Traveling with little kids is not something that many people would consider an easy and fun way to spend holidays. For a long time I was among those who think that holidays can’t be truly relaxing if you bring a toddler with you. I imagined myself lying by the pool with a piña colada in my hands, not running around the beach trying to catch my 3 year old daughter who would be busy eating pebbles. My perspective changed all of a sudden when my family decided to take a long trip to Spain.
How did it all start?
Until September of 2012, both my husband and I worked 8 to 5 in the office while our daughter Sofia was going to kindergarten. We got used to seeing her only few hours in the morning and few hours in the evening, before bedtime. There seemed to be nothing wrong with that. Everyone lives like this, right?! But then one day Istumbled upon an article about ‘traveliving’. This word comes from a combination of “travel” and “living” and promotes the beauty of family travel around the world. I got very inspired by this idea and decided that this was exactly what we need. We started to slowly prepare the “platform” and in September 2012 left our office work to head off to Valencia, Spain.
What were we expecting?
A 3-month trip to Valencia was planned like a long-term holiday. We wanted to enjoy our time on the beach and in this beautiful city and work a bit on the Internet. No big expectations! Just lots of sun and fun.
What we got?
A trip that was supposed to be a holiday turned out to become a life-changing experience. First of all, it was about our family. Back home we used to see each other quite little due to all the work and everyday routine. In Valencia we finally were alltogether for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We started to really study each other, get to know how to deal with each other when there was no “escape”, learn how to respect the interests of each member of our family, including little Sofia. Our life in Valencia was a 3 month long family team building session and in the end we got close to each other like never before!
The other positive result was that getting out of the rut affected us a lot in avery unexpected way. First of all, it turned out to be much easier to establish new positive habits when you’re away from your usual environment and lifestyle. My husband started jogging in the morning and studying a foreign language and I finally found the time to do yoga and make craft projects with our daughter.
So many new experiences, a new pace of life and new acquaintances along with more free time had an astonishing effect on the creative part of our characters. I never ever thought about writing a book before, but in Valencia I had so many sources of inspiration that it was very natural to sit and write everything down. Now my book is about to get published and I’ve already started a new one. My husband has also started some art projects that I never thought he could do.
So, what’s the conclusion?
Taking a long term trip with your kids is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience that benefits each and every part of your life. I perfectly understand that it’s not easy to find the time for such a journey, but the family unification, new sources of inspiration as well as a new outlook on yourself and the world are definitely worth trying!
KsenijaRostova is a writer, blogger and passionate traveler. Follow her family’s adventures, get useful travel tips and read inspirational stories on her blog traveling365.com