With my increasing want and need to travel the country and possibly live overseas for a year or two, it got me thinking. I’ve never been away from my family during the holidays. I don’t count the times I’ve had to work on a holiday. I mean I’ve never intentionally been away from my family during the holidays. With my trying to determine if being a full time RVer is for me, I figure I can always pack up my travel camper and swing back home for the holidays before hitting the road again to continue my travels.
However, if I move overseas, I’ll be in a country where I have no family. I would love to live in Ireland for a little bit and it’s possible that I could meet cousins that still live there based on my genealogy research :). While my family loves to argue with each other, we’ve always come together for the holidays. With that said, I want to see different cultures. I want to experience life outside of the United States. I’ll miss my family and friends and it goes without saying that I would miss my daughter like mad. But, there are planes. They can come visit me too, right?
I asked friends if they’ve ever traveled during the holidays. What was their motivation. What did they enjoy about it. What did they miss. Would they do anything differently?
Brooke Knisley, who is a freelance writer, says that she actually travels WITH her family during the holidays. They do it because they feel that seeing new places is better than buying a bunch of gifts. They skip the gift giving and pick a spot in the world to meet up. Two years ago they went to Costa Rica, last year they went to Ensenada and this year, because her father is having health issues, they are staying closer to home and visiting San Carlos, Mexico.
Ivanna Figueroa, who writes over at Provocative Joy said that she’s missed the last two Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays due to her volunteer work overseas. She was motivated by her desire to help others and serving people who don’t have access to the healthcare that we do. She’s enjoyed learning how other cultures celebrate and what they do differently from America, such as decorating for fall and Halloween. While she loved her time overseas, she did miss her family and making memories with them. This year she plans to stay home for the holidays to enjoy that time with them.