So, whenever her school schedule allows, my daughter travels with me. Along with family trips that my husband, my daughter and I go on together – there are many trips in a year that just the two of us take. We have been on FAM trips together, on hotel / resort review trips together and she has also traveled with me to various Literature Festivals across the country where I speak or am a part of.
None of my book events has been without my husband and my daughter, and most of them have been in another cities. So yeah, loads of traveling with a kid for us.
Naturally, I have been writing about travelling with kids a lot. In fact, someone I recently met at a blogging event told me that he knows me as one of the best Travel With Kid Bloggers, and I reveled in the compliment. Yippie, right?
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It was increasingly clear that people loved Gauri (that’s my daughter’s name) during my travels – from fellow bloggers during our relaxing weekend getaway to Jim Corbett, to the staff at the eco-lodge we stayed at during our offbeat vacation in the Himalayas.
And she is a pro traveler, by the way. Also, thanks to watching Play Dough videos and Toy Surprize videos (if you don’t have kids and don’t know what this means, just loo it up and laugh), she has been acting like she’s making her own videos – travel, toys and all things in between. I record her pretend videos for personal use – mainly to have a laugh and/or blackmail her into future family vacations when she’s a teenager who finds the parents embarrassing (we kind of are, with all our hysterical laughing and crazy inside jokes, but I digress).
However, things changed during our stay at Ibis Styles Goa Calangute, when Gauri insisted I record her and the hotel manager – who was with us – asked if she could use the video I was filming. At the time, Gauri was reviewing the hotel and the manager found it hilarious. My husband shrugged and agreed. I shared the video with her right after Gauri was done, and that was that.
[ Psst! My Review of Ibis Styles Goa Calangute is something you must read to know about the hotel in question, and for traffic, obviously. Just read, okay? Okay. ]
The hotel shared the video on their Facebook Page in Jan 2017 – right after our trip – and I did not share it on mine because, I don’t know, I just felt a little weird about it. I thought, people will say things like oh you’ve made her a celebrity already or oh you’re using her for your blogging career and I knew I’d want to kill them. So, I did not share the video.
But recently, my husband suddenly remembered it and asked me if I’ve checked it since. I hadn’t, so he went on to Ibis Styles Goa Calangute’s Facebook page to check. And viola, our daughter’s funny review of the hotel had abound 25k views!
25 thousand view. On my daughter’s funny hotel review video.
“You should upload it on YouTube”, my husband suggested, “She’s already a rockstar, who cares what people say. And look, she enjoys it!” He said pointing to her. Sure enough, Gauri had his phone in her hands, and was watching her own video with a huge grin on her face. Then she turned to us, as if on cue, and said, “I should have asked people to subscribe to my channel.”
We burst out laughing.
“You don’t have a channel.” I pointed out in between fits of laughter.
“I don’t?” She said. “Well, I should.” And off she went to play with a new box of neon slime. (Again, in case you don’t have kids – yes, that’s something kids play with now. Like, kid friendly brightly coloured slime. I love it too).
Now, I don’t want to make a channel for her because, well, it’s too much commitment. But I did finally upload her review video finally, and I want to share it here as well. Hope you like it too.
My 4 year old reviews a hotel in Goa: Super funny video
So, what do you think? I love how brave kids are, free of the fear of judgement. I wish I can imbibe that quality from my daughter.
So this is where I wrap this up. Happy traveling!
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