Right, before anyone jumps down my throat about how not everyone gets on with their parents, allow me to clarify. Obviously if your parents are serial killers or not-so-nice people or just HATE travelling, then you should not travel with your parents. But for those of you that are lucky enough to have decent parents, or one decent parent, or decent parent-like figures in your life that enjoy travel, then this article is for you.
Travelling With My Mam
Travel with your parents or your family in general is something that I feel very strongly about. I have been travelling with my mother ever since I could walk. My first flight was from New Zealand to America when I was 2 years old, with my mother. After that my mother made a habit of flying around the world with my sister and I.
*Note: My mother worked hard for all of this. We didn’t win the lotto or come into money. My mam loved travel and worked hard to fund her love of travel. This is something I inherited from her.
Most of the countries I’ve been to in my life have been with my mother. And it’s not just my mother, sometimes my sister, aunt, granny or cousins pack their bags and join the party too. Just this year I visited the Maldives and Sri Lanka with my mam and aunt. Last year my mam came to meet me in Bali for a week.
The year before that my entire family came on a trip to Prague with me. This was particularly funny as Prague was originally supposed to be a romantic weekend break for me and an ex (Awkward, I know. For more details check out my Travel Relationship Curse article.). My mam and sister and I even spent a weekend in Disneyland Paris a few years ago. Both myself and my sister are solidly in our twenties, we had the time of our lives.
In fact, there are some places in the world that I just would not even consider going to without my mother. I’d feel guilty and, honestly, it would be more fun being there with her. For example, my mam has been telling me about the Galapagos Islands (her ultimate bucket-list item) ever since I was a child and I just could not imagine seeing it without her.
Just this month I spent a week driving around Banff and Jasper national parks with my boyfriend and, you know what?? I felt guilty that my mam wasn’t with me. She’s been talking about visiting Banff for years. I had to compensate for my guilt by buying lots of souvenirs for her and my sister. Mam, if you’re reading this, I hope you appreciate how thoughtful I am #bestchild.
Not All Smooth Sailing
Not to say we don’t get on each other’s nerves when we travel together. But I guess when you travel with anyone you’ll fight or disagree every once in a while. The difference is that when you travel with family and have a fight, it doesn’t mean anything. You’re not going to break-up or lose a friendship or find yourself stranded because your travel companion left you.
There’s something comforting in knowing that your family will be OK with you while you travel, because they know all your not-so-nice habits. They know you’re just tired or hungry or too hot ( OK maybe that’s just me), that you’re not actually some sort of demon. They’ll forgive you and you’ll forgive them and when you get home you’ll have incredible memories that you can bring up at family dinners for years to come.
Reasons To Travel With Your Parents
–Money. Let’s be honest, parents will buy you the odd meal at least when you’re travelling. I’m not being mercenary, but it’s definitely a plus. When I asked my mam for suggestions for this list she literally said “Walking ATM Machine”. I would just like to say, in my defence, that I did bring my mother and sister on an amazing press trip with me this year. So that kind of balances it out right??
–They can fix things. Let’s face it, when things go wrong, parents make everything better. They’ve been there, seen that. Nothing phases them.
–As yer man discovered in Into The Wild ( albeit a bit too late) – any beautiful experience is SO much better when shared. Who better to share it with than the people that took care of you your whole life?!
–You don’t have to explain a wonderful place to them when you come home. They were there. Like I said earlier, travelling with your parents makes for great story-telling at family events/dinners. If you’re the only one telling the travel stories it gets a bit boring.
–Travel has gotten so much easier now. It’s great to encourage your parents to tick off bucket list travel destinations that they might not have previously been able to.
–COMEDY FACTOR. I don’t know about you, but my mother is ridiculous in the best way. She’s basically like a toddler on a sugar-high the majority of the time. SO, holidays with her are always entertaining.
–You never know when they’ll be gone. Let’s be honest, anything could happen tomorrow. So you should get out there and make some beautiful memories while you can. That’s what life is all about really.
–You owe it to them. When you were young your parents put up with all your crap. They took you on trips and made sure you had a good time. SO, now it’s our turn to give back!
Wrap it up
Ok, so in case you were curious, allow me to tell you about one of my most ridiculous travel moments with my mother.
My mam, sister and I were driving around Dingle peninsula in Ireland. We stopped at a small beach with massive waves. My mam got too close to the sea and as she turned around to run away from the waves, she tripped. Of course, her natural reaction was to reach out to my sister and I for support. But, in her panic, instead of grabbing my arm or hand or shoulder for support, she grabbed my boob. We all promptly collapsed in a fit of giggles. Luckily for her, I didn’t press charges.
ANYWAYS, if that hasn’t convinced you to travel with your parents then I don’t know what will.
P.S: Mam I know you’re probably mad at me for using these photos. I apologise. Just think of the souvenirs I’m bringing home from Banff & Jasper 😛
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