It makes you have a different view on life especially when you go to poorer countries. Likr you think home is crap most the time (especially after you've got a bad case of the travel bug), but then you go to places like India where you see the unimaginably bad living conditions of a huge amount of the population and think how lucky you are to live where you do, to have had the opportunity to travel. It has made me want to work a lot and get money in every way legally possible to be able to go on future big trips quicker instead of saving for years to get a RTW trip.
Just curious to know as a few friends i know have said to me "we cant do it now weve got kids!" Id did say to em to take them with you and for me id love to take the kidos' - ive experienced some changes since i started that RTW last Oct and itd be a even better one with kids. (Challenging - just a bit!)
You sure are a very game person thinking that it would be enjoyable bringing your kids with you. I couldn't think of a much more frustrating trip that you just want to end than to be a married couple or in a long term relationship and your young kids come along to destroy it for you. Are we there yet? Do we have to do this mummy and daddy? When can we leave this place and go to somewhere less boring? I hate this place because it doesn't have a swimming pool. I'm sick of this mummy I want to go home! I hate you mummy/daddy. Why's that darling? Because you hate me because you tell me off but not John when we fight (when the truth is you would have told both to stop fighting but the little girl thinks the world is against her and doesn't hear or chooses not to hear her brother being told off). Then you have the kids throwing rocks at eachother at a caravan park and one takes a chip of paint off another persons white car and then that couple wants you to either pay them $300 for repairing it or to take it to a body works place and repair the car which has a small chip of paint off it that a dot of liquid paper would fix up good enough.
That sounds really enjoyable on your behalf dragging your kids along with you, NOT!!!!! Young kids get bored very easily and I know that when I was younger and travelled with my younger brother and sister it was quite unbearable at times and I just wanted the trip to end because then I could get space from by brother and sister and also my parents instead of being stuck within a couple of metres of each other all the time 24/7. Hope if you travel with your kids it is a lot more enjoyable and less stressful, but I know it tested my parents to the brink of going home and they are very good and extremely patient and understanding parents and still were when I was a little kid as well.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 23, 2007, at 4:16 PM by aharrold45 ]
Although I wouldn't say it is quite that bad, it's definitely not easy travelling with children Recently flew back from Australia to Norway and the little one didn't want to sleep at all in the plane. When you're flying Singapore Airlines and they have 60 movies playing, that's a royal bugger And of course there's more hassle and things to take along (car seats/strollers/diapers etc. etc.)....
Travelling has changed my life for sure. I can't imagine going back to being who I was before I left. I do think that my decision to go travelling in the first place, however, came at a time when my life was headed in the wrong direction and need a big change.
I have learnt to be much for philosophical, to accept what life throws at you as being for the best, to learn the lessons from everything that happens to you and to be yourself and follow your own path. I now accept that life is tough but that it needs to be tough for you to grow.
If I'd read myself writing this a year ago I think I would have thought I'd gone round the twist...worried a little about my friends reactions when I get home but am happier and calmer now so I'm sure they'll see that!
Best decision I could have made..despite the hairy times!! Anyone who's wondering whether to go, just dig out the backpack from the loft and see what happens..
travelling change your life in each aspect and makes you reach person.
"Don't tell me how educated you are,tell me how much you have travelled"-it is true,isn't it?
I know what you mean when you say that you feel changed when you return from a long trip outside the country. I lived in London for a year and a half in the nineties (I went after I graduated from university), and I knew I had changed inside. I was a different person from the experiences that I had. I had learned a lot about myself on that trip: my likes, dislikes, shortcomings, fears, skills, etc. I got to see how I reacted in different situations in a foreign country. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
My last big trip was to Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic in May 2006. It was a whirlwind trip, visiting Hamburg (relatives), Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna (lost my heart there!), Salzburg, and Graz (more relatives) in 3 weeks time. I traveled with my mother, brother, and his girlfriend through most of the trip. We had to get along with each other, so that was interesting on how we achieved that (not always successfully).
You grow from each trip. You become a better person each time. I am already looking forward to my next trip. I can't decide if I should go back to Europe or go to Hawaii.
Petra M, Vancouver
Going travelling has made me want to take pure advantage of all the Great oppurtunities we have, within the western world .
So Much i can do in such little time -
I learnt, and constantly remind myself that the richest man is not the one who has most, but the one who needs least...