I was talking to Ben (hubby) the other night about travel plans. 'Where do you want to take the kids next?' And then I list off some places. So diverse, a comparison and decision would be near impossible.
'Well, if I go to Bali for the girls trip you could bring the kids over, and we can go on to Lombok?'
'What about a trip to Disneyland in the US?'
'What about Singapore to visit friends and then on somewhere?'
'What about Cuba? I'd love to go there before it changes too much more.'
All of these suggestions were made by myself within a two minute period. See my situation. So many places to go.
Disneyland was overlooked quite quickly, seen as a commercial venture. I do feel the same, but love the idea of giving my kids the adventure of imagination and awe 'to the max'.
Singapore - even though we have friends there, was about as appealing as a wet fish in his bed. I don't know what Singapore has done to him, to make him feel that way.
Cuba spiked his interest but not the trip to get there.
And since he'd previously mentioned Lombok, keen vibes radiated.
But then after all this talk, I look back on holiday pics of our last long weekend holiday to Port Elliot with friends. The kids loved the freedom of being in a caravan park with friends - we loved the amusement that the jumping pillow gave day after day, giving us quiet time to enjoy. It was easy as well. An hour drive, no jetlag, our food, and nothing to 'discover' before settling.
So why do I keep thinking about overseas trips and how wonderful they are? Even though it's hard work - jet lag, kids suffering from the heat, hygiene and safety issues, culture shock - there are more positives. Culture diversity, adventure, discoveries, learning and new understandings. For the kids and us.
Looks like Lombok may be getting another visit from us soon...
What kind of trip does your family like best?