Before having a kid, my husband and I traveled. A lot. We both had great jobs and made it a point to always have a trip on the horizon.
Fast forward to that Tuesday we became parents to a 4 year old, we found our calendar needing a tad adjustment. We knew we’d have to reconsider some of the places we love to visit now that we had a kid in tow.
Our first family trip was a not so quick 8 months later. A beach vacation that our son was beyond excited about. It was also the first time our then 4 year old touched sand. Cue the tears at his reaction!
Next up, Disney World! For our son’s 5th birthday, we flew to Orlando and enjoyed some great fall weather in Mickey’s world. Again, another great family vacation but so far off of our previous vacation style.
So for the summer, we decided to go back to the big city. We love the beach but we want our son to know vacation is more than the beach. We flew to Boston for a long weekend. We did all of the things we would normally do – woke up early, walked for miles and miles, stopped for apps and beers (root beer for some), rode the Subway and went to Fenway Park. We made little exception to the fact we had a 6 year old with us. If he was tired, he would sneak in a quick 10 min snooze on the subway ride.
I know there are so many reasons people avoid traveling with kids, but I can’t tell you one. Our son kept up, with no complaints, and enjoyed the big city. He enjoyed the history, the architecture and of course, the food. Since Boston, we’ve enjoyed the beach again and took a trip to the mountains to snowboard in Steamboat.
I encourage you to challenge yourself – meaning, let go of all of the negative thoughts and anticipation in your head – and challenge your kid(s) and take a quick trip to a big city!