Mr P and I were big travelers long before we met and even when we met, we were both on vacation in Mexico so it should have been a glimpse into how we would be together as a couple. When I first moved to the UK it was like a mini vacation at first too. We slowly settled into a couple way of life but that didn’t stop us from seeing other places. I loved that Mr P loved traveling as much as I did. We went to many places each year exploring, sightseeing, laying on beaches and staying up late.
Then we had kids; one after the other.
While we are very lucky that having kids has not stopped us from traveling one bit, I do have to admit it has changed EVERYTHING about traveling for us. It’s really no longer about where we want to go or what’s best for us but rather where is best for the kids and is the easiest to entertain us all together. We no longer can be selfish and spontaneous.
10 things you can forget about when traveling with young children:
1. Drinking champagne and eating chocolate on the plane.
2. Carrying just your purse on board.
3. Watching a inflight movie.
4. Staying out late.
5. Having a few cocktails by the pool.
6. Laying on the beach and sunbathing.
7. Going out dancing (unless you are brave enough to use those babysitter clubs).
8. Peaceful dinners out.
9. A restful nights sleep. (sharing a hotel room doesn’t always go to plan).
10. Being healthy. (one kid will always catch an illness on the plane and share it with you).
These are only a small portion of how things have changed for us. I am not saying I would have it any other way but it took some getting used to for the first few trips we took as a family when we were so used to traveling on our own. Now, we are old pros at it and pretty much prepared for any situation that our traveling experiences throw at us.
But it’s nice to think back to the places we used to go and the things we used to do on our vacations. As the kids are getting a little older and more likely to stay overnight with Grandparents soon, I have been thinking of the romantic trips I want to take with Mr P again and the places we should go just the two of us.
We had a disastrous trip to Paris when B cut off his finger and needed surgery in the children’s hospital in downtown Paris. Yes, I told you we are old pros now. But I long to show Mr P the romantic side of Paris, this could be a great city break for us. I want it to replace the harsh feelings he has about Paris and our last experience there. I could show him what Paris can be like. It’s a beautiful city to visit. I love how close it is to us so we really could leave the kids with Granny and hop over for a long weekend someday soon.
I love that traveling with my kids, my husband and even my mother always brings different experiences with each trip. Each trip will forever change me and be with me. I love seeing the world, different cultures, and outside of my own little bubble. I am forever grateful I get to share these experiences with the ones I love the dearest and all of you, of course, too. As the kids get older there will be more and more traveling being shared here on LTM.
Did you travel before kids? Where was your favorite place to visit? Do you travel now with your kids? Has it been as big of a change for you as it has for us? Comment below!
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