In today's busy world, just having time together to explore the world with one's children means so much to both the father and the child/or children. Some of my happiest memories of childhood were family trips...so they last a lifetime.
"The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his journey and begin again beside his child, marching step by step over the same old road. " Angelo Patri
One of our primary reasons for choosing our free travel lifestyle was so my husband and child would have more time to bond and be together. As older parents we are well aware of how fast childhood passes and neither one of us wanted to miss a second of it.
She is 10 now, soon to be 11, and it seems like only yesterday that she was born. She was 5 when we began our world tour and although that also seems like yesterday, I am often shocked when I see the photos of her at the beginning of our world journey to see how small she was.
Our open ended journey has proven to be one of our best decisions ever and we are grateful that we are constantly together and she has such a rich relationship with her father, blessed with more time together than most humans get.
"A girl's father is the first man in her life and probably the most influential." David Jeremiah
I love how this inspiring story tells about the great things a father's love can accomplish.
I am grateful to my own father who gave me the gift of loving travel, curiousity, adventurousness and life long learning. He taught us to camp, do distance travel, take calculated risks, do things our own way, not follow the crowd.
"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." Clarence Kelland
This photo was taken in Wadi Rum on our recent trip to Jordan. We were doing a thrilling 4X4 trek deep into the desert and following running wild camels as I took this. We watched the serene sunset and the full moon rise in a Bedouin camp there and later ate a delicious traditional meal cooked under the sand.( More coming about that soon).
"A child looks up at the stars and wonders. Great fathers put a child on his shoulders and helps them to grab a star."
What are your happiest memories of travel or exploration or learning with your father?