I think my daughter caught the travel bug

This morning, I was sitting at the dining room table, reading the Travel section of the Chicago Tribune (as I do every Sunday). My daughter, Lucia (who will turn 3 in March), was playing under the dining room table (don’t ask). I came across an article by Rick Steves, in which he mentions Mont St. Michel in France. I told my husband, “France doesn’t really appeal to me, but I would like to see Mont St. Michel one day.” My husband said he feels the same about France, but he would like to visit Normandy. We chatted for a few more seconds about it when, all of a sudden, Lucia appeared from under the table and exclaimed, “Me go, too!” A bit startled, I asked, “You want to go on a trip to France with Daddy and me?” Lucia answered oh-so-matter-of-fact-ly, “Yeah. And I need to bring my map.”

Mont St. Michel | France

Mont St. Michel

At that moment, my heart was bursting with pride and elation, for I felt that my mission had been accomplished. During Lucia’s less-than-three years, she’s been on five airplane trips (including one to Italy), and numerous road trips, and I have tried my hardest – without being forceful and overbearing – to introduce her to different cultures and languages. So today, when she popped up and insisted that she go to France, too, not only did it make me happy to know that my daughter does in fact want to travel, but it also told me that she is beginning to appreciate what travel is all about.

Now, my only hope is that Lucia’s wanderlust and global appreciation continue to grow and expand. I think she’s off to a pretty good start.

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17 Responses to I think my daughter caught the travel bug

  1. Amy @WorldschoolAdventures January 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    That is so awesome! Travel is the best thing you can give her πŸ™‚

    • Francesca January 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      Thank you, Amy! I agree!

  2. Brandy Keener January 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Yahoo! Here’s to toddlers with the travel bug. πŸ™‚

    • Francesca January 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

      Amen to that! And with you and Sean as parents, Kai has no chance of avoiding the travel bug!

  3. DB (@_lotus) January 16, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    πŸ™‚ Good job

    • Francesca January 16, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Thanks! I know you’ve been to Europe… have you been to France and Mont St. Michel?

      • DB (@_lotus) January 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

        Sadly no. I was in Paris for all of something like 36 hours. I would love to go to Normandy, or do one of those Trek bike tours through Provence.

  4. reclaimingmyfuture January 17, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    haha SO cute Francesca – you’re right, mission accomplished =)

    • Francesca January 17, 2012 at 7:18 am #

      Thanks, Toni! I’m glad that some aspect of my parenting is going well πŸ˜‰

  5. Leah Travels (@L_e_a_h) January 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I love this story. If I had kids they’d totally be like her! She comes from good stock, I can tell. πŸ™‚

    • Francesca January 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      Awww, thanks Leah! That’s a very sweet thing to say!

  6. Jetting Around (@jettingaround) January 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Love it, smart little girl!! πŸ˜€ Now you realize you’ll actually have to go to France with her!

    • Francesca January 31, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      Thanks, I’ll gladly take her!

  7. lara k February 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Our two year old has traveled more in her short life than my husband had by the time he was 25! She loves to travel and so do we – I am so glad she’s growing up traveling the way that I did. It gives kids a broader world view and teaches them so much!

    • Francesca February 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

      I completely agree, Lara. Glad your little one has taken to travel, too!

  8. Adrienne_Away December 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    This is so great. You have to help instill the love of travel early πŸ™‚ I hope to do so with my 3 month old.
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  9. Jeremy November 3, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    Mont San Michel was by far one of my favorite places to visit. I highly recommend it! There are hotels and little cottages actually on the island you can stay in and the food was amazing. I looks like a place out of a fairy tale and it is. Be sure to tour the Monastery as well I cant wait to go back and take my daughter there one day too!
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