I absolutely love travelling and exploring new places. I loved it before I had kids and I love it now, even though the two experiences are vastly different. I think that, no matter how old your kids are, showing them the world is always a positive thing. Even if they are “too young to remember”, every experience when they’re younger comes together to form who they are as a person when they’re older. That’s why we sing with our kids before they can talk, why we read them books before they can read themselves. With travelling, we as parents are teaching our kids about different cultures, religions and ways of living. And we’re showing them just how stunningly beautiful the world is. That appreciation will be ingrained in them as they grow older and start understanding the environmental impact we as human beings have on the earth and hopefully will turn them into advocates for protecting all the beauty around them. Plus travelling gives them so much dedicated family time with mom and dad that they might not have at home with our long todo lists and never-ending household tasks.
With all the travelling that we’ve done as a family (more than a dozen countries visited during our 30 or so trips over the past four years), I’ve learned a few things about how to make travelling with young kids as easy and stress-free as possible. Read on for my top 5 tips for how to make family travel more successful.