Why family travel should be a part of your life
Family travel is a beast.
Your soul is dying for it, but the thought churns your insides and sinks your stomach.
Where do you even start with planning a holiday? Where could you go that is kid friendly? Will the children be safe?
Visions of you buried underneath strollers, car seats, nappies, toys, bags, and clothes wipes the family travel dreams out of your mind for good.
The knot tightens as you think about the cost and the bills looming in the unopened envelopes on the hallway table. How could you choose travel when the electricity threatens to turn itself off?
I understand. I’ve been there over and over again.
There have been many times when I’ve struggled to carry the portacot and the pram at the same time, or when my toddler has thrown herself down on the floor of the train in a tantrum.
Why family travel is important
There is one thing that keeps me pursuing family travel. It’s not the fact that I know my daughters will learn to better understand themselves and the world through travel.
This is important, yes, but probably not enough to make me overcome the challenges.
What keeps me going is that when we travel together as a family we are creating memories that will last a lifetime. Memories of carefree living, exploration, adventure, laughter, and a time when we could talk, play and share together.
Think about it.
When you go on a family holiday you leave all the worries of your everyday life behind. There’s no schedule to adhere to, no toys to pick up, no errands to run, no school to attend, no bosses to answer to, and no end of day exhaustion that leaves you barely able to mumble a “Hello, tell me about your day,” to your child.
You can even live a little dangerously, like having an ice cream every day, or staying up past 10pm.
Sometimes we need to just cut it loose and hang out, spending that quality time together that is so vital to strengthening our family bond.
Memorable family travel moments
Family travel is not as hard as you may think. It does not have to involve a beach resort in the Maldives or a trip to Disneyland.
You can create memorable family travel experiences just by getting out in your own backyard. It can be something as simple as a day out at the local beach, a weekend camping trip, a bush walk in the National Park, or a road trip along the rugged Australian coastline.
Believe it or not, road trips as a family can be FUN!
With a little planning, a little help, and smart budget choices you can make it work. Just imagine when the kids are a little older and you are sitting around the campfire together. Your son turns to you and laughs,
“Mum, remember that time we went camping up the coast and we went swimming at the beach. Remember the wave that came from no where and dunked you on the sand. That was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I loved that holiday.”
Warmth floods your body. Overcoming those barriers that seemed to prevent you from travelling were so worth it.