Every since my kids were little they have always looked ahead to what the next activity, gift, birthday, Christmas, event, meal etc. will be. If we are at the zoo having a great time, they want to know when we will get home so they can go outside and play with their friends. If we are eating breakfast, they want to know what we will be having for lunch. If we are on vacation in Costa Rica zip lining and seeing monkeys on the beach, they want to know when we find a gift shop so they can buy a souvenir.
How did this happen? Have we created these monsters with our constant schedules and what’s to come next?
This hasn’t changed with our world travel plans. They have something they are just dying to get home for. What, you ask, could possibly be so amazing that would make them want to rush a 1 year world trip that we haven’t even started? What could be so amazing that they would want to wish 1 year of their life away for?
What, you scream in anticipation???? Anticipate no longer…..
That’s right. A DOG!
“We need to hurry up and travel the world, for one year only, so we can get home and get my dog.” – Alex
I don’t even know what to say.
No wait, yes I do.
“Are you f—king crazy?”
“You have the rest of your life to have a dog – surely you can enjoy a year of travel with your parents.”
“Do you know how hard we are working to take you on this trip and all you can think about is a dog!?”
And before any of you start writing hate mail, you know you were thinking the same things. Because it is what our parents said to us when we would do the same thing while on vacation having fun.
“I wanna go home.”
“This is so boring.”
“Blah blah blah.”
I haven’t said these things to my kids yet. I am hoping that maybe, just maybe they don’t need to be said. The trip will speak for itself. And you know what? Ryan and I just might be the ones rushing home to buy that house with the white picket fence and the dog in the backyard while the kids moan and groan that they just want to travel.
That’s whats so fun about this adventure, not knowing who we will become.