My friends thought me crazy for starting my countdown at 40 something but here we are with just 9 sleeps to go. I am surrounded by stuff - stuff to pack, stuff to store, stuff to sell, stuff to bin...made all the more harder by the very fact I am packing for 3 (my 3 year old son, my 8 year old daughter and myself). My husband is very self sufficient and can do his own packing.
My shopping lists seem haphazard - but child friendly headphones, notebooks and new toothbrushes are just some of the things you end up needing when you have kids.
Cusco, Peru is our first destination. We will depart from Swift Current, Saskatchewan by car, head to Regina to catch a connecting flight to Toronto. From there we head to Lima and then catch our final flight to Cusco where hopefully somone will be waiting for us with a sign labelled "Tupy Family". If not, that will be a whole other blog post in itself.
Some think us mad, some think us brave - travelling with kids is challenging but it has it's own rewards.
My daughter would prefer to go to Disneyland or Hollywood and my son packs his notepad and crayons everyday to go to the mountains. Needless to say when you have a 3 year old it is best not to start the countdown too long in advance as 40 days for them can seem like a lifetime.
Travelling with kids is not new to our family - we have travelled from Australia-China-Canada with stints to America and Thailand.
The Girl Guides had it right - be prepared - that is the best advice I can offer.
Michelle - traveller, writer, mother, lover and friend.