As a kid my parents dragged us all over South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. We camped everywhere. It taught us to be responsible for fire, dishes, cooking, safety, learn to plan itineraries and organize the packing up of a camp. It also encouraged us to learn about places (read maps), people and their cultures. It brought us closer as a family. I have so many stories to tell about funny things that happened on the road and I never want to stop having adventures because of that.

I think when you travel you expand your mind and see things differently. I want my kids to follow their hearts everywhere to collect passport stamps, make memories, have great big adventures and go beyond what I’ve been able to do. Travel is the best thing in the world you can give your kids next to a good education and love. Every day they do or see something new with you, you are helping them build memories that will warm their hearts even when you are gone.

We’re planning to take our 2 kids camping in the Kruger and our 2 year old has already spent a 9 day self-drive holiday on Reunion Island (with my parents in tow). I’m already planning where my 4 month old’s first passport stamp will come from! 

It’s a magical world out there – and kids love magic.


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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