Friday, November 6, 2015

Passing on the travel genes

Since I've been staying pretty close to my dad's place these days I've been doing a lot of reading. As you might expect a lot of that reading is travel tales, especially sailing stories.

No doubt helping provide end of life care for my dad has put me in a reflective mood.

There are people who sail over the horizon leaving friends and family behind. Those bonds don't seem to hold them as tightly as their desire for the new and different.

Other people are are content to send down deep roots. They build a life around their home area, family, friends and their community. At the end of their life they are content to have surrounded themselves with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

There really is such a thing as “travel genes.” If there wasn't humans would be an isolated species off in the corner of the world somewhere. For some people that travel is their strongest motivation.

Some of those genes get spread around by travelers. More than a few strays have been let behind in someone else's nest. Another successful strategy is to stay and nurture your offspring to do what you can for them.

Then there are those of us who want it all. We want roots and connections, yet also want to experience new things. So what do we do? Some of us raise kids then travel. Other take their families on adventures. Everything is a compromise. I may envy those who's dropped anchor in exotic distant ports and were young and full of energy. On the other hand, I would not have paid the price. I needed that youthful energy to raise my kids.

. . . besides, I ain't dead yet.



  1. How many times have the kids said" you want to what at your age"? They think 50 is old we know it just our second childhood. :)

    1. My kids don't say that to us . . . yet. They do worry that we'll do something foolish and they can't afford to take care of us.

      Of course we'll do something foolish. We only hope to keep getting away with it.

  2. It's always fun to plan where your next adventure will be! Bermuda, maybe? :o)

  3. Half the fun in life is being able to still do the unexpected and keep the family wondering, right?