Please join us in welcoming guest author and Travelocity employee Anna Wilkens, who originally hails from Sweden. Anna is currently based in San Francisco and enjoys traveling the world with her two-and-a-half year-old daughter.
I always knew that having a child wouldn’t stop me from traveling. But as I used to do at least a few adventurous trips every year—backpacking through India or southeast Asia, sailing around New Zealand, or following ancient trails in Guatemala—traveling did change after the arrival of my kid. Don’t get me wrong—I still enjoy it, just in a different way. The long and intense travels, like the adventurous trips, aren’t as appealing anymore.
Traveling for me is really about meeting people and having new experiences. And, as I’m sure you know, traveling in the company of a child is a terrific conversation starter and a way to connect with people, even the ones you never thought you’d find something to relate to. When we were in Mexico, for example, I learned twice as much Spanish just because of my daughter. In every taqueria and on every street corner, people started talking to our little curly blond haired girl and me.