It all started ten feet in the air. Beija was two, she decided to get to the top of the playground climber, I stood about ten feet away watching her progress, other parents at the park were…freaking out. Our job as parents is to provide tools and opportunities for success, then breathe deeply and watch them take risks. Here are some ways to use travel to increase independence at your (and their) own pace.
Go Far, Travel Deep
We’re here to inspire your family to discover the world and help your children engage with it in ways you never thought possible. Over the past ten years we have travelled around the world creating profound relationships, broadening our understanding of cultures, and have been transformed in the process…in other words, deep family travel. Anyone can do it with the right mindset, tools, and support. We’re here for you.Beija with new friends in Chandeni, Nepal: Usa, Beija, Puja, and Praju
Their mother died yesterday. Maria gestured to the two tumbling puppies at her feet. She was bitten by a snake. Our 12 mile walk from Moray to Maras to Salinas was the kind of experience that turns a trip into riveted travel and tourists into temporary locals.
Looking back, maybe I was a little unsympathetic. “Really? You are going to take a nap? The ridge view awaits!” Jay could see where this conversation was headed. He popped three ibuprofen for his pounding headache and headed out the door. Everyone needs a little help from science to swing the world by the tail sometimes – especially at altitude. Here are some remedies we’ve found and used.
About an hour in we stopped for tea and both Jay and Beija looked awfully pale. We did a poor job of avoiding altitude sickness. But our failure is your gain! Now I’ve done the research and have tools in my altitude toolkit for you.
I am writing this with a spot of mole on my glasses as I cook up a pot of my new favorite dish for friends. Oaxaca surprised us with its ability to transition us from big city bustle to wet pine forests with wild mushrooms and silent trails to the heat of its isolated beaches monitored by black iguanas.
It is hard to believe that we’ve been Riveted Kids for a whole year. We are 56 blog posts into our adventure. Now it is time to set our sights a little further toward the horizon and we have ambitious plans!