It was an incredible journey for me last year when I headed to Brazil for the football World Cup with my girlfriend Panny Yu. But even better that my parents were coming travelling with us for a week of it! It was my Mum and Dad’s first time to visit South America and I met them in Sao Paulo airport before taking an internal flight to Foz do Iguacu. I wanted to ensure they enjoyed themselves and didn’t feel stressed to be travelling with two backpackers!
The main reason for going to Brazil was of course the World Cup, but I remembered back to my first time in Brazil in 2010 when I visited the marvellous Iguacu Falls and being so close to it, I didn’t want my parents to miss out on seeing this incredible waterfall.
The thing is, Panny and I tend to backpack a bit hardcore and a bit less relaxed than we should, so we really needed to try and slow it down a notch when we got to Iguacu and that we did.
But I also wanted to show the backpacking lifestyle to Mum and Dad so we booked into the Green House Hostel in Foz do Iguacu and decided on public transport rather than tours to get out to the main sights. We got the bus out to the Foz do Iguacu on the Brazil side, paid into the national park and then went to the main viewing points before getting up close and getting soaked at the waterfalls. It was amazing! Such a different experience 4 years on from my first time there.
I was rushing around South America on my second visit and made good use of multiple #LANairlines flights to and from the main airport hubs. Indeed in my two trips to South America I have flown in and out of Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile.
The experience of travelling with Mum and Dad is so different and refreshing and something I want to do more often. Recently I have also done the Belfast to Dublin train with my parents and we toured Hong Kong and Sri Lanka before. It’s important that your parents don’t have to rush around too much and can take it easy and relax. I think the time I went backpacking with them in Sri Lanka was a bit intense though, my Dad even hiked Adam’s Peak that time!
I will aim to get more typed up on travelling with my parents again soon.