Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pondering Trips and Travels


Happy Thursday.

Have I told you that my parents are going to embark on a grand adventure to Papua New Guinea?

To say that I am green with envy would be putting it... mildly.

I told them I’d like them to bring me back a shrunken head as a souvenir.

A) didn’t think that was very funny,
B) culturally insensitive, and
C) seriously informed me that human remains couldn’t leave the country.

I thought it was interesting that their travel materials thought fit to mention that particular fact-toid.

From the [very little] that I’ve read about PNG, it’s right up their alley: amazing avian biodiversity, cultural wonders, and spectacular scuba diving. I hope they have a fantastic trip.

That said, Chris and I are pondering long-term travel plans of our own. Right now they’re just visions and dreams as we’re not ready to be away from our little bambino. But maybe in a year or two. Who knows.

[Sorry to be so vague. I absolutely hate it when blog and facebook posts are vague and mysterious. Drives me nuts. But I honestly haven’t got anything concrete to report on, given that we’re just now starting to look at our travel options].

It’s funny, you have kids and immediately international travel plans get divided into two broad categories: Travel With Young [and Medium-aged] Kids and Travel Without Offspring.

Here are a few of my travel places with kids:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Europe
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Argentina

And sans-bambinos:

  • SE Asia
  • Much of South America
  • Africa
  • Antarctica 

It’ll be interesting to see how these categories change over time. Of course, this is a wish list that is going to take a lifetime to fulfill*. Obviously, the kiddo won’t be a wee little tyke for that entire time so what is in the no-kid category right now will probably morph into the other category when Benjamin is older.

Some of my fondest memories are traveling with my parents and I hope to continue that with my own kiddo.

Any parents out there that have left their young children in the care of family members while they enjoyed a bit of vacation time? How long and how young were your kiddos?

[*ok, time for a reality check. I would consider myself very, very, very fortunate to make it to even half of the places on the list. But hey, you gotta dream big, right? That’s why it’s called a wish list]

picture sources here.


  1. Ummm...we left them to come to Oklahoma to find a house. Yeah, that's it. And I cried. I talked about them constantly. I will never be leaving them. I'm going to college with them. lol

    Seriously though...I'm not ready until they can at least tell their caretaker what they want/need. Toddlers are tricky business. And I won't lie...I have a VERY big fear of dying while on a trip (since my kids were born) which also prevents me from making solid plans to go somewhere without them. But, we're looking at a big vacation for Brian and I in France in 4 years. We'll see what happens. ;)

  2. Did you leave them with your MIL when you went to look at houses? For how long?

    I think I’d be pretty comfortable leaving Ben with either set of this grandparents as they spend quite a bit of time with him. My biggest concern is that Ben is a lot of work at night and it doesn’t seem fair to place that burden on anyone else. Also, I’m still nursing so there are some limitations there. :)

    Isn’t it nice to have big vacation plans? Just the thought of something in the works makes me happy and excited. I remember the thrill when we booked our plane tickets to Africa: an adventure to look forward to!!!