We made it to day 5.
For those of you wondering what I’m talking about, this is Day 5/Letter E of theA-Z Blogging Challenge. I’m doing prompts for a kid’s travel journal. So far I’ve done A, B, C, and D.
And today is E. Day 5.
Everyday throughout the challenge I’ll write a prompt for a travel journal for kids, write some words about, and give you a free downloadable that corresponds to the prompt. By the end of the month you’ll have a 26 page travel journal ready to go (if you follow every day). Follow now, though, come mid-May, the printables will be gone.
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Kids Travel Journal: E is for Emotions
There are certain moments in my travel history that will be forever engrained in my mind.Day 5 of #atozchallenge has got me feeling EMOTIONS. Click To Tweet
The Eiffel Tower at night.
The third time I saw the Eiffel Tower it was at night. I was living in Germany and met up with one of my high school friends who was visiting Paris with her school. I was, unfortunately, an obnoxious teenager living in Europe. The Eiffel Tower? Been there. Done that. But, I wanted to hang out with my friend and that’s where they went.
I have no idea where we were, but we turned the corner, and there it was. The Eiffel Tower at night. If I could draw a picture of how I felt at the moment, I’d have to find a way to mix absolute wonder with a newfound appreciation for being appreciative of the opportunities in my life.
Landing at the Beijing Airport
Awe. I was sitting on the plane listening to Coldplay’s “Fix You”. I know absolutely nothing about music, but the combination of the instruments, words, and what I was seeing out of the window was the closest to a spiritual connection I’ve ever had. And when I hear that song today, it takes me back to that moment.
Hogmanay’s Torchlight Procession
This is one of those events that I constantly tell people they have to experience once. We took our one year old to Edinburgh to experience Hogmanay. Little did we know that most of the three day festivities weren’t too child friendly. But, the one event where hundreds (thousands?) carried fire on torches? Perfect.
This was another night time event. We walked from Edinburgh Castle to Calton Hill. Bagpipes. Trails of people as far as you can see both ahead of us and behind us. All topped off with more bagpipes and fireworks. And one of the best beef sandwiches I’ve ever had.
My feeling here? Maybe this was the closest I’ve ever had to a spiritual connection, really.
Travel, You got me feeling emotions
So many people say they don’t want to travel with their kids because their kids won’t remember it. And while that is accurate, kids likely won’t remember it (and I say that because I don’t remember all my trips either), but they will feel it. I doubt there’s a kid out there that could go to a new place, experience something they’ve never experienced before, and just think – meh.
They may not always be able to articulate how they felt, they may not always remember it, but they can write it down. So that’s the travel journal prompt today.
The download makes this a little simpler. A circle to draw the feeling felt when visiting a site, and a box to write where they were.
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Question for the commenters
I know a big part of the A-Z Challenge is meeting other bloggers and leaving comments. So, to help those of you leaving comments, you can either comment on something above or let me know –
Obviously, I have to know? What was one of your most emotional travel experiences?
Every day during the challenge I’ll be linking to another participant. TodayI introduce…
Along Came a Dog who is writing the Diary of her Dying Mother-in-Law.
Love your descriptions of the emotions you felt when you experienced different things around the world. My favourite moment was definitely when I first saw Dubrovnik from a view point on the road – I had watched on tv with the rest of the world when the city was under siege during the war and thought I would never get to see it, so to be standing there knowing it had survived brought tears to my eyes.
Yes! Those places you see that you never thought you would ever get to see… those are always so special. That’s why landing in Beijing meant so much. I couldn’t see anything special from the plane… but I was in China! I travel for those moments. They make me feel so alive.
Mary Hill says
I enjoyed seeing Washington DC, but I ended up frightened when we got lost in a terrible neighborhood. I hate feeling lost.
Great topic for the letter E! So many places in the world are inspiring and leave impressions. A reoccurring event that brings back emotions for me, is the night sky while being at anchor on my boat, especially after losing loved ones. One of the most amazing experiences I had during my travels was swimming with manta rays. When they entered our bay unexpectedly, we donned snorkel gear and floated above them while they fed. Wildlife encounters as a general create the deepest emotions in me! And then, there is the reward of a magnificent view after climbing a hill or a mountain… 🙂
Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary