Have you ever wondered if traveling with kids would be worth the hassle? I have. Every time we’ve packed our crew and left for a trip besides the grocery store, I have had that question in my mind – is this going to be worth all the WORK? But the answer is almost always a resounding YES. Why is that you ask? What can make all the meltdowns and crying and extra work worth it? The memories. They are priceless moments that are captured in a shared moment, perhaps overlooking the winding terraces of Colca Canyon Peru, with alpaca gracefully dotting the surrounding hills.
Perhaps it’s a moment captured by camera, you and your child, smiling at each other because you’ve pushed yourself outside of your comfort zone – you’ve gone somewhere amazing together – and you’ll always remember it.
Let’s face it, even going to Target can be challenging when you have babies and/or toddlers. When we lived in the states I loved going to Target (it’s one of the things I miss most about living in the U.S.!), but every time I started unloading my then two young toddlers I wondered if it was going to be worth it! Traveling is no different. Whether you’re taking a short road trip that will bring you back home to your own warm snug bed at night, or going on an International flight that will find you in some exotic location, the struggle is the same. The battle of the wills, the exhaustion, the HANGRY episodes!
We’ve had our share of those, that’s for sure! But the good always outweighs the bad. And that’s why we continue to pack our bags and go on an adventure.
Someday, we hope our children will have learned a few things from all of our travel. We hope they’ll have a better understanding of our world and its needs, we hope they’ll have more compassion for each person they meet, and we hope they’ll have many priceless memories.