When it comes to traveling, children can easily adapt to their new environment and see potential in every landscape for exploration. These pictures show a perfect example of the way kids travel. In Paris, My younger son discovered a park by our hotel, the Hilton Champs-Élysées, and wanted to stop to play. Although it was not part of our busy itinerary, we let him play with the other French kids. It also allowed us to pause from being a tourist and absorbed what we saw: the daily and normal lives of the young Parisians.The French kids spoke to both of my boys and in spite of not knowing a word of French, they were able to communicate without a problem and managed to have a great time.
In Amalfi, Southern Italy, while we were waiting for a table at a restaurant, all the kids congregated around each other and were playing with their DS. Listening to them talk about their Pokemon game was quite amusing. They all seemed to understand each other even when they spoke different languages.
Children travel in a different light than adults. They do not discriminate. They are more social. Traveling to them is never a race to see everything. They do not have a long list of must see or do. They find every opportunity to play, to make friends, or simply to have fun. Everything is interesting to them. They see things that adults tend to ignore (such as the pebbles in the street of Paris (pictured above).
There is no pretense in their travels. In fact, they are naturally better travelers.
Whereas adults can easily get bored, irritated by whatever (inconvenient) conditions they are faced with, and worse, discriminate. Sometimes I wish I can still travel like a child. I want to see the world like they do, talk to people like they do, look at a landscape like they do-without prejudice of any kind.