I used to think that long-haul travel by myself was hard. I used to prepare to fly on my own from Sydney to Los Angeles, or Tokyo, or London with actual trepidation, wondering how I was going to cope, trying to figure out ways to make this terrible experience more bearable, to make this horrible ordeal more interesting.
And then, I had kids. Then, I started looking at anyone travelling on their own for 14 hours, just sitting there by themselves with absolutely nothing to do for hour after hour in a comfy seat with a TV screen in front of them and I would think to myself: you, my friend, are living the dream. You are in heaven.
Because now I have kids, and they make everything harder: life, the world, and travel in particular. 14 hours by myself? Are you kidding? Yes please. And yet I will never have 14 hours by myself either on a plane or anywhere else ever again, because, and I'm not sure if I mentioned this, I have kids.
So, here is the big question. I can't have any peace and quiet anymore, but can I still have adventures? Can I still travel the way I used to, can I still do the things I love with children in tow? Can I and you and everyone else be a hardcore traveller and a parent at the same time?
On this episode of Flight of Fancy, I'm joined by guests Flip Byrnes and Sheriden Rhodes, fellow travelling parents who are out to persuade me that this is a thing you can do, that the travel we all love and hunger for even in these troubled times is possible even when you have miniature humans to cart around alongside you.
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