So here we are at Gatwick airport, just over an hour away from taking off on our family adventure in Asia.
Over 33 days we’ll explore and travel through Cambodia and Vietnam and I’m feeling a mixture of joy, exhaustion (I’ve been up since 4am with a certain someone!) and nerves at how this will all go.
Because this is new and scary to me in so many ways:
- Taking a long-haul 17 hour flight with a baby
- Caring for Jenson in the heat and humidity
- Having time in Vietnam where we’ve got no firm plans (so we can go with the flow and plan a few days in advance instead of being stuck with plans if they don’t suit Jenson)
- Travelling with my husband for over a month and being out of our comfort zones together
- Having to barter when I don’t have much patience in me or fight to stand up for a fair price (at least not when I’ve been awake since 4am!)
- Being out of a routine and far away from friends and family
And yet it’s also right for us as a family:
- Starting our family as we mean to go on – full of adventures
- Reconnecting with Gregg when so much of motherhood has involved a laser focus on Jenson and not much else
- Learning and growing and exploring a part of the world that I have not yet seen
- Making the most of our shared parental leave – a rare time when we can both be off work and still have money coming in
- Exposing Jenson to difference at an early age
- Learning to live with less – we’ve just taken one travel rucksack with us that weighs less than 18kg
- Coming back with so many memories to treasure for a lifetime
And so into this adventure I leap.
Hesitant, full of anticipation but sure that this is the right step for me and my family