Satisfying the Travel Bug by Staycation Through the Ages

My grandparents were both born and partly raised in China. As children of missionaries they attended a boarding school on the Rooster mountain (Kikungshan) from the age of seven, which enabled them to stay in the country and not have to go back to Sweden to get an education.

But going to school in China didn’t make it that much easier to spend time with family – the distances were long and the means of transport slow and often dangerous. In spite of the peril, my grandparents went to visit their families once or twice a year.

After returning to Sweden they lived in a missionary home without their parents from the age of 14 and onwards.

Perhaps the many trips they had to make as children – within China, from China to America, Japan, Sweden and back, satisfied their travelling bug when it came to other countries. As I look through their photos of past holidays, it strikes me that they are always travelling around Sweden. Once they went to Norway, but it seems they preferred to travel by car, stay with friends or put up a tent in their own country. Going abroad was not something they longed for. But then again, they grew up in China and might have felt that Sweden was the more exotic choice…

On one of those vacations, they apparantly got interviewed by a newspaper. A picture was taken and to my surprised it turned up last year in a crossword magazine!

I came to think of it this summer, as I went on a similar roadtrip with my family – though we did not sleep in a tent – we stayed in small cottages in camping sites were the nature was so beautiful it almost hurt.

The High Coast

In the picture, my dad (the eldest boy) is about 14 years old, and serving himself some breakfast (I presume). No one is looking in the camera, and it seems to be a very natural situation.

I’m happy I found this picture. It has a nice air to it. They all seem so calm, and my grandfather looks like he may be thinking about where to go next.

And that is the best thing about vacations when you don’t have to plan everything out in advance. Staying somewhere just because the scenery pleases you, stopping to look at an old farm and finding a lovely café and a spontaneous guide who teaches you something new.

Stumbling across an old house/museum in Trönö where the “Trönö-saint” lived.

Though I hope I don’t have to stop travelling abroad forever, I do see the charm of discovering my own country.

The home of Anders and Emma Zorn in Mora.

And it is big enough to last many staycations… 🙂

11 comments

  1. That’s a wonderful photo of your dad, aunt, uncle and grandparents! I did a lot of “car camping” out West (USA and Canada) in my early thirties, staying in a tent to save money when possible. It’s a great way to see the countryside. You can be spontaneous if you have plenty of time. Inexpensive cottages are even better if you can find them. 🙂

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    • Yes, time is of the essence!😀 Sounds wonderful car camping across the USA and Canada. I was looking forward to going on a study trip to the Mojave desert and over to the Grand Canyon this fall, but it was of course cancelled. That would be some great places to see on a roadtrip, though 🙂

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    • You should definitely go there if you get another opportunity. The Southwest is spectacular. It’s a vast area, so you can’t see everything in one trip, but you can see a lot. I’ve been there twice and really hope to go back some day.

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  2. I really enjoyed this post! I love the camping trip photo with your dad. Your grandfather, aunt, and uncle look as though someone is speaking to them (maybe the person taking the photo), your grandmother wants to get on with the business of the meal, and your dad is just focused on his food. Was the photo part of a crossword clue? The other three photos are wonderful as well. Because we’ve had to stick close to home, my husband and I have been challenging ourselves to find places in New Hampshire and Vermont that we haven’t yet been to, even though we both grew up here. We’ve been successful so far!

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    • Yes, you are spot on! My grandmother did not care that much for being centre of attention either – she probably thought it was a bit awkward to get photographed like that… Last year, the picture was part of a crossword clue in one of those summer crossword magazines. Isn’t it crazy – amongst all the pictures they could have chosen, they took that one! It seems we all have had to explore our neighbourhoods in another way this year. It sounds wonderful that you have discovered new places around New Hampshire and Vermont. Don’t you have the most beautiful forests and lakes over there?

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  3. I love these photographs! What a beautiful country. It’s just so strange that the photograph of your relatives was published in a recent magazine. I love that they brought eggcups on their camping trip!

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    • Thank you, Louise! Haha, the eggcups! They probably had one of those picnic-sets popular in the 50’s 🙂 They didn’t need to want for anything – probably a far cry from their previous life in China. So funny!

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