as we hike mountains, go swimming and walk the streets.
3. My child learns the value of money
Nothing can teach a young one about what things are worth until they see what they cost in other countries. My boy will also learn to appreciate the little things in life when he sees all the happy faces of people who have nothing yet are still joyous.
4. We love to give
One of the reasons we want to go on our trip is because we want to bless others. We are Christians, and we love to give. There is always so much joy in giving. If everyone shared the riches of this earth, what a different place it would be!
We have been given so much in the western world, yet others are born with so little. It is lovely to help others and make their lives a little bit better.
These children were given a suitcase of toys to share with their friends by my son.
5. We will bond together
‘No-one is born with a crystal ball’ is one of my favourite sayings. I know not the days I am to have on this earth, nor the quality of my life. The same goes for my son. Last year 6 friends were diagnosed with cancer. My own Mum died of cancer so I know what it is like to lose her.
6. We work together
7. Growing up with less fear
When there are wild and exotic foods placed in front of you and there is no other choice and you are hungry – well you eat them. I am proud that when we were on an island and the lady peeled a mango, my son sat with the kids and loved it.
I have had a very difficult last few years, after a rough relationship, and then raising a child on my own with pretty much no support. I am worn out. I need some stress-free time to recharge the batteries and find the real me again. I need to refill with love, so I can love again. What better way than to love my child, and love others, and to have a new start.
Often you are told ‘no’, but when you have a child who needs to urgently go to the toilet (even if it is really you), people say ‘yes’. They will push kids to the front of the crowd.
Within 5 minutes, I was sitting upstairs in the home of some lovely Indians with my boy. They gave him food, a juice box, played with him and let me use the bathroom.
I have always travelled from when I was young. I was blessed to grow up with a large family of girls. My parents though not well off took us away every school holiday.
We had an old Comma van with no seat belts. Driving in it, we were able to see and learn so much about Australia.
12. Making new life-long friends
We are now friends with people from that experience, as we offered to send them photo’s from the day.
13. No more house work
I’m selling the vacuum cleaner at my Garage Sale.* No more yard work. I wasted so much of my life maintaining this garden; pulling those weeds, and pruning the rose bushes. Time to smell the roses without having to own them.
* No more household repairs & maintenance: Every house has them, and they can burn a hole in your pocket. The more you own, the more you have to fix. It weighs you down, robs you of time, and money. Start to de-clutter. It is liberating!
14. No more House Sale Open Inspections
My poor son is over “expect ions” as he calls them (inspections).
Living in a glass house is no life for a child.
* No mortgage: Can’t wait for this one!
* No utility bills: Yes, we will have bills while we travel, but I have spent so much on my big house and it will be good to be free from most of these costs.
15. You get to tell your boss where to put their job
Last year, I found myself working for a boss who had their own set of rules. The boss’ eyes were on the score board, and not on the game.
I remember standing on the street, talking to my friend Jakki on my cell mobile phone, in quite a dilemma. My boss wanted me to lie on a taped meeting. And this was not the only time. The first time, I was thrown into the deep end without a clue and was like scrambling up a rock cliff face bare-handed and trying not to fall.
If I am going to train my son to be honest, why would I want to lie for this person?
Then one day said boss wanted me to ‘use my creativity’ on legal forms, and I refused.
Oh! the joy I had when I told this boss “NO!” I then loudly told this person what I thought of their ethics, threw in the job, and left.
16. Learn to follow your dreams
My son’s number one dream is to stand on top of the Eiffel Tower. Mine is to drive on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, in a sports car, with some accordion music playing. Maybe it will be ‘When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, that’s Amore’. Who knows.
But dreams are the things that keep us alive, and it is time to start living.
* Throw away the agenda, and hectic timetable: I tell people that life has been like living Groundhog Day. So it is time to leave all that behind and to take each day as it comes. I won’t be wearing a watch. I will only buy tickets to my next destination on an ‘as needed’ basis.
I can relax, and let go of the must do’s. The best times happen, without planning. It is time to count the stars in the sky as well as my blessings!
*History comes alive: One of the wonderful things about travelling to ancient cities is that the bible can come to life. To walk the streets where the disciples walked. In Asia to see things thousands of years old.
Really – it doesn’t matter if it is 100 or 1000 years old, our kids need to experience and learn from ancient ruins. What a thrill to share that learning experience together.
17. We get time to read books
We both love to read. How nice would it be to sit under a tree together, engrossed in a fabulous story?
* I want to find love and happiness: I am surprised I am adding this, but really, it is time to open my life and to be loved again.
They say you find love when you are not looking, but I think love can be found when you are happy, so I seek to be happy.
* If we don’t like it, we leave: Part of the great thing about being mobile, is that when you have had enough, you just pack up and move on – hopefully to greener pastures. I have learned that owning a home makes you stuck. You can’t get up and go. We have made an agreement that if one of us is unhappy, and really doesn’t like a place, we will talk about it, and be prepared to compromise and leave.
* We can enrich others lives, as we are enriched: I am pleased that we can teach others, especially in poor places. It is lovely to be asked and needed, and to be able to help – just to be nice!So I hope this has inspired you to think about some travel.If you have some great reasons I have missed, please let me know, and I might be able to add them.