Why Traveling with Young Children is Worthwhile

by: Maria Carmen

 

On my guest post, “Wow! A 2-yr old Fil-Am boy has traveled to 10 countries worldwide” with another blog site, one person left a comment that says, “He will not remember it.. hehe..” (original post in Tagalog: ‘Di nmn nya mttandaan yn..hehe..’). I was actually shocked that somebody will make that kind of comment. I didn’t bother to reply.

 

Waiting for our departure at John F Kennedy International Airport

 

People will never question you when you read stories to your children or when you take them to the playground. They will even encourage you to bring your kids to their grandparents or to the supermarket. And yet, somebody will actually make a comment on traveling with young kids just because they won’t remember any of it.

 

Why do we do anything with our kids? Why do we change their diapers and put on new clothes? Why do we prepare nice meals for them, puree their foods and cut the fruits in different shapes? Why do we even read books, play blocks or sing nursery rhymes with them? We do all these because we want them to know that we love them and we care for them. They will not remember them, and yet we still do them because we know they are important.

 

Charles used to scream in the airplane, wake up other passengers and not put on the seatbelt. Now, whenever he hears the engine, it means he has to sit and stay still for take-off and landing. He won’t stay still during the flight, but he makes sure that he won’t touch other passengers. At two years old, he  puts on his seatbelt even if he doesn’t understand its significance yet.

Planning a trip with your kids? See our Tips for Traveling with an Infant Alone.

 

If you have young children and you’re wondering if it is at all worth it to bring your kids on trips either throughout the rest of America or even abroad, here is why you should absolutely make that effort.

 

They are more willing to try new things (experience)

Young children that are exposed to new sights and foods at an early age become more adventurous adults. They don’t balk at a plate of food they’ve never seen. They are eager to try it. They don’t look at a new landscape and feel fear but rather, they feel comfortable exploring it. The become independent, confident and adaptable.

“You can buy children anything in the world, but nothing will compare to the memories you make with them.”

 

Our first family cruise: 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise

 

They get to see new things (exposure)

Even as babies, our children take in everything they see. They might not be able to recall this later on, but the more things they see and experience, the broader their horizons will be.

“Through unstructured exploration, we foster the development of imagination and creativity.” – Beth Rosenthal Davis

 

Charles doesn’t want to walk on a sand nor play with it. He doesn’t like it at all. Whenever we walked on the beach, Charles wanted us to carry him. He always had his slippers on when swimming on the beach. So we brought Charles to different beaches to get him used to it. 

 

Other cultures don’t seem so foreign (way of life)

When you travel outside your own country to a new land, they get to see another culture. Small children don’t see things the way adults do. Instead of seeing different facial features or skin colors, they see the other beautiful things that make us all unique and special. As a result, they become more accepting of people, of food and places differences, and of cultural diversity. The world became their classroom.

 

Other modes of transportation in the Philippines

 

“When you travel with your children, you are giving them something that can never be taken away… experience, exposure and a way of life.” – Pamela T. Chandler

 

Take your small children with you and you’ll have family memories that will last a lifetime. Maybe they will forget or never realize they were even there, that doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile. With today’s technology, photos and videos are beautiful and very vivid reminders that they were there. Those will be the things they treasure long after they’ve grown up and long after you are gone.

 

What do you think? Would you travel with young children even if they won’t remember it? Leave us a message in the comments below!

 

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Maria Carmen Wellington

Maria Carmen Wellington

Carmen grew up in Pili, Camarines Sur, Philippines. She went to Dubai to look for a job, but ended up working in Qatar as a Flight Attendant. She is the wife to Handel and Mom to Charles.
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  1. […] Travels through a Travel Blogger Facebook Group I am a part of. I clicked the link to this story on Why Traveling with Kids with is Worthwhile, and was immediately sucked in to their posts. Handel and Carmen are ex-pats, living in Qatar with […]

  2. The idea itself of traveling with a child excites me, what more when I do it? Ah, I love that you travel with your son. He’s so adorable and he got used to riding planes! That’s so cute! Indeed, nothing is better in this world we can give to our children than traveling with them. Happy travels! You’re a gorgeous family! And oh, that ” Pajak” tribike transportation in the Philippines is truly awesome! Xx

    1. Thank you very much. It’s a bit challenging but we wouldn’t want it otherwise.

  3. What a beautiful post and it actually makes so much sense to take them along on the trips when they are young.I believe what they learn in young age, they can never learn as grown ups. They can be annoying and show tantrums at times, but still that is quite less than the beautiful memories.

  4. Traveling with young kids is definitely an experience in itself. Of course it has its challenges, but then that is true of everything in life. The kids will grow up with well rounded personalities and will understand and tolerate the different cultures of the world and be truly global citizens.

  5. I accidentally found you from Tiffany’s blog 🙂 and here I am. I like your post and I do understand as I do the same.
    My son started to travel at a young age of 2 months! He travelled far and wide from New Zealand where we lived to the other side of the World which is Switzerland and yes in between which is in Asia and now being an expats in the land of the desert. They gained a broader view of the World compared to other children who stays in one place. They mature early than some other children and teach themselves to be independent and understanding lots of things that other children might be ignorant about. Just do it and yes enjoy it with your child don’t mind the others. Each situation is different just think he is lucky to travel. I told my son the same.

    1. We really appreciate you visiting our website and taking the time to read, like, and comment on our posts. Thank you very much.
      I completely agree with you. I really hope my son will also realize how lucky he is 🙂

  6. I truly agree to your post. We are in the same views about traveling with children. Even though they will noy remember anything at 2, i am pretty sure that every experience they will have is part of their growth and will play a role in their learning process

    1. Indeed. He will not remember going to those places but it played a vital role in his learning and development.

  7. We don’t have kids yet but we will absolutely bring them on our travels in the future. We are both addicted and we would want to share these experiences with our loved ones.

    1. Absolutely. Once you travel with kids, you will see the world differently and have a different perspective on traveling.

  8. Traveling with infants is a different experience altogether and I agree that it teaches many things, although they might not completely understand them. Traveling is a great teacher for all!

    1. I totally agree. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Momma To Go

    THESE are great reasons and one so I fully believe in! Look forward to reading more!

    1. Thank you. Appreciate the kind words.

  10. I think its a wonderful idea to expose young children to our beautiful world. Young children have wild imaginations and maybe, it might give them incredible ideas to help the world be a better place.

    1. Kids definitely see the word differently than we do. And it’s also fun traveling with them.

  11. The comment though lol. I partially agree that kids won’t remember the trip exactly but I agree that having them on a trip is important because it is part of their growth and experience as a child. It is more like adaptability because kids don’t get enclosed in the same room in your house everyday. They see different places that are not familiar. Good thing you do this with your child. I am sure your kid will grow with a broad experience in life.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate it.

  12. What a great reminder. We traveled with our son as soon as we could. It’s so worthwhile for the experiences they gain

    1. I agree! Enjoy every minute of it! Safe travels!

  13. Oh my goodness your son is just the cutest thing!! I love a good family vacay!

  14. I absolutely agree! You’re doing great bringing your child with you on your trips. And take lots of pictures to show him one day… I’m sure he’ll be pleased. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Icy. Appreciate the kind words.

  15. Loved the post and your adorable family!

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