Mad as Pants

You’d have to be mad as pants to fly from Australia to Europe with three kids in tow. Completely bonkers. I mean, it costs a serious amount of money. 

“Contestant number two, would you like to take a five minute family vacation to Europe or own a small African nation?”

This is not helped by us having three kids, which these days seems to count as a whole tribe.

“No seriously, I think you should consider the African Nation – you’ve got most of a tribe yourself after all.”

And so on revealing to people that we are planning to go to Europe next year, we are often met with some very startled glances. Most people are very keen to know what made us decide to do that. Have we in fact secretly won the lottery? Nope. But we have discovered a very unusual method of paying for things – it’s called saving. Oh all right, we aren’t financial geniuses but an auto savings plan does make a huuuuuuge difference in our case. The money that we don’t see doesn’t get spent on gadgets.

But why go to Europe at all? Well, the number one reason is that we have family over there. And a sprinkling of friends we’ve been meaning to catch up with as well. Apparently after three trips by the rellies over here, it is now our turn to visit. And the lure of Europe is strong. The wonderful mind stretching adventure of travel, with the added bonus of culture. language, art and shopping. Seriously there is no greater educational experience than travel. 

As Jean Luc Picard said,

“Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.”

We might be mad as pants, but we will have lived.

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