Travelling with Kids

Travelling with Kids

Don’t let your brood stop you from exploring the world!!! Traveling with children can be a great way of establishing your family values and great relationships with your kids. Your children will learn to have an open mind to the diversity in the world and will gain a wealth of experiences that shape their personalities and future. My mum and dad took us everywhere with them. I guess that’s why I’m still a traveller to this day. I took my kids everywhere too. Children have a way of pointing out the fascination of small wonders as they tend to go from micro to macro visions of the world continuously.

I recently had a couple traveling a lot with a baby tell me that they now find parenting at home easy because of all the skills they’ve developed during their journey.

The love and joy that you share with your children can be dilated through shared experiences. Showing them a world of abundance is giving them a lifetime gift. A world where happiness can be found in all sorts of adverse conditions. Showing them how people adjust to their surroundings can teach them resilience. They also have the opportunity to learn compassion and appreciation for their own lives by empathising with others who are less fortunate than themselves. Travelling with children can be a lesson of a lifetime.

Pros

Pros

  • You get to spend quality time with your kids
  • Kids can add a dimension to your experience by pointing out the big and small stuff
  • You show your kids that there are different options out there
  • You grow as a family, (even if it’s just two of you)
  • Your kids develop new interests, vocabulary and cultural understandings
  • You all learn to appreciate the smaller things
  • You’re offering your kids a valuable education in life
  • Your kids will learn skills they wouldn’t see the need for at home (my daughter was helping everyone on one of our tours convert their money in each of the countries we visited)
  • Your kids will learn how to be responsible for their own belongings
  • Your kids will learn a respect for the environment
  • Your kids will learn to respect people from other cultures
  • They learn to be grateful for what they have
  • You can teach them to be mindful

 

Cons

Cons

  • Places where you can stay may be restricted
  • You are responsible for more than yourself
  • Costs can increase so that some activities become prohibitive
  • Education systems back home may not be co-operative
  • Your kids may not like the lack of routine
  • You might feel that you never get a break from each other
  • Extra equipment/belongings to carry
  • More clothing to wash and food to prepare
  • Cut down on the amount of equipment you take and use
  • Try and stay longer in one place than you would if you were on your own

 

How to Get Around the Cons

 

  • Choose kid-friendly locations
  • Give your kids extra tasks that they are responsible for
  • Keep to inexpensive countries
  • Consider house swapping for a few weeks at a time in different countries
  • Consider house sitting
  • Train your kids up in hiking, birdwatching, photography, snorkeling, sailing and cycling
  • Take your kids sailing
  • Negotiate with the Education system back home and look into ‘home schooling’ options (some countries such as Australia and New Zealand have great correspondence courses)
  • Establish routines and then the ability to remain flexible
  • Make the most of kid’s clubs and baby sitting options occasionally
  • Teach your children to carry some of their gear at an early age
  • Cut down on the amount of equipment you take and use
  • Try and stay longer in one place than you would if you were on your own