When Ken and I meet new people and tell them about the upcoming world tour, many people have the same two comments. “That’s amazing, I am so jealous,” is the first. Then a few sentences later, they get a serious look on their face, lower their voice and say, “You don’t have kids, do you?” My simple reply is, “No, we don’t have kids.” The person then breathes a sigh of relief, usually saying that this would be an impossible task with kids.
The more complicated response, that I would like to talk about, is “YES, YOU CAN TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH KIDS!” IF that is what you choose to do. Many people I run into think kids can only live one way: one home, nine months of school a year, lots of extra curricular activities, play dates with neighbors, etc, etc. Yet there are millions of ways to raise wholesome, happy and educated children. And traveling the world could be a great way to do just those things.
Please take an example from the Zapp family. They have been traveling the world for 11 years. Not only are they driving a 1928 car around the world, they also had 4 children in 4 different countries. Amazing! Here are some more details about how they are making it work.
While Ken and I are still staying by our decision not to have kids, if we ever change our mind, I’ll be using the Zapp family as my inspiration. Kids are amazing human beings who are very resilient and adaptable. Those who travel the world with them have unending patience and a grand sense of adventure.
What do you think?
What a better way to learn than to experience the world first-hand. I agree the world is our classroom, not a sterile, air-conditioned room.
My sister and brother-in-law have 2 kids, now 27 and 21. From the moment my sister could hike post C-section, these kids trekked into the Utah and Wyoming wilderness. They were carried until they could hike….maybe at 4 years of age. Was it easy? NO. Was it worth it? 1000 times YES! This family has scuba dived, snorkeled, mountain climbed, rappelled canyons, back country skied in the US, Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe, Nepal. My nephew and niece NEVER went through the “don’t wanna be caught dead with my parents” since the parents were always doing very cool things. My brother-in-law died in January of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The memories that this loving family has are priceless.
I was looking for the ‘like’ button. :)
Kids are human beings? Who knew?
Shhh…. don’t let this information get out!