Ready for Thailand: Our experienced traveller

an experienced traveller

I guess it would be kind of strange if Kalyra didn’t embrace the travel lifestyle considering who we are.

It lights my world on fire to watch her. She counts down how many sleeps she has left until we go on our next adventure. She jumps up and down, squealing with delight and asks incessant questions.

We scour photos online and in magazines and we talk about all she can do and see. She has so many things mapped out for this trip to Thailand.

She can’t wait:

  • To play Masterchef with Mummy during our Thai cooking class
  • To have her hair braided
  • To eat sticky rice and mango
  • To have fruit smoothies every day
  • To play on the beach
  • To see Buddha (she has her long sleeved shirt packed– she knows she has to wear it to show respect to the big man of peace)
  • To practice what she has learned about never drinking the water from the tap and showering with her mouth closed.

We had a battle last night. She wanted to pack her bag; two sleeps before we left. But Mummy had not finished washing all the clothes so insisted we wait until the one sleep before.

kids packing for Thailand

She pulled out her rolling Barbie suitcase and with no more discussion packed it. I walked in her room to see her carefully rolling her dresses and laying them inside. She had packed 10 pairs of underwear, her favourite dresses, and her pyjamas.

I guided her to leave the flannel Ariel pyjamas at home and to throw in a couple of more undies. I pointed out a few more dresses I thought she’d love to take as well as some shorts and shirts.

With suitcase full, she sat on it and zipped it up.

“I’m ready to go to Thailand”

Then she sat at her desk with pen and paper and wrote a list of things we had to pack the sleep before in Mummy’s bag. (Mummy helped her spell the words- great lesson)

kids packing list

To live my dream life with my children and have them embrace it the same way I do rocks my world.

How can you live your dream life with your children?

P.S. Don’t ever forget the sunscreen

Caz Makepeace is the co-founder of y Travel Blog and has been traveling the world since 1997, first solo, then with her husband, and now with her two daughters. Get her free email series on the 4 best ways to reduce travel costs. Follow her on Google+

22 Comments on “Ready for Thailand: Our experienced traveller”

  1. Out of the mouths of babes. :-)

  2. Wow Caz, that’s amazing! I haven’t got any children yet, but when I do have I’m hoping to raise them as little travellers, with all the delight and responsibility that entails (and hopefully instills in them!). Kalyra sounds like she’s adapting just fine! And I can’t help but think, what a wonderful person she’ll become partly as a result of this lifestyle. So lucky! How does she feel about becoming famous?!

    • I can’t wait to see what she’s like as an adult. I can only think it will have a positive impact on her. I think she would love to be famous!!

  3. How cute! It’s a good day when your kids start packing their own suitcases. Enjoy Thailand! They will have a blast. :)

  4. Ha ha ha ha ha, I roared with laughter when I saw “costumes” on this list. Is she talking about princess outfits and cat ears kind of costume stuff?

    It’s going to be awesome. You must be so proud right now!

    • Ha! I actually thought of that when I saw published the photos. Costumes is Aussie for swimmers. Pretty bloody excited and proud of my little traveller

  5. How adorable! You are one lucky mommy!

  6. Love the checklist. She’s an experienced traveler, alright !

  7. As a parent it’s great to see when a child gets excited about the same things that make you happy.

  8. Kate - CanuckiwiKate

    This is awesome, Caz! Enthusiasm is obviously contagious, and I can see so much valuable learning happening from the whole experience, and you haven’t even left yet!

  9. I admire people who travel with their children. Kalyra is so cute in the pic and I love her list, especially the costume. Have a safe trip! :)

  10. This article is beautiful! What an amazing thing to share with your children and have them embrace it the same way you do :)

  11. That is so awesome! How adorable that she got herself packed and ready! She is obviously well versed in the arts of travel! Have a great trip to Thailand.

    • Thank you!! She is a such a trooper. Although the meltdowns in the most important temple in Thailand made me forget this for a moment!!

  12. That is great that she is so excited by the trips. She also has a clear idea of what she thinks mummy should pack! :-)

  13. Tina from Queensland, Australia

    You both must be super proud of her.

    Do you do a de-brief of what she/you could do better for next time? eg Did you forget anything? Anything she didn’t end up wearing? Didn’t see hat on the list?

  14. [...] This is just too adorable. The packing list?! We, too, understand the importance of packing the right costumes. Ready for Thailand: Our Experienced Traveller [...]

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