My wife and I are planning a bike touring adventure for 'several' months next spring/summer when we should hopefully be between jobs. We have a 12 year old son who we would love to involve as much as possible and I was hoping to canvas opinions on what people think the fairest way to go about things is to make everybody happy!
Does anyone have any experience of how early teens adapt to long bike tours? He is physically fit and bursting with energy so I am not too worried about the physical side of things, more the everyday routine.
We are planning a fairly ambitous trip around central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan etc), in principle we have the language skills and experience to do this. However, older (and wiser) family members have expressed unease at taking our son to a potentially unstable part of the world.
My personal philosophy is that children should always be given the same chance as adults to travel and so on and that leaving him behind for several months with the grandparents would be more irresponsible, does anyone have any thoughts?