Perhaps you have had a major life change and people are telling you to put off any travels “until things are more settled.”
Perhaps you’ve been in a foul mood for months, and so are postponing upcoming voyages because you “want to be in the right mindset to enjoy everything.”
Or maybe you don’t want to take a desired trip yet because you “just don’t have time to go for long enough.”
Well, from my experience this week in Florida after months of staying put in New England due to fear of the unknown (traveling with a new baby), NOW is the time to travel. Don’t wait!
Confession: In the months before this trip, I had been growing increasingly evil. In the icy clutches of Boston’s endless winter, I’d been picking fights, snapping at good people, complaining, and generally being a grump. It is only now, as my soul thaws out in the warm sun of southern Florida beaches, that I see my glaring error: Until this trip right now, I hadn’t traveled for vacation in seven months!
Scarily, I almost didn’t go on this trip because people told me travel with a four-month-old baby would be dangerous and difficult. But now I realize: NOT traveling is dangerous and difficult! Thank heaven for my cousin Eric who had the idea for this whirlwind Florida exploit, because it has given me the perspective on everything that I so sorely needed.
Sure, packing for this trip was different now that I have a baby in tow (I had to check bags for the first time… yipes!), but it was fine. Devi fussed a bit at the flight’s takeoff and descent, but I just fed him and he slept peacefully for three hours with the calming whirr of the plane.
As we bop around Florida now, we just pack a light diaper bag, backpack carrier, and nursing cover, and we are on the move! It’s all so much more possible and worth it than I imagined.
So now I know it: We are mobile and not confined anymore. Being a mother doesn’t mean giving up all your passions and adventures. This travel blog shall live on as a travel blog, and we will get to see more and more of the world!
So what about you? Is there a trip you took that helped YOU regain sanity from a life change or funk? Is there a trip YOU are putting off that might do a world of good? Do share!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is a 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 4.2 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!