This week I had the pleasure of talking to Laura and Mark, from 2 Travelling Tots, who are parents to little cuties Alfie and Charlie. To say that Laura and Mark are adventurous is putting it mildly. Having a passion for travelling, they are packing up their belongings and taking their two kids on a journey of a lifetime starting in January next year. What an amazing experience they are giving their kids. To learn about new cultures and to explore the heritage of different countries is a gift and a perfect family adventure. To say I’m jealous is an understatement. I admire their fearlessness and sense of adventure with travelling with two kids. It can’t be easy, but the memories and experiences will be priceless.
How many children do you have?
We have 2 boys. Alfie is 3 and Charlie is 10 months! They’re so similar and yet so different at the same time. I’m not entirely sure that makes sense but it’s true.
What is the best part about being a parent?
That’s such a hard question! Hmmmm. The first thing that comes to mind is that you’ve got these mini me’s who light up your life on a daily basis by just simply being. Don’t get me wrong they can all but break you at the same time but it’s still the best thing in the world. And the cuddles and kisses of course. Oh and experiencing all those firsts – first smile, first steps, first time they go to the beach or swim in the sea or go on a plane!
We hear you intend to travel with the boys on an epic adventure next year. What made you decide to travel with your children?
We do indeed! We’re still in the planning stages at the moment. We’ve sold our house and arranged to sell our car and we’ll be taking off in January next year. We’ve both always loved travelling and have been lucky enough to have already done quite a lot of travelling -both separately and together. It’s just one of those things that once you’ve been bitten by ‘the bug’ there’s no turning back. There’s something amazing about seeing the ins and outs of another culture, about coming across a scene so stunning it takes your breath away and having that sense of freedom you get when your time is your own and you can do what you want and go where you want with it. We wanted to share that with our kids. We want them to have ‘life experience’ and a respect for other people and places. On a more selfish note, we’re not done with travelling yet ourselves and kids are pretty portable! Plus seeing everything through their eyes, seeing that sense of wonder on their faces, there’s nothing better than that! Reading that back it sounds like I’m romanticising it, which, I suppose, I am in a way but we know that everything is not always going to be peachy. Travelling is tiring and it can be hard. There are probably going to be times that we want to give up and come home and think we must be mad for having done this but we’re hoping the good will outweigh the bad!
What adventures do you hope your children will experience?
Hmmm nothing in specific springs to mind, we just want to encourage them to be adventurous in general. Although they’ll probably turn me prematurely grey worrying about them!
What tips do you have for parents travelling with children?
Don’t be afraid to do it and don’t feel like you can’t venture off the beaten track. Everywhere in the world caters for kids, maybe just in different ways to what you’re used to. If we can find what we need on a tiny island in the Philippines (that can only be reached by canoe!) so can anyone else! Package holidays while good aren’t always the way to go, embrace the adventure of doing your own thing!
What is your biggest fear as a parent?
Not being there for my kids if and when they need me! And what parent doesn’t worry whether or not they’re doing a good job?!
What are your hopes and dreams for your children?
I want them to be happy. I want them to dream big. And I want them to chase those dreams wherever they may take them! We want them to be comfortable in their own skin and always know that they have our support.
If you could share one piece of advice to soon-to-be-Mums and Dads, what would it be?
SLEEP WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!! If your kids are anything like mine they will not believe in the sanctity of sleep!
Contact Laura at Mark at 2 Travelling Tots
Check out their adventures on the Blog at 2 Travelling Tots
I absolutely love the interactive map on the Blog which shows where Laura and Mark have travelled and how far they plan to go with their little ones! Keep an eye on their blog for updates on their plans and travels!
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