One of our first posts on Baby Can Travel included the 10 Reasons to Travel with Your Baby. As parents who were avid travelers prior to having children, we knew we wanted to continue to travel with our children and to help them grow to love travelling as well. There are times while our children are small that travelling can be a challenge, but we are committed to continue. In those difficult moments, it helps to remind ourselves of all the benefits our children will get from travelling.
If you know you want to keep travelling with your children but haven’t solidified your “why” yet, we have some inspiration for you. We know deep down this is the right thing to do for our family and we are fairly certain most other family travel bloggers feel the same, so we gathered some of the best reasons from top family bloggers to share with you:
Debbie from Delicious Baby talks about something that we have personally experienced and has become one of our favorite parts of travelling with a baby:
“You get to immerse yourself in the local culture. Traveling with children forces you to do as locals do… shop in the grocery stores, bakeries, and pharmacies, not just tourist shops. You get to connect with locals in a way that’s difficult to do as adults traveling alone. People love kids. They’ll go out of their way to connect with you and see you as a family rather than just tourists, and you’ll gain insights into what it’s like to live in a different place.”
Hilarye & Reid from Dotting The Map give us a couple reasons why we shouldn’t wait to travel:
“The more they travel now, the more used to it they will be as they get older!” and,
“It’s fun. I bet you weren’t expecting that one! It really is fun! It’s nice to take family vacations and get out of the house. Plus you feel so accomplished after an airplane ride with a baby (accomplished and exhausted). It’s an addictive feeling.”
Katie from La Jolla Mom gives us 10 perfect reasons, with our favourite being:
“Travel Widens Their Horizons : I’m a firm believer that kids need to understand that life is different outside of their comfort zone. Skin colors are varied as is what people eat for breakfast. Show them enough of the world and they’ll become unphased by the differences as well as open to trying new things.”
Similar to La Jolla Mom, we love this from Red Tricycle because it speaks to starting early and helping children learn about culture diversity:
“Infants, toddlers and children are always examining their environments and learning from their communities. Every experience that they have, from their creative play activities to school and family trips, helps to shape their opinions of other people and society itself. According to Christopher Metzler, Ph.D., “external messages play an enormous role in how kids view others. According to Metzler, parents can introduce their kids to cultural diversity through a variety of creative activities, such as visiting multi-cultural websites, attending cultural events, sampling ethnic food and reading books that provides information of other ethnic cultures.”
Let’s not forget the benefits for us parents, because happy parents mean happy children. As Leslie from Trips With Tykes says:
“I don’t want to put my life and love of travel on hold until my toddler is “old enough.”
“My husband and I love to travel and traveled extensively before we had children. After a few weekends at home on the couch watching TV and doing errands, we truly become stir crazy. We need to travel – for our sanity! Making the decision to have kids means big changes and sacrifices for any parent, but we also don’t feel we need to sacrifice everything that matters to us just because we have children. That wouldn’t ultimately make us very good or happy parents. We travel a bit differently than we did before we had children (toddler travel companions need breaks and naps, of course), but sacrificing travel entirely simply isn’t necessary or wise.”
This next one, from Charles and Micki of The Barefoot Nomad, is one that should be on everyone’s list:
“Quality and quantity time with your family. Time together is one thing that’s missing from most of our daily lives. When you travel, you’ll share unique experiences that will bond your family. Sure, it can sometimes be a bit tough, but there are some moments so magical that you’ll never want to go back home. You’ll always have those special memories that bond your family together.”
Sharon of Where’s Sharon hit on another important point about getting away from household duties and distractions:
“There are no distractions such as cleaning or cooking. Few things that we have to do. Yes, we could take extended periods of time off work to stay at home and have more quality family time, but 1. we would still get caught up with things like cooking and cleaning and the many other obligations that exist at home; and 2. we just wouldn’t.”
Caz and Craig from Y Travel Blog help us to set expectations accordingly. We’ve made the mistake of trying to do too much and paid for it. This reason for travelling with children is really a benefit for everyone in the family:
“When you travel with kids, you basically have no choice but to plan for a slower pace than you might usually attempt if traveling solo or as a couple.
They force you to be realistic about what you can and can’t do in the time frame you have. They don’t allow you to cram too much in to your itinerary (if you do you learn that lesson pretty quickly), and for the most part, I recommend you set the pace of your trip to what your youngest child can handle.”
Kids are great little mirrors, aren’t they? I don’t know about you, but I often see my behavior modeled by my daughter – sometimes leaving me feeling a little embarrassed. Kimberly of Stuffed Suitcase is bang on when she talks about travelling as an opportunity for us to model the behavior we would like to see in our children:
“I think most families would agree that while on vacation (even well-planned ones) things can occur that you didn’t plan for. Kids can get sick. Flights can be delayed. Cars can break down. The weather can change. In all of these situations, parents are put on the spot and have to deal with the situation. Kids see you model real-life problem solving and situational adaptability, which helps them understand self-reliance and encourages independence and self-confidence.”
What are your reasons? Please share with us in the comments below.