The World as Your Classroom

ready to travelOne of the things I most wanted to do when I had kids was show them the world.  Not even show them the world, but to experience it with them. I didn’t travel much as a child and the farthest I went with my family was a 2-day road trip to Florida. All I knew of the world was from books, magazines, TV and the occasional tales from friends. It all sounded marvelous and I swore that my life will be filled with travel and my children’s lives as well.

Fast forward to today, 3 kids later and although our adventures have been few so far, the dream is still there. One of our favorite destinations is Mexico.  Ava started learning Spanish in Pre-K. While her language has developed nicely, she had no context to foster the learning process and really tie it all together. A trip to Mexico had her practicing her conversational Spanish and sparking her curiosity about the language and culture, far more than lessons in a classroom. She particularly loved visiting the Mayan ruins that she had only read about in school books. She wrote countless pages about her adventures in her reading journal to share with her classmates and the travel bug was planted.

This summer, my husband and I, traveled for the first time sans children.  Even though they weren’t there with us, we loved sharing with them our experiences via facetime.  We had a lot of fun practicing conversational Spanish with Ava. Even when we returned home, she had us wanting to greet everyone with an Hola! We told her Mexico isn’t the only country that speaks Spanish and we’re already planning a trip to Spain next.

airportTraveling internationally with my children is highly fraught with anxiety.  Both my younger sons have severe allergies and even in the most controlled and careful planning, its always the unexpected that makes us nervous. Marcus recently started studying Mandarin and has been asking to visit China, a personal bucket list item, but a huge travel undertaking with our two boys. Never wanting to squash that love for adventure, the planning process has already started. My family never travels without travel insurance which provides us with comprehensive coverage that includes emergency medical evacuation (which can cost up to $100,000) and the unexpected. We always hope and pray we never need to utilize it, but when we have, it’s been a complete lifesaver. Acting as our personal travel assistant, they’ve helped us get the medical attention my son needed and arranged alternative travel arrangements if necessary. These are things my children should never have to worry about, instead they should be asking, Where Next?!

On September 21, to celebrate the upcoming World Tourism Day, join me as I co-host a #TMOM Twitter party, sponsored by Travel Guard® insurance from AIG Travel. #TMOM and Travel Guard are encouraging kids and parents alike to ask, “#WhereNext?”  5 LUCKY LUCKY random winners will get a $100 AMAZON gift code (emailed to them following the party) to stock up on travel essentials for their next adventure!

WHEN: September 21, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: Panelists @travelingmoms @KimOrlando @CindyTravelsOn @momconfessional @TripsWithTykes @rwethereyetmom @triwivesclub @SueRodman

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM and #WhereNext? hashtags

PRIZES: Five (5) $100 Amazon gift codes (not gift cards)

{ disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by AIG Travel and Traveling Mom. As always all opinions expressed here are my very own. For more information and posts like this, follow #TMOM #WhereNext?}
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