Guest blogger Corinne McDermott of Have Baby Will Travel shares her new perspective on travel with family.
If you had told the 10-years-ago me that I’d be booking yet another trip down south to a big all-inclusive resort AND I was looking forward to it, I’d have given a big eye roll and in my best travel-snob voice replied “I don’t think so.” Yet, that is exactly what I’ve done and I could not be more excited about it. My jaunt across Europe was 6 weeks away from work, but truly it was work in itself. The first trip with our daughter was technically a vacation but as a first-time-mom it was still work.
Both trips were amazing. Both trips were challenging. Both trips created memories that will last a lifetime. Now, as a mother of a preschooler and an infant, the ‘easy’ trips have more appeal. I often read of other families still doing the backpack thing with their tots, and more power to ‘em. For me, it’s not a kids thing, though. I think it’s more an (ahem) age thing. Do I want to share a bathroom? No. Am I willing to sleep in a hotel attic amongst the laundry to save $40? Not anymore. Would I consider hopping off a train or ferry without knowing where I’d be staying that night? Not with tired kids in tow!
Of course there are times when I miss feeling fully immersed in a culture when I’m somewhere so different from home. But I realize that my kids will be so little for such a short amount of time. These trips (to my delight) are instilling the love of travel in them that my mother instilled in me. I can’t wait to introduce them to Europe!
Just this time, I’ll probably have more than one bag.