I have an idea that may or may not be a good one, so I am looking for a little advice. I have a daughter and son, 5 and 1 respectively. I have this pipe dream to save some money to take them on a special travel trip just before they become teenagers.
I suppose what I want is some time with them away from home, where they can experience some of world with a little more freedom than normal, but not too much. I hope (again, this is my pipe dream) that these experiences give us the opportunity to talk about what is out there in the world, both good and bad. I dream that this would be both a bonding time between they and I, and also a time for them to take a small step into the adult world.
Travel always leaves me feeling a sense of wonder about the world. Sometimes, I've felt maybe a bit threatened too - after all, it's not the home I know so much about. But when I think about the confidence I've gained from travel, and the enrichment it's provided towards my understanding of the world, I can hardly think of anything more worthwhile to do.
This would obviously cost a lot of money. So I am thinking like 7-11 years in advance here... What do you think? If this is a good idea, at what age would such an experience be best for a young woman? How about a young man?
Last, I'd even be open to letting them pick where we'd go and what we'd do. I have my heart on El Camino De Santiago because hey, a dad can dream! But I know if I force my choice on them, it'll backfire on me.