“Are you crazy?”
This is usually the question we receive when my husband and I tell people about our travels and adventures. Some are surprised. Others laugh.
Then there are those that love the idea.
Or those that would rather wait until they are empty nesters, to do so.
I think the idea of traveling with kids for most parents means, no rest. In fact, a lot of parents will respond with “why would I do the same thing I do at home, but somewhere else?”
Valid points! And I completely understand. We’ve traveled alone as well. But you want a break from it all, even your kids, so why do it, right?
But also, why not? 🙂
Even though we’ve had our fair share of “this is crazy” moments too; for us, the negatives never outweigh the positives. And honestly it has become so natural to travel with kids.
Is it a cultural? Personal? Financial or an emotional decision? Or a combination of them all?
Whatever your reason to travel or not to travel with children, that is okay. For us, they are our little humans. We created them to be our side kicks. So where we go, they go. They deserve it just as much as we do.
Besides, travelling with kids has so many different benefits. It develops respect for different cultures and diversity. It builds courage, self esteem and teaches responsibilities. It encourages curiosity and imagination.
We have also learned that traveling has really helped our kids be more empathetic as well as learn how to adapt to challenging situations. Especially in other countries and maneuvering through airports. But also, it’s so great to watch them put what they learn at home and in school out in the real world. It all comes full circle at times.
Now, we haven’t even scratched the surface of travel with our kiddos but we have exposed them enough that when we take bigger trips to Hawaii, Europe and Asia, they will be ready and prepared.
So if you have never traveled with your little ones but don’t know where to start, I encourage you to start small. A weekend getaway to a nearby state. Then add on to that as you see fit. But whatever you do, don’t let one bad trip stop you from going again and again and again.
Until next time, the world is your oyster…take it!