What kind of travellers are we?
I think this is a very important question and one which isn’t addressed enough on the travel blogs I have seen.
So far we have been to many countries, whether independently, as a couple or with our boys. The main reason for this is that we rarely go back to the same place twice… there’s so much more out there we haven’t seen!
My personal belief is there is a distinct difference between those countries we have ‘travelled’ to and those we visited for a holiday; and we’ve had a few holidays.
Whereas we are not the type to lie on a beach and order margaritas for 2 weeks, I do like some ‘down time’ when away. Travelling can be mentally draining at times and so sitting on a beach with a good book for a day can be great to recharge the batteries. Whereas Keith’s limit of ‘sitting’ is an hour.. tops! He is far more adventurous than I… as you’ll find out.
We tend to enjoy more personal accommodation choices such a b&b’s or small family run places.
Travelling by train or car is an amazing way to see the country you are in and offers opportunities to get off the beaten track so our travel is more varied. Obviously overnight bus rides are going to be more difficult with children but if that’s the best way to travel then preparation will be key to getting through it.
Learning about the cultural differences is great to see & be involved with. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to see different cultures and meet new people but their values, traditions and general outlook will largely be different to our own. We try to be respectful of this wherever we go and hope the children will learn to be understanding about this.
In taking the children with us on our gap year we hope that homeschooling while travelling will offer more learning and in a variety of ways.