Bali with Kids Series
We’re going to Bali this winter (and Thailand) with our almost four and six year old girls and feeling pretty pumped despite having lots of logistics to sort out (medicine for Mark, flights + trip details) in the next two months! The countdown is on and my mantra is “we’ll figure it out.”
Have you ever travelled with your kids?
Since becoming parents and dealing with advanced cancer, we ventured to Costa Rica with an eight month old for a few weeks and vacationed at resorts with family and friends a few times. Not bad.
Visiting other countries, being immersed in the culture, eating local street food, talking to people from around the world, and stepping outside of my comfort zone is all so magical. Travel lights me up. I love having comforts of home too—but every 18 months or so I crave change and some excitement. Do you ever get bored of the same old thing? I do.
Even though I’m an introvert and highly sensitive person, switching up my environment and routines periodically is medicine for the soul. The simplicity + connection of the experience is what I love.
Adventures before Kids
The last time we actually went on a significant adventure was ten years ago, in 2005, when we were dating and sans enfants. As soon as I wrote my national board exam for Occupational Therapy, I jumped on a plane to Seoul where Mark had been teaching English for the year.
After five months of teaching and saving our money, we set on our six-month adventure to South-East Asia, India and Nepal. We spent a month in each country we visited. And absolutely LOVED it. Although we did break up once early on in the trip over dishes! True story. But we’ll save that for another time.
I remember sitting in a small restaurant on stilts by the Mekong River in Laos, near Cambodia—warm air, dark night, candles shining—and meeting a Parisian family with a baby and toddler. They had been backpacking for a few months and although they said it was an adjustment at first, they were enjoying their travels.
I knew that I would travel with my family one day.
Traveling overseas for a long period of time with kids is an adventure some have no interest in taking (which is totally fine) and some parents may have that desire but aren’t too sure they’re up for the challenge or, like us, need to sort out some logistics like time off, money, whatever, before they can go!
I imagine that travelling with kids will be amazing.
And of course at times tiring, just like if we were at home. But worth it nonetheless.
Connecting with other people from around the world simply because we share this common bond of being a parent is pretty special. The girls will be able to play with other kids even though they may speak different languages.
I know ever so dearly that not everyone can do this even if they wanted to for a myriad of reasons. I’m thinking of my cousin’s wife who has Multiple Sclerosis and many others who are currently fighting Cancer or have lost a loved one. Sometimes our realities are different. And so in honor of those who can’t, I seize this opportunity—full well knowing that life can change in an instant.
*That’s us in Nepal on the Annapurna circuit ten years ago!
And so our time to travel with the kids overseas is nearing and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Tell me, if you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
P.S. I’ll be blogging about our experience of traveling with kids overseas if you want to do something similar with your family one day, you’re invited to sign up to be notified of new posts.by