I know you think a lot about the good old days, when you could just jump on a plane and go. No itinerary, no worries. Now you have children and you think everything has changed. You are not allowed to travel like you used to: you are restricted by huge obstacles and other people’s opinions. Well, I have good news for you. These obstacles are a fake and other people’s opinions don’t matter.
quote by Geraldine of @everywhereist
Do you also remember that travel was just a means of having one, big and exciting party? No itinerary, no worries. Suddenly, however, you decided to play around with the local culture. You started taking pictures of historic buildings, or even worse, you visited a museum! Did you notice you got cut-off from the youthfulness, the looseness of travel? Was there one particular day that everything changed, that suddenly you noticed you were on the other side of the border?
You have crossed a couple of borders for sure and your way of traveling has evolved. The question is: when did travel change? When was it that your lazy look at the world moved to one with serious interests? Was it like suddenly crossing a border or more like a gradual shift to maturity?
Now that you look at life from the other side of the border, how do you look back at your early days of traveling?
I crossed a border for the first time when I decided to study Japanese. No more travel sluggishness but a strong sense of eagerness to learn about a different culture. Across that metaphorical border I entered a world without lazy beaches and camping grounds, but with a wonderful pallet of cultures, religions, habits and, of course, people.
The name of that place on the other side of the border? Let’s call it Wanderlust Country.
When we got our first child I crossed another border. In the early baby stages we didn’t travel, but I already booked us a red-eye flight in advance. After our youngest turned four, we started to travel again. Departing at night, we arrived in clear daylight: the other side of the border. Travel had again changed, although less drastically compared to our first border crossing. We decided to quickly take up traveling again and introduce our children (without hesitation) to Wanderlust Country. Why not embrace travel as part of your children’s education?
When you look across the border, what do you see? Are you on the verge of changing the way you travel? Do you look back with melancholy?
There is one more option. Maybe you are back at the border, ready to return again? Planning to take your children on a no-itinerary and no-worries travel? Good for you. Go travel without plans, simply enjoying the act of traveling. We can shake hands.