There is no doubt that it is easier to travel WITHOUT children, but I (Katie) make it a point to bring my kids along on as many trips as possible. Traveling is such a wonderful learning opportunity. You can read about Egypt, see movies filmed there, look at photos, or browse websites, but nothing can replace actually standing in front of an ancient pyramid. Think of the places you have been and I’m sure you will agree that there is nothing that compares to actually being there. We have always made it a point to travel with our kids, even when money was very tight. Those are the years of camping and visiting relatives but they were still incredible experiences to share as a family. I’ve had the opportunity over the years to go with my husband and kids to Arizona, Alaska, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and numerous locations in our home state of Utah. We have never been overseas with our kids, but we are currently making plans to go on an international trip when my son graduates from high school in 2012.
Traveling is expensive. We could live in a bigger house, or buy more things, but we choose to travel with our family instead. We believe that experiences are more meaningful than things (see Janet’s post on To Do or To Have). We also realize that the window of opportunity is narrow when it comes to traveling with our children. I hope you will take a minute to read this inspirational post from My Little Nomads to read about how one Dad felt the same way and has made it a goal to travel with his children as well.
Nothing will ever compare to the memories your family will share when traveling together!