The first time we took our oldest son to Europe he had just turned 1. At the time, well-meaning friends and family said “Why are you going? He will never remember it!” I did my best to keep the naysayers at bay and trudge forward with our plans. In the end we had a wonderful trip – not hiccup free – but one that has provided us with memories for the rest of our lives. It is true that he may not remember riding that carousel in downtown Paris, however, we always will.
Children who start traveling early learn flexibility and adaptability more quickly.
Traveling with children is about allowing them to experience real-life situations while learning hands-on. There is no golden age for this to happen. I suggest to get started as soon as you are able. The more kids travel in a car for long road trips or on long-haul flights, the more they get used to it and the easier it becomes for all of you. They learn what to expect and you learn right alongside them.
Do not listen to naysayers! Start planning that trip today! Will it always be easy? No! – But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
Planning is your friend, especially when it comes to traveling with little ones.
Remember to enjoy the little things and take each day – maybe even each hour – one step at a time!