Traveling for the first time without our daughter

It has been so long since my husband and I have taken a trip together, just the two of us – without our daughter or any extended family – that I have forgotten how easy it is to prepare and pack for only one person. I don’t have to analyze every detail of our itinerary to ensure optimal travel conditions for our toddler. I do not have to try to strategically consolidate the contents of my purse, my camera equipment, and the diaper bag all into one tote. But the fact that I have fewer details to which to pay attention has me freaking out. I feel like this is the most unprepared I have ever been for a trip. I am procrastinating. What has become of me?

At the same time, I am looking forward to a relaxed itinerary. Not every minute of every day of our trip is planned out. In fact, the date of our return trip is not even confirmed. My husband and I are just going to relax and enjoy ourselves, and try to see as much as we can without stressing about it.

Photo by maistora

And where are we going? That would be Istanbul, Turkey, where we will celebrate our ten-year wedding anniversary. We have never been away from our daughter for more than one night or two, and we definitely have not been as far away as Istanbul. I am not concerned for our daughter’s health, safety, or anything like that; she will be in good hands. It is MY well-being I am most concerned about! I anticipate a tearful “see you later” when we leave for the airport, and I know I will miss her like crazy.

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0 Responses to Traveling for the first time without our daughter

  1. Drina Murphy November 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    We were the same, we have 3 kids and have only spent time away from them a handful of times over 17 years, it is just so weird but you will have a great time, you’ll just be on the phone constantly;)

    • Francesca November 14, 2011 at 6:33 am #

      It was a bit rough at first but we made it! She was so excited to see us when we got home so it made the whole trip worth it 🙂

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