I was there, fellow mom traveler or mom traveler want-to-be. It felt like I’d never get out of the mom rut. Would I ever get to see a beach again? Would I ever get to visit Europe or Japan? Could my husband and I travel with our kids and live to tell the tale?
There are days when I am prolific. The words flow from my brain to my fingertips and onto the paper (or screen). Those are the days when the ideas are rolling out almost fully formed and the descriptive words come easily. Though I write every day, I also have frustrating days, even weeks, of writer’s block.
I have some huge advantages; I don’t depend on my writing for my income. I can allow myself some grace and if I don’t have a post for a week or two, it isn’t the end of my blog. It’s still frustrating to feel like the writing ideas well is dry (and sprinkled with too many cliches). What do I do to combat writer’s block?
I now embrace it.
Technology keeps us closer than ever before. Also, let’s be candid. I doubt I would have considered this move (from the US to Mexico) if we didn’t have the technology we have available today. In the short time we’ve been here, I’ve missed my grandmother’s 100th birthday party, my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th Wedding Anniversary party, and several immediate family gatherings. You know, the usual when you choose to travel long-term or move far from family.
But technology helps!
There are probably a zillion travel blogs out there and with all kinds of different focuses. I decided to round up my favorites and share them with you! Each have a different focus than this blog, but as I’ve gleaned so much information (and great stories) from them, they are all worth a look!
Right away, it starts. Only you don’t realize you’re in the midst of culture shock because it starts with a honeymoon phase. It truly feels like being a newlywed. Everything is fascinating, new, and exciting! You’ve taken the plunge. You’ve moved to a different country from your home country and it is pretty wonderful. Even the annoying things can be overlooked because you are wearing the blinders of true love. Your love is real and you will not be experiencing culture shock, because you’re different, right? You are open-minded or well-traveled or both. You’re the sickening brand new couple in the corner who can’t stop making out, sitting on the other’s lap, and making smoochy eyes at each other.
I know language learning is a challenge and I still expected to be further along by now. Not fluent, no, but not feeling so much like my tongue is a fish flopping out water when I try to speak Spanish.
Are you a seasoned traveler or a novice? Either way, traveling with kids changes how you do things. While a flight delay might be an annoying experience for a solo traveler, it can be downright awful for those with young, hungry, tired, and bored children. Here are some quick tips to make your travel days go smoothly. Or at least as smoothly as possible.
I hate back to school time. It’s touted as many parents favorite time of year. So why do I dislike it?
I have only added one country to my”visited” list since I started this blog a little over a year ago. I had this vision of starting this blog and then jetting around the world. Oh, the fantasy of it all!
But wait, I have kids… there are days that it’s just too much to go to the grocery store. But still, I write this blog and call myself a travel blogger. The audacity!
I didn’t want the thing, but knew I wouldn’t bother to return it. The next morning, I decided to open it. The box was empty. The realization dawned on me. We’d been scammed.