The Thing about Traveling with Children

The thing about traveling with children is that you never know when or how the benefits will manifest themselves.

Naysayers will argue time and again about how small children won’t remember anything.  They argue that traveling is hard on the parents and not worth the time or money.

This may be somewhat true, but I would like to argue that many of the benefits may manifest themselves in ways you might not expect.

Although my children may not remember much about trips they took at an early age, we were planting a seed and didn’t necessarily realize it.  We were planting the seeds of flexibility.

Adventure.

A lot has been happening in the Two Kids and a Map household.  We found out that my husband’s job is moving us to Denver, Colorado.

My husband and I were concerned about how our children would react and with good reason.  After living all of their years in Pensacola, we are uprooting our children from the only house, school and life they have known.  We are going to move them from Pensacola, Florida across the country to Denver, Colorado.

Imagine our surprise when my eight year old son said that it would be an awesome adventure even though he would miss his friends.  All the while, his sister was sitting next to him nodding her head in agreement.  Both children were understandably nervous but are excited to start this new adventure together as a family.

I attribute this to the traveling that we have been doing for as long as they can remember.  Travel has helped teach my children to embrace change.

It has taught my children to look for adventure around every corner.

My traveling children have also taught me something.  They have taught me not to underestimate the power of traveling with children when they are small.

Comments

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    You’ve got empathy from me! You’ve laid the groundwork by being a family that does stuff together and has made the family unit much more important than the other things in life. Kids are pretty resilient about these sorts of things, esp if the parents don’t make it out to be such a big, heart wrenching deal. So hang in there and make it an adventure and stay cheerful about it, even when you’re not. And when they feel sad about what they are leaving behind, you can tell them you are a little sad, too.

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    Thanks for the reminder that all of this travel is worth it for the kids, not just for my mental health 🙂 I am so curious to see how our travels will shape their personalities. Will they be closer siblings than their friends who don’t travel often with their families? Will the continue traveling even after I stop dragging them from place to place (I do have dreams of one day just taking a trip with my hubby again and sleeping past 7am after all!) I’m so glad to hear that the kids did not freak out when you announced the move. It really will be an adventure. And you can bet you will be seeing a few of us passing through Denver from time to time.

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    Erin – Thank you! We have definitely tried to make the family unit more important than the other stuff and it does show. I may be contacting you for packing advice! 😉

    Walkingon Travels – I really do think that my kids are much closer due to all of the traveling. My mom used to tell us that when we move or go on vacation she wasn’t bringing our friends so my sister and I needed to work at getting along!

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    I love this article, what a great resource for first time parents on the road with their kids! This is such a wonderful reason to travel with kids! Thanks for sharing, I look forward to reading more.
    -Amy

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    Colorado’s gain, definitely.

    Travel is such a metaphor for moving through life. Looks like you’re teaching your children to go with the flow. What a gift!

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    I’ve been dismayed by a lot of the blogosphere’s attitude tword travel with children recently, its refreshing to find someone who appreciates the “Benefits” of that travel. The biggest benefit is spending un-interupted time with your family!!