When we are young, most of us feel like “free birds”, but then we usually turn into the birds in beautiful big nests carrying heavy life-bag. We think “It is too early to travel. Kids are too small”. And we keep thinking this way until our kids leave the nest and start their independent lives. But then, people face a problem – you need to be really strong and in a good shape, to pack your stuff into the backpack and go to all the places you have dreamed about for so long…
“What is the solution?” – you could ask – “Rising kids is a challenge. You must be mature”.
“Of course, but first, let us tell you briefly our story. Maybe you will find it relevant. “
We were born in Poland in a quite odd time, when people – in general – could not have their own passports. Travelling abroad was very difficult, not to say impossible. The luckiest kids could go to NRD (East Germany) or Bulgaria, but most of us couldn’t even dream about travelling abroad. That was true until the beginning of 90s, when the generation of our parents finally defeated the Communism – the “best” socioeconomic system, as we were tought through many years of school education.
When Poland opened its boarders, we did not dwell long. Our first independent trip abroad was to United States. That was our Honeymoon. It literally lasted 4 weeks and it hammered in our heads one message “We want to travel. No matter what“.
When we came back, we immediately started to save money for another trip. In the same time our friends were saving for more mature purpose, like buying a flat or at least a nice, fancy car.
Before our kids joined the team, we managed to travel to Peru, Venezuela and Norway. We kept on absorbing the beautiful landscapes of Peru, the amazing architectural achievements of Inca’s, the wonderful reefs in Venezuela on Los Roques archipelago and breath-taking fiords of Norway. But still, there was so many mountains to climb, oceans to swim in and ruins to explore.
Postponing travels until our kids leave home was not an option. When the kids were really small, we had to accept spending holidays either in Poland or in Europe, but when our younger son turned five, we came back to travelling independently to more remote destinations. We wanted to visit a least one country per each summer holidays. We started with Thailand, than we went to Azores to experience swimming in the Ocean with dolphins and whales watching. Next summer holidays we spent in USA, then in Costa Rica, Brasil, Romania and this year we finally reached Australia.
– “Wasn’t it risky?” – you would ask again.
– “Of course it was, but when it comes to kids, everything is risky.”
Everyday you take a risk, putting your kid into the bath or letting it explore your living room.
The good news is that if you start travelling with small kids, when they still perceive parents as role models, they get addicted to exploring the world and the travel virus keeps spreading. We believe that building the curiosity about the world into the character of our small or big kids will build solid foundations for their adult life and the choices they will have to make in the future.
So, here we are. The calendar will soon show 2015 and our children will turn 11 and 14 within next few months. We are still hungry for more wonders to see. Meantime, we decided to sit down and put our travel memories into this blog.
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Dominika & Tomasz