When Parents Come to Play…

by Poi on June 13, 2011

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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:

Playing on Koh Lanta Thailand

Mum: “why didn’t you bring me here sooner?”

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?

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Bluegreen Kirk June 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Its funny that my mom is the same way. She only wants to travel if its within driving distance. Which means she doesn’t get out much. Looks like shes ready to go at your dad with the stick! “I’ve been missing this all these years!”

lol
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Poi June 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

My mum likes flying for 3 or 4 hours but the time it takes to get here means it’s to something she wants to do to often.

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Heather June 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

I felt the same way when my parents came to Japan this Christmas. My mom is a little more adventurous, but my Dad had never been anywhere other than the UK (we live in Canada), and he’d been there 10 times. “Why not travel where we know the same language?”he would say. But he loved Japan and even the sushi and is now planning a trip to meet us in Vietnam in the fall!

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Poi June 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

That’s a good success story, you’ll have him backpacking in no time haha!

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Megan June 14, 2011 at 8:40 am

Aww that’s great your parents have come to visit!

I’m hoping I can convince mine to come and visit me next year…my dad doesn’t believe in taking long flights unless you’re going for months and months…the last time they went overseas was in 1978!
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Poi June 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

Wow, long time ago, good luck getting him to visit, I’m sure he will.

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Jaime June 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

Oh man isn’t it an awesome feelings to see your parents while you are abroad. My isn’t the same as yours but the last 6 days my parents were here with me. It’s more partially due that my brother decided to get married here in Playa del Carmen & well I promised them I would be here in time for it. Well it was all worth it. We awesome to visit ruins with my family & the wedding was amazing. I also talked to my parents about visiting me while I am living in Egypt. Hipefully they do cus then it will be just like this story.
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Poi June 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

Must have been great to have an occasion like that included in your travels and not having to fly home for it.

Lets hope they make it to Egypt!

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Natalie June 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I miss my mum. They don’t come to see me anymore because off ill-health. I am going to have to make the journey back to the Uk to see them. Will be worth it though
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Poi June 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

Sorry to hear that, an excuse to go home is always nice though?

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Colin & John June 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm

We have been looking for a stick to beat him with for years, can Rose bring it home, please?

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Rose, aka Mother June 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

Improvise, a shallow stab with a sharp pencil in the leg is normally enough to sort him out!

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Adam June 15, 2011 at 10:48 am

Who says I’m coming back fella’s?

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures June 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm

How awesome you got your parents to come and visit for 3 weeks! I’m actually jealous!!! My parents would never in a million years go to Asia. Enjoy!

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Poi June 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

It is very cool, they’ve been loving it here as well which is even better, maybe next time I’ll warn them not to come during the hottest part of the year…

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Julia June 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Aww sometimes seeing someone or something from home is just what you need to keep your wanderlust alive! So great your parents are there for 3 weeks, I really hope they enjoy it.
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Poi June 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

Been having a great time thanks Julia, It’s been nice playing tour guide and pretending to be a local and know everything haha

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Kieron June 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

My parents were super keen to visit us if we went ahead with the working in Canada option and they had even started researching Alaskan cruises.

We’re working hard to convince Amy’s parents to visit us somewhere – Asia is looking the most likely due to the flight only being around 8 hours from Australia but we’ll see how we go!
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Poi June 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Good luck getting them all out to visit, I hope it works out for you.

It’s great being able to show the family how much fun we’re having and that we’re not starving ourselves, my mum does worry haha

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Ricky June 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Great work. Nothing like sharing the travelling experience with the folks. I actually wished my mum and dad could have come out to visit me whilst i was in Thailand last year.
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Poi June 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

It was great to have them here, I spent most of the time trying to convince them they should be over here full time.

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Alex June 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

One of the times in your life when you are travelling abroad when you really miss your parents. Whilst I didnt want to go home, I would have loved my parents to come and visit me.
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Poi June 17, 2011 at 9:13 am

That’s how we feel, if we could get all our friends and family to follow us around the whole time it would be perfect, never having to go home.

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Michael June 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Aw. That’s awesome. One day I hope to get my parents to visit me somewhere. Sometimes I catch myself saying “Oh, my mom would love this!”

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Poi July 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Thats how we felt about Chiang Mai so I’m glad we finally got the chance to show them the place.

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Sarah June 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

My parents seem to manage to crash most of my trips, they love the excuse to join me somewhere they’ve always wanted to visit. This year presents the biggest challenge yet – getting my Dad to Argentina and finding food for the fussiest vegetarian on the planet…

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Poi July 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

haha that’s cool, it’s a good problem to have no?

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