Travel With Kids: Home From A Trip

Families need traditions. And we’ve been developing one over the past few years. When we arrive at our home airport, after a long trip, after immigration and customs and we grab our bags. I take the camera from the sack for one final picture. I gather us together and reach out and do that self portrait, is everyone in the frame?, reach and shoot. And that’s it. The trip is over. We go back to our American lives with everything in the past but the photos and the memories and the credit card bills. And it’s anyone’s call which of those 3 has the longest life.


At the airport after flying home from Bali, Indonesia

Everyone looks pretty happy after a 23 hour trip.


At the airport, after flying home from Bangkok, Thailand

A little older, a little wiser, and a few more shirts from Asia


At the airport, after flying home from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

One of us is sporting a new headband from the emergency room in Seoul - but that's for another post.

8 questions and comments

  1. Elena

    I love this idea! I am so copying this. Maybe I’ll try one on our way over and one on our way back.

    Lovely blog!


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Thanks Elena. I wish we’d done it for all our trips — instead of just after the long flights home from Asia. So it goes.

  2. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

    Thanks for the great comments. Like many traditions it started by chance and is slowly growing into something.

  3. Jen

    What a great family tradition!!! I love it! I love how you capture the look of everyone after a trip, bandages and all!

  4. Dominique

    What a fun tradition! I’ve never thought of doing that, but it would be a great time for a photo as you might be at your most relaxed after a great trip.

  5. Trek Hound

    Love those! I think it’s so great when children are exposed to travel from the get-go. Cool final photo tradition.

  6. Lorraine

    OK you get the “good sport” award. When we had our international-emergency-with-kids-hospital-visit, it took me years to recover. Next time maybe I’ll lighten up. LOVE THIS POST!

  7. Sarah V.

    That’s great! Our little tradition is to take a picture on the plane, but I like your idea of giving the trip an official ending.

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