Since I can think back, I have always had a longing for travelling.
When I was young I used to buy a travel magazine called Altair, sit on a bench of the cluster at the University of Barcelona and read it from start to end, dreaming about all the wonderful locations I would visit and all the amazing adventures I would live.
As soon as I was able to start working and saving some money I did just that. I travelled at every occasion I had, adjusting my jobs to suit my next planned trip. I have never had a 9 to 5, as I work as an Hotelier, more like a 8 to 8. But the work-home dichotomy gets to me, so I needed to take breaks and escape regularly.
Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Moscow, Vietnam, Brazil, India, Mexico and the USA were some of my trips. I loved the excitement of choosing the next destination, the “must see”, visas, even vaccinations…
And in 2006 I had my first child. And it all changed. Travelling with my son anywhere other than a well established holiday destination filled me with fear. Thoughts of bed bugs, malaria, virus and dirt petrified me and I stopped travelling. Don’t get me wrong, I took all my breaks, but I found myself “voluntarily ” holidaying in overmassified resorts, where the menu of the day varied between a hot dog and a burger.
The arrival of my second son made it all worse initially. Buggies and nappies, toys, clothes, milk, bottle warmer and on and on and on. If you are a parent, you know what I am talking about.
Until one day, clustered between masses of other families on a beach in Spain I decided that I had to take a leap of faith and take my kids on a trip as it was meant to be (my way, that is). So the next summer, off we went to Mexico and we have not looked back since then. The children love all the exciting destinations we visit, they learn, grow in confidence and are a lot more resilient that I though they would be.
My advice: if you love travelling as much as I do and are a parent, do not fear. Travelling with kids, as it is meant to be, is possible. On this blog, I would give you all tips on how to make it possible, from amazing destinations, where to stay, how to fly on the cheap and what gear is out there available to make your life much easier.
Watch this space…
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