Taking your family on an around the world tour. Or sailing around the world. Is it a great family adventure – or a foolish venture requiring being rescued at sea?
Yesterday, the Kaufman family (who had started out on a trip sailing around the world) concerned about their daughter’s deteriorating health, called and asked to be rescued by the military on their satellite phone.
Today, after help from a Navy warship and three federal agencies, and with 1-year old daughter, Lyra, recovering, they are facing criticism over whether their desire to sail around the world with their family was a wise, or a foolish, decision.
- The Kaufmans were not new to sailing. This was the first real issue to come up in 7 years abroad their boat, the Rebel Heart. (View blog at http://www.therebelheart.com/)
- The family had already been sailing when they stopped in Mexico to deliver the baby.
- Their doctor gave a green light to continuing their trip.
- If the ship had not had mechanical problems, or their daughter wasn’t already ill, their story, like many other families, might never be known. And they would have sailed merrily on their way.
Are we criticizing a failing mechanical system? A mother? OR a way of life?
Many other families travel together. Whether via sailing or choosing to live somewhere else in the world (for a time). Or slowly making their way around the world. In fact not only do some people advocate for it, but there is even a cottage industry of books and blogs on the subject (Writing being one of those professions that you can earn money doing on the road). Although sometimes they are traveling with older, homeschool-age children.
So what do you think? Should parents with younger children stop traveling, or should they take families and young children along – exposing them to another type of life far from “suburban normalcy?” In reality, most new families stop traveling (whether they like it or not) due to the additional costs and the occupations of father and mother. I know many other people that have consciously chosen professions that warrant them traveling, or at least allow them to do their job from anywhere, so that they can live in Europe for a few years or move about from Brazil to Costa Rica.
Are the criticisms expressed at http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/09/family-sailing-rescue-baby/7509735/ and http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/judge-the-rebel-heart-sailboat-parents-or-envy-them/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 valid?
We’re interested in what other travelers think.