As travelers, we all hope for the best when we travel. We want smooth travel with no glitches. In a perfect world there would be no health issues, perfect weather would always prevail and photos would always look amazing. But you and I both know that this is far from a perfect world. And stuff happens. I’m a fairly positive person most of the time. I try to show the positive side of traveling to encourage and inspire others (especially parents of young children) to get out there and explore the world- both far away and close to home. However, please indulge me as I get real for a bit. Our trips are not always perfect. In fact, no matter how much I plan beforehand, more often than not, something- big or small- goes wrong.
Allow me to share a few of our travel outtakes.
Pictures gone wrong
I am a picture addict. I’m that mom that takes millions of pictures of the kids until they are crying because they want to be done with the photo shoots. I make my kids endure actual photo shoots in coordinating outfits for every major holiday. I’ve been known to pull over to the side of the road while driving to traipse across a soggy lawn in the pouring rain (when the kids aren’t with me, of course!) just to take a picture of a bridge.
The point of this story is to say that I take a lot of pictures. The sad part of the story is that very few turn out the way I want them to. The longer I’ve been working on my photography, the better my photos have become, but there are usually only a few that I truly love. Most of them miss the mark.
Take this picture for example. This was taken Christmas Eve 2013 at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. We were exploring the market when I looked out the window and spied a gorgeous sunset over Lake Washington. I thought I could capture the beauty of it. Let me tell you, the glass did not look this dirty when I was just looking through it. And I was not even aware that the pane was there until I looked at the picture later.
Or how about this one taken during that same trip of the Seattle skyline from Marina Bay Park in Kirkland, Washington. I chose to take a picture of the gorgeous skyline, complete with the Space Needle right as a burst of fog blew in. Really, it was that quick.
And then there’s the time I mistakenly let Ladybug play in the splash pad at Magic Kingdom before meeting Ariel. She was soaking wet for the photos. Picture perfect character greeting? Forget it. Not to mention the photo is blurry. Oh well, at least her hair looks good- in a drowned rat kind of way.
Sometimes we don’t feel the best while traveling.
We have had our fair share of health incidents while traveling. The amount of times we’ve had to pull over while driving to find a car service station to clean up throw up in the back seat is more than I’d care to admit. It’s no fun traveling when you’re sick but it is impossible to plan for every situation.
I’ve shared this photo before in my photo journal of our time in Thailand. What you don’t see in this photo is how sick I was feeling. I came down with food poisoning on the plane and felt sick almost the entire time we were there. Just moments before, I was practically dry heaving in the car driving to Ayutthaya.
Here I am in February of 2015, looking happy to be at the most magical place on Earth. But what you don’t know is that I was recovering from a stomach bug passed to me by Ladybug that caused me to spend the entire day before we left alternating between laying in the fetal position in bed and crouched over the toilet. But, you all should know by now that my love for Disney trumps any sickness and I refused to cancel our Disney vacation. Thankfully, I recovered quickly and was able to enjoy most of the vacation.
Here’s a fun fact- you see Ladybug asleep in the stroller behind me, holding our spot for the parade. Well, there was also a third person in this picture- who you can’t see- I just didn’t know it yet. A certain little boy would make his appearance that fall and completely steal all of our hearts.
Our worst travel outtake occurred in 2014 when we had to take Ladybug to the emergency room after she fell off the bed, hitting her head on the nightstand on the way down. I can still hear the sickening thud in my mind even now, 2 1/2 years later. She doesn’t remember it, and everything turned out fine but that is one travel mishap that I still am not able to laugh about.
Sometimes travel bloggers paint a picture that travel is all glamor and fun. But that is far from the truth. I travel with kids frequently. I will be the first to tell you that it is not easy and there are times it is far from glamorous (like the many times we’ve had to clean up Ladybug and her seat and sometimes ourselves). In fact, there are times on every trip that are downright stressful. But despite the hardships, or travel outtakes, if you will, traveling the world is absolutely worth it and something I will continue to do with and without my kids.
You’re turn. Tell me about your travel mishaps in the comments.
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