Welcome to Traveling Wonderland. I am a human rights and international relations scholar who has always loved to travel. I am also the wife to another academic (C) and mom to two little girls: N – age 6 and W – age 3.
This blog will chronicle our family’s adventures. Although the girls are young, they’ve already logged some miles, and we have more exciting trips on the horizon. On each trip, we learn more about traveling with kids, our own family, and the world around us.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” – Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad
We travel for so many reasons. We travel because we live far from family, and travel keeps us connected to them. We travel because we collaborate with colleagues from around the globe and sometimes working side-by-side just can’t be beat. We travel because seeing, hearing, tasting and experiencing first-hand the art and languages and food and culture we read about at home injects our education with life and vigor. We travel because it challenges and rewards us.
We want the girls to share in this excitement and wonder. We want them to see how large the world is, to know people from all walks of life, to respect difference, and to realize that deep down, what we all desire is to create happy, healthy lives and to keep learning and exploring.