This week, RCompass points to a must have book, for those brave parents traveling with kids, “How to fit a car seat on a camel,” by Sarah Franklin. The author talks about the adventures and misadventures of traveling with children-serving as a reminder of what it means to travel with kids both young and old. Click here to view more of her insightful book.
Feel free to share your misadventures in the comment section below!
Although there are many families that successfully travel with children of all ages, I believe there is a magical point in which a child holds onto memories-processing and reinterpreting their surroundings and experiences more fluently. When, exactly does this occur? I imagine it is different for every child. I am also sure that the field of developmental psychology has studied this concept extensively. But for me I saw the signs of a pending traveler after taking a mini trip with my extended family in October. I noticed how excited my son was simply exploring eclectic shops, trying new restaurants and sightseeing. We openly debated if we should plot out the day or make a definitive choice to wander freely. I took it as a sign-he was finally old enough to begin composing his personal inventory of places traveled.
As a part of my 2013 New Year’s resolution to make connections with family; I felt the need to create what I hope will become a new tradition. Beginning 2013, we (my son & I) will plan 1 unique get-away each year until he graduates from School (9 trips in all)!
Here were the parameters I chose to set:
– It will include a minimum of one stay overnight,
– Two thirds of the trip destinations will be located within the United States
– The first trip will be announced on his birthday in June,
– He must successful pass each grade and all subjects,
– Variety will be key
- Use different modes of transportation (train, boat, bus, plain, automobile, etc.)
- Identify types of travel (alternative vs. mass)
- Explore diverse sights (historical, natural, manmade, etc.)
- Experiment with various travel experiences (adventure, volunteer, etc.)
– Start simple
– Establish a tradition
– Build memories (although I anticipate not all will be positive nor perfect)
– Incorporate teachable moments
– Encourage him to set goals
– Ignite personal connections
– Enlist my existing knowledge of travel and expand
– Commemorate another year (school-life-love-family)
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