“Have you lost your mind?”
“Aren’t you scared?”
“What if something happens?”
“Why don’t you wait?”
These are all questions I heard the moment I told family and friends about my upcoming solo adventure with my toddler. It shocked me how appalled everyone was that I was planning to take a toddler abroad. What is so crazy about wanting to see the world with your child by your side? What should stop you? If you keep coming up with the worst case scenarios or putting it off, it will never happen. Instead, you will be aging with an uncompleted bucket list wondering what the hell stopped you from exploring the world. It most certainly should not be your children; they should be the reason to travel.
See the world through little eyes
Children see the world entirely different than adults. Taking your children on adventures allows you to see from a different perspective. Kids are naturally curious. They will discover things you otherwise would not have noticed. They will enhance your experience by expressing their curiosity and delving into another culture and new surroundings. Adults are typically more hesitant to do this. My toddler is a social butterfly, so bringing her along always guarantees that I will be meeting new people. Get on your kids level and fully immerse yourself into the environment.
Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean your life is over
We tend to forget about ourselves after the little tiny humans we created take over our lives. We created them, yet they seem to dictate our lives. Ironic. Have you always wanted to travel the world? Or even just go on adventures in your city? If the answer is yes, then GO! I always knew that traveling would forever be an important part of my life and I would regret it if anything stopped my passion for exploring. It is important for me to share my passion with my daughter, not put aside my dreams because of her. I have a husband that does not enjoy traveling and a toddler. If I am not letting that stop me from seeing the world, what is stopping you?
All about the money, honey $$$
Let’s face it. Kids are a heck of a lot cheaper when it comes to traveling. Especially if they are 2 and under. I am saving a ton on my upcoming voyage since my little girl will be about 17 months at the time of our trip. She flies for free since she is still considered a lap infant, although she is by no means light so I will probably be crushed on our 10 hour flight. She will be sleeping with me in the hotel beds, which means I was able to save money by booking single rooms. Museums and exhibits tend to be free for most children under a certain age as well. She also rides for free on the high speed trains in Europe. And as for eating, she will be plenty content sharing whatever I eat so I will only have to purchase one meal for the both of us. So when people ask you why don’t you wait until your kids are older to travel since it will be “easier”, tell them about the
hundreds thousands of dollars you will be saving. Also, it is super easy to carry a little one around in my Ergobaby Baby Carrier !
This is what it is all about. The bond you will create with your children will be inseparable. The memories will be everlasting. Even if they are too young to remember, they will always have pictures to look back on. And when they are older you can travel back together and create even more memories. I already know I have a lifetime of travel ahead of me with little adventurers by my side and I wouldn’t want it any other way. How do you think I was blessed with an adventurous soul? By traveling my whole life, even before I can remember. I can’t express enough how experiencing something new, exploring foreign places, and taking adventures together bonds people. It is a bond that can’t be replicated.
Bond with your children through travel, it will be worth it.
What are you waiting for?
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