When I title a blog post, 9 Reasons To Travel With A Toddler, you know I’ve just about lost my mind. Day to day life with a toddler can be a challenge, never mind throwing a trip into the mix to really shake things up. I might be the smartest or least intelligent person on the planet, but I’m leaving soon for a trip to Switzerland and Sweden with my 17-month-old-daughter. Yup, we are going for it. I am really looking forward to the trip and I’ll share with you my reasons to travel with a toddler, the reasons that lead my husband and I to take the plunge (not marriage, just the idea of boarding a plane with a toddler using our own free will).
1. Toddlers Can Be A lot of Fun
My daughter giggles harder and smiles brighter than most people I know, including myself. In moments of traveling chaos, toddlers provide the perfect dose of comic relief and always find a way to lighten the mood, even if they are responsible for causing the chaos in the first place.
2. Toddlers Go To Bed Early
A little tidbit about myself, I’m not much of a party animal these days; I really enjoy a glass of wine and a peaceful night in. Trendy nightlife spots are all I came across when researching our vacation and honestly, I’m thrilled my daughter goes to bed early and provides me with a valid excuse for skipping out. 🙂
3. Toddlers Rise Early
Carpe Diem, everyone! My human alarm clock of a daughter never lets me skip a beat in the morning and thankfully I’ve learned to appreciate the idea of hitting the streets before most people have even woken up.
4. Toddlers Appreciate The Little Things
While adults look at the 7,000 pound elephant, a toddler points out the colony of ants marching at his feet. It’s the little things that make all the difference in the eyes of a child and I’m happy for the reminder every once and a while.
5. Toddlers Are Small
The simple fact that toddlers are small make them wonderful travel companions. Toddlers can share beds, sit on laps, fit in strollers, be held when times get tough, and best of all, their clothes are tiny and don’t take up much room in a suitcase.
6. Toddlers Sleep In Cars
If any leg of a trip includes traveling by car, I know I’m usually in for a peaceful ride with my daughter; turn on the ignition and she’s half asleep already.
7. Toddlers Can Get You Upgraded With Their Cuteness
I can’t personally attest to this, but I’ve heard of first class plane seats being offered up because either the child is SO incredibly cute or someone just feels really bad for Mom or Dad. Here’s to hoping someone feels really bad for me next week! 🙂
8. Toddlers Eat For Less
Restaurants these days serve up quite the impressive kid’s menu, so much so that I often want to order a meal for myself: belgium waffles, homestyle mac and cheese, and fish tacos are a few I’ve come across lately. Despite the “adult-like” offerings, many times the meals are a fraction of the cost; cheers to more wine for Mom!
9. Viewing The World Through The Eyes Of A Toddler…Is Priceless
As a parent, there is nothing more exciting, rewarding, and sweet than seeing your child discover something new for the first time. Traveling brings together family (for better or worse), promotes the exploration of different cultures, and creates memories to last a lifetime.
Don’t be afraid to travel with a toddler, whether you plan a trip within driving distance or 5,000 miles away. While it’s true that young children can be difficult at times, you might be pleasantly surprised with their resiliency and sense of exploration. Becoming a parent doesn’t mean you need to give up exploring, it just requires changing the way you travel; seize the years of toddlerhood and take the opportunity to see the world through their eyes, you just might enjoy yourself. 🙂