On average, the first memories of a child occur around the age of 3. So when you decide to travel with a baby or a toddler, you are often asked THE ultimate question:
« Why are you taking her on a trip when she will not even remember? »
Here are my reasons why:
1. Make my child a citizen of the world
When you travel abroad, you experience things that are different from your everyday life. People eat different dishes, they speak a different language; you are immersed in a different culture. This simply shows my child that there are different ways of doing things, that things may not be perfect in our home country. It helps him be more open minded. I cannot help thinking that if there were more globetrotters, there would be far fewer supporters of the extreme right! When we learn to see the world and to respect the cultures, religions or even eating habits, there is no more fear of differences and therefore less racism.
2. Increase its adaptability
When traveling, you move everyday (yes, I love road trips even with my kids!). Baby does not sleep in his bed but in the bed provided by the hotel or friends with whom you are staying. It teaches your child to fall asleep anywhere (including in his stroller or in her baby carrier). He also learns to fall asleep with a little more noise than usual. Its adaptability is considerably increased, to the delight of parents. But it’s like anything, you have to start early … hence the need to travel even with a 4 or 6 months old baby. It is almost never too early to start (as long as you choose the destination and the type of trip properly).
3. Spend some family quality time
But when I travel with my kids (and my husband), my first motivation is to have a great time with my family. When traveling, we are together 24/24, we discover a country or a city together, we eat together. It creates great bonds between parents and children. And we are also less stressed as parents because we’re on holidays. We have more time to dedicate to our children. So even if baby will not remember the trip, the ties will remain forever. And you will also be there to tell your child when he is a bit older about the day a kangaroo approached his travel cot on a beach in Australia when he was having a nap (true) or the day he carried a baby turtle in his hands in Sri Lanka.
What are your motivations for traveling with your kids?