|Travelling with Iris and Sam to Austria (by car)|
Are you scared on taking your children on a plane trip? You are not alone ~ most parents are nervous about it.
I also do get questions whether I am nervous about taking my kids on a (car) trip. Their excuse for asking is that they really are, and won't undertake any journey at all. Honestly, anything can happen but I would never deny myself a holiday, or anything for that matter especially with my two lovely kids, Sam and Iris. I can only say to you, Just do it! You don't have to be afraid that something might go wrong. I have learned a lot of things because I have been travelling with both of them from the very beginning. Iris was only six weeks young when I had my first short vacation and have stayed in a hotel. Sam and Iris are used to it now. When I go for a journey, they are always with me.
I learned a lot in taking care of them while we are on vacation anywhere in the world.
I would provide books for them, bring old favourite toys and surprise them with new ones at times. I do remember that I will never bring balls with us. It is not a good idea as they can end up anywhere ~ if you know what I mean.
|Iris and same watching Carmen Steyr|
Toy bars which are meant for strollers are a big help if you are travelling with a car. It feature toys and snack cup. They are big enough and would be easy to grab from the front seat for refills. It is a good idea to play a game and sing songs. It sounds rather easy ....and yes, it does work!
|Sam and Iris enjoying their drinks in HAAS Wels|
1. Make myself 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 globalization 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 a number of 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.
|Spending Quality Time with Sam and Iris ~ St Hilaire de Riez Beach|
|Checking in at Hotel Europeen in Pont a Mousson|
Ever since I had my personal travel site, 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 it all down in a diary. I have given the diary a name "Diary of a Madman". It contains all the information I have gathered. I like to make it more beautiful and interesting so I glue in some pictures onto folders together with entrance tickets to museums, national parks, bus tickets and anything with a fee. This way, I will be able to share our travels to all my friends or anyone who needs it. I can reproduce all the information with solid tips and details that will help a traveller just like you. More importantly, it will be fun to read about a journey that took place many years ago, read about what I exactly did and how I experience and enjoy it. The memories, I would say. Yes, it is written in Dutch language. One day, I am writing it here in English for everyone to enjoy.
|Iris supervising Sam while lighting a candle|
The pictures of Sam and Iris will show how they like every part of their journey with their single parent. It is a challenge but i want to tell you, anyone can do it, if you really want to.
|Quick snack at Kaffee Glockenspiel ~ Linz|
|Time to board a boat in Apremont|
|Beach at St Hilaire de Riez|
|Beach in Narbonne Plage|
|Sam and Iris looking at costumes in Vienna Austria|
|Sam and Iris waiting for armlet with their names in Saint Jean de Monts|
|Iris a unique deer in Windischgarsten|
|Waiting for the train to leave in Windischgarsten|
|Some wild boar in Windischgarsten|
|Sam playing football in Windischgarsten|
|Enjoying Pizza in Seebacher Windischgarsten|
|Do we dare to go? ~ Windischgarsten|
|Having fun in Windischgarsten|
|Iris watching Sam|
|Enjoying the view in Apremont|