It’s so easy to be put off travelling when you have children. I had major plans of travelling, then when Daisy came along people felt a little sorry for me. Sorry because I couldn’t fulfil those dreams. In retrospect, we’ve travelled more since having Daisy. She’s been to 5 different countries before the age of 3. By the end of this year it’ll be 8, maybe 9. She’s been on several staycations – North, South, East and West of England. Our love for travelling is definitely rubbing off on her – she will quite often ask if we are going on holiday and demand we get on a plane! Oh how I wish we had endless amounts of money to do just that! We’re quite good at finding the right holiday and the right time, we may put a post up soon with some tips on budgeting for a family holiday abroad. I don’t proclaim to be one of those amazing travel blogger who travels all over the world with a backpack and child in tow (I wish!). But I LOVE writing about travel and I want to focus this blog on flexibility whilst travelling with children. How you can travel throughout the year with affordable prices and easy journeys.There are so many reasons to travel with your children, here’s just a few.
I mean it’s fun travelling with a partner – it’ fun travelling by yourself. It’s fun just on a day out in your local area with family. But travelling abroad with children is SO much fun. You get to see the world through their eyes and you get to see what they take interest in. We find that if we went away without Daisy then we’d end up staying in bed ’til quite late. At least with Daisy with us we end up getting up and out the door pretty early. It’s also nice because we cherish the moments when she naps (haha). It means we can sit down with a coffee and relax. It’s nice as sunbathing holidays seem to go out the window and instead we end up exploring and finding new towns/sights/cities.
To see them grow
Each time we go away, Daisy’s confidence grows. It’s the freedom of being away and in new surroundings. I feel as though she thrives when somewhere new. She can explore things she hasn’t explored before. She can learn and be taught. We all get a little swept up with the comfort of work, preschool and home life. It’s nice to see her burst with life when we go abroad. Everything is so exciting to her and she makes the most out of every little moment. Obviously we still have tantrums and grumpy moments – but we definitely have less of them than usual.
A bit of a shallow one but being a photographer I can’t help but find this a pretty good factor for traveling. We LOVE taking photos as a family and so put us in a pretty location with sun and beautiful weather, and you’ll find us in our element. I have so many photos of Daisy traveling to show her when she’s older. I can’t wait for her to turn around one day and say “Yes! I remember the time we did that!”
To educate them
I don’t want the idea of traveling to be something alien to my children. I want Daisy to always know that she can go where she pleases. (Obviously to an extend). I hope that this love of travel passes on down to her – I hope she gives her children the same experiences she’s been luck to have. If not, then so be it. It’s not something I will ever subtly force on her. But as we travel, we enforce and teach how to be safe. It’s a scary world out there – anything could happen anywhere at any time. But that shouldn’t stop us from seeing what is out there.
Why not!? Money the problem? Simple – save and budget so that you can afford something. There are so many cheap holidays abroad – you just have to find it at the right time in the right place. What helped me afford to go on more holidays a year was to stop buying things I didn’t need. If there was a top for £20 that I wanted but didn’t need, then I just wouldn’t buy it. Instead of buying takeaway, I’d just cook. The money adds up and if it’s being saved then it’s there for holidays. So why not travel with your children? It’s fun, it’s educational and I’m certain it’s good for the soul ; )
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