Updated on June 2, 2015
Traveling with Children
I love to travel with Bean. We have been traveling together since she was about 5 months old. (That is, if you don’t count using public transportation to get from one side of the city to the other as travel.) We took a road trip with my parents from Texas to California. Being the minimalist that I am, we traveled light. We didn’t need many extras on the road with the exception of the car seat and plenty of cloth diapers.
Since then, we have been many places together. Because we are both inquisitive, it is a blast. I get to see the world through her eyes and she gets a global perspective at a young age.
Last year though, I think I pushed her to do a bit too much. We only visited France and Spain, but we had many friends to see and a lot to do while we were there. By week three, Bean was fed up with traveling and ready to go home.
For our upcoming vacation, I am doing my best to remember lessons learned. When traveling with children, it is best to have a central location in which to return nightly. Bean and I wake up early in the morning. Instead of rushing right out and seeing the sites, we take our time and have a good, leisurely breakfast. We then go and see one site of interest. We eat lunch either at our vacation residence or outside, we then return for a nap.
After a few hours indoors, Bean is then recharged. We see an evening site or do something outdoors in the afternoon. We eat either inside or out, depending on what we did in the afternoon. We are usually back in by 8 and Bean can relax and unwind however she chooses. This worked for us when Bean was homesick. I am planning to stick to this schedule for the next few trips until I see a need to change things up.
If you travel with children and have a routine that works for your family, let me know about it. I would love to hear from you.