If only one major positive comes from my travels it will be the fact I got my mum to Asia. Without going into how amazing I am, she wouldn’t ever have come here if it wasn’t for me.
Currently my parents are visiting Kirsty and I in Thailand for three weeks, it’s not that I’m not as pleased to see my dad but I know he would go anywhere given the chance, my mum on the other hand takes a bit more work.
It’s not that she has anything against Asia, or anywhere for that matter, it’s the simple fact it’s so far from home and a lot of flying. She never flew before my first trip abroad to Turkey when I was nine and I remember how nervous she was before taking off. My dad even took a moment to warn my sister and I, that until we are in the air nothing was guarenteed.
Luckily for all of us my mum made it onto the plane that day, possibly realising what a pain in the arse her kids would have been had she not. Over the years since then, my parents have been on many holidays overseas and my mum has even learnt to enjoy flying.
And now they are here:
My proud moment comes when they step off the plane and I can announce this is the furthest they have ever been from home.
But how different things could have been, back in the day my dad nearly took a 10 pound flight to Australia, meaning he would never have met my mother and given birth to a wonderful son and a not so bad daughter.
So to my parents, thank you for making the effort and coming to see me.
The question is, where can I get them to go next? Have you ever managed to convince someone to make the extra effort to visit you somewhere they wouldn’t have visited otherwise?