There are various reasons why we travel and for each reason, there is a specific kind of travel that best fits the purpose.
I like traveling by myself. I used to do this a lot before I got married and was not scared to be a lone female traveler, taking all sorts of transportation. It is because of this kind of travel that I learned to keep my wits on as I explored unfamiliar places. It also made me comfortable with the idea of getting lost in a new city. I think I am also a more adventurous and spontaneous traveler because of traveling just by myself. Solo travel is a time to think and be comfortable with having one’s self as company . Now that I have a family, solo travel is a rarity that I welcome. It is my time off to recharge or even reset which is very important with all the everyday demands. Solo travel also allows you to be more open to conversations with locals or even fellow travelers.
I am always on the lookout for new ideas and am constantly thirsty to learn more about things. Some people may not look forward to business travel but I love it for the insights gleaned from the interactions with business partners and contacts. Since it is official travel, my business spidey senses are always on and am more observant of things that I may apply to work back home. Sometimes this type of a trip also opens our mind to a whole world of possibilities. It is easy to think that we are doing such a great job but when we see ourselves side by side with other players abroad, it is a good wake up call. We realize that we have more to learn and have a long way to go. Another advantage is that your business counterparts are locals who can give you solid advice on things you can do while visiting their city. Travel Dates
I think this is one of the things that have kept our relationship fresh after all these years. It is important to go away without the kids and take time to just be with each other. It does not even have to be a long trip. Sometimes a staycation will do. These trips have helped us to be each other’s best friend and I am happy to report that we are compatible even after several days or weeks of being together 24/7. So who takes care of the kids and will they be okay without you? That is the perennial question whenever we go on trips. At the start it left me with a feeling of guilt. But it is a good thing that we have built a good household support team and have grand parents who welcome the time to bond with the kids. So I look forward to these dates so I can hang out with my best friend.
We raised our children to love travel as much as we do. I think my son has been on board over thirty flights across four continents. We booked a plane ticket for my daughter even before she was born (so we were forced to come up with her name). It is not without any challenges but it just takes extra preparation and a shift of travel mindset – that it is okay to not do everything you set yourself to do or visit. This type of travel also allows you to see the world from the eyes of your tiny ones and to experience their wonder. It is a great way to teach children about being more open, more tolerant, more accepting and a whole slew of other things. And it is the best way to teach history, science, art, etc. The world is truly the best classroom.
I also look forward to being with my girlfriends who have been my best buddies for over twenty years. With them you can just be yourself and act like you were fourteen again. Except now you have more stories about families, work, husbands, partners, etc. I laugh my hardest when I am with them and judge without being judged. We dress up to go out, put on each other’s make-up, shop, eat, do fun stuff together and just be girls all over again.
In the past four years, a lot of our trips are racecations. Travel plus racing is the ultimate trip. Hence we fix our travel schedules around races. Unlike a lot of athletes, I like spending the week before the race relaxing and enjoying a place. So I happily eat (and drink) to my heart’s content and walk all day. The race itself is one of the best ways to see the city and I always feel so much privileged to have the chance to run around the city with all the roads closed just for you to run. Then we head back home right after the race, happy to go back to routines and the joys of daily life.