Travelling round the world for a long-term is something many people would love to do but not all of them dare to get out there and they seems to have the same fears: They have fear of stepping out of their comfort zone and they have fear for the unknown. But the biggest fear has to be the fear of having economy problems, not finding somewhere to live and not finding a job when getting back home. And for some, travelling with kids can even be harder decision to make.
Although I can understand why some are having these fears, I myself never had any!
I could exchange my soul for unlimited time to travel anywhere in the world!
In early 2015 when we got home from our RTW-trip I was already a few months pregnant. Even though we were expecting a baby I knew in my heart that in a few years we will be packing our backpack and leave again!
And now almost three years later we are actually leaving soon again! Without revealing too much we have set a departure date! It’s very exciting and both David and I are very happy. The decision to leave came naturally without any questions asked.
On one of our many hikes in Switzerland.
But slowly, for the first time, I am starting to have fears and doubts of leaving. Are we making the right choice?
The reason why I want to do this trip so bad is the same reason for why I am afraid of doing it. The reason is my daughter Mirabelle!
This time this trip is dedicated to her. It’s for her we are leaving. We want to give ourself and our time to be with her everyday, showing her the nature, wildlife and amazing places…anything and everything the earth has to offer. Teach her and just love her endlessly everyday with our full attention.
But I am starting to have doubts! I am asking and telling myself:
Are we being selfish? Perhaps this is more what we want and not what she needs??
Is it really fair to take her away from her home because children need stability!
We are putting her in danger by always travelling around!
She will get so bored of sitting long hours on planes, car and buses!
What if she will have problems adapting when she starts school when we get home?
She need to socialize with other kids than her parents!!
She will not remember anything anyhow when we get back!
Our first camping with her when she was 1 years old.
The doubts always come and go. And here are my answers to my own doubts and questions:
Are we being selfish and do this trip more for us and not her? Yes one part we are doing it for us because we love to travel and we have seen what good it can do to a person. But at the same time, we are travelling with her for her and this trip will make a base of who she will become later.
It can be dangerous! An accident can happen everywhere even in Switzerland. Just by crossing the street! We will not be travelling like we use to..like jumping on a half functional chicken bus and ride for 10 hours.
She will be so lonely! This is the part I am worried most about but during our trip we will find other travel families for a playdate, going to the local playgrounds and arranging our days suitable for her. And the world is her playground! What is better than that?
She needs stability! Yes, at her age I belive we parents are her best stability in life! And we will be there for her 100% of the time!
What happens to her when she comes back to the society? She might have difficulties adapting in a school class later but perhaps she will NOT! It’s not a guarantee either for any kids who doesn’t leave far from home.
She will not remember anything! She might not remember anything or much from the trip. But I belive strongly that this trip will build her fundamental values in life and she will be carry always in her. Beside, WE PARENTS WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER!
A week in Santorini for her first birthday.
As parents we don’t always know what is best for our children but we always do what we think is the best! Time can only tell if we are making the best choice but deep in my heart I know we are….
….but are we really? (And there are the doubts again!)