I love everything about holidays and get excited from the minute we decide we are going away. I can spend hours researching where to go and where to stay. To me, the anticipation is as much part of the process as the actual holiday.

My love of travel stems from my own childhood.  My parents had a caravan and every summer we went to the beach, then when I was older, a lake for water-skiing. We went to Fiji and when I was 11-years-old, a 5 month motorhome holiday in the UK and Europe.

Memories of this holiday still live me even now and it is experiences like this that I want my children to have. However, I am aware that in planning each family trip, I am influenced by my own likes and dislikes.

For example, my children recently discovered we own a tent. They were so excited and I felt some guilt that the last time the tent had been unfolded was about 7 years ago. See, I am not a fan of camping. I dislike public amenity blocks, let alone the hole in the ground found in some bush camping spots.

I am not a snow bunny, preferring the bush and countryside in spring and autumn. Lounging about is nice for a while, but not for the entire holiday. I like to experience local attractions.

With a husband obsessed with fishing, the sea and inland waters also play a key role in determining where we travel.

I also love to fly to my destination. It makes me feel like I have been on a ‘real’ holiday. And although I could return to Europe again and again, it doesn’t worry me if I never visit many countries around the world.

In acknowledging my likes and dislikes and organising our holidays around them, I am aware that I could be influencing my own children and the future decisions they make in relation to travel. But is that a bad thing?

They have been to the Sunshine Coast on a family road trip. They have been up close to whales at Hervey Bay and done some of the Gold Coast theme parks.

They have been on a paddlesteamer at Echuca and walked through the eerie landscape of Cape Bridgewater.

They have seen the dolphins at Monkey Mia and travelled across Bass Strait on the Spirit of Tasmania.

They have visited schools in Fiji, walked the ruins of Pompeii and been with their grand-mother to her birth city of Budapest.

They have battled with a Roman Gladiator in Rome and eaten farm fresh ice-cream at an English dairy farm.

They have swum in the Mediterranean and been beneath the earth to learn how young children once worked in the Welsh slatemines.

And while my own desire to visit these places is what leads us to there, is that a bad thing?

In being lucky enough to experience wonderful holidays, just like I did as a child, I believe they will grow to cherish the wonders and joy of travel as much as I do.

And I hope that when I am no longer an integral part of their daily lives, they stop and remember the wonderful family holidays we had together that planted the first seeds of a love for travel in them.

About The Author

Amanda Woodward is a Victorian mum of two and the creator of www.familyfriendlyaccommodation.com.au  – a website featuring more than 400 listings and reviews of family friendly holiday accommodation throughout Australia and around the world. She also writes a blog, Family Gathering, providing tips and information to help families plan their holidays.

  1. mom57522

    26th September 2014 at 6:18 pm,

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    Once a year we travel domestically for a two week stay.

  2. skbou

    31st July 2014 at 5:41 pm,

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    Sounds like your kids have some wonderful travel memories already. As kids we always camped but my husband will NOT go in a tent, sigh.

  3. twinmum2

    31st May 2014 at 6:15 pm,

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    I love travelling also and was disappointed when my daughter recently turned down a travel opportunity through her school! Theres no way I would have turned down an offer to travel. I mustnot have passed my travel gene on to the kids ;(

  4. 24th May 2014 at 8:52 pm,

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    We’ve done lots of travelling around and when we can’t go too far or for too long we just do a road trip somewhere!

  5. catgrrl3

    23rd May 2014 at 3:15 pm,

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    planting the travel seed is fine, but when your budget does not strech that far its a bit hard to not come over as nasty

  6. Pielow

    13th May 2014 at 1:43 pm,

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    Love this article – my husband and I love to travel and hope that our future children would enjoy it too!

  7. Happymum-2

    9th May 2014 at 7:44 pm,

    MoM Rewards: Happymum-2 has a diamond MoM rewards level Happymum-2 said:

    very lucky children, I would love to give mine these opportunities also

  8. Mrs Mum

    6th May 2014 at 10:20 am,

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    Im really looking forward to travelling as a family, I am also hoping to do a campervan tour of Europe at some point with them

    1. ginoula5

      24th August 2014 at 7:20 pm,

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      The campervan travel across Europe sounds amazing.

  9. 29th April 2014 at 4:51 pm,

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    I am hoping that a few good trips in the caravan will help to plant the travel bug

  10. kylesnova

    16th April 2014 at 4:17 pm,

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    It sounds like they have had some wonderful experiences. Our sole overseas holiday was to NZ to visit family.

  11. mummy liana

    1st March 2014 at 5:14 pm,

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    thanks for sharing was a great read

  12. yyon4699

    25th January 2014 at 2:54 pm,

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    They will remember all fun moments ! xx

  13. bubble6369

    13th January 2014 at 1:09 pm,

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    we are keen to plant the travel seed for our children – there is such a big beautiful world out there to explore

  14. ljsalomon

    8th January 2014 at 10:39 pm,

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    I like to travel but I don’t get overseas that often

  15. stacey_max

    4th January 2014 at 12:23 pm,

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    My husband and I are keen to travel with our little one

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