When my wife and I first started talking about traveling with children, the main question we would get is how old should your child be before traveling? Is there a particular age where traveling with children suddenly becomes easy?
I started doing research to find out if there was a perfect age to travel children. What I discovered is that there is a perfect age, just some pros and cons of traveling with a different ages.
At this point in our lives, my oldest daughter is eight, so when we embark on our next adventure, we will have an eight-year-old, a three-year-old, and a six-month-old baby. Of course, that means we will be traveling with an elementary age child, a preschooler, and a baby.
Luckily, we are experienced enough of these ages not to make us too nervous. We simply realize that there are some activities that we can do with each age group better than others. For instance, when the children are older, we are able to experience more things with them, need less luggage, don’t have to stop to take naps, and our overall able to have more fun together. As with any age, though, there are negatives traveling with an older child as well. As a child gets older, they become opinionated and once give input on everything that we do and eat. If they don’t like what’s going on, they can tend to make things difficult. This means we spend more time compromising all the things we do when we travel.
Many people probably think I’m crazy for saying this, but sometimes I wish for the simplicity of traveling with a baby or toddler. During the stages, we could do what we want to do without having to compromise or change our plans to suit an opinionated elementary child.
Of course, with all of our children after eight, I can only share my experiences of traveling with children younger than that age. Of course, if you continue to follow this blog, you will eventually learn more about traveling with teenagers as well.