Travel with kids can be one of the most rewarding experiences of life but don’t take our word for it. We spoke to 40 parents from all over the world to see why they love to travel with kids.
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Whether it’s trekking through the national parks of the Southwestern United States, or exploring a museum in New York City, I travel with my kids because they show me that there is so much wonder to discover in this world.
Astrid Vinje, USA from The Wandering Daughter
I travel with my kids because they are both adopted from different countries and it’s important to reconnect them to their heritage. I want them to know the world is diverse and that we have more in common than we do differences.
Cerise Roth-Vinson, Taiwan from Enchanted Vagabond
I love to travel with my kids because children notice all the little details. From the dwarves hiding around the Polish city of Wroclaw or the animals sculpted into the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, my kids have noticed so many fun and quirky details that I would have walked straight past. Viewing the world from a physically smaller perspective, walking in a (sometimes painfully) slow zig-zag or their love of the miniature makes kids great at spotting the least expected things.
Kaylie Lewell, Germany – Happiness Travels Here
I love to travel with my kids because even after enduring days and days of rainy season in Japan from under the foggy veils of their plastic stroller covers, and not being able to catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji, even when we were at its base, my oldest still remembers that trip as the place she loves the most, reminding me again, that sometimes the best times are the ones that don’t go as planned and that’s ok.
Jen Coleman, USA from Three Kids and a Car
I love to travel with my daughter as I love seeing her make friends with people from across the world. I particularly loved it when she made friends with an old lady at the local convenience store at the bottom of our hotel in Hanoi. The lady didn’t speak any English and we don’t speak any Vietnamese.
Despite this, the lady would call my daughter in every time we went past. She always had small treats for her. Before we left Hanoi we stopped in to say goodbye to the lady and she had tears in her eyes as she hugged my daughter. It’s a wonderful memory and shows us that despite race or language, we are all human beings and it’s wonderful to connect with people across the world.
Melissa Kiely, Australia from Thrifty Family Travels
I’m all about schedules and routines when it comes to my toddler at home! However, at such a young age, travel has already taught him how to “go with the flow” in life, adjust to change of plans quickly and adapt to different situations, locations, and people. All things that took me YEARS to finally learn as an adult!
Just last month, our flight got completely canceled 5 minutes before boarding, leaving us literally stranded in Romania. Over the next 3 days, we managed to get back to our destination via close to 20 hours of train rides through three countries, VERY late nights, hotels we hadn’t planned on, dirty clothes and quick thinking! My kiddo barely noticed and just went with the flow!!! I see this adaptability in him even when at home in our “regular” routines and it makes me so proud!
LeAnna Brown, USA from Well Traveled Nebraskan
I love to travel with my kids because it creates positive change within them, especially my son who has autism, as every time we travel he is accepted for who he is.
Kate Comer, Australia
I love to travel with my kids because they actually keep my restless soul and Type A traveler tendencies in check – they have the innate ability to force you to slow down and bask in the moment.
Tina Pik, Australia from Hangry By Nature
“I love to travel with my kids because I love seeing the world through a child’s eye and to watch them enjoy the best experiences in life and most importantly to share these experiences as a family, making lifelong memories.”
Sally Lucas, Australia from Our3kidsvtheworld
I love travel because I get to spend lots of time with my wife and kids, without the daily work, school and household distractions. Time that we wouldn’t get if we didn’t leave home and get out there. When the kids are older will be our time together, but it is important to make it about them for now, so they have great childhood memories to cherish in later life.
Bede O’Mara, Australia
I love to travel with my kids because new passions are ignited and their confidence soars.
Marija Castellari, Australia
We love to travel with our kids for the discoveries. You never know what will pop out around the corner when you travel – and what you can learn from it. Or him.
Wiseterian Watertree, Japan
I love to travel with my kids because I have seen real evidence that it has changed them. They have grown into broad-minded, tolerant and adventurous young adults and I know that travelling has largely shaped that.
Sandy Papas, Australia from Tray Tables Away
I love to travel with my kids because we meet so many interesting people this way. Everyone talks to kids and this way you get into so many fun and engaging conversations.
Nicky Williams, Wales from Go Live Young
I love to travel with my kids because there are no excuses for missing sunrise and making the most of your day! Early starts (especially if you throw in jet lag) become a fact of life with young kids, and give you great opportunities to explore your new surroundings without the crowds.
Keri Hedrick, Abu Dhabi, UAE
I love to travel with my kids because it has enriched their lives (and mine) so much, opened up their eyes to the rest of the world and nurtured their sense of adventure. As a result, my 15-year-old son had no hesitation whatsoever in accepting an invitation to go skydiving recently.
Ingrid Norris, Australia from Fabulous and Fun Life
Travel has allowed us to discover strengths we never knew we had, resilience we didn’t think possible and a stronger family bond that keeps us going through the good and the bad times.
Nicci O’Mara, Australia
I love to travel with my kids because my kids are young and we get to explore together - rather than me just watching them or them coming along while I do chores. We learn and experience together.
Sharon Gourlay, Australia
I love taking my son travelling because he learns not to discriminate – recently he saw a photo I had of us in Fiji with him wearing a sulu (like a sarong), and he started to say he looked strange and then corrected himself immediately: “not strange, just different to my normal clothes”.
Amanda Kendle, Australia from Not a Ballerina
I didn’t have the opportunity to travel internationally as a child and love to see their horizons stretch as pictures from books come to life while we visit the iconic sites like the Colosseum, Eiffel Tower, and Big Ben and explore natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Jökulsárlón and Niagara Falls.
Catherine D’Cruz from We Go With Kids
I love to travel with my kids because it gives me a chance to model the importance of getting consent before posting photos of them on social media and as a sexuality educator, teaching consent is my most important job as a parent. #postedwithconsentfromkids
Sarah Sproule, Ireland from The Talk
I love to travel with our kid because we get to interact with more interesting people due to the lack of inhibitions Miss 6 has and the willingness she has to approach other people, especially other children. In this case, we were able to interact with this Kayan woman as parents, and not as tourists.
Markus Kampl, Vietnam from The Roaming Fork
Nothing quite compares to seeing our children try something for the very first time, whether its white water rafting or exploring our ancestral roots in Puerto Rico, each and every experience shapes the person they will become.
Kirsten Maxwell, USA
I love to travel with my kids because they lead me to places I wouldn’t otherwise find, such as this remote lookout at Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia
Barbara Bryan, Australia from Let’s Go Mum
I love to travel with my kids because they show me how to push past my fears like the one time when we got lost driving in the Rain Forest in Puerto Rico and they turned it into a fun game so we wouldn’t be scared.
Amoya Knudson, Albania from Trippin’ Momma
We love to travel with our kids because we want to experience the look on their faces as we summit mountains and share incredible views together as a family, views that can only be seen by making the effort to climb the mountain together.
Celine and Dan Brewer, Canada
I love to travel with my son because our most recent family holiday was to show him my home country of South Africa and due to his passion for animals we decided to splash out on an all-inclusive safari experience. It was hands down the best 3 days ever!
Reeva Cutting, Australia from Proudly South African In Perth
I love to travel with my kids because my children will view the world with open eyes – every temple, every new food, every stilted conversation in a new language changes the way they see the world around them.
Judith Treanor, from Temples And Markets
I love to travel with my niece because I can introduce her to the world outside of her suburban bubble, where she can learn about other kids, cultures, languages, and foods, with the hope that a new perspective and curiosity starts to open her eyes to being a global citizen.
Suzanne Wolko, USA from PhilaTravelGirl