These last two weeks have been crazy. We have been repainting our apartment and helping our neighbors, that have three young children, make the huge move from Greece to Canada. Helping them pack reminded me all over again why I have poured myself into this blog for the last three years.
Traveling with kids is difficult. There are so many things that could go wrong, and a successful trip is usually successful because of all the “accidents” you plan for, just in case. I always pack like my oldest will get car sick, when she doesn’t. I always pack extra clothes for accidents and spills that do not always occur. I double check three separate times to make sure I haven’t forgotten our passports, even though the odds are that I won’t forget them.
When I think about all the different what-ifs that I plan for, it makes traveling with my family seem like maybe it’s just too much trouble to deal with. But then I step back and get a look at the bigger picture, my children are exploring and understanding the world. Traveling helps them reach outside of themselves and take a look at people and cultures that are completely different than anything I could offer them on my own. They ask questions they have never asked before. They think about things that would have never crossed their cute, spongy minds otherwise. They make important memories, and connections with the people within and outside of our family. These are the reasons why I spend so much time teaching people how to plan for the what-ifs of traveling with a family!! Because I don’t want you to miss out on the joy of all of these wonderful and marvelous moments because your child is walking around, completely uncomfortable in stained and smelly clothing all day. I don’t want you to lose your mind because your child is so thirsty and hungry that they are insufferable because you forgot to pack some snacks and water bottles. I give out all of these tips not to sound like a cranky nay-sayer, but because I care about the quality of your family time! I want you to have the best trip possible, every trip. I want you to love traveling with a family as much as I do.
Sure there are many times when I’m completely exhausted and all I want to do is sleep, or have five minutes of quiet. However,
I wouldn’t trade any of our indescribable moments growing as a family for an ounce of my missing sanity.
Do I travel with three kids under 7 because I have to? Yes. But I also do it because I love it, and my family loves it! Would we travel if we didn’t have to? I really believe we would.
So when you are browsing around this website and you wonder why I have written over 200 articles on how to have a great trip traveling with a family, it’s because I want you to have a blast with your kids, just like my husband and I do!
Now, where is everyone going this summer?