Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Travel enriches..

I adore travelling.  When I was 26 I resigned from my job and travelled around the world for a year. That year was one of the best years of my life!!

Travelling represented freedom, an escape from reality and a chance to explore different cultures.  It was a HUGE eye opener and gave me an overwhelming feeling of 'WOW'.  It definitely changed my life!

Now I'm married with 2 young kids - I really want them to experience that 'wow' factor.  I want to encourage adventure, to enrich their lives, minds AND souls!  I want to say 'bah' to the parents who pour scorn on my ideas, who have a joyless view of family holidays and who can't see beyond the arguments, travel sickness and compromises!

I want them to explore

embrace nature

try new things

and spend quality time together as a family

I want to have the pleasure of showing my kids just how AMAZING the world is. I want us to share unforgettable experiences together!

So I think we need to do a road trip.  Preferably through America - we'd drive Yosemite to Yellowstone!  We'd fly into San Francisco, explore the quirky streets and stop for pictures at the bridge, spend time at Fisherman's Wharf and soak up the atmosphere.  From there we'd head to the truly magnificent Yosemite National park where we'd unwind and explore.  We'd drive through dramatic desert scenery in Death Valley before stopping overnight in Las Vegas and saying hello to Elvis.  Then we'd jet off to Salt Lake City followed by several days around the uniquely diverse and majestic Yellowstone National Park. What an AWE INSPIRING trip that would be!!

I'm dreaming BIG here of course.  But I firmly believe that anything is possible. I travelled extensively in my 20s, there's nothing to say I can't travel extensively with 2 young kids in tow.  I want to explore the world afresh, take stock of my life and appreciate what's really important.  I think an American road trip would be just the ticket!

Now where's my passport..?

This post is an entry for the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge, celebrating how flying allows us to make memories and ‘be there’, in association with #Flying100. Find out more at http://bit.ly/flying100