Around the world
I’ve never heard anybody say if they had the choice, they’d spend
their whole life within their own four walls. Almost everyone wants
At the most basic level, I love travelling for the immense sensual
pleasure it provides. There are new tastes, touches and smells – the burst of a fresh fig on the tip of the tongue; the surprising softness of a porcupine’s quills; something as simple as the wave of heat that hits you at the top of the aircraft steps. Even the unfamiliar lilt of a foreign language isn’t
lost on my very youngest child.
Being a modern family means being able to leave behind what we
are for a fortnight and try out being something else, somewhere
else. It doesn’t have to be ambitious. I became, fleetingly, a
cook in an Italian farmhouse, baking a daily loaf of bread for
my family. Returning home, I reverted to buying two loaves of white
sliced from the supermarket. But, for a moment, our family became
a little bit different, and so did I. Away from home, we can all
live out our gentle fantasies without the danger of becoming trapped
Here is a few places where we have done just that.
Ireland, America and Thailand.
We enjoyed all of these. But what’s the best form of travel
for families? See http://travel.guardian.co.uk/saturdaysection/story/0,8922,1188997,00.html
And here’s what some of you think
What do you think makes a great family holiday? Do you have
any good experiences (or bad), or hints and tips? Please do share
them with other families on my Travelling with
However you travel, are you a tourist or a traveller?
Are You A Tourist Or A Traveller?
My weekly Guardian column Travelling with Kids has opened many
debates, and led to the founding of the Kids
in Museums Campaign.
All of my
Travelling with Kids columns can be found on the Guardian website