My Favourite Travel Moments in Asia (by Naia, 26 months old)
My mommy and daddy keep taking me to different countries. They told me I’ve been to 11 so far, but if you asked me, I wouldn’t know which ones. In fact, I’m not even sure what a country is yet, but I guess I’ll figure it out one day.
All I know is that I like going to the airport, and giving my passport to the person at the counter. I also like playing on those moving sidewalks, and running through the gate to the plane. Sometimes there’s a playground in the airport and of course, I love that too.
I get to watch a lot of episodes of Pororo on the plane…way more than I get to at home, which is totally amazing. I even get these special headphones for kids on my mama and dada’s favourite airline, but mostly I just play with them and get all tangled up in the cord, and then I get frustrated, and then my mommy gets annoyed and ends up wearing them herself.
JANUARY: DUBAI, UAE
At the beginning of the year, we went to Dubai for one of dada’s best friend’s weddings. I remember that I went on a plane for 11 hours straight, and then we slept for a few hours, kind of, and then I got to stay up again until midnight.
I was really, really tired, but everything was new and exciting, so I didn’t have a meltdown until much later on. My mommy took me to the hotel and we went to sleep, but my daddy stayed out too late and was super tired and grumpy the next day.
Of course, it didn’t matter how tired he was, because he still had to get up and take care of me the next day. My mama was so exhausted she even put 2 different kinds of socks on me without realizing it. Thank goodness she fixed it before we met my Uncle Snoop though. That would’ve been embarrassing.
We went to a lot of different places in Dubai, but my favourite was Cabrito because we sat on the floor and all the walls were soft. I ran and fell all over the place without getting hurt. My dada said the lamb was really delicious, but I wouldn’t know because it looked weird and I refused to eat it.
That was stupid though, because now I’ve tasted lamb, and I can’t get enough. I must’ve been really young and naive then.
I also tried Indian food for the first time in Dubai, and it was really, really delicious…especially the naan bread. I ate a whole piece by myself, even though it had garlic on it.
Mama said it’s my second trip to Kyoto, but I don’t remember the first time at all. She showed me a picture to prove it, but I still don’t believe her, cuz mama tells me lots of things that aren’t true.
We went there with my grandma and grandpa. The only time they went to Japan before was when they were immigrating to Canada in 1974, and that time, they didn’t even leave the airport!
We went to a famous castle in Kyoto called Nijo, and my grandma said it was really beautiful, but I only cared about playing with the small pebbles that were all over the place.
My mama ate some giant shrimps in Nishiki Market, and I tasted it too. I liked them so much that when we went to Thailand later in the year, all I wanted to eat was giant barbecued prawns.
We also went to a city called Kobe and tried some famous meat called Kobe Beef. I was asleep for most of the meal, but I woke up just in time to try it too, and good thing I did because it was really delicious. I ate a whole bowl of rice mixed with small bits of beef all by myself. My mama said I’m very lucky because most people go their whole lives without ever getting to taste something like that.
I had a lot of fun with my grandma in Kyoto because she ate soooo much matcha ice cream, which meant that I got to eat a lot of matcha ice cream too. I love ice cream! 🙂
JULY: HAMDEOK BEACH, JEJU ISLAND
I used to be really scared of water. I even cried the first time my dada put me in the sea at the beach in Durres, Albania, but it was freezing cold, and I wasn’t sure what was happening. You can’t really blame me, can you? I was only 9 months old.
But after a few months of swimming classes in Seoul, I started to really love the water. So when my mommy took me on a plane to a beach on Jeju Island with my friend Ava and my Auntie Hallie, I was REALLY excited.
My mama was really worried about traveling by herself without dada, but I was amazing and we had a great trip. I spent ALL DAY walking in the water and playing with the sand.
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My #littletraveler inherited her ❤️ of everything beach-related from her Mediterranean daddy. She never wants to get out of the water and could spend hours just walking through the sea. 🌊 * Do you have a #beachbaby too? What do they love to do at the beach? 🏖 * * * * #jejuisland #제주도여행 #expatlife #familytravel
OCTOBER: BANGKOK, KOH LIPE, HUA HIN
My mama and dada said they wanted to take me somewhere special for my 2nd birthday, but I really think they just wanted to go to the beach, and it was a good excuse.
Thailand was the first time I flew internationally with my mama alone, and she was really, really nervous, but I was an angel of course, and everything went fine. She said the only difficult part was pushing me in the stroller and the big suitcase at the same time by herself, but she managed.
We only stayed in Bangkok for one night while we waited for dada to arrive from Korea, and then the very next day we went on a plane, and then a van, and then a boat. We traveled for 5 hours straight to get to an island called Koh Lipe.
At first, I thought the boat ride was fun, like a roller coaster, but then I got kind of scared because my mama and dada looked terrified. After about 30 minutes, I started to feel really awful and I threw up about 6 times. I hate throwing up.
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The speedboat ride from Pak Bara Pier to Koh Lipe were probably some of the most terrifying minutes of my life. 🌊💨 * This was at the beginning before it got really bad and we were trying to make it fun for Naia, but the rest of the ride was pure white-knuckle terror holding onto her head and bracing for every hard impact of the boat on the waves. * I felt like the worst parent ever for subjecting her to that and am just so happy we made it there in one piece and had a great week on the beach. 🏖 * * * * * #curiouslittleexplorers #thailand🇹🇭 #thailandonly #kohlipe #parentingfail #speedboat #beachin #littletraveler #bravegirl
The other bad thing that happened to me on Koh Lipe was when I put mosquito repellent in my mouth. My mama told me not to, but I was so curious I couldn’t stop myself. It tasted truly horrible, and I’ll never do it again (but not because my mommy said not to).
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Mosquito repellent isn't very tasty…even if it's just made out of citronella oil. 🙊😂 * Happy 2nd birthday Naia Bear! I love you more than you can imagine. ❤️❤️❤️ * * * * * #2yearsold #sunsetsky #sunsetsniper #thailandonly #kohlipe #peacefulmoments #beachvibes #beachin #familytravel #travelwithkids #mosquitos
Besides those things, I had a lot of fun in Thailand. It rained a lot the first few days, which my mommy and daddy didn’t like, but splashing in puddles is so much fun. They don’t know what they’re talking about, as usual.
I also rode in my first motorcycle taxi up and down some steep hills, and the driver even tried to teach me how to make an interesting hand sign. I was a little bit scared, but I didn’t show it. I also made friends with a Thai girl in the restaurant while my mama and dada ate Mexican food, and she had SO MANY toys!
Koh Lipe was probably one of my most favourite places I’ve ever been to. But the truth is I like pretty much anywhere as long as my mommy and daddy are there with me.
Next, I’m gonna tell you all about my favourite travel moments in Europe. Are there any other little travelers out there? Where did you go in 2017?