We sat down with our children to explain to them our plans….If the house doesn’t sell then we are working towards driving our motorhome down to Arizona and spending the winter camping and exploring in the desert.
We told them about some of the things we will be seeing on the journey like the Redwood Forest and Joshua Tree National Park. We told them about the type of things we will be doing like exploring, rock hunting, hiking, and of course camping.
Then Lan said something that brightened my perceptions….
He said “That is going to be funner than traveling in China!”
I think of traveling Asia with two kids in tow as exotic, adventurous, and totally amazing. It will be a cultural experience, a feast for the senses, a journey filled with discovery for all of us.
And while traveling in the US is cool, it just doesn’t hold the same appeal to me as traveling in Asia. There won’t be the cultural experiences, the beautiful beaches and jungles, or $1 meals at a market but Lan’s statement made me do some reflecting on my own travel perceptions.
Through the eyes of a child, eyes that fill with wonder at every new site, a trip to Arizona IS just as exotic as a trip to China. Seeing the Grand Canyon will be just as astounding as seeing The Great Wall. Climbing the rocks at Joshua Tree will be just as thrilling as climbing the steps to a Buddhist Monastery.
I am reminded of what travel is all about to me. It is about new experiences. It is about going outside your comfort zone and embracing adventure. And for me it is about educating my children.
No matter where we go, we are going to have an amazing time.