Share the knowledge
As we are entering November, the Toy Books are arriving in the mail box, and the Black Friday ad are “leaking” on the internet, my holiday shopping list is a little different this year for my kids. Every night we watch Phineas and Ferb before bedtime and to quote Dr. Doofenshmirtz, “Here’s my backstory.”
My parents gave my sisters and me the gift of travel. We went around the US in a RV every few summers. Those were the best memories. I have seen and experienced so much of this country that has given me such an appreciation for it and for the cultures around our country. I could go on and on and this would turn into a novel with stories from my childhood travels. It has truly shaped me into the person I am today, and has given me the spirit of adventure to explore and travel. I am so thankful to my parents for that gift.
This year I want to give my kids something different for Christmas. Something they should have already, and they don’t. I’m truly embarrassed to admit this being a travel agent, however it is totally true. I want to give them each a passport. They already love to travel and as much as I LOVE traveling around the United States. However, I want to start showing them the world. I already have a high school student and I know that the other two are catching up quickly and sooner than later they will be ready to move out on their own.
My dream for them is to start filling all of those pages with stamps from different countries. I want to pass along that spirit of adventure and quest to learn about different countries. It is something that will last longer than any toy, or that latest video game.
When I leave on a business trip my kids always ask me where I go, and want to hear about the people I visit. They want to know all about what there is to do, and the hotels and resorts that I stay at. They are always asking to go too. I want them to experience these things too. This world is a big place and they need to see it as well.
Right now we have a stuffed “Perry the Platypus” from Phineas and Ferb that comes along with me on my trips. My little guys gave him to me so that I “don’t forget about them and that I can take him with me everywhere I go.” I take pics of Perry every day, doing something different and send them to the boys every morning. He’s been sunning on the beaches of Cancun, lounging in the hotel rooms at Club Med, or at the Ballantyne with his Hawaiian Lei. He’s been on many cruises enjoying his cabana, and to Jamaica checking out the scenery and the Grand Cayman taking a food tour. It’s time for all of to travel with Perry and see the world together. To quote Phineas “Where’s Perry?”
And until Next time… Happy Travels!
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.