1. Amanda P
    November 29, 2013 @ 12:16 am

    I love it. My husband and I don’t want kids either. I actually count Eat Pray Love in my childfree books. Even though it isn’t specifically written for that purpose, there are several parts in it where she mentions not wanting kids. I agree with the tattoo comparison. I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like to, but it’s more than I think I would (or could afford) if I had kids. We also get more of what is called in the movie, although I think it’s said slightly differently in the book, “dolce far niente”/the sweetness of doing nothing.

    • Andrew
      December 2, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

      Yeah, EPL is an interesting story. It epitomizes the idea of “seeing what you want (or need)” for me. I have seen the movie and read the book once. I see and take away different things each time.

      There are certainly people who travel quite extensively with their kids. It takes another level of dedication and planning to do so, I imagine though. It is amazing though to show kids the world in a free way.

      • Amanda P
        December 18, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

        It is a good story to pull what you want/need out of it at the time.

        It is nice that people can manage to travel with their kids and a great experience for them I’m sure.

        P.S. I shared this post via twitter and got a notification that it was included in The Childfree Times which is kind of a directory of childfree relevant articles. I can’t seem to find the original post but if you notice any hits coming in from this address http://paper.li/Nyxks/1309538343# that’s what it is :)

        • Andrew
          January 19, 2014 @ 7:30 am

          Thanks for the RT. Interesting that there are “Child Free” resources, but I guess for every niche there is something.
          We are off traveling again and realizing even more that we treat our trips like our kids. They can be misery inducing, frustrating and expensive and yet we still love them. Most of our stories rotate around them as well.

  2. Off to Berlin - Grounded Traveler
    September 30, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    […] you see my latest post about Trips are our Kids? If not, go read it. I am really proud of […]

  3. Alouise
    September 19, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

    I don’t have kid either, and there’s about 99% chance I won’t ever have kids, which is fine with me. I know some writers will refer to their work as their kids, but I never really thought to apply the analogy to traveling. I like it, and I’ll support the use of the term tripkids, because I don’t have furbabies either.

    • Andrew
      September 20, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

      I didn’t think about the idea that writers talk about their books as their babies. It totally fits though.
      SO many things can fill that role in one’s life, they don’t necessarily need to be actual human children.

  4. Nicole
    September 19, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

    I never thought of that. Tripkids: things we rarely see, but have lots of photos of. I think once we’re ready for kids, they’re going to go on a lot of trips with us. Sorry, but we’ll be those parents with the crying baby on the plane. But, to be fair, I’ll try to keep them quiet. =)

    • Andrew
      September 20, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

      Yeah, the more I got into the metaphor, the more it fits. The stories we tell that noone seems to want to hear about but we are SO proud to tell.

      I don’t like flights anyway. Crying baby aside. But thanks for keeping it quiet. :) And definitely take your kids traveling. There is something about travel that makes people more tolerant and happier.

  5. Gillian @GlobalBookshelf
    September 19, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    Tripkids…I love it!

    • Andrew
      September 20, 2013 @ 11:52 pm