Connection Without Rules ~ Travel With Kids

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I had it all planned for months. Hotel was booked, days were taken off, subs were found for classes. Everything was in place. And then the email came in…

A newly debuted yoga festival claimed bankruptcy just days before it started. I was planning on taking my three kids for a bonding weekend of yoga, music and the arts. We did the same last year in Tremblant for Wanderlust and it was magical.

I’m not one for babying my children and try to immerse them in as many experiences, cultures, and ideas as possible. It’s the way we roll. Yoga festivals, yurts, road trips across the country and cities. Flying by the seat of our pants together, filling our minds and hearts with all the newly found things.

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I didn’t wait until my kids were older to fly on a plane, they were carried and nursed, toted and strolled as babies. I took them to music festivals and concerts from the ages of 3 and up. I want to experience this world WITH them, not without. Holding their hands and seeing the miracle of life through their eyes, my own and my husband’s. Three in one. Comparing thoughts and observations, sharing emotions and heart. I break the rules when it comes to travelling with kids, because we live without them. 

With our plans cancelled and my schedule for July full, I was heartbroken and so were the kids. What we do? With Canada Day weekend in the midst of everything, finding accommodations is close to impossible last minute like this, but we somehow pulled off a crazy fun plan in the midst of disappointment. One that might possibly be even more epic than the last.

I was raised in the Georgian Triangle area, so we decided to do the entire triangle. Starting in Northern Ontario, working our way through Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Thornbury, Owen Sound and ending in Tobermory, coming back across the ferry to Manitoulin Island. In 3 days. 2 moms and 5 kids.

It will be epic. There will be tears and laughter, frustration and head shaking, but this weekend will be one for their memory bank, and I hope they take everything they learn and see, as inspiration to do the same. On their own and with their families.

This post is part of The Whole Family Happiness Project, in partnership with Social Currents and the Low Carbon Economy Narrative Initiative. The Whole Family Happiness Project poses the question, “What is the connection between our individual purpose, our family happiness, and the happiness of the world around us?”

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A mom to two girls and a baby boy, a writer and the publisher of Child Mode. As a lover of style and fashion, Nadia found her ‘niche’ and love of children’s clothing while searching for quality items for her family.


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