Drastically different from me who never left my childhood home (except when I gained my independence and moved downtown), Tineke Franssen is living abroad. A Dutch in Spain, her blog, Working Mommy Abroad, focuses on living and working abroad.
Tineke graciously contributed her blog post about the benefits of traveling with children.
This post was originally posted on Working Mommy Abroad
So here I am, just back from a trip to Namibia. One of my friends got married there so what better excuse to do a little nice travel to a beautiful country I had never been to before? It was amazing but unfortunately from my family´s side I did go alone, for C it was more difficult to take off work and we thought the trip might have been a bit too hardcore travel for the bichin yet. So they stayed at home. However, apart from this trip I do think traveling will play a very important role in his upbringing. Not just because we live abroad and I want him to spend time in my home country to get to know his roots and spend time with the other half of the family but definitely also to travel to new places.
When he was just 6 weeks old we took off on a little road trip through Spain, France and Italy for a couple of weeks since we had two weddings (actually we had three but that would have added another country to the list, and this one not in the South of Europe, so we figured that might have been a bit too much in three weeks).
Continue the travel with kids?
Before we had the bichin, we have always travelled a lot and both of us have lived abroad multiple times for longer periods. And when the travel bug bites it’s hard to stop! So we think it’s also important to share that love for traveling and discovering new places with the bichin.
Although we might have to adjust our travel rhythm a bit (it’s always logistically more challenging to travel with kids), we definitely do not plan to play it safe and only go to Club Med from now on!
Great reasons to take your kid traveling
- Learning from other cultures and to respect other ways of doing thing
- Being flexible: adjusting yourself to different places and situations
- Enjoying the unknown, exploring and doing new things
- Seeing things in perspective and realize that we have a very good life
Enjoy the little things
Especially for the last one I think there is a lot to say: yes, a problem at school or work might seem really important, but it’s not a matter of life and death or whether you will have enough water or food for today. Also in the materialistic and consumer-focused world we live in it’s sometimes good to see how comfortable our lives actually are and that people with way less or almost nothing are also happy (maybe even happier!). It can remind us to appreciate the little things more.
So our little family goal is to discover at least one new place each year. Can’t wait already for the next trip!
I am Tineke, a Dutchie living in Spain, happily not-married to César and mommy of Lucas. Before becoming a mom I always thought I was busy, however since we have Lucas the term “busy” got a whole new definition! And all of that in a country which is not my home country and therefore causes quite some cultural clashes in this whole motherhood thingy.
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