A case of wanderlust….

A case of wanderlust….

We are soon to embark on a Geography project for our upcoming Geography Fair. I have asked the children a couple of times to have a think about what they want to do their project on, and they have, each time, said they want to look at Slovakia.

The sole reason that they want to look at Slovakia is that a few months ago, my Dad set off on his bike on one of his epic solo journeys.

slovakia

My Dad has two mottos in life, and one is a quote from Barry Sheene; ‘Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out and meet the bl**dy thing’. It’s fair to say my Dad does embrace this philosophy. He has been on a number of long bike trips and the last couple of years has taken some solo journeys too.

His latest solo journey was to see him travel a huge distance and end up across Eastern Europe. I have a love of Eastern Europe, having visited Prague, Riga and Russia back in 2005 – all three countries were beautiful and different and utterly captivating, and I can understand why my Dad wanted to travel to those areas too.

My Dad’s motorbike journey was pretty epic and you can read about some of it here on his own blog. It’s certainly sparked the children’s interest as we followed his journey each day on our map. My parents have also just got back from two weeks on the bike around Spain (and a little into Portugal too).

It’s not often I pine for something, but I do miss those moments of being able to just book something and take off. When all we had to worry about was if someone was around to feed the cats and if we’d booked our airport parking via purple parking or not! Damian and I have had some pretty amazing travels, be it a week driving around Malta in the blistering heat or the month we spent in Australia where we saw some beautiful and amazing things. The experience of driving on near deserted roads as we made the journey from Sydney to Melbourne via Canberra was fabulous as is my abiding memory is trying to get to grips with the left-hand drive car as we crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge; it was a very memorable moment.

australia road trip

We don’t have any long distance travels planned yet, but it’s in the medium term plan to undertake some longer holidays with the children; perhaps packing up the car and setting off for a three-week stint in Europe. Or just booking flights to and from different locations and hiring a car to drive in between, seeing the sights as we make our way across.

I like my parents’ idea of travelling light with little to worry about other than ferry crossings and up to date maps. I’m not sure taking off on a motorbike is practical right now, but I hope to be able to do something with the children in the not too distant future will help them understand the wider world – there really isn’t anything better than travel to really open your eyes to the wonderful world around us.

My Dad’s trip has really ignited the older two children’s interest in the world and I can’t wait to get stuck into our Slovakia project; who knows, one day soon we might find ourselves travelling there too.

 

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8 Comments

  1. 25th September 2017 / 09:43

    Wow you dad’s motorbike adventures certainly sound epic and I can see how that’s given you and the children a thirst for travel – looking forward to hearing how your plans unfold!

  2. 25th September 2017 / 11:05

    Your dad sounds very cool. No wonder he has impressed upon you all the value of travel. I love his motto ,my dad pretty much lives by the same one except without the motorbike and a header word inserted there
    Travel is definitely something that if we are in a position to do ,we all should .
    The big wide world is amazing and by the sounds of it your parents are too !!!

  3. 25th September 2017 / 13:26

    Your dad’s trips sound beyond cool and love his Barry Sheen quote! Slovakia is supposed to be stunning so I hope you and the kids do find yourself there one day!

  4. 26th September 2017 / 21:59

    Your dads trip sounds amazing as does your Australia drive. We are off to Australia this Xmas. I have always got a case of wanderlust lol. Can’t keep my feet on the ground. X

  5. 26th September 2017 / 22:02

    I’ve never been to Slovakia before. The motorbike adventure sounds epic!

  6. 27th September 2017 / 09:28

    I love the motto your dad lives by because I follow the same, a few years ago I learned I needed to go after the bloody ship instead of waiting it to reach me.

  7. 27th September 2017 / 21:11

    What a fabulous motto! I think travel is an amazing experience to do with little ones. We did a road trip across Northern Europe which was brilliant. The Ferry crossings from France to the UK can be quite scary, so I’d recommend doing a day time crossing coming home.

  8. 1st October 2017 / 07:37

    Your dad sounds awesome! What a fantastic thing to do. That’s my new motto for life now! Kaz

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