There are many great quotes that speak to the value of travel – how fulfilling, educational, and healthy it is for the mind and spirit – and once you get bitten by the bug, it’s hard to deny how true all of this is. I’ve had the luxury of traveling a lot over the past ten years in particular, and it has enriched my life in so many ways and I hope it will continue to do so.
But for the first time in a long time, travel has had to take a step back on my priority list. Having a baby can do that to a person. I’ve been able to scale back on my business trips and have pushed long distance trips to the back burner. I just don’t want to be away from my baby if I don’t have to. As it is I don’t feel like I have enough time with him. If I was traveling the way I used to, I’d never see him.
But at the same time, I want him to be accustomed to travel from an early age. I want him to be curious and to feed his curiosity. I have well traveled friends, brave friends that travel all over the world with their young kids. I am in awe of them. The very thought of lugging a stroller and car seat through the airport raises my blood pressure. I am just not that brave! Not to mention the fact that my son no longer sits still for longer than twenty minutes.
So I have to find an in between, and I have. My focus on family travel currently centers around short road trips. Living in the northeast, there are tons of options for destinations, many with the added bonus of being home to friends of mine. It’s just so much easier to hop in the car, being everything we need, and stop whenever we need to. Plus, the baby sleeps well in the car.
So I’ll take my son to Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, DC and more. I’ll take him to explore his own city of New York. I’ll feed my need to get away, to change my environment and gain new perspective while spending quality time with my family and letting my son get a taste of the world outside our little home.
But that doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the towel. I still update my travel bucket list Pinterest board. I still talk of getting back to the bigger trips in a few years. I still plan to do girls weekends and trips with just my husband and me occasionally. The hunger to experience all that this world has to offer is just too strong to give up. I hope that my son develops the same hunger.