Really Flying the nest!

After years of tween and teenage bickering, Baby Bear and Little Chick have become the best friends ever. This is mainly due to the fact that Little Chick moved over 100 miles away.

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It is true what they say, Absence does make the heart grow fonder! Since Little Chick went to University, they have formed a bond that is stronger than ever before. But to me, they are still my babies.

So, it is with some trepidation that they are going off on their travels. Tickets have been booked, insurance organised and spending money looked into.

Now, most nearly 20 year olds think about spending their holidays in Magaluf, or Ayia Napa. But my girls are not your everyday kind of normal. And neither is their holiday destination!

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South Korea is not the first place that you think of when you start planning your jollies. It is not really the land of sun, sea and cocktails. However, it is a country filled with fascinating history and beautiful sights.

Neither of which is something that my girls normally go for.

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SO, why South Korea? In a poor impression of their beloved Uncle Paul, “Why Not?”

And it is exactly that reason they are going there. Uncle Paul is helping to monitor the thin red line between North and South Korea, as a member of the US Army.

The girls have always felt a great affinity with Uncle Paul, as I think he shares their sense of humour.  On our big family holiday last year, to St Lucia, they spent a lot of time with Paul and his lovely wife Dawn, and got to know them on an adult level. They had a great time doing so, and have stayed in regular contact since.

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Hence the offer of a visit to the Far East. This is of course an amazing opportunity, and a country they were not very likely to visit in the great scheme of things. So, why not make the most of the offer and go and see something new.

In two months time, they will be jetting off on a 10 hr flight to Seoul, where they will stay with Uncle and Aunt for 2 weeks. And they are going on their own.

This is where Mum becomes a whittler. And I don’t mean with a sharp knife and a bit of wood.

It’s a long old flight, it’s a long old way away. And I am not there to keep things ticking over, all organised.  But, at nearly 20 I have to be prepared for them to be travelling the big wide World.

Let’s face it, this is the time that your offspring should be doing exactly that. Before settling down, having children, bills, mortgages and everything that comes with being a proper grown up.

Travelling the World is something that I would love to do more of, so to do it whilst young, fit, healthy and unencumbered with responsibilities is a wonderful opportunity.

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I have already put in my request for a dodgy plastic fridge magnet, plus any pretty Kawaii things that they think I may like. I can’t think of anything else that South Korea may have that I would covet, but I have 2 months to come up with stuff!

In the meantime, they are starting to think of the things they need to do, and to get. What the weather will be like, and the clothes they intend on taking. It is quite an adventure and certainly they have never untaken anything like it.

The further they have been on their own, is a 40 minute flight back from France, where they were escorted on and off the plane, as they were 15. This time, it will be all down to them.

Now, being the kind of Mother I am, it is very tempting to get involved, nag them about injections, help organise their currency, and try and micromanage everything for them.

However, this time I am not getting involved. At All!

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They are nearly 20 years old, and technically are adults. This is THEIR adventure, and one they need to be in charge of. It’s not that I don’t care, and I will worry the whole time they are away.

But it is for them to organise, to get the excitement of planning their itinerary, to decide what they want to do and see. This is all part and parcel of having a foreign holiday, an adventure.

It builds up the anticipation, and the delight of the countdown as the days pass on the run up to the holiday. They have already got a holiday countdown app going on their phones.

As for me, I will be here, equal parts happiness at their experiences, and worry until they are safe back with me.

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But life is for the living, and the adventures are there to be had, and I hope it’s only the first of many that they experience!

Are there are any places that you would love to see? Where is your fantasy holiday destination? I’d love to hear where you want to go…

Till Then,

Tx

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  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I think a lot of 20 year olds are heading off to the far east now. The best education a person can get is travelling I think! Best thing I ever did, and I did it solo too 🙂

  • sarah Lea

    Awww, bless them! South Korea is a beautiful country (I watch many travel vloggers on youtube!) I’d love to go traveling when my children have all grown up. I hope your girls have a wonderful time and bring back something Kawaii (I love Kawaii, too!) xx

  • I bet they will have an amazing time, my cousin and his now wife went to China and Russia on their travels and the stories they tell are amazing. I hope you don’t worry too much x

  • Sam Rowswell

    Scary but oh so exciting! I’m sure they’ll have such an amazing adventure and you’ll relax a little once you know they’ve arrived safely and settled. And in years to come I’m sure they’ll have great stories to tell their own children too xx

  • I’d love to go to South Korea! I bet it’s such an interesting country. They’ll have a fab time 🙂

  • It’s so good that they’re so close now, absence does make the heart grow fonder in all relationships. South Korea is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go to x

    • It’s not somewhere I would have ever considered before, but now I have been looking into it, it looks amazing! x

  • Beth

    So lovely they are all close. They will have such a lovely time

  • Aww how nice they are now so close – I’d love to visit so many places around the globe. x

  • I would love to visit Las Vegas and Bahamas

  • Jessica Dearnley

    It’s lovely that they are so close. I’d love to pack up and go travelling and I’d love to visit South Korea.

  • I would love to visit South Korea one day. Hopefully next year

  • Aw, absence truly does make the heart grow fonder and I think that it is lovely that their Uncle Paul invited them on a trip of a lifetime. Korea might not be your typical holiday hangout but what a trip!

  • GlamourGlitterGloss

    Good luck to them on their journey. I worked abroad when I was younger and I loved it, wish I had the money to do it all over again! I worked in Magaluf, but I’d love to go to Australia and The Maldives

  • Kira L Curtis

    I think it’s great when younger ones choose to explore rather than go partying in magluf! Myself and my boyfriend went to Mexico for our first holiday without parents and it was our best holiday ever! Hopefully going back this year then going exploring somewhere else next year! I hope they have a wonderful time in South Korea!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I am slightly jealous of the travel plans and it is so interesting to read they are going somewhere that isn’t Oz or America x

  • Shannon Ritchie

    South Korea is on the list of places I want to go! I’m sure they’ll have a lovely time, I’m very jealous! X

  • That will be so much fun for them. It’s great that your daughters are so close!

  • I formed a stronger bond with my family when I went away to university. I felt like it made me grow up in a sense

  • Oh gosh they are going to love it! I love that you’re consciously given hem the freedom they need to grow and become themselves. I know a lot of mothers struggle with that and still try and micro manage. x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    My girls are still very young but I can’t think what I would do when they go to uni. Not going to think about that just yet.

  • Oh my, I bet this has been so difficult to step back – Well done for not nagging though. I hope they are having an incredible time x

  • Laura

    Oh I’m sure they’ll have an amazing time and gain so much life experience. Must be hard letting them go though. I’m off to the Maldives in January and it can’t come quick enough! xxx

  • South Korea is actually top of my bucket list and a lot of my friends can say the same! I find Korean culture really interesting and the food is incredible! I hope they have a lot of fun on their trip 🙂

  • I have been to South Korea, Seoul in particular twice in 2015 and going back in 2 days. It is amazing place but like every place they just need to be careful as foreigners. I am excited for them.

    • Thank you so much Anosa, is there anywhere you recommend visiting? x

      • They should visit Itaewon as its full of tourists, myeong dong, Hongdae and Insadong for the shoping

        • Thank you! I have told my daughter and she has noted it all down. They are getting very excited now! x

          • I can only imagine. I was too excited to sleep the first time I went. Not sure how long they are going for but if they bring open phones they can buy sim cards and use free public wifi.

          • Ooooh thank you!