Four Things I learned While Being in a Foreign Country With Children

We recently returned from this years family vacation in the Dominican Republic.

Every year, after each vacation, I remain dumfounded at how fast time flies. We literally spend months prepping for our time away and in the blink of an eye our vacation is over.

Geez.

With that being said, today I would like to share four things that I learned while being away with little humans.

  1. Put money aside for an emergency. You would think every one thinks of this, but I didn’t even think of this! And I am a crazy planner. When leaving on vacation, my husband and I make a budget of the amount we plan on spending. However, it turned out that on this vacation our son got sick and being that we were in another country, we had to pay the medical expenses out of our pockets. That was not planned. We also had to pay for a flight change due to our little one being sick. It is important to have money aside for cases like this.
  2. Be grateful. I came across people who would give everything to live the life I live. One little girl shared that her biggest dream is to get on an airplane. I constantly complain about my life in New York City and how stressful it is but God has truly blessed me. From the moment I returned home, I’ve thanked God for every little thing. Literally. Today I thanked God my toilet flushed. 🙂
  3. Not all children adapt easily to different environments. My oldest adapts easily to any environment he is in. He even spoke more Spanish while we were away. However, my little guy is the exact opposite. He would constantly throw tantrums and cry endlessly. He could not express what he was feeling but as his mother I knew it was discomfort. Every time we were in a place with a lot of people or if it got too warm, he would cry and cry until he was comfortable again.
  4. Regardless of the circumstance, have a good time. Our vacation was scheduled for two weeks and our son got sick one week in. During the last few days we did not go anywhere because we were focused on getting our little guy better and it kind of felt like being stuck in an NYC apartment (except having someone else do all the cooking + cleaning– yasss). At one point, I was disappointed but I quickly reminded myself to look at the positive side of the situation. Despite the circumstance, you can always have a good time.

That is all.

Now here are a few pictures of our time away.

I’ll make another post with more pictures!

 

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xo,

a loving mama

 

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