i wish i was traveling in some foreign country, experiencing new sites, tastes, and smells. i really want to travel abroad with the family when the time is right. i think it would benefit the kids in a huge way to experience different cultures and see how other people live in the world. however, when is the right time? when are they too young or, even more important, when are they too old...as in, at what age will they resent their parents for pulling them away from their friends and forcing them to hang out with mom and dad in a foreign country? when will they fold their arms, look down, and mumble, "i just want to be at golf n' stuff with my friends!" i guess there is no right or perfect time. you just have to go for it. melt downs now or silent treatments later.
growing up, my family didn't have a big travel budget. however, we did take long road trips and traveled domestically quite a lot. i suppose it doesn't matter if the travel is foreign or domestic. it's the family time that counts. as my niece asked when we arrived in hawaii from los angeles, "are we in palm springs? i love palm springs."
have a great weekend everyone!
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