Travel with children, Should you do it?

4 Reasons you should travel with your children.

“Wanderlust: n. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.”

Since I took my first overseas trip as a teenager to the islands of Santa Cruz, in Solomon Islands, I have had a desire to travel and see the world. My childhood was not one of travel. Our childhood holidays could be counted on one hand. But I have made sure that my adult life has been different.

When we had children, we didn’t want that to change. So at only ten days old, we packed up our car, and took our first holiday with our young daughter, driving from Melbourne to Batemans Bay. Three children later we have continued to travel and continued to try and install that same “wanderlust” in our children.

So many of friends have questioned our trips? Will they remember the trips? Is it worth taking your preschool children to Disneyland, to Athabasca Falls, to Cape York? They have told us, we should wait until they are older. We should go when they can appreciate it. But we don’t Wait, we Travel.

But why do we Travel with our children?

1 – It’s fun.

I would be remiss not to say My number one reason for travelling with our children. It’s fun. Nothing can describe the pure joy and excitement on our children’s face when they first walked through the Gates of Disneyland. The joy I felt when we took our children snorkelling at Hamilton Island. How proud I am as I watch our children make new friends as we travel around.

3 reasons why you should Travel with your children

2. They learn so much about themselves, about others.

Not all classrooms have four walls.

Our children have travelled overseas, and extensively through Australia. They have grown up through our travels, they have learned so much.

They have learned about different cultures. They have learned patience, they have learned about our history (and didn’t realise it at the time). They have learned about peace, and about war. They have learned to adapt when things don’t go to plan. From Delayed flights to incorrect hotel rooms. Through missed transfers that ended up in missed activities. Life does not always go to plan, but that’s ok.

On long road trips, they have relearned to use their imagination, with no TV or Ipads to amuse them. They have learned to be alert and be aware of their surroundings, Playing fun games while they are doing it.

In travel, often the journey is part of the fun. We are teaching our children that it is not all about where you are in life, but how you got there.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson

3. Our Children add to our lives.

When we were pregnant with our first Child, A wise mum said to us. Your children should come into your life and fit into your life. They add to it. Make sure that they fit in with your routine, not the other way around.

We love to travel, we love to take holidays, we love to go out for Brunch on the weekends. We love to walk around our Local Lake, we love to go to the beach. So we have always made sure that our children are involved in it. So they to love it.

People always mention how well behaved our children are out at restaurants, how well behaved they are when travelling. That is because it is second nature to them.

Over time we have had to adapt our travel plans, there are some trips that they are not ready for. We couldn’t expect them to walk the 6 day Overland trail track, but they can wander through the Otways with us. They are not ready for a 3-day Whitsunday Fishing Charter, however, they will happily go fishing off the jetty on the way to Cape York.

4 – Making Memories

We want our children’s memories of their childhood to be treasured. We want them to look back on their childhood with love and joy. We feel they get that through travel. When you travel with your children you get away from the normal day to day rush of life. There is no Tae kwon do to rush to, no work, no school. Instead, there is time to create memories as a Family.

Yes, those things are important, but when you are on holidays you can forget about the normal business of life and spend quality time together. It might just be a quick day trip to Lorne or a longer month long holiday to the states. The time itself is not the important part. It’s the quality, not the quantity that matters. It’s the memories.

So why do you travel with children? Why don’t you? Tell us below in the comments.

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36 thoughts on “Travel with children, Should you do it?

  1. I don’t have kids yet, but I fully intend to keep on travelling if I have children in the future. It’s so important for them to see the world and having kids shouldn’t hold you back 🙂

  2. I remember every trip my parents took us on from the time I was around 3.5 yrs old. It was part of growing up, Easter holidays at the West coast, summer holidays anywhere else. I would not change it for the world and they are some of my most treasured memories with my parents. Thanks for sharing.

  3. My sister in law recently had a baby boy and she just asked me if they’d still be able to travel. I’m going to send her this article because it was so informative and very interesting to read, thank you!!!

  4. Although I don’t have kids yet I am looking forward to start a family and go on adventures with them. I am a full time nanny and love kids and go on little day trips with them!

  5. So cute. I don’t have children but if I did I would definitely be traveling with them. I live abroad and would continue to do so if I had some kids as I think the experiences of traveling the world makes children learn so much.

  6. I intend to travel with my kids once I have a family because travelling has been an amazing learning curve for me as an adult. growing up, I remember my mum taking us on roadtrips for holidays. These were some of my favorite memories

  7. Great read! These are the EXACT reasons that I want to travel with my children. Right now, they’re still only 2 and 5, but they’ve already flown to other states, had some decently long road trips, tent camped for several days straight, and had plenty of exciting and unexpected things happen along with the planned adventures. This was also one of the reasons that I chose to homeschool. I want to be able to use the world as our classroom.

  8. Traveling with children can be stressful, but as long as you are organized and flexible, the experiences for the kids and parents are memories that last! And like you said ‘it’s the quality that matters’.

  9. I agree so much with all of this! I don’t have children, but my parents took me on every single trip they went on from the time I was born. We traveled a lot overseas (luckily my parents were able to do that) and I think it really shaped (and changed) my outlook on life.

    I could imagine people often say “they’re too young, they won’t remember”, but you made great points about them learning from an early age patience and adaptation.

    Have fun, you guys!

  10. It’s so true that you shouldn’t change your way of life just because you have kids, on the other hand you want it or not, everyone has to adapt. Traveling with kids is never the same as without them, but we do it too, and one thing for sure – we have so many great memories!

  11. My favorite….Not all classriom have 4 walls….My favorite way to teach children is outside of the classroom….or bringing the World to the classroom…excellent read

  12. I love this post. I agree that travel is a fantastic way to educate your kids about life, and the world. I recently watched an interesting youtube vlog about how travel changes your brain because you’re constantly having to adapt to new, unexpected situations, so it actually helps you develop survival skills (which I’m sure you know, as an avid traveler). I think developing those skills at a young age is incredibly valuable! I don’t have kids (yet!) but when I do someday I hope to bring them along on my adventures too 🙂

  13. Don’t have kids but I could see the appeal of traveling with kids. And as a former kid who entered the gates go Disneyland I can attest to the truth of your statement about it being fun.

  14. I don’t have children but I have many fond memories of travelling with my parents when I was younger. I totally agree that it is a wonderful way to learn about the world, beyond your own borders and walls.

  15. My in-law lives in different state and my parents live in different country so we had and have to travel since our son was a baby. In the first 5 years since our son was born, we focused our traveling on visiting family and sneaked in places around our destination to our itinerary. Then we started visiting other places. I can see that my son has a boarder knowledge compare to his friends from our traveling because he got to see or do things that we don’t see or do around the city/state as well as meeting people with different background and culture. But we traveled to places closer to home, too, not only to places far, far, away.

  16. I do not have kids but know tons of people who travel with theirs and I can see how that influences them on the positive side. They express themselves with so much maturity and even have a list of places they want to visit. So, I love to read about parents who travel and make memories with their kids. #feetdotravel

  17. This was a lovely read! I traveled a lot with my parents when I was younger, and it definitely opened up a world beyond our home. I’ve always been grateful for the amazing experiences I was fortunate enough to have from a young age!

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