“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before” – Dalai Lama
Deciding on taking time-out to be with family, one-time, big-time is a difficult goal. That is why until now, I still wonder how we were able to do it. Honestly, we were not ready for an out of the country trip this year. But, somehow we felt now is a good time.
So we finally jumped into it.
My husband, son and I just got back from a month’s trip in the U.S. It’s our first trip abroad! It was an exciting adventure exploring two states, experiencing different weather conditions, savoring various cuisines, appreciating history, culture, people and arts.
My family had so much fun. We were tired, but came back happier, wiser, tanner, and more inspired to see the other parts of the world.
In this post, I’ll be sharing the things I learned about traveling with a family in hopes that it will help other families who plan to travel too.
- Keep it simple & light when packing. It was a good idea that we invested on reliable walking shoes for the trip. Thank God we did not have any shoe soles removed or repaired. Creating a basic wardrobe and repurposing things also enabled us to move easier from one place to another.
- Everything is exciting in a child’s eyes. My son’s curiosity started kicking in the minute we set foot at the airport. If you can just see his face light up every time he sees things that are new to him! Here we go again, I’m having those “mommy moments” as I write this.
- Travel in itself is education. The lessons we learned about ourselves and the world cannot be found in books or classrooms. Travel expanded our perspective – we appreciated the people & things around us even more. We also realized how small we are in the world and how much we still need to learn.
Random people we met…
Learning about Art…
And other things around us.
- Walk it & have ice cream afterwards. Walking is the best way to explore a new place. It’s interesting to look into different streets, see locals walking around, appreciate nature up close, and stop by shops. Grabbing some ice cream after a long walk is not a bad idea. It never fails to make everyone happy 🙂
- Bring sketch pad and travel journal with you. Whenever we have free time, I ask my son to draw the things that made him happy that day. I wrote in my travel journal as well to preserved wonderful memories besides the pictures we’ve taken.
- Be silly. Be light. As they say, be like a child again when you travel – open for excitement, learning & fun. I saw this everyday with my two boys…and it simply made my heart smile.
- Traveling is indeed an adventure. There’s no perfect plan. Expect that things will go wrong during the trip. In our experience, we went to some places that were closed, wore the wrong clothes, encountered a lot of miscommunication and a lot more. Learning to smile afterwards helped make the trip more enlightening & enjoyable for us.
- Enjoy the moment before capturing pictures. I’m guilty. I take pictures all the time. It was when we first experienced snow that I realized I need to stop snapping pictures for a while to engage in the moment too. Whenever I close my eyes, I can still feel the cold & tingly feeling of snow in my hands. But hey, don’t stop taking pictures, just be more selective.
- Travel makes family relationships stronger. Traveling as a family helped us connect and know each other more. I realized how my husband really loves history and how little Techno marvels about whales & sharks. As a family, we were able to discover more of each other everyday.