Travel Spotlight: Talon from 1Dad 1Kid 1Crazy Adventure
Having recently connected by a mutual friend, Talon from 1Dad 1Kid is quite the superdad. I had been following his stories since Google Reader days where his would appear first on my list. Therefore you can imagine the excitement when we were introduced via digital space (still hoping to meet him in person one day). In this months’ Travel Spotlight, Talon shares with us what’s it like moving around the world and adjusting to new environments with his son, Tigger.
It has been over two years since you’ve been a nomad. Do you ever miss home?
Not really. I do miss having friends to hang out with, though. This is one reason we’re on the hunt for a long-term base. We’d like to have a place that is home for now while we continue to travel.
Your son, Tigger is very lucky to have a dad to ‘world school’ him. Has there been any challenges for the both of you, especially Tigger, to adjust to new environments?
Surprisingly no. We did experience some culture shock in Australia after having lived in undeveloped countries for so long. Hearing English being spoken everywhere was quite bizarre, and I noticed I didn’t have as much peace because of it. In a restaurant in Vietnam, I don’t have to turn out conversations because I can’t understand them. But in New Zealand and Australia, I felt like I was always having to work to ignore conversations around me. It was an interesting experience.
Initially, I had more of a challenge as we began our new life because I had been used to working 60 hours a week and now I was working 12. That was a rough adjustment, but Tigger had no trouble with adapting.
As a parent, do you plan trips that involve family activities or otherwise?
Not particularly. I find there are family activities all over the place, and really since we’re always together we don’t really have to look for special things to do. We also don’t really plan trips. I like to leave a lot of room for spontaneity. Mostly, we focus on destinations that seem interesting to us culturally, historically, or otherwise.
What would be your favourite type of travel together? Eg: adventure, sightseeing, food hunts, cultural etc.
I love exploring new foods, but my son is more of a picky eater. We’re happy just exploring a new place. I’m a scuba instructor, and he’s certified, so we do tend to look for scuba diving opportunities when we’re in an area that offers scuba, though.
Would you rather catch a travel tour or go for free and easy?
I detest tours. Free and easy is the name of the game for me. As I said above, we don’t really plan even. If you were to ask me where we’d be in March, I couldn’t tell you. We do minimal planning, usually only getting as far as booking a plane ticket. If traveling by train or bus, we usually won’t know until about a week or so ahead of time. Sometimes even less.
Where would you say is the best place for road trip adventure with your family?
There are many gorgeous places in the world, but I would be most interesting in a European road trip. We’ve road tripped in the US and could certainly do more of that, but we aren’t really interested in spending time in the US. Europe is incredibly beautiful, and I would definitely like to see more of it by road tripping.
If you could bring along a guest with you on your travels, who would it be?
A hot guy who thought I was his world. LOL
If you had a chance to be the President of any country in the world, which country would you choose?
I can’t even answer this because being a president of a country would be possibly the last thing on earth I’d want to do. I can’t think of a more thankless and stressful job.
Do you have a life mantra that you live by?
Live without regrets is our family motto, and we use “the regret test” for all major decisions. Life is a lot more enjoyable when you’re living without regrets.
What would be your travel advice to other parents when travelling with their little ones?
I see a lot of people who really overdo the activities and spend too little time in one area. Kids adapt to change well, but moving every few days is eventually going to lead to significant burnout. Take it slow. You don’t have to see absolutely everything in an area. We seldom do the typical tourist things in a place. Instead we prefer to see as much of the actual culture and day-to-day life as possible.
Talon Windwalker is a single parent, author, writer, former hospice chaplain, Zen monk, ultra runner, snowshoer, endurance cyclist, certified endurance running coach, scuba instructor, photographer, and lover of travelling, languages, and cultures. – See more at: 1Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Crazy Adventure