I’m hard-pressed to find a more exhausting word in the English language, yet I love traveling with mine.
To be fair, she’s not a baby anymore–she’s a big girl–and she makes that clear to everyone.
She’s only just turned four and as much as she insists that she’s all grown up, it hasn’t stopped her from losing the ability to walk or talk like a human being on a whim.
Instead, she resorts to whiny puppy, clingy koala, clawing kitten, or worse.
What’s not to love?
No, seriously. There is a lot to love about traveling with toddlers.
1. Everything is an adventure
Even the stressful things become adventures.
Running to catch the bus that’s about to leave without us: adventure. She will talk about it for days to come.
2. They make friends with everyone and force you to be friendly too
So I wasn’t in the mood to strike up a conversation with every stranger we encounter? Too bad.
The kid has already roped me into a dozen conversations with her adorable charm, fantastic sense of humor, and outgoing nature.
3. You’re making memories that will shape them as people
Every time we travel, she’s collecting memories and experiences that will build up her future self.
Having traveled around the world with my mother when I was a child, I cannot put enough emphasis on how life-shaping it is and I want my daughter to have that as well.
4. You get to experience things as a kid again
Everyone wants to be a kid again. At least sometimes.
Along those lines, I can recreate amazing memories from my childhood with her and, in a special kind of way, they live on.
5. You get priority treatment
This is a really cheap one, but yes, you will get some priority treatment when you travel with little kids–or a little kid.
You’ll board airplanes first, readily receive assistance when needed, and in general having a cheeky little toddler as a company will bring out the good-humored side of just about anyone you encounter.
That’s all I have for now. Unlike a day with a toddler, let’s keep this one short and simple.
What do you love about traveling with little kids? Let me know in the comments!