Small Victories

Regular readers will have realised that this blog has been quiet again the last few months. There are two reasons for this:

  1. I’m not one of those brave people who think flying with toddlers is fun
  2. I’ve been focussing on my author career, ploughing all my available time into writing fiction

While the second reason will take priority for the foreseeable future, I’m working on the first reason in the meanwhile. No, I still have no intention of flying long distances with a 2-year old, but there’s no reason why we can’t travel a little closer to home in the meanwhile.

With this end in mind, one of my New Year resolutions for 2018 is to go on more frequent weekend breakaways. The first one is coming up end of January, and we’re travelling all of 30 minutes’ drive away from home to spend one night away along the banks of the Roodeplaat Dam.

Now, I hear what you’re thinking: that’s not travelling! Well, of course it is. Anywhere away from home is travel, in my opinion, no matter how far or for how long. I consider it a mini adventure!

And while this is not nearly as exciting as some of my friends’ upcoming excursions to faraway exotic places, it sure beats the hell out of sitting at home feeling sorry for myself. Small victories, people, baby steps.

Will we survive our weekend away with a little whirlwind in tow? Will he sit still long enough so we can go game watching in the Roodepoort Nature Reserve? Is he going to escape from his big-boy bed in our family room and go wandering around the hotel in the early hours of the morning? We don’t know! We’ll have to wait and see, and learn from the experience, and the next and the next until we feel confident enough to take him farther afield again.

Stay tuned to see how it all pans out…

What do you find the most challenging part of travelling with toddlers? Do you have any hints and tips for us? Are you brave enough to fly long distances with the under-3 crowd along? Tell us how!

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