The Places We Will Go

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They say you are a direct reflection of the people you surround yourself with. I believe that. I would also go as far to say we are also a reflection of our surroundings. Not so much where we are right now – let me tell you, my living room doesn’t say much for me – but the places we visit and the cultures we have embraced. When I was growing up, I was fortunate to go abroad often. I met some amazing characters, I visited some beautiful places and I grew up believing that the world would be my oyster. When I became a mum myself, I vowed that my child would grow up in the same way. He will have the opportunity to leave his tiny little fingerprint on as many places as our bank account will allow, and they will each leave an even bigger one on him. With every place I visited I left with more than just a passport stamp, and I can’t help but wonder the things’ we would take away as a family if we were to return again.

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Mallorca

I want to travel to Mallorca to gain some confidence. My first distinct memory of travel, came in the form of a mini-disco in Puerto Pollensa. Not even waist height, I had every dance down to a tee by night two. I have more than just undeniable rhythm and dad-moves to thank that mini-disco for. It gave me confidence. Agadoo gave me a reason to make friends, The Music Man taught me to not take myself too seriously and Veo Veo opened my eyes to another language. I may not have been old enough to understand it, but I can guarantee I gained more confidence from one week of mini-disco than I ever would have in drama class.
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Rhodes

I want to travel to Rhodes for the language. There’s a joke my dad told me when I was younger, and it’s always stuck with me. ‘What do you call a person who speaks two languages? Bilingual. And, what do you call a person who speaks only one language? Scottish.’ Don’t get me wrong, that joke would quite rightly fall on deaf ears now, but it does still apply to our family. We only speak one language, and day-to-day we only hear one.  I can only imagine the look of bewilderment on my face the first time I ever made a friend on holiday who could speak more than one. Odd for a second, maybe even cool. But then just like that, it was normal. Children are sponges. I want to travel where my son can soak everything up from the different people around him.

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Brussels

I want to travel to Brussels to feel at home away from homeIt’s easy to draw comfort from being at home. Where home is predictable, travel can be the very opposite. I found myself in Brussels’ a few years ago. I had no expectations of the city, but from the minute I arrived it felt like a home away from home. I was content and carefree in my adventure but not for a second did I feel out of place. It’s rare, to find that place where you feel like you completely belong, but every so often we may just get lucky. I live for those holidays, and I want to find our home away from home as a family.

Cyprus

I want to travel to Cyprus to meet new people. When I was eight or so, I found a best friend in a holiday rep called Tiger. He was one of the most positive, kind and interesting individuals I’ve ever met (although my eight year old self may have been skewed by the fact he frequently gave us all free ice cream and could breathe fire). I went home with a postal address and the promise of a new pen pal, not that I ever did receive a reply to my glowing letter. Regardless, we are more open on holiday to meeting new friends and I can’t wait to watch Harrison find his own people.

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Vienna

I want to travel to Vienna, to embrace another culture. In Vienna, we joined the masses and decided to abandon the cars and trams in favor of the bicycle. If we were accustomed to bike riding, or had enough common sense, then just maybe we would have realised that we have to stop at red traffic lights (who knew?)… We may have missed it, but the Austrian police certainly did not. There’s a first for everything, and getting pulled over whilst on a bike is pretty high up there. There were two lessons to take home from Vienna,  embrace other cultures, but be respectful.

Paris

I want to travel to Paris, to lose my way. They say the only way to truly discover a city is to get lost in it, and I did exactly that. I didn’t like Paris. I was nervous as a tourist, I clung to my bag and I couldn’t help but feel on edge amidst the hustle and bustle. After a few days in the city, I found myself lost in the side streets on my own, looking for birthday banners’ of all things. I wandered aimlessly through the Moulin Rouge and into streets I wasn’t looking for, but I found that those forty minutes spent completely off track were the best forty minutes I spent the entire trip. I found the real Paris. The side streets not overpowered by tourists and keyrings. We want to travel to somewhere we can get lost and find our way in.

But here’s thing the thing. We don’t need to go to Paris to find our way.

We can travel anywhere.

I can guarantee that we will not visit everywhere on this list within the next 365 days. We probably won’t visit everywhere on this list in the next five years. But that’s alright. I may have found a best friend in Cyprus, discovered my home away from home in Brussels and fell in love with the language in Rhodes, but Harrison probably won’t. In every country we visit we will all take away something different, and that right there is the very beauty of travel. I’ve vowed to show Harrison as much of the world as I can, and I can’t wait to see what he takes away from the places we visit.


This was written as my entry for the Mark Warner Ambassador Competition. You may remember I entered the same competition last year – I was just finding my feet in this crazy world that is blogging, I had a newborn baby, too much time on my hand and a twinkle in my eye after realising that my little online diary could lead to opportunities like an ambassadorship. This year, I had no plans to enter again, until I started writing  a few hours before the deadline. Time may not have been on my side, but I had a ball digging through old family photos and having all of the feels…

34 Comments

  • kumamonjeng says:

    Such a great write up, I love how you combine the old and new pictures! How cool is that! It really mean so much when the kid grew up and read about it. For me, I love to visit the orchard farm and bite apple and strawberry like the cute baby! We don’t have such great orchard in the city life in Singapore. Be able to explore that is a luxury thing to do as we need to fly over to Australia, NZ or America to experience it.

  • This is such a lovely post I love the old family photos and some of my favourite locations here too. Good luck xx

  • I think you should travel and let your child learn all the things you learned while traveling. We seem to have an age of people who travel through their computer or books, but no nothing of the real world out there. Keep doing a wonderful job!

  • Love this post and I adore your photo edits with old family photos!! Good luck girl, you deserve a win!

  • This is lovely and I love all your memories and old photos. It makes me laugh that I Am The Music Man is still very much a part of a mini disco wherever you go on holiday! All the best with your entry too. I have entered too so good to see another entry post!

  • A great read! Good luck!

  • Vicki says:

    Such a lovely post. I decided not to enter this year as we have so much going on with James and school

  • stephanie says:

    This is such a lovely post, and such gorgeous pictures. Good luck my lovely, they would be lucky to have you as an ambassador. x

  • Such beautiful images 🙂 Good look with your entry, you have picked some amazing places to travel to 🙂 Sim x

  • Completely agree with you all of our experiences shape us whether they are a place or a an interaction with a person: good luck with the entry

  • Katherine says:

    This is such a sweet post and I hope to do something just like this when I have my own little babe one day. The photos are lovely. Like you, I was lucky to travel as a child pretty often. We truly are sponges and can gain so much from those trips. I hope to also know a second language when I have children. My husband is fluent in French, but I’ve simply never learned. My kids will certainly be bilingual. 🙂

  • Alison Rost says:

    This is beautifully said. There’s something about experience that allows us to become better people, and have a better understanding about the world that we live in. I think all these places that you mentioned are beautiful and I agree that though you have learned and loved something from each one, it can be different for your son and future children.

  • Ah a great post – love the bit about dancing to Agadoo. I really hope your lovely family get chosen.

  • Alyssa says:

    Such a great post! I love the pictures! I also am so impressed with your drive to take your child to so many places and share different cultures. That is an amazing thing he will get to experience and he’s so lucky to have parents that promote that!

  • What a lovely and refreshing way to look at travel. I too was lucky to travel a lot as a child and want the same for my child. Rather than visiting a country because of what there is to see and do there I love that you are visiting them to further yourself and your family. Especially to truly experience the country as it should be experienced. Good luck with your entry

  • Love the list! I have been to a few, but I really want to head to Brussels. And your son eating that apple – such a cute pic! 🙂

  • Love this entry Kirsty. I too was a mini disco fanatic, even pushed my parents into buying the cd if I remember correctly.

  • Elizabeth O says:

    I really enjoyed reading this, it sounds like you have some really great places you would like to visit. I am sure as your family grows you will enjoy many adventures.

  • Mel says:

    Your post isn’t beautifully written, full of stunning photographs and I love your reasons for wanting to travel: so selfless, so unconventional, so good! Agadoo reminds me of my childhood ?. Paris does too and I would love to take my children there someday, show them where I used to live and where I studied, went to lunch and spent my weekends. I’d also love to go to Vienna. It’s so full of History and stunning architecture. Fingers crossed for the Mark Warner competition lovely! Xx

  • What a lovely post. Great write up. Loved the pictures … they surely depict your emotions efficiently.

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  • This is a great story. It’s wonderful that you have plans and dreams for travel and for your young child. I’m sure you and your love will make it happen!

  • Lynn james says:

    The photography is beautiful. Great post hon.

  • Such a beautiful post with a great mix of photographs, old and new. Good luck! x

  • Nati says:

    A great text that holds so much truth! Traveling gives you the best kind of richness and it is cultural and mental wealth. I agree with you, especially with the fact of meeting different people and speaking different languages! English is my 4th language, I don’t master it perfectly but it allows me to read this beautiful post!!

  • This is a lovely post. It’s so lovely to hear of your experience as a child and wanting to give your child the same. Some lovely places you want to visit and I really hope you can x

  • Amelia says:

    Such a lovely post with beautiful photos! I think it’s so important to show kids different cultures.

  • Hannah | MakeDo&Push says:

    I really want you to find Tiger… can we set up some sort of social media campaign for this?? Such a lovely post – best of luck with the competition xx

  • Agnes Vazhure says:

    This is such a great post. I really love seeing all your photos and it looks so lovely. I love your bonding to travel all over the places with your son.

  • Candy Rachelle says:

    I do really love to travel and to know the cultures of other places and to socialize with other people. and that is one of the best family bonding. Anyways, your photos are so sweet and lovely. I really love seeing it. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Marie says:

    I love the depth of your images! They look so nice!
    I think it’s a good to idea to introduce new cultures and languages to you son. He will be very grateful when he’s older.

  • Lovely post, good luck. Your pictures from your childhood have made me feel very old. Your reasons for travel are totally right. I always feel guilty booking trip. We should be saving for a bigger house etc. Thank you for reminding me how important travel is x

  • Shruti says:

    Harrison is such a cute child and so true that we all learn something different on each of your trips! Travelling is the best way to expand your mind!

  • Liz says:

    These images are everything! So intimate all at the same time. Love that travel is on your heart and can’t wait to see when you travel to all these places!

  • Calleigh says:

    It’s great to know that you’re exposing your child to a new culture and places that fuel his sense of curiosity and wonder to learn.

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