Readers! I am on board with this (even though I am guilty of some of the “don’ts” myself!). The list-maker, Darreby Ambler, is a writer and mother of 3 from Bath, Maine. – L.
Dear Free-Range Kids: Thought you might like this old list I found in a drawer yesterday. When I read the first sentence, I thought immediately of Free-Range! These were the travel rules we used with our kids when they were smaller. They are now 15, 19, and 21, and travel independently and joyfully around the world. (You can tell from the rules that it wasn’t always this way! Hang in there, parents!) — Darreby, in Maine
Ambler Family Travel Rules and Responsibilities
- It’s good to talk to strangers. The outside world is full of them. The place you don’t have to deal with them is at home, which is where people who can’t cope with strangers will stay next time.
- Each traveler is responsible for finding things to be excited about, and sharing that enthusiasm.
- If the enthusiasm of others embarrasses you, pretend otherwise. Being cool is dull, except in a sports car.
- Unusual foods are part of the point.
- Staying home is usually more comfortable than traveling, but traveling is more interesting. Prioritize well.
- Travel disruptions are normal and a good way to show your readiness for more challenging adventures.
- Remember that your dislikes do not make interesting conversation.
- Wash your hands. You have no immunity to foreign germs. Throwing up is not interesting.
- You have travel in your future that you can not even imagine. Adhering to these guidelines makes you eligible for such travel.