10 Benefits Of Traveling Alone With Dad
10 July 2016 Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
In my past few Cambodia posts, you'd see that I used "we" instead of I when I was describing where I went or what I did. That is because I went to Cambodia with my dad! This isn't the first time i've traveled with my dad, but it is the first trip we took alone, without my siblings, without anyone else, and yes, it was fun! Here are some benefits I noticed during my with daddy!
1. YOU CHOOSE THE DESTINATION
This is probably true when it's just you and your dad. If you're the kid and he's the adult, he's bound to let you have a say in where you want to go. For me the conversation went,
Me: "Daddy I wanna go to Cambodia and see the Angkor Wat temple, wanna come?"
Dad: "OK! When? I need to apply for leave."
2. DAD PAYS
Well... technically, I paid first because I booked and plan the entire holiday, but my dad works on a reimbursement basis, so i'm pretty sure i'd get my money back.
This definitely won't be true when I graduate and start working (which is in a few months time), so... this might just be a one time thing, anyway, Thanks Daddy ;)
3. YOU GET THE CHOICE OF BED
Daddy probably will ask you which side of the bed you want or which bed you want. My dad did, and I got to choose the bed I wanted!
4. THE BETTER TOILET/SHOWER DEAL (or any deal tbh)
i.e. shower first after the end of a long day and get to use the toilet 2nd in the morning so you get a teeny wee bit more sleep
Dads have short hair - well, shorter than us girls with long hair that is. Since my hair "takes a longer time to get dry" my dad had me shower first every night during our trip!
5. PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Part of daddy's duties? A lot of my friend's dads end up being their Instagram photographer. I think Dads just think we're being typical millennials and just accommodate with the 101 retakes.
We aren't talking about the awesome quality photos, but when they take more than 20 shots, one of them is bound to be good enough!
My dad had some experience with photography/videography during his time, so he was all like "Ready? Ok, Go! Start!" while filming clips for this travel video.
6. YOU HAVE AN ADVENTURE BUDDY!
Different people want different things whilst traveling, and that is true even with family members. I'd throw a general stereotype out there and say dads are typically more adventurous than mums.
My dad and I both enjoy visiting the more exotic places going to temples, and seeing what my other family members would term "boring stuff" so we make a good adventure pair!
7. GOOD FOOD
'Cause... point 2? I'm kidding. Although you gotta agree, free food tastes better.
Basically, I have this theory that parents always seem to pick the better food option. My dad always orders tastier food than I do, so when I eat with him, I let him pick and hey, good food!
8. YOU NOTICE THINGS YOU OTHERWISE WOULDN'T
Dads are older, they have more life experience, basically they pick up on things and point out stuff you otherwise would have just glanced by and not notice.
For example, I totally didn't realise these monks were praying and offering blessings in exchange for some food or donations, when we were walking around the market early in the morning. It's some kind of buddhist custom, but I know so little about the buddhist religion. So my dad pointed that out to me.
And, Dad pointed out that there were bottles of petrol/oil just sold in conveniences stores. I'd totally have passed it by without realising.
9. YOU GET TO CONNECT ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
Traveling alone with one parent is truly the best way to connect with them. I finally heard a different side of the same story about how and why my parents' split. I heard stories of what my dad was like when he was younger, and since he did a lot of traveling in his time, I got to hear those stories too.
I hardly had to get a tour guide for the temples because my dad seemed to know so much about Cambodia and buddhism - he could even hold conversations about Cambodia's customs and government with the driver that took us around!
10. YOU GET TO BE DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL
This is probably my favourite. If you grew up as a single child, you probably won't feel the way those who have siblings would.
Traveling alone with dad (or mum!) means getting their undivided attention. No siblings around to vie for their attention, they don't have to vote who to follow, and basically you get your way the whole time.
Being the oldest of 3 kids, I'm always making the plans on family outings and trips and having to accommodate everyone's schedules and preferences. On this trip alone with dad, I got to be daddy's little girl and daddy was just accommodating me, that was AWESOME.
If your dad is like mine, it probably means you have to plan the entire holiday and he's just gonna follow along. That could come in as a plus point if you like deciding where to go and what to do like I do. But, if you're not much of a planner or decider, then this might be a teensy bit annoying.
I've never really talked about my dad on this space, so in honour of him, I decided to craft this fun post. If you've never gone on holiday/vacation alone with your dad (or mum), and have the chance to do so, i'd say go for it! The experience might just be incredibly fun.
Time for me to travel alone with mum some day!