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Getting my travel bug back

I’m currently in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, a place I haven’t visited for well over a decade.  Last time I was here, I was staying in a nondescript guesthouse found through chance.  This time I’ve got two kids in tow and we’re at the rather more upscale Chedi Hotel.

Whilst the kids and hubby were enjoying a midday snooze, I decided to sneak off and rediscover my old travelling self.  I didn’t follow a map, I just let my senses guide me trying to recall whether this was the cafe I had spent hours playing backgammon in or that was the rickety old cart I would buy pineapple from.

Chiang Mai Street

It made me realise how different travelling with kids is.  There is a routine and purpose to your day punctuated with activities and places you feel your kids would take absolute joy in seeing.  As a traveller you’re not necessarily beholden to time and you can amble around in the heat of the midday sun popping into museums and cafes at leisure.

Chiang Mai Wat

For my two hours, it was me pretending to be my 20 something year old self.  I pottered through streets that would have been impossible to navigate with a stroller.  I hired a tuk tuk driver to show me the city’s glorious temples (my kids would have been bored after one).  I picked a colourful cafe to enjoy a fruit shake while I languished over my guidebook.

Chiang Mai Tuk Tuk

I lOVED those few hours.  Sometimes you have to rediscover your old self to remember how to pass on the amazing gift of the travel bug to your kids.

3 comments

  1. 21st Century Mummy

    My idea of heaven. I haven’t been to Chiang Mai since I was a backpacker. I’m looking forward to taking my family there, but I know it will be an entirely different experience.

  2. dan

    Im jealous. I can totally relate!

  3. Justine

    Loved reading this nic – sounds like a great afternoon & loved what you said about passing the travel bug and wanderlust onto the girls 🙂 xx

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