Right now I am loving travelling with my little toddler, but I know (and fear) that before I know it he will be all grown up. When travelling with older children and teens it’s important to keep them engaged, keep them interested, and keep them inspired.
I was sent a young adults book to review recently called “Let’s Get Lost.” Four teens across the United States have only one thing in common-a free-spirited girl named Leila, who crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the exact moment they need someone most.
As we travel though the book, following Leila on her journey, we meet several young people all struggling with something in their lives. Grief, rejection, an uncertain future. But we don’t learn Leila’s story until much later. Leila, for reasons we learn later on in the book, is on her way to see the Northern Lights. That is the ultimate thing on her bucket list, and following her journey is captivating.
Even as an adult reading this book it started to inspire me to think about my travel ultimate’s.
My Travel Ultimate
If I could just drop everything and have one ultimate experience – without any time or money restrictions it would be Mongolia. I’m not sure when exactly I fell in love with the idea of Mongolia, but I do know that as early as 2007 I was putting together my plan to traverse the country on horse back, camping under the night sky, and becoming one with the vast steppes during the day.
It’s always been one of those things that always gets pushed back. I mean, it much less daunting to plan two weeks in the Maldives than 3+ months in somewhere as exotic and unknown as Mongolia. But if Leila can travel across the USA to see the Northern Lights, then surely I can get my butt to the home of Genghis Khan.
What is your travel ultimate?
I would love to hear about your travel ultimate’s, although there is a very real danger that it will only cause my bucket list to grow.