Learning to RELISH A Slower Travel Style With Babies

Learning to RELISH A Slower Travel Style With Babies

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“Babies change the way that you travel”. This phrase is commonly repeated to new parents, but the reality of this doesn’t really set in until you take your first big trip with a baby.

Now that we have a couple trips under our belts with our babies (now toddler and preschool age), we are starting to appreciate the challenges that traveling with a kids can bring.  Traveling with kids also brings new opportunities and a pleasant change of pace that can be refreshing, once you can shift your expectations around a little bit.

We were those manic, see everything travelers, frantically covering the globe, trying to see everything, every where, as fast as possible. We would pack our days, morning until night, doing whatever necessary to see all of the “must see” sights in any new destination.

This strategy is wonderful and exhausting and completely and utterly impossible with little people in tow.

Now when we travel, we usually don’t get to see everything on our list.  We might miss [gasp] a major attraction because it will just be too grueling for the little ones (and thus not fun for parents).  We might rush through a museum and see only the highlights because nap time is coming and a meltdown will happen if we stay a moment longer.

Shanna with the kids at the Omaha Zoo
Checking the Omaha Zoo off of the bucket list with the kiddos!

 

Divide and conquer has become a strategy in our travel tool belt.  If one or both parents really wants to see something that it NOT kid friendly, sometimes we leave one parent with both kids or one parent takes the “easier” child to the sight while the other does something more fun with the other kid.

One big attraction is the most that we schedule in one day, sandwiched by plenty of time for naps and markets and playing in the park.  No more running from morning till night.

There are some benefits to this new, slower mode of travel.  We don’t’ see as many “big” sights, but we are much more likely to relax with other families in the local park, or to look for opportunities to stop in a local square to let the kids chase pigeons and indulge in some ice cream.

Traveling slow means that we prefer to rent a home or apartment instead of booking a hotel.  “Living” for the week instead of just staying somewhere means that we are more immersed in local culture, cooking meals with produce from the local market.  We love having a space for the kiddos to sleep in another room, and overall the apartment gives us a more relaxed approach to our travels.

Travel with a small children is different.  Sometimes it can be more difficult, but we wouldn’t trade traveling with our little ones for ANYTHING!

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Here are some of my other writings which contain the best tips that we have learned from traveling with babies and toddlers:

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Shanna Schultz

We are Shanna and Aaron + kiddos. We are a travel addicted family of four who love to escape at every possible opportunity. When we travel, we love to focus on creating meaningful travel experiences that help us all learn about the world together and bring us closer as a family. Shanna also writes about travel in the Midwestern part of the United States at her blog A Midwest Travel Companion

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Your post brought back some sweet memories from the time when our son was a toddler and we used to take him on trips with us. You are right, babies change the way you travel and there are indeed many challenges. Nonetheless, the joys you get from traveling with children are far greater than the challenges. Cherish this time, as it flies away before you know it!

  2. Such blogs really inspire couples who have small kid. I am thankful to you for sharing such a wonderful blog with us. You have written it marvellously. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is the second time I’m at your blog.

    Again, brilliant tips on the kids. 🙂

    Have a superb day 🙂

    1. Thanks for visiting again! I am so glad that you are finding my writing useful.

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