When it comes to family relationships, I truly believe that traveling has made us so much stronger as a family. Travel takes us so far out of our comfort zone, whether it’s going somewhere where we have to speak a different language or even just grocery shopping.
Waiting in lines, we are more patient with each other.
We can have real conversations with our kids and with each other because you have time to; we’re not all rushing home at five o’clock or three o’clock, whatever it is, in the afternoon, and then rushing to finish the day.
I look at our life, especially at the moment, having started high school, and it is insane; which I didn’t even realize that it would be busier now than it was in primary school when they were younger. But there’s sports training until 5 pm, and then all day Saturday we spend doing kids sport.
Travel for us has given also given us the confidence to have those tough conversations as well. The tough conversations when you’re traveling because things don’t go well all of the time. There’s something that always goes wrong when you’re traveling.
We learn so much about each other as well. The first time we took our kids away for six weeks, my husband had not spent six weeks continually with the kids since they were babies, so it was a real eye-opener for him. I’d done it because I was the one at home. But the first few weeks, he’d go, “wow, they make a lot of noise, and they never stop!” So I think that, especially for parents who work, it is such an incredible thing because he then got to learn so much about his kids. He adores them greatly, and it’s one of those wonderful things where every time we travel, they’re at a new stage in their life. So whether it’s every six months that we go somewhere, they’re at a new stage, and they will continue to that to do that from when they’re a baby, to when they’re in their 20s. So, it’s really lovely. I do love it. It’s made us stronger and better for it.