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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Chapter Five – Traveling With My Adult Kids

Hard to answer questions to a travel nomad

Location: Thailand

It’s been a special treat traveling these past six weeks with my adult kids.

No matter how old they are – I worry about them. We sent Erik off last week, back to Burkina Faso to complete his Peace Corp commitment. We hope to see him again in August in Portugal.

Today Arne and I return to Thailand for three more weeks in that magical country, and today we say good bye to our oldest son Dane. Dane will be staying in Siem Reap working at an English school here. I think he will be great at that- and this city is so awesome.

For three weeks we will be traveling on our own. I think that will be good for us too – I look forward to connecting with Dane again in Vietnam  in February.

People always say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It’s true as far as travel when it comes to our family. However both my kids find joy in volunteering and helping others less fortunate than they are, even if it means living in difficult environments. I never had that calling. I am proud that they do. I am hopeful all of this will steer them to a fulfilled future. Wherever that may be.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Randall Fortier

    You’ve raised two special people….I for one am grateful they are representing true American values of caring and commitment to the well being of others …as opposed to the values the media seems to portray as what American values are. Gail and I both wish you all safe and fulfilling journies.

    January 9, 2017 at 1:04 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you so much!

      January 9, 2017 at 1:25 am
  • Reply Ann Randall

    It surprises me when people express surprise about traveling with my adult son. We just returned from a trip to Iceland where we traveled together and apart because of different interests, stayed in different accomodations – him in party hostel, me in a hotel down the street or private room in same hostel. He did all the driving and because of him, I did things I would have never done otherwise. Multi generational travels with adventurous, well traveled adult kids is a gift. I am glad to read that other parents get it too.

    Love your blog!

    January 9, 2017 at 1:49 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you! Travel on!

      January 9, 2017 at 1:51 am
  • Reply 7kidsandawienerdog

    Beautiful article Laurie. I know what you mean. Travel safe.

    January 10, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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