Travel like a kid

“All I want for Chrithmath ith a Printheth Cruithe”….


No this is not a commercial for Princess Cruise Lines – this is Haley – my 5 year old grand-daughter.  Now it is not surprising that she has the idea of going on a cruise seeing as her grandmother is The Travel Lady and everyone knows I love to cruise.  Where did she get the idea of going on a Princess Cruise?  Well it is a lovely name – conjures up images of princesses swanning around in long glittery dresses with dragging trains.  Anyone with daughter or grand-daughters will know exactly what I mean.

Also anyone who has travelled with their children or grandchildren will appreciate the fact that you see the world through completely different eyes with sometimes hilarious results.

Like the time my boys thought the bidet was for washing the sand off their feet…. or not…

Like the time we went to the hot tub in Austria – we sat and bubbled and chatted to the nice people in the hot tub until one of the men decided it was time to leave – he stood up completely starkers and my daughter who was 9 at the time shouted “Yikes” …. Much German style laughter followed.  (They must have had a clue we were British because we got into the hot tub with our swim suits).

Put some clothes on!
Put some clothes on!

Like the time we went on our first Carnival Cruise – sitting around the pool a moment of panic when I realised my youngest (then aged 7) was missing.  At that moment the Conga Line wound its way around us and there he was holding firmly onto the hips of the rather elderly lady in front of him bopping and swinging to the music.

Like the time we went to New York and my son thought that the Ninja Turtles really lived underneath the manholes – especially when the lids rattled and the steam came up.

Like the time we went to Atlantis – famous for its pools and waterpark – well the boys played water basketball the whole day until their feet were raw – I am not kidding….

You see – it’s good to think like a kid – play like a kid – travel like a kid.  Enjoy everything 100% – eat when you’re hungry – sleep when you’re tired – but have fun!
sleeping child

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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