Responses to Designed for Travel

I wanted to share some of the great responses to the post “Designed for Travel.” As is often the case, it was a post that I didn’t think would be of much interest and it surprised me. I think most of those who responded are designed for travel themselves so their responses are fun and give the barest bit of information on stories that need to be told. I’m left wanting to know more.

Stan said “our daughter Lauren’s first trip from Kenya where she was born to the Khunjerab pass in Pakistan was at 6 weeks old, sleeping in a suitcase in the back of a jeep :)”

Dave responded “I remember moving a house full of furniture across the city of Karachi, on a camel cart. I was 8 I think and my brother was 5. Our dad let us find riding spots in the furniture and we spent the next 4 hours traveling from Nazimabad to P.E.C.H.S. We got to do this several time over the course of the next few days!! What adventure for two young boys!! …I look back on it and it was just the two of us and the camel cart driver. Yes, it was absolutely normal.”

Jenni says “I love all these stories. My parents made a bed for me in a dresser drawer when they were traveling in Libya after I was born.”

Seraphina made this comment: “YES!!! I think I’m finally coming into a place of peace and acceptance with this part of me…that it’s ok that I don’t want to own a home or a new car or the latest designer clothes…that I’d rather spend my money traveling and eating a variety of foods and experiencing different cultures…and have the freedom to go in an instant if necessary…which has happened more than once”

Karen talked about being in a travel agency recently and having her daughter look at her and say: “Mum, I can see it in your eyes”.

All the responses are a reminder of the unique world of the third culture kid and the many memories evoked as we pass on stories. The longing and design come through our eyes, our words, our actions and our memories.

Perhaps the most poignant response was from Sophie. Sophie is a great writer and global nomad. I have mentioned her in the past and love her thoughts. I’ll close with this:

Its interesting, as I read it, I felt sadness well up, it reminded me of that homesickness for a plane, that longing to travel but not being in a place of being able to. It’s so true that it never leaves you, just get packed away like a suitcase.

Thanks all of you for making the post so much more than it was when I began. Thanks again for reading – I never take it for granted! Have a great weekend.

3 thoughts on “Responses to Designed for Travel

  1. omgosh, loved those stories of a bed in a drawer and the camel cart move! I remember being on holiday at the CMS beach hut on Karachi beach totally freaked out because my parents let my 7 year old brother go on a fishing boat with strange fishermen by himself… I thought it was for the day but it might have just been for the morning or for an hour or so. I wondered if he would come back. He did. The things you do abroad that people wouldn’t dream of doing back ‘home’.

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  2. We had to go and pick up my parents at the airport at the beginning of the summer. I took my child that was “designed for travel”. She had a sparkle in her eye all the way to Knoxville (not a large bustling airport) and when we walked through the doors, she exclaimed, ‘Oh mom! I love the smell of airports!’.

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