Why You Should Travel with Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
This post was sponsored by Walt Disney World® Resort, all thoughts are my own.
I talk all the time on this blog about how much I love to travel. Many people tell me that they too would love to travel…when their kids are older. I dislike hearing that line because the truth is that babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are actually a lot easier to travel with than you might think, and traveling with them is so important.
A lot of parents I know are really tied to their young kids’ schedules. I get that because kids generally do better on schedule, but a vacation with young kids also gives you a great opportunity to break away from that schedule and try something new. It gives you, as the parent, the opportunity to say yes to anything from skipping bath time to ice cream for dinner. You don’t have to worry that kids will expect the same treatment at home, vacations are a way for kids to see the importance of flexibility.
Preschoolers are also great to travel with because their minds are so open to anything. We tend to think of preschoolers as unwilling to try new things, but the truth is, if given a chance, most of them will try something new. I’ve seen a child camping for the first time get excited about the idea of using an outdoor bathroom, with no flush! To an adult, it’s a pain, but to a preschooler, anything is an adventure.
It’s amazing to see a young mind discover something new, even if that something new is just a playground in a state or country you’ve never been to. As kids get older it gets more expensive to travel with them and make sure they have opportunities to follow their own interests. When they’re young, you can potentially spark a new interest by exposing them to something new.
Of course, I’m not suggesting that every travel experience is right for every child. I wouldn’t suggest a tour of Paris’ Michelin-ranked restaurants with a toddler in tow, but you could visit Paris with young kids. And, if you aren’t quite up for that long a plane ride with little people, what about recreating the French experience at Walt Disney World® Resort? You can’t argue that Walt Disney World® Resort makes it easy for families to see the sites of the world with children, all in one place.
Get great information on traveling with young children by visiting scholastic.com/tinytraveler!
Traveling is a great activity at any age. Don’t be afraid to try it with your young kids!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney. The opinions and text are all mine.
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