"Travelling with kids!!!" Jerelis's Profile
As being a single parent I often do get the question whether I am nervous about taking my children on a (car) trip? Their excuse to ask me this question is that they would understand for me being alone, and most single parents are pretty nervous about it and usually won't undertake any journey at all. Well, I can honestly say that I would never ever deny myself (or my kids for that fact) a holiday, journey or anything else. Last summer I have been to Hinterstoder with Iris and Sam by car, which is about a 1100 km drive.
I've learned this over the years:
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! I told Iris and Sam: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
I only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. I have learned this, because I have been travelling with both my kids from the beginning. For example Iris was only 6 weeks young when I had my first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Because of this both Iris and Sam are being used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) have always been an easy kids to get along with.
Sometimes something bad things must happen, before you're able to see that there are more beautiful things out there. The dictionary says: Divorce or dissolution of marriage is a legal process that leads to the termination of a marriage. This is what happened to me at the beginning of 2007, when my ex wife told me she didn't love me any more and wanted a divorce. Just like that ... boom! ... my world was shaking!
But not so long ago I fell in love again and I can honestly say that there’s nothing more enthralling than a new relationship on the move. Feelings can be intense and emotions as raw as the first time you fell in love. I feel like a child again.
Whenever I undertake a journey to a particular country I always want to know all about the surroundings, it’s history, it’s culture, which cities to visit, which hikes to undertake, et cetera. In advance to the journey I browse over the internet to get certain information and read travel books just to make sure I won’t miss out on anything.
Once I'm travelling I like to talk to the local people about their own country, their own region and those conversations will retrieve lots of extra information about some beautiful spots to visit, the ultimate restaurant or sometimes a particular area to avoid.
Ever since I had my own personal travel site and this one at Virtual Tourist I like not only to undertake the journey, but also write about it for everyone to enjoy. Just to make sure I won’t forget the details of my journey I write is all down in a diary. I have given the dairy the name “Diary of a madman” and it contains all the information I have gathered. I like to make the diary more beautiful to glue in some pictures out of folders and also the entrance tickets to museums, National Parks, bus tickets, et cetera.
This way I'm able to tell all my friends about our travels. For Virtual Tourist I can reproduce all the information for (hopefully) solid tips with lots of good details that will help you in your travels. Besides that it’s always fun to read about a journey I took for example 7 or 8 years ago and read about what I exactly did and how I experienced it. I also have managed to keep in touch with the local people I talked to and do nourish these contacts. Especially at the travelogue section of each location you can see some pages out of the Diary of a madman. Yes, I know, it's written in Dutch, but you'll have an impression on how it looks. And maybe you can tell me how you remember all the information for your tips. Enjoy!
When I started my travels I had a few reason why I wanted to explore the world:
1. Make myselves more worldly;
2. Learn about other cultures;
3. Meet people from other countries;
4. Learn some new words in foreign languages;
5. Master a foreign language I've studied;
6. Become a part of the globalisation that is occurring;
7. Realize that The Netherlands isn't the only country in the world;
8. See things I've only read about;
9. Try new kinds of food;
10. Drink new kinds of beer.
Now that I have seen quite some places I have learned the following:
One: I have learned that all people in the world are basically alike;
Two: I have discovered that everyone regards himself or herself as wiser and better than other people in the world;
Three: Travelling made me care about strangers. A famine or disaster isn't distant, abstract suffering if you've visited the region;
Four: Travelling taught me that not everyone shared my beliefs. In issues small and large – from child-rearing to politics – I learned that there are many ways of thinking;
Five: I have learned that there is more than one solution to a problem;
Six: Travelling taught me to be a minority;
Seven: Travelling taught me humility.
Of course it's not always easy to travel while being a single parent -> travelling is planning everything in advance!
But if Im talking about travelling I'm having the next row of dates in 2012:
* FEBRUARY : Winterbergen (Germany);
* APRIL : London (England);
* AUGUST : Pals (Spain);
* SEPTEMBER : Auen (Germany);
* NOVEMBER : New York (USA)?
We guess it's the same for everybody around the world. I do live in The Netherlands and I must be honest that I have seen more churches, nature, villages, museums, National Parks and other beautiful spots abroad than in our own country. Lately I have re-discovered our own beautiful little country! Enjoy our travel experiences in The Netherlands!
The Netherlands is a relative small country with a big profile. It offers a beguiling blend of rural, traditional beauty and vibrant culture.
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