Travelling around the world is definitely an adventure, but when you add kids to the mix, it becomes an entirely different experience.
In this blog post, we’ll have a laugh at the realities of travelling with children and discuss the adaptations and considerations necessary for a successful family journey. While travelling with kids requires flexibility, patience, and compromise, the rewards of exploring new cultures and creating lifelong memories as a family are immeasurable.
Travelling around the world with kids is not for you if…
You think that bringing a suitcase full of toys is the key to a successful family trip:
- While it’s natural to want your children to be entertained during the trip, relying solely on toys can hinder their ability to fully immerse themselves in the travel experience, plus give you a very bad back from carrying them around. Instead, embrace the opportunity to engage with the local environment and encourage them to discover new interests along the way. For example, visit local markets and let them choose a unique souvenir that will hold sentimental value.
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You’re not willing to be flexible and adaptable:
- Travel plans can change in an instant, especially when kids are involved. Embrace flexibility and adaptability as essential skills for navigating unexpected situations. This might mean adjusting your itinerary, taking breaks when needed, or finding alternative activities that cater to your children’s interests. Embracing spontaneity can lead to surprising and delightful experiences.
You can’t handle your kid’s constant requests to buy souvenirs from every single gift shop:
- Children are naturally drawn to the novelty of souvenirs, and while it’s tempting to fulfill their every wish, it’s important to establish boundaries. Set expectations beforehand, explain the concept of budgeting, and help them understand the value of experiences over material possessions. Encourage them to collect mementos that hold special meaning, such as postcards or photos, which can be a more meaningful and cost-effective alternative.
You don’t enjoy spending a lot of time with your children:
- Travelling with kids requires quality time and close interaction. Embrace the opportunity to bond as a family and cherish the moments of togetherness. This isn’t to say it’s all sunshine and rainbows, let’s be realistic! Involve your kids in planning activities, and engage in conversations about the destinations you explore. Let them be a part of the process and when something goes wrong, you can blame them (Joking…kind of).
You’re not comfortable with your children asking embarrassing questions loudly:
- Kids have a knack for asking curious and sometimes embarrassing questions, often at the most unexpected times. Embrace their inquisitive nature and use these moments as teaching opportunities. Encourage an open dialogue about different cultures, customs, and traditions, fostering their understanding and appreciation for diversity. As a stalling process to give yourself time to think of a suitable response, ask them ‘what do you think?’
You think “Are we there yet?” is a legitimate conversation starter:
- Long journeys can test the patience of both children and adults. Instead of viewing this as an annoyance, reframe it as an opportunity for family bonding. Play interactive games, listen to audiobooks or podcasts, and involve your children in the navigation process. Read our post on the kids essential travel kit. This can turn what may seem like a never-ending journey into a memorable part of the adventure.
You panic at the sight of a “No Wi-Fi” sign:
- Wandering off the beaten path often means limited or no internet connectivity. Embrace this digital detox as a chance to disconnect from screens and immerse yourself in the present moment. Kick the kids outdoors to play or grab the art supplies. These moments of unplugged connection can be the most rewarding and memorable aspects of your journey.
You have a low tolerance for constantly searching for clean toilets:
- Exploring with kids often means frequent bathroom breaks (or the people who gave birth to these said kids).We use the phrase ‘good toilet’ which means even if you don’t need to go, you should try because you don’t know what you will find in the next one. Try and carry wet wipes and hand sanitizers.
You’re not willing to sacrifice your own travel plans and preferences to accommodate your children’s needs:
- Travelling with kids requires a certain level of flexibility, as their needs and interests may differ from yours. Be open to adapting your plans and creating a balance between adult-oriented activities and child-friendly experiences. This might mean visiting family-friendly attractions, parks, or museums that cater to the interests and energy levels of your children. It also means that while you desperately want to walk around this amazing temple and for the kids to get something from the experience they are more than likely finding an amazing spot for hide and seek. Roll with it.
So when the dust settles:
Travelling around the world with kids is a journey filled with joys, challenges, and invaluable life lessons. It requires embracing flexibility, patience, and a willingness to adapt to new situations. By setting realistic expectations, fostering open communication, and finding a balance between adult and child-centred experiences, you can create unforgettable memories as a family. Embrace the adventure, embrace the challenges, and watch as your children’s horizons expand, shaping them into curious, compassionate global citizens.
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