Traveling with Children

Travel With Children Mar 22, 2005 No Comments

“In America there are two classes of travel – first class and with children” –Horace Benchley
Hello all and welcome to our blog.
My first topic of discussion should be that of my most passionate desire – and that is to travel the world with my children in tow. At least until they are teens and want to stay at home with their friends. Since I am a writer, it would make sense to write about these little jaunts and grand explorations with our tots. So far, our travel expeditions with Sweet Pea (SP) have been tiring but well worth the trouble. We plan to continue, to some, this seemingly insane way to travel, until the little ones demand out of the globe trotting business.
So far, SP has visited quite a bit of the U.S: New York City, Los Angeles, Florida (visits with grandma), Indiana, West Virginia (visits with the grandparents), Washington D.C and Boston. Her first and only international trip has been to Tokyo, Takayama, Kyoto and Hokkaido Japan.
We have two trips planned one to New Orleans (the French Quarter or the heart of the tourists’ Mardi Gras) and Istanbul, Turkey next year for a wedding (this trip will include our new baby.)
Why do we do this you ask?
One reason is practical. I nurse my children until they quit naturally and it is difficult (not impossible) to leave two weeks of breast milk with the grandparents.
The other reason is selfish. I really enjoy being the one to care for my children all of the time. I trust her grandparents but I don’t want to miss a minute of their young lives.
The final and most compelling reason is philosophical. I believe that children, all people really, who are exposed to different cultures, landscapes, tongues, religions and beliefs make for better citizens in their own country of origin. It is not enough for me to wait until my children are older to introduce them to travel. I fear that if we wait, our children will be frightened and reluctant of the travel experience due to ignorance and a lack of the very thing they need — travel.
Some argue that our children are too young to remember any of this but by the contrary, I believe they are the perfect age to receive a lasting impression. I feel that my children may not remember the actual trip but they will have a blueprint on their sponge like minds of the joy and adventure of travel. They will feel unconsciously comfortable visiting far away lands and have an unexplainable tolerance of others. Not to mention, it is good for American children to be the outsider occasionally and experience what that feels like.
Even visits within our country are full of strange foods, colloquialisms and spectacular sights.
How can I deny my children this early education? Some say I should.


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