A year is a long time. Sure it feels like it goes by quickly, but for Lisa, a year is over half her life to this date. Sometimes we worry that for her a year of travel with only her parents as company must feel like an eternity. That’s why we’re always thrilled when she gets a chance to meet some other children.
We have found that Instagram is a great way to get in touch with other families who are exploring the world with their kids. Back in Rome she had a wonderful bike ride with the children from @babycantravel. But this month Lisa got to spend three whole days playing with Marlow, @the_littleglobetrotter. His family was kind enough to host us for a few nights as we started our stay in the United Kingdom.
The highlight of her stay was definitely our visit to the Mini Meadows Farm, where the kids got to play together and meet some furry friends. I know I’ve said this before, but we often worry that Lisa won’t know how to interact with other children. Of course, she always surprises us. Seeing the two of them holding hands and even having a conversation (of sorts) was almost enough to bring tears to our eyes. We’re traveling because we want to show her the world, but we also want her to have the things that make all children happy, like friends.
Even though they were only together for a few days, we felt like we could see Lisa’s personality opening up before our eyes. She learned how to join the word “hi” with a subject (“hi, Marlow), and she even learned to say sorry when they had an argument over a toy. And Marlow got to show off his manliness as he helped Lisa get around on her scooter, and later came to tearing Lisa’s rescue when a baby goat tried to steal Lisa’s bucket of animal food. He chased it away yelling “naughty goat!”
Petting farms are fun to visit with kids, and we are glad we added this mini trip in our journey, not to mention meeting new friends — head over to Instagram to follow little Marlow on his adventure around the world.
We’ve kept on traveling since then, and Lisa has grown and grown. One of the hardest parts of full time travel continues to be finding ways for Lisa to play and socialize. If you’d like to see where we’ve been, head over to our destinations page. And if you’d like to support our travels, our resources page has lots of links to gear and services that will help us pay the bills. Happy travels.