I’m here to dispel a myth. Contrary to popular belief, travel and kids are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I’ve found that traveling with small children is one of the best adventures life has to offer. Most kids are natural travelers. They are inherently curious, adaptable, and open to new experiences. They are enthusiastic and less inhibited, and have opened more cultural doors and conversations than I ever could have on my own. Yes, it’s a little more work, but the payoff is absolutely worth the effort.
Travel is one of our family’s core values. My 5-year-old went on his first flight at 6 weeks; by age 3, he had flown 30 times; by age 4, he visited his 15th country. I’ve flown transatlantic flights with two kids by myself, and domestically with three kids by myself. I’ve had a lot of practice, and while I don’t claim to be an expert by any means, I have learned a couple things along the way. Continue reading “Traveling with Toddlers: It can be done!”