HA NOI – Since their daughter was 5 months old, Hien Luong and her husband took her to Da Nang, then every year they make 4-5 trips away.
Over 30 years old and living in Hanoi, husband and wife Hien Luong (teacher) and Mr. Huu Bang (working in the medical field) are often reminded by parents of both sides about saving up to buy a house to “settle down and settle down”. “. However, that does not mean that they change their life perspective to build a happy time for their family, instead of the pressure to accumulate wealth.
“My family is inclined to naturalism, with a happy and good present mood, the future will not be so disappointing. It’s not as important to rent or buy a house as to whether you have the first few years of your life, it’s worth it. miss my parents,” said Ms. Luong.
4-5 trips per year
Since Soup, a 3-year-old daughter was born, they have taken her to play around Hanoi or go back to their hometown to visit grandparents in Nam Dinh often. At 5 months old, she was allowed to visit “the most livable city in Vietnam” – Da Nang. At the age of 2, he blew out birthday candles in Sa Pa (Lao Cai). By the age of 3, the girl had set foot in more than 15 provinces and cities such as Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai), Hoi An (Quang Nam), Ho Chi Minh City, Pleiku (Gia Lai), Phu Quoc (Kien Giang)… Recently Especially when her mother was pregnant with her second sister, Soup also traveled to Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak), Mai Chau (Hoa Binh), and Binh Ba Island, Nha Trang City (Khanh Hoa).
They said that in the trips, the criteria for children to have fun and explore are put on the top, not the parents’ leisure factor. Therefore, the couple often choose a destination with few people, untouched to receive the most natural energy instead of a place with many services and restaurants. “I’ve gone all the way, explored it all, coming back is to let my children have the same feelings as me when I first went there,” said Ms. Luong.
You always arrange your work to make time for trips. The right time is when the weather in the destination is nice. After planning, hunt for cheap flight tickets first. Families often choose to stay at a homestay for a cheaper price and more experience than at a hotel or resort. Here they meet many locals, ready to advise on places to visit and eat. Or children will be acquainted with dog and cat friends raised by the owner. In addition, the family also goes to the market together, both to save on food costs, and to learn about the destination culture.
The motorcycle is the number one choice of Soup family at the destination because it is both cheap and proactive in time. There were sunny and rainy days, 3 people still roaming in the car with 3 helmets, no need for sunscreen or protective gear. Mom doesn’t mind melasma because it’s “very Western”, and Soup is not sick even though her hair is golden brown because of the sun.
Each trip on average costs about 4-6 million VND, only in Phu Quoc is higher. Compared to the family’s total income, this cost is not too expensive, so they maintain traveling 4-5 times a year. Other expenses in family life are also minimized as mother and daughter are not afraid to use second hand clothes and buy less furniture, both reducing costs and saving space. Daily meals are also focused on full nutrition, instead of being fussy and expensive.
Ms. Luong also said that to take her children to travel it is important to understand the health status of her children, not like to go. They also practice for their children by taking short trips in the city, returning to their hometown, giving priority to choosing a cool place with lots of trees. Thereby, the child also adapts well to the environment and weather. Soup is always at the threshold of malnutrition despite eating well, in return she rarely gets sick, even in the cold of more than 10 degrees on the top of Fansipan, taking a cold bath in Ta Van…
It is not because of that that Ms. Luong forgot to prepare some basic medicines or buy quality cooking for her children. When the baby eats exclusively breast milk, she also pays attention to eat and drink more so that the baby has enough milk. When the baby can’t walk, the necessary items to bring are strollers and slings, which can be checked in on the plane. Clothes for the whole family prioritize neat, dynamic, no-frills.
Each age has its own way of experiencing
Faced with the question and blame of many people “What do 0-3-year-olds know, what do they remember to give so much?”, “Walk a lot to put everyone in, the daughter has dark skin”, the couple I can only laugh and continue to let my children travel. Because each age group will have a different feeling, even young children have a very instinctive way of discovering, not having much fear from the threats of adults. They do not expect their children to remember anything, but just in the moment of going out, they can feel the joy and love of their parents, living near nature.
Especially on trips, her daughter is very natural and bold. When encountering new things, instead of being wary and afraid, babies are very happy to learn. Just like when meeting a stranger, I know how to observe the friendly or wary attitude of my parents, and then decide whether to get acquainted or not.
Many times seeing children calm down when in danger such as slipping into the pool, ducking their face in the water and then trying to stand up and stroke their face, not crying or asking to find their mother, they feel happy. Being friends with children, they also return to the most instinctive things from the way of feeling joy, curiosity and discovery. Currently, the family has welcomed a new member who is about to turn a month old. Hien Luong said that when the baby is about 5-6 months old and the epidemic is under control, she will also let her baby start trips. Follow vnexpress