Things are getting really real now.
Two weeks ago I was telling a friend how calm I was feeling. My to-do list was short, only five lines long. We have been actively preparing for this trip for over two years! The hard parts are done. The house sold, we had our garage sale, we moved into our motorhome, we booked our flights, we started our immunizations, we talked and talked and talked about the trip with the kids to prepare and excite them, all that is left is the minor things like writing our wills, and packing our bags.
Last week we went to Vancouver for my sister’s wedding. Since we were down there anyways we popped into the Thai consulate to get our tourist visas. It was when our tourist visas were in hand that I realized “Holy Shit! We only have six weeks till we fly outta here!!!!!”
The to-do list came back out of its hiding place and I have been an organizing ninja for the last few days. I’ve booked our Hong Kong accommodation, drawn up our wills, made appointments for our last vaccine (typhoid), made queries, emailed travelling families for advice, canceled my cell phone, and booked our onward flight from Hong Kong (we are headed to Penang Malaysia to meet a whole shwack of other travelling families! Whoot! Whoot!)
Yeah, things are getting real.
And while I am still kinda calm about the whole thing, I am starting to worry a wee bit. I’m starting to do the whole ‘what if’ thing.
What if the kids hate traveling?
What if they won’t try new foods and become malnourished from only eating white rice?
What if someone gets sick with one of the really nasty diseases our travel doctor warned us about?
What if we arrive at an airport in the middle of the night with screaming, tired, hungry children and can’t find a place to stay?
What if we get to Hong Kong and are so jet lagged we waste our time there sleeping?
What if this fantasy I have built up in my head turns out to be just a fantasy and the trip is nothing like what I had hoped for?
Its not like Mike and I haven’t traveled before. I would say we are fairly well traveled in the grand scheme of things. But our last trip was in 2004. That is EIGHT years ago! We have never done more than a two week vacation with our kids and those where just camping vacations within BC!
I’m feeling like travel is going to be so much harder with kids. After all, now its four people we have to consider instead of just two. We are still dealing with the occasional tantrums and bedwetting, and the more than occasional sibling fights and whining. But in six weeks we are going to be dealing with it in foreign countries!
I ran into a very old friend of mine recently and told her of our plans. Her response was that she thought we were brave to travel overseas with our children.