Pack your bags and join me for an adventure across continents in "Places I Have Explored: A Nanny's Travels." From the cobblestone streets of Europe to the bustling cities of America, follow along as we recount the enriching experiences and cultural encounters of a globetrotting nanny.
Filling out paperwork that asked me to list all the places I've visited in the past five years took me on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. As an experienced nanny, my career has woven a tapestry of travel, providing unique insights into different cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. In this blog post, I'll share my journey, not as a bragging post but as an exploration of the beautiful places I've had the privilege to visit while working as a nanny.
The Evolution of Travel Desires
When I initially stepped into the world of nannying, my desire to explore new places was insatiable. I would change jobs every year, seeking positions that offered more travel opportunities. However, as the years passed, my perspective on constant travel evolved. What was once a source of excitement gradually became less enjoyable, and I yearned for stability. But that's a story for another time.
Navigating Travel as a Nanny
As Nannies, we often find ourselves in the unique position of being in different locales, yet our primary focus remains the well-being and care of the children we care for. This means that exploring these destinations is not for our enjoyment but tied to the vacation plans of the families we work with. Despite this, I've been fortunate enough to receive some time off during my travels, allowing me to explore and create lasting memories.
Seal pup in Ecuador.
The World Through Nanny Eyes: A Glimpse into My Journey
1. Scotland: A Land of Mystical Beauty
My journey began with the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes of Scotland. Exploring the historic castles and immersing myself in the rich Scottish culture was an experience that set the tone for my future adventures.
2. European Charm: Belgium and The Netherlands
From the medieval charm of Belgium to the tulip-filled landscapes of The Netherlands, Europe beckoned with its unique blend of history and modernity. Navigating the cobbled streets and canals, I discovered the magic that these countries held.
3. Alpine Retreats: St. Moritz and Gstaad
The Swiss Alps provided a breathtaking backdrop as I cared for children in the luxurious retreats of St. Moritz and Gstaad. The pristine snow-covered landscapes and the exclusive ambiance left an indelible mark on my nanny travels.
4. Cultural Sojourn: Vienna and Paris
Delving into Vienna's cultural tapestry and Paris's romantic allure, I immersed myself in art, history, and gastronomic delights. These cities offered a perfect blend of sophistication and charm.
5. Sun-Kissed Adventures: Spain, Jordan, Cyprus
From the vibrant streets of Spain to the historical wonders of Jordan and the Mediterranean allure of Cyprus, my journey took on diverse hues. Each destination provided a unique setting for both work and personal exploration.
6. Adriatic Gems: Croatia and Montenegro
The Adriatic coastline unfolded with its stunning beauty in Croatia and Montenegro. While tending to the needs of the little ones, I found solace in the azure waters and historic towns that dotted the coastline.
7. Exotic Escapes: Maldives and Seychelles
The Indian Ocean beckoned with its paradisiacal islands, and I found myself amidst the Maldives' coral reefs and Seychelles' lush landscapes.
8. Middle Eastern Marvels: United Arab Emirates
The futuristic skyline of the United Arab Emirates became a temporary home as I embraced the juxtaposition of tradition and modernity. Every day, from the bustling markets to the towering skyscrapers, was a blend of old-world charm and contemporary living.
9. Transatlantic Tales: United States and France
From the bustling streets of New York to the quaint charm of the French countryside, my journey spanned the transatlantic divide. Each destination's cultural diversity and distinct flavors provided a rich backdrop to my nanny adventures.
10. Mediterranean Magic: Greece, Turkey, Corsica
The Mediterranean unfolded its magic as I explored the ancient ruins of Greece, the vibrant colors of Turkey, and the rugged beauty of Corsica. Each destination showed the region's storied history and captivating landscapes.
11. Asian Odyssey: Hong Kong and Singapore
The dynamic cities of Hong Kong and Singapore added an Asian flair to my nanny escapades. Exploring the vibrant cityscapes and indulging in the diverse local flavors seamlessly wove into the fabric of my travel tales.
12. Pacific Paradise: Palau, Fiji, Tahiti
The Pacific islands called out with their pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Palau, Fiji, and Tahiti offered a tropical playground where I enjoyed the unique blend of childcare adventures and island bliss.
13. African Safari: South Africa
The vast landscapes of South Africa became a playground for both the children and me. Cultural excursions and encounters with diverse wildlife enriched my understanding of the African continent. ( I was faced with a massive spider!)
14. Caribbean Charms: Mustique
With its exclusive charm and secluded beaches, Mustique offered a Caribbean escape like no other. Navigating the intricate web of others' celebrity crushes on this island proved a whimsical challenge. :)
While this is just a snapshot of my extensive travels as a nanny, it reflects the incredible opportunities and experiences that come with the profession. Beyond the challenges of childcare, being a nanny opens doors to a world of cultural enrichment and personal growth. Through my journey, I've cared for children and gained a deeper understanding of the world, one destination at a time. Traveling as a nanny is a unique adventure, and for those considering this career path, it's a testament to the vast and diverse experiences that await you. My eclectic journey as a nanny underscores the significance of immersing ourselves in various cultures, traditions, and beliefs. This rich tapestry of experiences empowers us as nannies to educate the children in our care about the world with an open mind, fostering understanding and compassion while steering clear of prejudice.
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Till next time, hugs and smiles!
Author: Candi VajanaAward-winning Nanny with over 30 years of experience working with High-Profile, High-Net-Worth, and Ultra-high-Net-Worth Clients