MOST IMPORTANT THING TO BRING WITH YOU ON A WORLD TOUR
We travel really light with just a carry-on bag each as we travel the world, so we are definitely a minimalist family, but I think we have our priorities straight on what is important. That might be one of the best lessons from travel.
One of the smartest things we did before leaving was create a "family home movie" dvd and
scanned tons of priceless family photos from tons of albums onto a digital
(We actually forgot to do this until the last moment, so had to retreive boxes from a distance to complete.) It's been fabulous for us, but also for sharing with our new friends as we roam the world.
KEEPING ROOTS WITH A TRAVEL LIFESTYLE
think home movies are the number one thing we are happiest about that we brought
wtih us on our world tour. We had some with us from the start, but got a whole bunch more when we were last in
California, so really loving them. So fun for kiddo too to see herself as a newborn or toddler etc.. We've been on TV repeatedly too, so add that to our collection.
Didn't you love family nights as a kid watching "home movies"? I did
and Mozart does too, plus it has added value when you're doing extended
travel as it helps a child stay connected to his/her home culture, past, roots
and relatives in addition to maintaining family rituals in foreign lands.
also have home movies of me as a young child and my family, so that is great to share
too and lets her also see four of her great grandparents and most of her
relatives...even ones that have passed on now. Plus, I suppose, a little history lesson on what growing up in the 50's looked like.
owe these wonderful recent videos to my sweet sister who had the right equipment
to allow us to put them all on DVD. So I suppose it is especially rewarding
as we did not see these at all for 6 years. Recently
she had to relearn some baby Spanish songs for her new first job at 12 teaching
Spanish to little ones here, so it was wonderful to discover her at 18
months happily singing these same songs.
the ones we had were so important to a young kid to know her extended
family as we roam the world. We have video of my brother who died at 40
long before she was born and her Grandmother on her Dad's side who died before she was born. This allows her to have a relationship and connection with them and even today she has a photo of both her grandma's on her bedroom mirror along with more photos of family and friends around the world.
of the great ones we had/have with us was a family wedding with all the
cousins and extended family and the rituals of Xmas and Thanksgiving at
the home of both sides of the family. This
way...even though many now have passed like bothDads and a beloved
step Dad and great uncles, she has them in her memory banks.
she lived in the same home for the first 5 years of her life and during
my pregnancy...which we have well documented...she also has a strong
sense of home and family and roots...to mix with the world travel .
We ate pizza here on the 4th and celebrated in Asia at Sea World in San Diego, Roaring Camp jumping
frogs in Santa Cruz, Conference in LA, Lake Arrowhead family camp,
Disneyland, horseback riding at Windermere in Santa Barbara etc
etc....by watching home movies of past celebrations!
Sometimes travel nomads just bring their home country
celebrations along with them as they see the world. For a family especially, I think long term travel and home videos are a killer combo!
Do you love home movies too? What is your must have item for long term travel?