For me, there is nothing wrong with that because we have our own reasons and we find time for the things that make us feel HAPPY to be ALIVE. In our case, we feel happy when we travel with our son in tow.
For the record, we are not rich and we are not a frequent traveler but we find time and we find ways just to travel because that makes us happy.
Looking back, when I was a kid we don’t travel a lot so I was really excited every time we have a field trip in school, summer camp in church or if my relatives will have a family outing and they will invite us to join. That is the only time that we can visit new places. So when I started working and earning, I try to save money so I can travel.
Now that I’m a mom, we make sure that we have time to travel. I do believe that you don’t need to be rich in order to travel because traveling does not mean going out of the country or going out of town. If budget is tight you can explore your own city or province. I’m pretty sure that there are nice places that you can visit within your area.
So why do we always travel with our son?
1. Traveling is the Best Investment
We are not born with a silver spoon so traveling is considered a luxury for us. We are happy to invest our money in traveling because we believe that...
“Time doesn't wait for you... Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
Yes, traveling is not FREE, you need to spend money to go to different places but it is not just an expense because you get something in return. You will learn a lot by exploring the world.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”
So traveling is the best investment that we can give to our son. Cliche as it may sound “You only live once” so I wanted my son to see and enjoy the world while he is young.
2. Traveling is the Best Gift
I consider traveling as the best gift that I can give to my son because clothes will fade and toys will be outdated but the memories that we’ve shared while traveling is timeless.
When he gets an award in school, instead of buying gifts we visit theme parks, museums or places that he can enjoy. I don’t want to shower him with material things that will not last. I rather spend the money on experiences that can last a lifetime.
We want to fill our life with experiences and not material things. We want to have stories to tell in the future and not stuff to show to people.
3. Traveling is the Best Teacher
Traveling is not always fun, there are always ups and downs. There are mistakes or mishaps along the way but those challenges will teach you lessons in life.
Going out of the country will make you more observant, attentive and curious. You will realize that each country has their own culture and traditions and you cannot just do what you want, you also need to adapt.
The best education you will ever get is traveling. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences.
You also get excited to see the places or things up close and personal. I would like my son to see and experience different things because I know there are so much to learn outside our comfort zone.
4. Traveling is the Best Way to Create Memories
Some people say that they will just travel when their kids are already old so they can enjoy the places. But for me, I would like to travel while my son is still young because time flies so fast and in a blink of an eye, he is ready to move out of the house.
“Each day of our lives, we make deposits in the memory banks of our children” - Charles Swindoll
PS. If you love to travel, check my “Best Places to go with Kids in the Philippines” album on my Facebook page, subscribe to You Tube or visit our Pinterest board of “Traveling to the Philippines with Kids”. I will update the album from time to time
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