By the time I began writing this blog I already had been a single mum for 6 years, I had travelled to five countries and had gone on numerous camping and road trips within Australia. It had become very easy for me to just pack up the kids and go.
I forget how much confidence it took to take that first step to travel.
I have forgotten how nervous I was, how unprepared I felt and how much I questioned every moment leading up to leaving.
But one thing I will never forget is the feeling of happiness and joy I gained by spending time travelling with my children especially in those early days.
But how did I gain the confidence to take that first step? And more importantly how do I continue to have the confidence while planning to explore new places.
I guess it all started with the realisation that if I wanted to gain the most out of life I couldn’t wait for someone else to hold my hand. I couldn’t wait till another family member or friend was ready to travel with us. If I wanted to travel with my kids then I had to make a move… not wait for others to show me the way.
I began small with day trips on public transport or travelling a couple of hours in the car to explore a new location. Always with a bag full of food and activities to amuse the kids! We saw so much of our local area this way and it gave me the confidence to spread our wings further.
Then came our first camping trips together. Overnights only a couple of hours form home with all facilities and generally close to a beach. This was our time to experiment, to discover what worked, what we needed (or didn’t need!) but most importantly how to travel together harmoniously without wanting to kill each other!
When our first road trip to Tasmania came along I knew that we were ready. I was still nervous, three weeks camping with five children, the youngest being 18 months, was a pretty mean feat. I also knew that if we didn’t do it then we might never, so we jumped in feet first, learnt more on the road and had an amazing time!
And the rest as they say is history. Camping and road trips led to planning overseas trips and now its second nature to plan, pack and leave!
Do I still need a confidence boast?
Do I still need reassurance that every thing will work out fine?
Do I get scared when taking my kids to unknown places?
Sure I do!
I have written here about my fears before. I fear terrorism, getting lost, not knowing the language, the car breaking down, losing a child, falling ill or getting seriously hurt in a foreign country, the camping equipment failing us, being robbed / ripped off, the family not enjoying our destination and having a miserable time and that’s just to name a few of my fears!!
The reality is that my fears will only hold me back and knock my confidence in my abilities to travel solo with my kids.
I refuse to listen and give into those fears.
I refuse to loss my confidence, because traveling with my kids is very important to me.
Is your confidence in your abilities holding you back from travelling solo with your kids?
Don’t let that stop you from experiencing the joy I get from my adventures with my children. You can do it…. start small and before you know it you will be showing them the world!