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The Importance of Memories.

Last Updated 05/05/2022.

We are what’s called a digital nomad family. This means that our ability to generate a location independent income while homeschooling (some call it worldschooling) our 2 children, leaves us free to travel and explore the world. It’s about freedom, learning, adventures and stimulation, but it’s also about making memories for the kids and for us as a family. Memories are the bricks and mortar not just of education, but of a lifetime. This post is on family memories and making them through travel.

The Importance of Memories

Family Memories

We’ve been lucky enough to spend 6 full years on the road with our kids, full time.

Before that they were homeschooled, so we’ve hardly missed a second of their childhood. It has honestly been the best way to live that I can possibly imagine.

Spending more time together must, by default, create more family memories than the average family, where time together is shorter through school and work commitments.

I’m grateful for that.

The kids are teens now and still happy to travel with us. Next month we’re heading to Everest Base Camp as a family, that’s the stuff that glues families together.

family memories important
One of the best ways to make memories together, as a family, is to take on challenges together, and overcome them, together. We like to climb mountains and volcanoes. Walking gives you time together to chat and support each other. In the case of Everest Base Camp, 3 weeks of quality family time. The picture above was from a short dawn hike up a volcano in Bali. Another precious family memory, and, I think, great for kids’ self-confidence, they don’t doubt their abilities if they know they can achieve so much. Overcoming the challenges of travel in general, has the same bonding and memory-making effect. And what are memories? They are learning, they are education, they are gaining understanding of yourself, the world, and your family.

I asked the kids yesterday what their favourite family memory was.

Was it battling Darth Vader at Disney, Florida?  No.

Was it chilling on a Thai island for 6 weeks with endless play and ice cream?  No.

Was it visiting Grandma and Grandad half a world away in Wales, the land of my fathers, and mothers? No.

Was it holding a snake, crocodile or koala in Australia?  No.

Was it crossing the Atlantic on an amazing cruise ship, twice? No.

Was it climbing a Mayan pyramid deep in the jungles of Guatemala? No.

“It was that time in Bali, Mum, when Boo was crying because the monkey took his piece of paper and you were swinging your handbag around shouting “Get away from my baby!”.  It was really funny.”

Ah, I see.

Making Memories Family Travel

The above image is to spread the word on Pinterest

It’s humbling to realize just how important to the boys I am, more so than Darth Vader, it would seem.

That’s nice. I’m always saying that we are in the business of making memories, maybe I should try harder to give them some memories of me. Maybe we all should.

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More family memories, touring Egypt together, climbing on ruins, going into pyramids, exploring, meeting people, it’s all memories of family time, togetherness, not work and school, and it’s all learning.

So, as we travel and live our lives, I resolve to really do as much of this family memory-making as I can. The act of visiting places isn’t enough. It’s about us, how we interact with the kids, in actions and words.

Memories are the sticky stuff that hold family life together, shared memories that make everyone smile. After all, I’d like them to remember me as a nice sort of Mum, not just a tour guide.

Lily

Monday 23rd of July 2018

Wow! So true! Even for none travelling times, the most important part might not be the impressive and catchy ones we would think! Thanks you so much for sharing :) lots of love and good vibes from Canada!!

Franca

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

I'm not a mother myself so it's hard for me to say, but I can tell that the funniest moments are the ones that stick more in my memories and live a pleasant feeling too :) We really need top smile more often :)

Talitha

Saturday 27th of September 2014

How true this post is! Our kids also prefer the "laughter-memories" ... or our "14th of July" (French national holiday) overseas : in Namibia and our singing the national anthem to the (very surprised) rock-dassies, or in Brazil singing it in the car with all the windows open ... We love to recollect our travels at the dinner-table and just banter about "remember the time when Z. picked up walabi-droppings thinking it were pearls?" (hilarious laughter even after 12 years -) ... What would you say is your favorite travel memory, Alyson?

alyson@worldtravelfamily

Saturday 27th of September 2014

You'll have to give me some time to think about that one!

Robbie

Thursday 25th of September 2014

Gorgeous post! We're currently living in a Tai Chi school in China for 4 months. There are no other children here and my initial thought was 'oh dear, no friends to play with'. But after 10 weeks of just us and them I've never seen our kids happier. I wonder what their memories about this time will be and I'm guessing it'll be more about just being with 'Mum and Dad' than the whole Tai Chi experience itself! The surroundings and experiences that we offer them, belong travelling families, are fantastic but I believe that kids are truly happiest when they're with their Mum and Dad.

Melanie Murrish

Wednesday 24th of September 2014

Thanks for the reminder Alyson-just lovely.x

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