6 Reasons Why Traveling With Kids Is Not "Vacation"

6 Reasons Why Traveling With Kids Is Not "Vacation"

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing breaks. Traveling with kids doesn’t qualify.


By Leah Maxwell

When is a vacation not a vacation? When it’s traveling with kids -- especially kids whose idea of a good time isn’t staying up late, sleeping in, and spending all day lounging by the pool surrounded by trays of nachos and pitchers of lemonade.

So let’s not call it a “vacation,” and instead say it’s a “family trip.” Or, better yet, call it what it is: an expensive opportunity to jump through the same old parenting hoops in a new (and often more challenging) location. Hopefully it won’t be all bad, but at least prepare yourself for all the ways it might not be the relaxing time off you were hoping for...

1. Forget lying in the sand and losing yourself in a good book or even taking a nap. Running after your kids (don’t go too deep/far/fast! don’t lick the kelp! a live crab is not a hat!) is the all-day beach workout you never wanted.

2. Interested in trying the regional food at a cool restaurant everybody recommends? Better load up your purse with an entire pantry’s worth of snacks because there’s no way your kids will go for the local delicacies, or even the local chicken nuggets if they’re not shaped like dinosaurs.

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3. Truth: The only nightlife you’ll be seeing is the hotel room ceiling as you lie wide awake in bed at 7:30 p.m., because that’s when it’s lights out for the kids and you’re all sharing a room. I hope you brought along some sheep for counting!

4. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack the cables, chargers, and anything else you need for emergency screen time, whether that’s five hours or five minutes into your family road trip.

5. Real talk: Is it even a vacation if it involves you dealing with an epic diaper blowout in an airplane bathroom the size of a cheese cracker? Survey says...no. (You can at least help save your sanity by packing Pampers Cruisers with Extra Absorb Channels to help keep baby dry on that long flight.)

6. Q: What do you call a mom traveling with kids? A: A mom who needs a vacation from her vacation!

How do you survive traveling with kids?


Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two young boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003.

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