Yes, every time I think about kids I think ‘but I haven’t done Thailand yet!’ or ‘I’ve not gone to the barrier reef yet’ or ‘but what about the Amazon?’. I know where you’re coming from because we just did African safari and I’ve lined up Greece, Poland, Finland/Norway for Northern Lights, Thailand we’ll likely get to, and a few other odds and ends before children.
But I then think about how cool it is to do those things with kids (I loved traveling with my family all through my childhood) and know that I’ll make this experience a priority (getting out an appreciating the rest of the world) with raising my children.
I think so many people believe that the ‘fun’ part of life is over once they have children, and it’s a total shame! Many people don’t travel with kids because they enforce these totally ridiculous expectations on themselves for what a child needs to travel. Seriously, you can get away with baby wearing or a bare bones stroller, a few outfits, and a dozen diapers. Every country (that you’re likely to travel to given the tendency of people to stay in more developed countries) has formula and diapers. If you breastfeed, then you don’t need to worry about food for baby and raising a worldly kid that eats from different taste pallets is a good part of raising a healthy child. I know of a couple (from France) who took their 1 and 3 year old biking from Canada, through Central America, down to Chile….like pedal biking! Seriously, it isn’t impossible and getting kids to travel young makes them so much better at it for life. And if you want to do the wilds/camping things, find a front-wearing wrap and bring them along in fine weather! I think that this is more of changing your whole mindset about what a child needs. So many parents think they need a dozen toys, electronics, snacks, etc to keep their child happy…rather than teaching their child to find entertainment and satisfaction with their surroundings or self play. Anyway, I’ll knock off the philosophical thoughts. Point is, don’t stifle that urge to explore because of children…pass in on and share your passion for life! Get them to try new things and think outside their previous experiences.
As for me, I just recently hit the baby rabies marker, but I know like Mrs.Sugabee2003:
that we’ll just need to adjust a bit for baby (I’m also living in Europe and people here travel a LOT with their kids, so I feel like that has rubbed off).
Has anyone ready Bringing up Bebe? I just listened to it and a lot really resonated with me…especially the part that American parents feel like they are earning ‘points’ the more self-sacrificing they are for their kids (multiple sports, extracurriculars, breastfeeding, etc) despite how miserable they are in raising their kids….probably could tell from my previous thoughts 😛