Life is a journey, not a destination… At this stage of my journey, I’m travelling with 2 incredible ‘tween girls — S (12) and E (almost 10). The girls are smart, fun, humorous, curious, and adventurous. They are foodies, fashionistas, love music, dance, drama, roller coasters, movies and are way more techno savvy (now) than I will ever be.
Keeping them amused, busy, entertained and away from technology is a challenge and takes planning, creativity and work. Between school, homework, activities, programs, friends and family commitments, free time is a precious premium – and is now reserved for their latest passion — making travel plans.
I’m excited by the prospect of exploring new places with the girls and re-visiting cities I have been to before — with a new and fresh perspective. One wants to journey to every amusement park possible especially those with fast, high and exciting roller coasters – which suits PassengerDad; and another who loves to shop, explore and eat – which is perfect for me!
Travelling with tweens is very different from touring with young children. This is a unique age — the girls don’t want to be treated like ‘babies’, but they are far from grown up — and are quick to remind me of this — often. They now want to be involved in where we go, how we get there and what we do. I just need to remind myself that tweens can swing from high drama, being moody, intense, and silly in seconds. They get easily embarrassed by mom and dad and think they know it all. It makes me laugh and makes me cry. But they are on their way to becoming who they are and I am truly enjoying this stage…
This blog shares our passion for travel and experiences along the way – good and bad; as well as with other ‘stuff’ that’s inspiring the girls along the way.