How to prepare for travels with kids
We have always been passionate about travelling. Three months after we met, we travelled around Australia and had the best time! Now we have six children and even though it can be difficult to organize, pack and travel with lots of small children, we never stopped exploring the world. It is possible and more importantly, very rewarding.
We live in the Netherlands and we travel as often as we can together with our kids. Exploring the world together means our kids will broaden their view and grow into more adaptive adults. We love to learn about different cultures, eat local food and visit interesting sites. We will see fancy hotels, but also wander around local markets. We truly aim to understand the unique character of the places we visit. Travelling means family quality time together and creating precious memories that we all share and will last a lifetime.
However, we realize many parents think it is difficult to take long distance flights or road trips with kids. Many parents also believe they should wait until the kids have grown up. We disagree. We have travelled with our babies from one month on, as often as possible for the past 13 years. When we went to Hawaii with our 6 kids, the journey took us 37 hours altogether. Our two youngest were a toddler and a baby back then!
Are you afraid to look like a fool when you travel with your family? Do you envision you will have to grab your toddler who ran off, while struggling with a screaming baby in one hand and a suitcase in the other hand? Do you worry about your kids assuming that big mall is a playground? Are you afraid your toddler will run up and down the narrow plane aisles?
These things are actually just usual things for kids to do. There is no need to feel uncomfortable. Children are raised all over the world. Toddlers run, babies cry and teenagers get cranky all over the world. You just have to act quickly and do your very best to make unwanted behavior stop.
We learned throughout the years that the only limitations are the ones, you set yourselves. Things will never be perfect with kids , but we can promise you it will be fun, amazing, and mostly: unforgettable!
The world will open up for your family when you embrace change, have the right attitude, correct preparation, and a flexible approach. Your children will grow into global citizens who understand the wider world. Your family will enjoy and experience freedom when you travel together and live your life to the fullest.
Don’t wait and don’t let the time seep away from you, instead start making those memories now!
The moment you hike that magnificent mountain with your kids or swim in that blue paradise surrounded by fishes, you will know why you did it!
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