I think traveling is one of the most important experiences a child can have. I fervently believe it broadens a child’s horizons and exposes them to new cultures and life experiences that are simply impossible to recreate at home or through a textbook. I also believe it teaches them resiliency, flexibility, understanding, and patience.
The following tips have really helped make our travels as a family much easier. I share these with hope that it might inspire parents to travel with their children too:
You Have To Bend Or You Will Break
Travel is definitely going to throw curveballs in your direction. How big the curveball will be is unknown. It is very rare that everything will go as planned. I have found through traveling the world on my own, however, that usually when plans go astray some of the most memorable experiences of the trip end up happening. Flexibility is key to surviving change, as well as reminding yourself that change does not necessarily have to be negative thing. My Type-A personality has had to learn how to bend with these situations, because otherwise I know I will break. Children can definitely detect fear or stress from their parents and if they do that is when disaster can occur. Thus, try your best to remain cool and calm and go with the flow for the sake of the family and the overall memories of the trip.
Perfect Parenting Is Not The Goal
You simply cannot be perfect when you travel. Give yourself a much needed break. Allowing your children more screen time or a different diet does not in any way mean that you are a bad parent. And having a few days like that when you return home does not mean you have failed either. Being perfect is totally overrated! Having said this, I really do think it is best to stick to your child’s routine as best as you can, just know that if they miss nap time it is not the end of the world.
Travel Is Now About Them
When you travel with children, you need to accept that the days where you could do and see exactly what you desired are gone. Traveling with children means missing certain attractions in favor of a playground. Guess what? The joy you will have watching them experience a new place for the first time will make you forget all about your needs and wants in a heartbeat. It is one of the best feelings to witness your child’s curiosity blossom right in front of your eyes.
Experiences Are The Most Important
Buy that souvenir if you want to, however the memories you will bring home will have a much more lasting effect on your family than anything else. Even if the memories you are creating are ones your children are too young to remember, trust me, you will remember. Travel tips allows families to spend a very different kind of time together. As a parent, you get to see sides of your children that you might not otherwise knew existed. The time that you can do this is remarkably fleeting. On a side note, you can never take too many photos!
Choose A Child Friendly Hotel
Do your research before booking your hotel. Many hotels cannot accommodate children. If you are in a child friendly hotel, not only will it allow you to pack less, it will also help you relax, since you know that the other guests there can understand and sympathize with you. No matter what, try to let go of fear of judgement from others. Your priority is your children and not what others think. Children cry and throw tantrums, that is just a part of life and there is nothing to be ashamed of. The same goes for flying and restaurants as well.
Pack Only The Essentials
Children need a surprising amount of stuff, which can contribute to travel stress. Honestly, this is one of the biggest reasons it took me so long to travel with Joaquín. The idea of packing for him completely and utterly overwhelmed me. The reality is you do not really need to bring that many things that are considered “essentials”. Rather, you can buy most of their necessities on the road. Remember that packing light will reduce stress and make the family happier. I find that if I make a list and start packing at least a week before the trip that helps tremendously. I made the mistake of bringing too many toys for Joaquín on his first trip (two bags full) and he had zero interest in them once we were inside the hotel room, as it was a brand new environment for him. I think we could have gotten away with only bringing one or two toys period. I know some parents like to take toys to keep the little ones busy on the plane, but I have found getting a few of their favorite movies and putting them on my phone or iPad can keep them entertained. You can download most movies these days so you can play them offline, and you can also transfer some of their favorite movies you already own to digital formats by using a website like digital converters.
What have you learned from traveling with kids? Please do share in the comments below!
Truly amazing tips and guide! Thanks for sharing this post.
Awww thank you so much for enjoying!
Oh Andi, you have no idea what an inspiration you are to me! Thank you!!! I will definitely follow these tips with my baby.
Awww I am so glad my post has helped you! I wish you many beautiful adventures.
Andi! This is super inspiring!!! I do not have kids yet, but I am bookmarking this.
That is so sweet to hear and I do hope you get to travel with kids sometime in your future. 🙂
That is so sweet to hear and I do hope you get to travel with kids sometime in your future. Thanks for sharing information.
Oh we have been traveling like crazy! It is the best!!! <3
I love your style of writing – it makes me smile and I want to find the best tips for my baby boy… I just love that beautiful idea. It is amazing! Thank you, Andi!
What a lovely comment, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Wow, Miss Andi, every detail is absolute perfection! Love it! Thanks for sharing with us!
Awwww you are so welcome, thank you for your kind words!!!
You choose the best topic: traveling with children. Nothing better in life. 🙂
I think I agree!!! <3
Thanks for sharing Miss Andi, this was super helpful!
Yay you are welcome dear!
I like your post, it is really useful to me and my family. Thanks for sharing this information with us.
You are welcome! Happy travels!!!
I just want to say thanks for your wonderful post, it images a lot of knowledge and information that I needed right now. Thank for sharing with us this great post.
You’re welcome! I am so glad that it was helpful!!!
great post! thank you for sharing.
Thank you for your kind words!
I wish you many beautiful adventures with your little one!
Awww thank you so very, very much!!!
This content is really very helpful!
Great, that is wonderful to hear!
Your post is giving me confidence to travel with my little one!!!
Yay, I am so happy to hear that!
Wow, awesome post, thanks Andi!
Thanks for the kind words!
You make me want to travel with my kids now!
I hope you do!!!
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You have no idea how inspiring this is Andi! Thank you!!!
Awww yay I am so glad you loved the post! Travel away!!!
I like your post, it is really useful to me and my baby. Thanks for your useful information
That is wonderful news, you are so welcome!
Keep doing it! Thanks for sharing!!
We will, I promise. Thank you!
I will take tips from your article to write on my travel blog!
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Wow… You just cleared my doubts on traveling with my little siblings… I think I can be taking taking them now!
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I might suggest that if you really want to save money, you might consider a local trip instead of flying someplace.
It’s less expensive and you won’t need to buy things they need along the way.