I have got travel on my mind these days. A year and a half ago, I went to Bali. On my own. It was a really hard thing to do at the time. I had never been away from my children for a single night. I had a dream to go to Bali and it was just not possible, financially, for the whole family to go. So, Sohail told me to go on my own. Yes, I have an amazing husband, I know!
I didn’t know what to do, I had a yearning to do something so special for me and at the same time, I was being pulled to be with my children. In the end, Bali won. And I am so glad that it did. It ended up being an amazing trip for me in that I gained my confidence back. You see, when you are in a partnership, you inevitably hand your power over to your partner. Sohail is always the one to deal with the taxi driver, the money, the passports. You know, the boy stuff! I had to do it all and I remembered that I still could. It feels nice to be reminded that I can do everything for myself and at the same time be so happy that I have a partner who can do it so that I can do the things I want to do, and not the things I have to do. It was great for Sohail and the children too. It gave him his confidence in knowing that he is perfectly capable of looking after the children and they had a wonderful time bonding with their dad.
It also prepared all of us for the trips I am now taking when I am doing my teacher training. I can really recommend taking some time away from your family. It really helps to centre you and it reminds everyone how important the family unit is. Mothers need time to find themselves again.
We are now getting ready for another trip. The whole family is going to South Africa in December. We have not been back home in over five years and I am nearly jumping out of my skin with excitement. My brother is getting married, my dad is turning 65, Annie is turning 8, it is Christmas… Need I say more??
Imagine my delight, when Kendra Thornton contacted me and offered to write a guest post about staying balanced when we travel. Please welcome her (isn’t she beautiful?) and the lovely tips she has to offer us when we are travelling.
A little bit about Kendra:
Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing bags and travelling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal travelling tips. Enjoy!
- When it comes to hotels, places like Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants locations offers their customers a free yoga mat in every room, making it easy to rest and relax after a hard day. You’ll also find a number of free programs on the television that help you unwind and find your inner peace. The chain has locations in New York City, Miami and other great cities across the country. If I am doing travels with my kids but also still trying to keep my workout in check, I like spicing it up and trying new things! I used Gogobot to pick a fabulous list of Orlando hotels that had family-friendly accomodations to keep everyone happy, yet looked for locations close to a SUP Yoga class. Morning yoga practice on surfboards…sign me up! Just remember, you don’t have to stay at a hotel that offers yoga – make it an adventure and get out into the city and sign up for a class. Keep in mind too that despite language barriers, yoga is spoken in the same body language around the world. So if you are travelling to Europe – don’t be discouraged just simply give it a shot!
- Don’t forget to stay hydrated, especially when flying. Flying dries out your skin and leaves you feeling uncomfortable and maybe even a little sick. If you want avoid the sleeping problems and headaches that you face after a long flight, drink extra water and stay away from alcohol.
- I always start every day off with a sun salutation. It gets me in the right frame of mind to hit the local attractions and keep a smile on my face throughout the day. A few simple stretches can release tension and make you feel better about your trip. If you travel with friends, get them involved in the process before you sit down to coffee!
- Flights are always a pain because you never know what to expect. While one flight might feel calming and relaxing, another flight might encounter some harsh weather or turbulence. Whenever I face problems on a flight, I take the time to listen to relaxing music on my iPod and practice breathing exercises. Once you take a few deep breaths, you’ll feel better too.
- Stop worrying when you fly to a destination in a different time zone! Far too many people hit the hotel for a nap and feel groggy for the first few days of their trip. Instead of napping, hit the streets. With the sun on your shoulders and a new culture in front of your eyes, the last thing on your mind will be the time change.
With these tips, you’ll have a better trip with your family and friends. You can stay healthy, explore a new culture and feel less stressed about your trip.
Do you like travelling? How do you keep the peace when you are out of your routine? Do you have any more advice when it comes to travelling with children?
I would love to hear from you.
Blessings to you.
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