As parents, we often come up with all kinds of excuses for not travelling with kids. But with a little creative thinking and flexibility, travelling with your kids can actually be a super rewarding adventure. Here are some of the worst excuses parents use to leave their kids at home, and why they’re not valid.
Not travelling with kids because…
It’ll disrupt their routine
Sure, kids are basically slaves to routine, but it shouldn’t be used as an excuse for not travelling with kids. You see, the key to weathering disruptions lies in careful planning. Things, like requesting special accommodation like cribs or basinets and taking your kid’s comfort items along on the journey, are what’ll help you bypass the mayhem.
Travelling will be better when they’re older
The whole experience of travel changes at every age. Plus seeing sights with a sleeping baby instead of a sassy toddler just makes more sense, right? When you travel as a family, you’re creating shared memories. And you also have a bunch of great opportunities for teaching your kids profound lessons about the world and their place in it. Your kid might not remember a trip to Paris at age four, but it’ll shape him in small yet amazing ways.
It’s too expensive
This has got to be one of the lamest excuses ever for not travelling with kids. Taking a vacation is expensive, but kids often travel for much cheaper than teens or adults. Some airlines even offer free flights for kids under the age of 12. And that beats battling crowds at the local pool any day.
Planning it all is a nightmare
If you involve your kids in the planning process, they can really lend a helping hand and get excited about the upcoming adventure as well. It’s important to consider your kids in your plans, and ensure there’s something for them to do wherever you’re heading. If you’ve got long visits to museums and house tours lined up in your itinerary, you’re begging for a tantrum to go down.
My kids are very picky eaters
The thought of taking picky eaters to destinations filled with unfamiliar foods can cause major anxiety. But this could also be an opportunity to get your kid to move out of his or her comfort zone. You can use the “one bite” rule so your kid can sample the local cuisine. Make sure you have some familiar foods o their menu too, like fruits, bread and cheese so that they won’t go hungry. Even plain rice and chicken can be prepared regardless of where in the world you dine.
It’s too dangerous
It seems like the news channels are crammed full of stories of terrorist incidents and random acts of violence, but your chances of falling victim on your travels are actually minuscule. The fact is that the dangers abroad are just as real as the dangers in your home country, like car accidents and drowning risks. As long as you take the standard precautions and stay aware of your surroundings, you’ll be just fine.