At the moment my husband and I are the main decision makers when it comes to going on holiday. I have no doubt that will change as our girls get older. Disney World, for instance, is sure to happen at some point and we are looking forward to going on safari when they are older.

My five-year-old daughter, Mrs T, is already rather travel savvy (which makes me hugely proud). She enjoys gazing up at the world map in her bedroom, pondering which places to visit one day. Iceland and Russia are countries which intrigue her, reminding us that Russia is “the biggest country in the world”. While New Zealand always gets a mention as it is where her friend Millie lives.

Mrs T on holiday in Gordes, France

When challenged to come up with the ideal holiday by Travel Republic, I was fascinated to see what her response would be. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation which surprised me on a number of levels and gave an interesting insight into the mind of a five year old.

ME: If you could go to any country anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Mrs T: Hmmm…maybe I could go to where Paw Patrol live.

ME: Adventure Bay? You know that’s not a real-life place. Why would you like to go there?
Mrs T: To see the pups and join a rescue with them.

Any other real life countries you’d like to go to.
London.

Ok. We live in London – it’s a city in England, remember?
(changing tact) What do you like to do on holiday?

Well…I like the sea, the sun, the swimming pools. Having a sunbathe.

Mrs T on holiday in France

Who would you go with?
Mummy.

Anyone else?
Maybe I could go with Chloe (her friend who lives next door).

How about Daddy and Cheeky (her sister)?
Yes, them too.

Mrs T and Cheeky

Do you like to go to hot places?
Yes! Like Bali, Hong Kong. Like Spain, like Australia.

Why Spain?
I like Spain. A lot. I like talking Spanish. I like the food, very good food. I like the beaches too.

Is there anywhere on your map you’d like to go where you haven’t been before?Madagascar!

What is so special about Madagascar?
The animals. It is quite scary because it has lions in it. Do you know, we can take pictures of the baby lions when we go there.
(Clearly Disney’s Madagascar films have influenced her thought process).

Ok, lions don’t actually live in Madagascar but there are loads of animals that do, like lemurs (I show her a picture).

Lemurs, Madagascar: Pixabay

Aww they are so cute. I love lemurs. They look a bit like kittens.

How would you like to explore the rainforest and see all the animals?
Oooh yes, we could see zebras boogying and there might be rhinos and hippos.

(After a quick google search) I’m afraid there are no zebras or rhinos. There are snakes though.
Snakes are quite scary.

There are hundreds of other animals which live there. It’s very unique. There’s iguanas and crocodiles.
Are they scary crocodiles? I like baby crocodiles but not adult ones.
(After having a bit of a think) Maybe there’s a gate and a bridge and we just look down at them.

So you’d like to see them but not get near?
Yes

There’s lots of different types of frogs too. 
Wow! Are there pink frogs?

I don’t know
Imagine if there were stripy ones with rainbows on.

Shall we go to Madagascar one day and find out?
YES! We can see the frogs catching the flies like this (pokes her tongue in and out of her mouth while moving her head around erratically).

Where would you like to stay in Madagascar?
In a hotel.

A hotel in the jungle?
No, the jungle is really scary. I don’t like jungles. (we’ve never been to one)

How about the beach?
Yes, by the beach. I like the beach!

Is there anywhere else in the world you’d like to go?
Russia.

There lies another conversation altogether but I shall never tire of such exchanges. Talking to my daughter and travel: two of my favourite things. In her five short years, Mrs T has been fortunate enough to visit 15 countries. I can’t wait to explore more with her, Cheeky and my husband. Madagascar is absolutely on list and it seems Russia is now too.

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16 Comments on The Perfect Holiday, By A Five Year Old

  1. Cathy (Mummytravels)
    September 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm (3 months ago)

    Love this – I suspect my daughter’s thought process would be very similar, although she would probably take journeying with the Octonauts or visiting Princess Sofia in Enchancia over Paw Patrol 🙂
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    • Wander Mum
      September 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm (3 months ago)

      It’s so interesting to get their insight! A trip out with the Octonauts would be pretty cool!

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  2. Mummyandmehols
    September 11, 2017 at 9:20 am (3 months ago)

    What a wonderful idea! I must ask my 3.5 year old….she certainly has an opinion on most things! I’ll report back when I have her answers!

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    • Wander Mum
      September 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm (2 months ago)

      Please do! It’s fascinating to find out their thoughts!

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    • Wander Mum
      September 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm (2 months ago)

      It absolutely does although I’d love to visit Madagascar at some point – and show my daughter what animals really do live there.

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  3. Cristin
    September 11, 2017 at 7:18 pm (2 months ago)

    This made me laugh! I’m with Mrs. T – a beach side hotel sounds pretty great to me, too.

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    • Wander Mum
      September 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm (2 months ago)

      Me too. I’m not complaining there!!

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  4. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    September 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm (2 months ago)

    I want to see rainbow frogs too! I love the way five year old’s minds work. Anything and everything is possible! Good luck wit planning that trip to Russia 🙂 #MondayEscapes
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    • Wander Mum
      September 12, 2017 at 6:41 pm (2 months ago)

      I know, it’s rather magical, isn’t it! Russia and Madagascar to plan…

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  5. Sarah, Crusing With Kids
    September 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm (2 months ago)

    Ha ha I love this and I too want to go to Madagascar to meet King Julian although I did once meet him on a RCCI cruise and may have been a tad over excited. I love kids perspective on travel its fab, Joes dream is to go to Portugal and we will but blooming heck he has had some fab experiences ! x

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    • Wander Mum
      September 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm (2 months ago)

      Thank you. It’s fascinating what they come up with, isn’t it. My daughter would be ecstatic if she met King Julien!

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  6. Leona
    November 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I love her paw patrol and
    Madagascar influences! If only they were more accurate. I would have to google what actually lives there
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    • Wander Mum
      November 3, 2017 at 11:01 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Hehe – at least it has helped her show an interest albeit not entirely true.

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  7. Baby Loves Travel
    November 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm (3 weeks ago)

    This is fab! I can’t wait until my little one is old enough to have opinions on where she wants to go #fearlessfamtrav

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    • Wander Mum
      November 3, 2017 at 7:44 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you. It’s so interesting to hear what their opinions!

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