11 Ways We Embrace Traveling With Kids

We officially passed the halfway mark of our trip awhile back, and it whooshed by uneventfully somewhere between train platforms and market shopping trips. It’s now the downhill stage, where we see a faint pinhole of the end in sight, when we start listing the things we want to make sure and do as a family. This epic adventure has merged with the daily liturgy of life, and it now feels a bit… normal. The Thing We Do right now.

据我所知,一般的概念,即在世界各地旅行不适合的心脏,特别是三个孩子10岁及以下的微弱。当我们告诉侍者的咖啡馆或招待所的员工我们目前的作案手法,响应通常是相同的:大眼睛,吉祥,为孩子们的童年经历的感叹,并摇晃了一下头。有时,他们还会补充说:“我不可能做到这一点。”

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这是中大多数的我们的朋友和家人共威廉希尔滚球体育投注同的想法,太听起来惊人,但在世界各地旅行不适合我们;这是不寻常的冒险者喜欢你们。当然,我很乐意看到更多的世界我自己的,但因为我是一个家长,我就等到我是一个空巢老人,当我可以享受它没有同时抚养的负担。

我理解这种想法,我做的。天哪,只是writing这听起来可爱。凯尔,我会很容易开始this trek differently if it were just the two of us, the way we explored Europe when we met there 15 years ago. But that’s just it—travel happens differently when it’s done with kids in tow. Ithas至。这没关系。用这种态度将在超过一半,我发现。

为了庆祝我们的传球过半,这里十个一个想法,让这一趟我们三个小的孩子超过耐用,他们实际上可以更快乐对于我们来说,太。

11点的方式来拥抱与孩子旅行。这是可以做到,它实际上是一个爆炸!

1.进入缓慢。

As you know, we embrace a rhythm of sightseeing and adventurous exploration withlotsof down time. We’d rather see a few places well than cross off a legal pad sheet’s worth on our bucket list. So we’ll dive in deep to the ancient sites of北京andXi’an, China,采用挤地铁和冲击严重的路面,看看一些世界上最伟大的标志性建筑。但是,我们会花五天宁静阳朔,周围的奇特的喀斯特山区散步,品尝当地美食,并没有做别的了。

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我们将品尝非洲东部的慢节奏生活,顺其自然,就像他们做的。

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(冲洗和重复为一年左右。)

2.成为一名学生。

Enhancing their educationwas a major selling point to embarking on this trip while our kids were still young and their brains still moldable.Their schoolwork is absorbed in to our travels- 研究完成和论文都写对我们周围的自然和历史的世界,往往外面我们的门。William Hill体育

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We’ve done science lessons on the rising properties of heatduring Thailand’s Loy Krathong festival;语法和笔迹写的作文时付诸实践William Hill体育浮潜大堡礁

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And you know what? This enhances Kyle’s and my education, as well—and therefore our whole trip experience. I enjoyed我们在新西兰时间更多的是因为我们了解了原来的毛利人与孩子们的历史William Hill体育。它帮助我爱上了这个国家,甚至更多。

3. Use the minutiae of travel as part of the educational process.

You can’t escape checking off “life skills” with a trip like this. Our kids are learning the fine art of budgeting, time management, reading maps and timetables, and basic traffic laws via the osmotic process of travel—not to mention classic life skills like forecasting time for line-drying denim, converting currency, dealing with unmet expectations, trying new foods, waiting in long lines, and embracing discomfort.

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4.轻折。

One main backpack each(and one small daypack) is the only way we’re traveling sane. Because of the laws of physics, this means we’re each allotted only a few items of clothing, our basic toiletries, and our work and school needs. Souvenirs are chosen very thoughtfully.

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Sure, we could pack more if it were just me and my husband. But our forced downsizing has been more enjoyable than I expected. I miss some of my clothes, but sticking with my (very) few basics have forced me to think more creatively—and ultimately, not place that much stock in what I wear each day. It’s been freeing.

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5. Live like a local.

There is absolutely no way we’d do this trip by staying in only hotels. Our kids are young, so they need room to run, freedom to be loud, and an environment where we can try to live a bit more like we do back home.

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We do our best to find a home with a yard, or even just in a location that’s off the beaten path and not in a loud, touristy city center. Services likeHomeAwayandAirbnb已经像我们这样的家庭,谁想要享受生活设施,如在厨房做饭真正的膳食,洗衣赶超无需支付服务费,或关卧室门一点点隐私一大福音。

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6.简单地吃。

食品我们此行的讲实惠得多,因为我们愿意在家做批量我们的膳食中。我们喜欢eating out in countries where it won’t break the bank, but in places where prices are steeper, we could easily blow our budget just on food. But we like sticking to simple, healthy meals at home, where we can enjoy a quiet family meal and save a lot of money. A kitchen is one of our absolute necessities.

我们仍然尝试新things-spices,蔬菜,首席运营官king processes, and the like, so it’s not like we’re missing out culturally. In fact, this adds a whole dimension to our travel experience that we’d miss if we stayed only at hotels. (Plus, we eat healthier and know what’s in everything we eat.)

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7.拥抱孩子们的需求,不打他们。

我们的孩子需要大量的睡眠 - 它们的仍在增长和成熟,就像他们如果我们不是旅行。他们需要停机时间阅读,他们需要大量的时间来发挥(尤其是在室外),以及他们需要在世界上的位置感。

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我们通过保持与我们的回家,每晚晚餐谈话程序,例如,和脸颊上的祈祷和啄睡前故事的传统做到这一点。和是的,有时候,我们都留到很晚,睡在以后的第二天早上,但通常情况下,我们只是在家里夹着前面,就像我们的家。

That’s okay. This ensures we get better sleep, too, and we’re also able to carve out the work time we need to keep up with our jobs. Sure, this is different than if it were just the two of us, but it’s a fairly easy trade-off.

8. Learn the meaning of the the word “flex.”

计划的改变。航班延误,博物馆都随机天关闭,食品是不是他们说这会像,它雷暴海滩天。这就是生活。

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Yes, this happens in real life, too, but it seems to happen more often than not on extended worldwide travel.这可苦了我的感情,作为一个成年人,但拥抱改变nd learning to go with the flow teaches my kids how to flex in all parts of life. In fact, they’ve taught me a thing or two in this department—it’s been a joy to watch them adapt to changes and adjust their expectations on the go.

(Though I still need help in letting go of my American practicalities when it comes to queueing in line. Particularly in those countries where line-cutting is par for the course.Glory be…)

9.不会介意的说没有。

正因为我们是在一个终身难忘并不意味着我们的孩子们可以为所欲为,而就像所有的孩子,这并不总是他们最喜欢去学习的东西。纪念品都还好,一旦在一个蓝色的月亮,但它只是不够合理,填补了我们的包和拖带他们遍布世界各地。有时我们不得不吃的食物,我们宁愿不要,因为它的成本太多,为了别的东西。只是因为它会很有趣去每个国家所提供的所有的主题公园,这真的不是在预算。这是常识,我们作为成年人,但道路上的孩子们有时适应度假的心态,他们需要提醒的是我们生活的一个版本的“现实生活”。

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It’s been good for me to embrace my limits as well. That dress in the window or the locally-made necklace isn’t always necessary, I don’t have to parasail over the Indian ocean to still enjoy the view, and sometimes we just have to cook at home instead of fork over 20 bucks for a small hamburger (I’m looking at you, Australia). None of this has cheapened my experience so far.

10.制定出切合实际的预算。

Our trip budget is based on our current reality,这是我们几乎能够做这行的唯一途径。我们的工作,因为我们去,所以我们没得尽可能多的保存提前为谁宁愿采取一个完整的休假其他家庭。这一直是有益于孩子,我们不希望他们的生活就像是一个长达一年的假期,并看到我们的工作可以帮助验证他们需要做的学校也是如此。

另外,我们实际上likethat our frugal budget forces us to travel with limitations, and we prefer that our kids don’t see travel as a环法自行车酒店和豪华度假村。我们的品牌旅行看起来像本地风格的居住环境,这要归功于我们有限的资金。

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11. Let go of that bucket list.

We were told before our trip that nothing we do will satiate our wanderlust, that as soon as we cross off something from our bucket lists, we’ll add three more things. This is true.

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There are limits to what we can do; just because we’re “near” some place monumental doesn’t mean it’s reasonable of us to detour there, all in the name of checking it off our list. As I said, we’d rather enjoy a place well than see everything there is to see.

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Kyle and I decided within two weeks of our trip that this really isn’t the Trip Of All Trips for us. There’s a good chance we’ll do this again when we’re empty-nesters, and we’ll certainly continue to visit more countries with kids in tow even when this year is done.

它已经很好放过这个想法周游世界作为是一切,最终所有的。它磨炼的期望,保持流动癖果汁,并允许我们拥抱生活是我们保持理智的道路上所有的其他方式。

我敢肯定,我们会回到galavanting身边,只是我们两个人,在几十年左右的时候,我们已经收拾好我们的小老兄的卧室。在此期间,我们要接受我们对旅游的热爱,并与我们的孩子分享。我们不能想象一个美好的童年礼物给他们。(They think it’s worth it, too。)

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38条评论

  1. 琳达·沙

    For me, the best part about travel with kids is seeing the world through their eyes. They have an entirely different view of things and I love that.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Yep, agreed!

  2. 杰米Pettett

    这是个很棒的列表。我发现,孩子们看到的东西我们不这样做,让我们习以为常的意见。

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I love that about traveling with kids, too…

  3. 海利@胡萝卜米迦勒

    So helpful! It is such a delight to watch your adventure this year!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      谢谢你,哈利!感谢您。

  4. 格特鲁德·巴克

    很抱歉,但我不能看到所有的文本。它是根据照片隐藏。也许你能解决这个问题?因为我爱你的博客。

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Hmm… I think it may be on your end, Gertrud. Perhaps try clearing your cache and hitting refresh, or switching Internet browsers? Sorry you’re having trouble.

  5. Breanne

    I loved this. We’ve talked often about taking a year or two off when our girls are in their early teens to travel and we’re cutting our teeth on long road trips, cross-country flights and living small at home.
    感谢保持它的真实,让我想更与我的孩子去旅行。

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      你完全应该,Breanne!这听起来太棒了。

  6. Melanie Hugill Bourque

    Wonderful post! Very insightful and lots of good things to consider and think about.
    随着对方式3,行程似乎变得昂贵且有限的,我这样想着。威廉希尔滚球体育投注当然要考虑的事情,我们把我们的下一个家庭前行!
    谢谢

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      这无疑增加了更多的孩子,你有,但它肯定不是像很多人想象的那样是不可能的。它只是需要纪律和一点创造性的诀窍!

  7. Courtney

    I loved this post! There are some great ideas in there. And I also laughed out loud at the part about queuing in line. I’ve had my feathers ruffled a few times by cutters in other countries. It makes me laugh how different our cultural sensitivities can be, and makes me wonder how many times I’ve offended people of other cultures without knowing it, too!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      我的天哪,对不对?谁知道我做了什么,使人们对我摇摇头......

  8. 蒂芙尼

    Oh my gosh, the boys look so much more grown up already!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Right? All three kids have grown up sooooo much.

  9. Guest

    伟大的职位,差不多我们已经想出了国内旅游。我们已经开始认真的冒险看到的状态。你说的一切是我们发现的是公路旅行及长假期必不可少的。我们还租的房子,而不是酒店,让孩子们有空间,我们这样做。它还有助于能够做饭,有午睡等,如果我们不显山露水足够长租到房子,我们尝试租一套房所以有一点点更多的空间,小冰箱和一般家庭友好的早餐。同样,我们了解到(痛苦)的最后一年,你不应该试图看到,沿途出现的一切。我们做了2,500+英里一个星期,这是荒谬的。我很疲惫,并强调我有IBS flareup。甚至没有开玩笑。“我们是如此接近X.我们应该去!” Not.

    For those who aren’t ready for a round the world trip, I think there’s so much to learn and see and do in your own country – wherever that is. Or travel your state/province.

    我丈夫和我都已经进行了广泛的国际旅行,我们期待着参加我们的孩子有一天,但现在,美国是相当真棒去探索!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      是的,我们不能等待发掘更多美国的!这些旅行甚至得到我们感到兴奋只是太平洋西北角落,我们在哪里?William Hill体育

  10. 贝丝ann Johnson

    Love your post! So many great reasons to take kids and travel the world! What a gift you’re giving your children!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      谢谢,Bethann!

  11. 索默

    This is a GREAT post! I am loving following your family’s travels this year. We have one child and one on the way and I am already planning a similar journey in maybe 5+ years (with an unknown number of kiddos at this point). You are inspiring AND practical and I appreciate that. For now, we are traveling in the US when we can and planning a shortish international trip next year (with a 2-year old and infant). Thanks for sharing all that you do and keep it up!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      好样的,索默!孩子们一定提升旅游,而不是从它拿走 - 在我看来,反正...

  12. Brittany Bergman

    This is so good for me to read, even before I have kids. We’ll be the kind of family that travels with our kids in tow. I’m hopeful that even though it may be more difficult, kids really do enhance the travel experience. I want my future children to be independent, thoughtful decision-makers and explorers, and I can’t think of a better way for them to learn real-life skills while making amazing family memories. Thanks for being so real about how you guys are making this trip work and what you’re learning along the way. It’s so much fun to follow you all on this journey!

  13. 仁鹤

    Even as a single gal, I loved this post! I found myself saying, “yes, yes, yes!” I spent 7 months traveling last year and definitely embraced several of your tips…the biggest one being “letting go of that bucket list.” It was hard to do, but once I did I was able to thoroughly enjoy what I doing rather than looking ahead to the next thing. I really think these tips can and should be used by ANYONE! Thanks for this post!

  14. 劳拉·卡马乔

    These pictures totally made me well up with tears! What a sacred experience it is to get to know the world.

  15. Robin Dance

    Tsh,

    我无法想象如何形成性,这是你的孩子,这将如何塑造他们看到生活的它的其余部分的方式!通过这个育儿,设置和重新设置的期望,保持实事求是的态度,所有的灵活性,适应性锻炼,并随大流去!我喜欢它!我意识到封闭泰德和我是如何给他们年轻的时候做这样的与我们的孩子的事情,我在很大程度上是想由于我们如何接线。BUT…I know what living in Germany did for them (especially Stephen, who got to live abroad the longest), and they’ve told me how it’s affected college, applying for jobs, scholarship, etc. I can only imagine how different *I* would be had I done this when I was younger!

    LOVE how you’re chronicling experience on your trip blog and in shorter form on social media; even just reading about it is educational and formative in terms of mindset.

    xo

  16. nicole

    A question I have about a journey like your is how you recreate the rhythm of spiritual community for yourselves & your kids while there is so much movement in your trip. When we’ve traveled, it has been difficult either because of language, location or timing.

  17. 约翰娜

    This is so true! We are living abroad for three years and am just about to have our 5th child and 2nd one while here. What this means is that our life as expat experience is VASTLY different from those who don’t have children, have children that are a little older, or only have one or two kids. Coming to grips with our norm for expat life has been essential. Love following your trip, Tsh!

  18. 贝丝

    Just for those thinking of trips, I would not recommend a major (international or lengthy cross-continental) trip for a family with littles, especially infants. We are expats in China and we fly back to the States once a year for 1-2 months to visit family. We love (mostly) the expat experience and what it has to offer to our 22 month old son (and future children) but the traveling is a bit of a nightmare for everyone. We just finished one of our visits to the States and for the first time he traveled relatively great (unlike one 13 hour flight where he cried for about 10 of the hours). But even still it took over a week of being up with him for 1-3 hours in the middle of the night before he adjusted to the time change (this is on top of our own exhaustion with traveling.) Babies do best with lots of sleep, a regular schedule, and familiar surroundings – all of which get interrupted when traveling. We travel because we have to to visit grandparents but if you are thinking of traveling (on a major trip) just for experiences and enrichment I suggest waiting until your youngest is past the toddler stage. And like mentioned several times above, be very realistic with your expectations. I think traveling is great for kids – I love what the Oxenreiders are doing – and I don’t think you need to wait until they’re teens, just maybe not toddlers

  19. Abbie

    感谢这些伟大的提醒 - 其中许多应用只是过着充实的生活与儿童。我有四个从3-9岁,很多人不明白我怎么办?“正常”的事情。但是我用你的很多建议,我希望使用它们周游世界的一天。在那之前,我们会继续探索群山,溪流,道路,博物馆和经验都在我们身边!(顺便说一句,我喜欢上你的感觉如何你装什么都为自己和孩子们的更新)感谢分享!William Hill体育

  20. Tara

    Beautiful words and so true. Although we do travel a lot, we have jumped in feet first like you have. I am a bit envious, but just love that you’re documenting your experiences so the rest of us can share in your adventures.

  21. 米歇尔·米勒

    真棒博客!感谢您的所有伟大的信息!我丈夫和我正准备对我们的环球旅行这个即将来临的夏季走上和一直在研究颇有比特收拾什么,如何做到这一点,等等!这是伟大听听你的意见和内幕的知识!
    We are hoping to travel a year just the two of us (a sort of “honeymoon” since we just married last June), then potentially start having kids along the way, if we so feel inclined. I am curious to hear what you would say about traveling with kids “as you make them,” so to speak, and if you would recommend this or not…? Our friends here in the states with kids think we are insane. I’d love to dream otherwise…
    Michelle- CO, USA (for now!)

  22. Kylie

    Did you buy the blue long sleeve shirt in Australia? My daughter has the same shirt!Just found your blog and loving it!

  23. 帕梅拉·p

    嗨Tsh的!我已经订阅简单的艺术,现在一段时间,但刚刚开始抽时间播客。威廉希尔体育app官网我一直在听你常年旅行的情节,而我洗衣服,他们已经真的肯定我。我们都来自亚利桑那州,但目前居住在西班牙与我们的三个孩子。我发现自己点头一切你和你的丈夫说。到处是孩子友好!公共交通是我们每一个行程中的亮点,为我们的孩子,好像!制作的Airbnb!我们正在为未来两个月准备在欧洲各地旅行 - 比你小得多的努力,但这样做空气bnbs,宿舍的混合,同时,我们也发现了一些沙发冲浪家庭主机我们的方式的一部分。我们震惊地发现,找出孩子们可以免费搭乘,与欧洲铁路指定的座位上,如果你一起旅行的全部时间,你被分配头等舱! We are finding it challenging already to balance our love of slow travel with our desires to see so much. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  24. Addie

    Just curious about your stay in china…. we travel a lot like you as we have 4 small children and are planning a trip to china within the next 5 years or so (2 of our children were adopted from china)…. I really want to rent a house/apartment or stay with a local, but this seems daunting when you consider the Chinese laws of registering with the local police station – it just seems easier to stay in a nice hotel where they do it for you…. what do you suggest? what did yall do? any tips or advice?

  25. Corrine

    We actually live in Hawaii. I hope you are enjoying it! We are getting ready to move to Germany. It’s my dream to travel (with our 3 homeschooled kids). Thank you for republishing! I love your blog! ?

  26. Becky Evans

    我喜欢这个!感谢您的见解。我们还生活在夏威夷,现在(因为你转贴的)和我们的6家已经在三年简化旅程!你的书一直是这样的灵感,帮助我。5年来,当我们的军队了,我们正在我们的四个孩子在世界各地至少一年。感谢跳出思维箱体侧面。爱。

  27. Jennifer

    Hi Tsh.
    I pre-ordered your book. Looking forward to it! However, I’m having a heck of a time figuring out how to access the freebies. Can you help me? I don’t wanna miss out on the travel journal:)
    Many thanks,
    Jennifer

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