As i sit here typing this i am feeling a little more sentimental than usual, as today is just one of those days when i would give anything to be at home with my main man. Yes that man is my father and today he turns the big 6…….0 and i just wish i could be there to give him a hugggggeeee squeeze. Happy Birthay to Daddy Corrigan, sending all the love possible from your little girl(yep i am still daddy’s little girl, who said that wasn’t allowed at 25?!!!!)
So yes my papa bear has been my inspo for this post where i will highlight the reasons why i believe getting to travel with your family kicks ass and why you need to GET ON IT sooner rather than later!!!
Remember when your were a young one and you wouldnt be caught dead around your parents. Hmmmm ring any bells? Well let me tell you that the “parents are not cool” phase passes very quickly. As you mature with the years, getting older and wiser you start to realise that time spent with your parents is so precious and they are the moments to cherish. This is undoubelty that hardest part of travelling and living away long-term, being so far away from my parents. I am truly blessed to have the family i do and always having a really trusting and secure relationship with my parents so in my eyes they were always awesome(despite the odd teenager tiff which is normal). They allowed me to the teenage discos when most of my friends had to sneak out and i had my first drop of alcohol with my parents…the day i made my confirmation surprisingly( could you get any more Irish than that??) I have some seriously cool rents and my friends always agree with that!!
So here are my thoughts on why you should plan that family getaway with your parents……
1- Your fresh out of college and you want to be as free as a bird and explore this big bad world we are put on , usually you will want to do that solo or with friends, well nothing compares to experiencing new destinations with the people who brought you right onto this earth. Food for thought right there!
2- Usually people like myself who travel a lot, don’t have a bursting bank account(and im hating on those of you who do) so spening some quality time with your parents and letting them experince a little snippet of your travel life is giving back to them in its own little way when you cant splurge on gifts for them(one day mam and dad when im rich..i promise!)
3-Its not every family that can say they travelled from south to north Thailand together, travelled three weeks in Australia together and round Northern Ireland. I couldn’t even believe my parents agreed to come half ways across the world for some of these trips. I remember telling someone i had met that my parents were coming to Thailand to see me. There reaction was brilliant, ” your PARENTS are coming to THAILAND???” and i am as proud as anything that they did.
4- Travelling will take your parents out of their comfort zone. The 24 hour flight will no doubt be the start of breaking down that zone. Think of all the things you can have the delight in seeing your parents do for the first time. Some of my favs are seeing my mom in a Tuk -Tuk ,mom and dad getting up close with a tiger, taking my dad on a boat trip round Phangna island even thought he doesn’t like water, Driving the Great Ocean Road in Australia with them, witnessing my mom have her first ever cocktail.
5- Travelling with family means you make memories together that will last a life time. The moments captured on camera will always be sitting waiting in the photo album in the living room and my family trips are always my fondest memories.
6- If your lucky enough to have parents who are well enough and willing to travel then well the hell not. We live in one crazy world and we never know whats round the corner, so organise that family trip because some people unfortunately don’t even have that option. Seize the chance.
7- If you have parents who work as hard as mine do then they deserve every single holiday they go on. You will both get to see each other in a new light when you do. They wont have the same responsibility’s they have when you see them in their home environment. No cows for my dad to be stressing or worrying about whens hes away.
8- You do a different type of travel with your parents. We spent one of our nights in Chiang Mai ,all of us together in my parents hotel room eating take away pizza and watching a movie… its sometimes the simplest little things that make you appreciate life.
9- Some of my favourite in depth conversations have been with my parents, espically my mom …i tell her everything. She knows me inside and out and its nice to be able to have conversations like that face to face rather than over skype or Viber while lounging at a pool with a cocktail in hand.
10- You bond incredibly while on holidays with your parents, you talk over the funny and weird things that happen , like when my mom and i went to do a tour of old town in Phuket and all our driver did was take us to his friends shops and tried to convince us into buying pointless things or when my mom experienced her first ever Thai style hairdressing, having her hair washed in freezing cold water from a hose by a toothless lady that must have been at least eighty ,you get to laugh at these ridiculous moments together.
I am totally aware that for some of you out there travelling with your parents would drive you stir crazy and would be your idea of torture but luckily for me id happily travel with my parents any time and i think everyone should have the chance to experience family travel. If it was possible i would take my parents every single time. Here is a little collection of my favourite family travel moments to date and hopefully many more to come…..
Family is everything, no matter where you are in the world!
Have you had the chance to travel with your family as an adult?