Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. – Helen Keller
Often people say, it’s so difficult to travel with kids. A few of my friends waited for years to visit a restaurant or go on a vacation. I do agree, traveling with children is quite intimating for first-timers. As parents, we have to pack every baby essential. While we have a few pretty good reasons to travel often with kids.
Not boasting, but it’s true that Penguin was 3 months old when we started traveling. He enjoys long drives, ferry rides, cable car hops, bus and train rides. Our flight journey is always a social affair for my toddler. He would love to run around the airport and talk with co-passengers. We are always ready for trips. In fact, one of our diaper bags is always packed for a day trip. We do carefully make plans when we travel to new places.
Penguin is 2 now, yet he takes his own time to adjust in a new bed, new climate and all. That’s not unexpected. In our earlier experiences, we had seen a crying-for-hours infant, throwing up in middle of night toddler and a blissfully jumping boy till early mornings. We are getting better each time and I have no regrets about those dreadful nights.
Top 5 reasons to travel with my toddler
Experience something new
Living in a city, my child is exposed to public parks, high-end malls, and populated roads. Travelling takes us to beaches, hill stations, and new spots. As our children grow, they might not remember how they ran on beaches or climbed trails. But they would surely learn something new. Invite them to explore on their own (within your sight), raise the curiosity bar and let kids play. Watch a new dance, try a new dish, involve in a new thing during travel. Our trip to Hong Kong was the most memorable one, Penguin was fascinated by places like Tian Tan Buddha. If you are planning a Hong Kong vacation do check here.
While, we grownups take time to adjust to new places, food. Our little ones catch up pretty quick. Adapting to new people, culture, food and even time zone. With passing time, they do get better. Studies say, traveling helps kids to be flexible. That’s another bonus.
Even though I adopted the slow approach in life since months, still nothing like a vacation with kids that slows us smoothly. We can stay at the beach for hours, keep plucking strawberries and collect fallen leaves, roll over slopes all day and still giggle. We got all the time to unwind. Kids love their new experiences.
Seen the unseen
You might have visited a destination couple of times and think to go with a kid there is nothing new to check out. Then, let the child take lead and show you the beauty of things that were right next to you but never noticed earlier.
Connect with friends and make some new
Kids make friends easily and quickly, or maybe that’s introvert Maa thoughts. But whenever we travel with friends and their kids, Penguin gels greatly with them. And when we travel alone, he can make co-passengers or anyone his friend in minutes. Guess all toddlers are that way.
I hope you travel the world with your children. What are your reasons to travel with kids?