When it's time to let them fly
The time has come. The planning for so long has come down to these next moments. Next week my oldest daughter and I travel to Sweden where she will begin her study abroad program. My stomach is in knots, my thoughts are swirling around erratically, and my hope is high that she will be safe, fulfilled, and learn so very much. I am her biggest fan, but it’s time to let her fly.
Yes, I'm traveling with her
Yep, I’m going to make sure she gets to a foreign country to live there for almost 6 months, by herself, with no travel companions. Doesn’t sound so crazy now right? lol. If she had one person to travel with to Sweden, I wouldn’t have thought twice about sending her off, but no one from her college is going to Sweden, so I’m going. I can sleep better at night knowing I got her there safely.
The amount of planes, trains, and automobiles (lol) we have to take to accomplish getting her to the school was just too much for this momma heart. I want to get her settled and acquainted with her surroundings. The college is about an hour away from Stockholm and since we do not speak their language it made me really nervous to send her there by herself.
Layover in NY
Bonus: we have a pretty long layover in NY so I’m taking that time to take her to The Met, have some lunch, walk around the city, and then we’ll head back to catch our flight overseas. I’m pretty excited to travel with her because it will give us a chance to make some more memories and quite frankly, she is amazing to travel with. We got a really good deal on a travel company to take us back and forth from the airport to downtown (thanks AJ!).
It’s been years since I’ve been to the city so I am thrilled to get to go again.
What am I bringing?
Besides budgeting for this trip, I decided I was only going to bring a book bag for my things. It’s going to be hard enough trying to bring everything she thinks she needs to bring, so I’m going super minimalistic. Passport? Check. Camera? Check. Clothes and clean underwear? Check. Everything else will fall into place.
I did make her a binder of every single piece of paperwork I can possibly think she would need. School records, copies of the overseas insurance information, maps to get her to and from the major places of destination for her. It’s my process. It’s how I deal with things of stress lol. I over plan and am insanely organized.
No amount of organization will take away my fears. I’m leaving a literal piece of my heart in a different country. 4, 361 miles to be exact. Yes, I looked it up. What if she gets hurt? What if someone breaks her heart? What if… Scary to say the least, but I know I can’t be the only parent to have these fears and that somehow gives me comfort. I did find great checklist for parents/students from CollegiateParent.
I plan to show all our adventures and mishaps (yes, it’s going to happen) on my IG stories and share all the nitty gritty travel things when I return, but until then…could use some prayers, good vibes, and anything else you’d like to through towards us for this trip. And some prayers I don’t lose my cool when I have to leave her. Happy Traveling.