Travel Means Goodbyes

February 19, 2012

grandma and her baby -saying goodbye again

Just as travel means "hello" to new and exciting adventures, it also means lots of saying "good bye" to dear ones we leave behind. Thankfully, we can keep up with family and friends as we explore the world via Skype webcam talks and our very flexible travel lifestyle allows us to return regularly to the places and people we love.

"It doesn't matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go" Bob Proctor

"Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion" Hunt

We have found that we actually spend more time with family since we've been traveling than when we lived close by. Mozart had more time with her grandmother when she came to visit us in Penang and in this four month California visit than she had the many years we lived nearby. She also got to spend more quality time with her aunts on both sides and other relatives.

Some how when you live nearby and everyone is busy with life, there just isn't as much quality or quantity time as one would assume, but by being away we are all much more aware of how much we value each other. It's been a great extended stay, but we are ready for more adventure and Asia awaits!

"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." Jim Rohm

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." Tony Robbins

"Each person's task in life is to become an increasingly better person." Leo Tolstoy

"All our dreams can come true-if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

We value relationships, so consciously support our child's friends and family relationships, but also think these repeated "good byes" and "hellos" enrich Mozart. It helps us all live more in the now which is all we really have, isn't it? Mozart has always been a flexible kid who loves change, but I have observed this lifestyle making her even better at making new friends and saying good byes.

Life is full of change and transitions, so a good thing to learn I think, especially with the strong attachment parenting bond that we have and our travel lifestyle done in a thoughtful way. As you read this, we will be on a 23 hour flight to Asia and very ready for another new beginning as well as super grateful for our extended stay in California with family.

How about you? How are you with good byes and transitons? Aren't "goodbyes" always part of travel?

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I love that many languages use the same word for "Hello" as "Goodbye." I hope this means that you are feeling much better and that your issues have been resolved to the extent they can. Enjoy the journey!

Margaret Sch

I agree that this is excellent "training" for Mozart, to learn to say hello, learn to cherish loved ones while near, and learn to say goodbye, which is an inevitable part of life. I can't wait to hear about her joyful reunions with friends where you are now, whom she said goodbye to last year.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

So true Kia! Thanks for caring and yes I am feeling much better, but not 100% yet. I made it fine during the long flight and brought supplements so that and the CMT, aryveda and massage should get me 100% soon!

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