My family may be a bit unusual for instead of sweet nothings, my son whispers his travel dreams in my ear. The other day he whispered “Egypt”, “Denmark”, "India". I looked at him quizzically. He explained these are countries he wants to visit. Naturally I was curious as to why these disparate places particularly and I learned the answers: Egypt due to a series of fiction books he is reading by Ric Riordan starting with “The Red Pyramid” , Denmark to make a pilgrimage to Lego headquarters, and India because his mom plans trips there.
I enjoy introducing my favorite destinations to Benjamin, so I have recruited him to help me lead our Escorted South India Family Adventure in April 2014. Come join us! We will be hiking in coffee-covered hills, searching for elephants in a nature reserve, floating on peaceful rivers, looking up at 57-foot statue of a Jain Lord and building sand castles next to the Arabian Sea. South India is a friendly, easy-going destination for families. Benjamin is already trying to recruit his friends to come along. We hope you do as well.
Perhaps your children have their own dream destinations. Books are often a way to spark their interest. I read a book in 6th grade called “The Long Walk” about a group of escapees from a Siberian jail who walked through Russia and Mongolia, finally reaching Nepal. Ever since I have dreamed of seeing Mongolia. Younger children enjoy the Magic Tree House series with each book set in a different location and tantalizing titles such as “Mummies in the Morning” and “Afternoon on the Amazon”.