In Chiang Khong, Thailand, open boats ply the broad, muddy, mighty Mekong all day ferrying people from Thailand to Laos and back again. When we arrived we were winging it with respect to knowing anything about the border crossing, passport control and even how much the boat across would cost. BigB got a little frustrated waiting for us to find out this latter and went off to find out for himself. It’s good to be 10 and independent – even if you don’t speak the language
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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven
I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before.
My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers.
I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog.
Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go!
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Kids are so resourceful!! Cool picture!
we made this crossing a few years ago. After “tipping” the Laotian immigration clerks to get them to stamp our passports even thought it was “too late in the day,” we climbed into a ferry (rowboat) with our backpacks and crossed the river. On the other side an exuberant Thai guide who was sent to meet us walked down the beach and exclaimed, “welcome to Free Thailand.” It was one of my favorite travel moments.
Fantastic! This is the meaning of traveling with kids – to get them out there, interacting with people of other cultures and languages. I love to send my kids on an errand in a foreign country.
Good for him! I find that my kids are far less reluctant to ask for information or directions than my husband is.
That’s one of the great things about kids, they are so much less encumbered than we are at so many things.
What wonderful experiences you must all be having!
Looks like an amazing adventure. Travel with kids can be so amazing.
This is what I love about traveling with my boys. It is such a learning experience for all of us!
They are a lot more independent than other kids their same age.