Traveling with kids can be challenging at times. Keeping them entertained on long flights, dealing with jet lag when you’re exhausted, or trying to explain to your child why he can’t have his customary cup of warm milk before bed when you’re staying in the middle of a rainforest can add stress to any trip.
So with all of these challenges, a natural question might be, “Why travel with your kids when they are so young and won’t remember the trip anyway?” For us, the answer is simple. We think travel will make them better humans. Even at the ages of 2 and 4, Declan and Finnegan are gaining an appreciation for other cultures, languages, food, and geography. They are learning how much they have in common with kids all over the world. They are also learning to embrace – instead of fear – things that are different. Their favorite food is sushi, they know people speak Spanish in Honduras, and they have a genuine interest in looking at maps and talking about what different countries are like. The conversation always ends with the same question, “Can we go there someday?”
Travel also helps us be better parents. It’s a chance for us to completely disconnect and enjoy our boys without the day-to-day stress of balancing work, daycare, activities, and house work. It refreshes us and awakens our inner child by offering new experiences or sensing the wonder and amazement through the eyes of our kids all over again. We can’t imagine our lives being as rich and full without the opportunity to travel. We look forward to creating many more memories with our kids as we continue to explore this amazing world. Our love of traveling runs deep.
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