Most adults have a clichéd view of children as some kind of hindrance to traveling. They picture crying babies on a plane, kids whining, “when are we going to get there?” etc. These people actually have it backwards. Not just about the kids but about the whole notion of what travel can be. They’re not really seeking to travel but take a vacation from reality.
The truth is kids are naturally better travelers than adults. They have the ability to simply inhabit wherever they are — the ultimate mark of a traveler who is in the flow — an ability most of us as adults have either lost, or need snowboards, kayaks, yoga classes, or new “destinations” to regain.
As you look at each of these portraits, consider how the moments we experience as travelers — both before and after having kids — all have the possibility to add, to build something so that one day — old and slow — we may finally get back to that level of travel we had as kids, where there was no separation between the terrain and our imagination.