It is almost two weeks since we returned from our two month trip. It feels like a whole lot longer. The day we left seems like a distant memory already. Even our final stop seems a lifetime ago.
Before we left we were all a little nervous. Mike and I were wondering if we had completely lost the plot in carting ten children around Europe in a rusty old minibus. The children asking how long nine weeks were. How do you explain that to a five-year-old anyway?
As it happened we needn’t have worried. The sights, the sounds, the places plunged us all straight into a new world – a different world – where we could see and feel and experience things we never would have done if we had stayed at home. It hadn’t put us off travelling by any means. No, not at all. It made us determined to see more and do more, to make family travel a priority.
What we had not banked on was how we would all be infected with itchy feet. No, I am not talking about a fungal infection but of being hit with the stark realisation that there is more.
More to see.
More to do.
More to experience.
The children already expressed their concern at coming home only halfway through the trip.
‘England is going to be so boring after this!’ came the cries from the minibus as we travelled between stops.
We thought things might be different once we arrived back home. Surely it would be a case of home sweet home, no?
Well, no, actually.
Lists have been written about places they’d like to see. More lists have been written about things they want to do, and the skills they want to learn.
‘Where are we going next?’ they ask already.
Only yesterday Sid lamented, ‘One week in Italy and France goes so quickly, but in England it goes so slowly!’
And this morning they joined forces to excitedly yet seriously ask, ‘How about we go around the world?!’
We’ve been bitten by the travel bug and boy, were we unprepared for it.
We all feel restless. We feel unfulfilled. We feel disheartened. We feel a yearning to see more of the world and have a deep desire to just keep moving. That we didn’t miss home only adds to the urge to discover more of the world. That we now feel smothered by the accumulation of stuff surrounding us only adds to a feeling of wanting to be free of it all.
Whereas before we couldn’t quite understand people who sold everything to up sticks and travel around nomadically, now we do.
It isn’t always fun but it is always an experience.
And surely that’s what life is about, isn’t it? Experiences?
It’s about discovering and learning and living.
And the itch from the travel bug is one we’re all finding hard to scratch.
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