Maybe you have read my thoughts on traveling with kids in my bio? If not, here’s a taste—“Have kids, still travel. Passing my wanderlust onto my wee one is at the top of my list.” I believe this with all my heart. Traveling has always been a big part of my life and I intend it to be a big part of my little lady’s life as well.
What about you? Have you taken junior exploring around the globe or does the thought of traveling with your kiddos make you break into a sweat? Maybe you can tackle a few hours in the car to grandma’s house, but getting on an airplane—NO WAY! Does the thought of getting through the airport with the wee one(s) and all their “gear” in tow make you want to hyperventilate? Fear not, I want to show you it can be done.
Yes, getting the little person or people through the airport and on the plane is work. It requires a bit of planning. Okay maybe a lot of planning, but I am telling you it is totally worth it.
Not only do you get to experience new things as a family, it also teaches your child, and maybe even you too, how to be flexible. Having new adventures with your little ones is even better than experiencing it alone. Imagine the excitement on their faces when they play in the ocean for the first time, or when they catch their first snowflake on their tongue. Believe me when I say all the hard work, and maybe even a few tears, is totally worth it. It is nearly magical.
Our daughter’s 2nd birthday is quickly approaching, YIKES, and in the last two years we have tried to take every opportunity to fly with her while she was “free.” She has been overseas twice and on many domestic flights, and as a result one of her favorite places is the airport. No, I am not kidding. She is obsessed with airplanes. If she is outside and hears a plane, it stops her in her tracks and she immediately looks up and points and says, “Airplane!” or “Flygplan!” (Swedish for airplane). If you ask her about an airplane, you better be ready, she will chatter on and on about airplane this and airplane that.
No, not every flight was a breeze; it was work. And we had a few epic travel stories along the way, like the time we forgot extra wipes on a transatlantic flight and our kid had horrible GI issues (that was interesting!), but we made it and our tiny human has experienced other cultures and had some pretty cool adventures along the way.
If you are contemplating a trip to Europe with your tot(s), or are thinking about a family vacation at the beach, I encourage you to take the plunge and book those tickets. Don’t be afraid, take a deep breath, and get out there exploring the world with your entire family. You will be glad you did.