Why children make great travel companions 

Why children make great travel companions 

For many people the idea of travelling with a baby or toddler fills them with dread. But for me it fills me with excitement. I think babies and yes even toddlers make great travel companions. Here are our top reasons why children make great travel companions:

You Travel Slow with Children

Nothing will make you embrace slow travel like a baby. Travelling with children means that you can not travel at the pace you used to. Life slows down, You travel deeper and spend more time in one place which means that you get to know a place so much better.

Travel also becomes less of a tick box exercise. Instead of riding around seeing everything mentioned in the guide you appreciate seeing one thing in more depth.

Whether it is spending longer in one place to embracing the joy of fika by taking more breaks in your sightseeing schedule.

Taking a coffee break in Stockholm

You Meet more Locals Travelling with Children

Nothing makes you more approachable than children! Whether it is your child striking up a conversation with the a person on the next table, or chatting to another mum as you children play together.

Making friends in Japan

Making friends in Japan

Or perhaps becoming a tourist attraction in Japan

By my little one breaking the ice with locals we have learnt so many new insider tips that have greatly enriched our trips.


You See Things Through New Eyes

Little ones look at things differently to adults. As a result you get to see things in a different way too.

Travelling with Children means you do new Things

Before you may have travelled to visit museums and Michelin Starred restaurants. While this is still possible, you do other things too! Things that you would have never done before children.

Whether its visit a zoo or farm

Chatsworth Farm

or a park

or embracing the magic of Disney.

Children are cheap companions

If you are looking for a cheap travel companion then a child under two is the best travel companion there is. Under two children can fly for free and you don’t have to pay for their own bed in hotels.

Who do you think make good travel companions and why?
Further reading: ultimate baby and toddler travel guide 
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  1. October 1, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    These are so true! You do get to see things that you wouldnt, and others in a different way. My kids are now 6 and 8 and they are the best! They arent as cheap anymore since they might be eligible for kids fares but have to pay for them… and feed them!

    • October 1, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      Ha ha yes we are nearing the end of the free. But they are the best aren’t they

  2. October 1, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    Love the closing comment – cheap companions! They must change how you travel

  3. October 2, 2017 / 8:22 am

    I am excited to have a travel companion like yours! <3

  4. October 2, 2017 / 11:45 am

    You are so right about travel becomes less of a tick box exercise! You aren’t going to get round all the highlights of a major city but you may get a more indepth look at a smaller number of places because you are naturally travelling more slowly. Little people love the simple things and it brings a new appreciation to travel – also great point about them being cheap – it doesn’t last forever so I love your advice to get out and do it whilst you can!
    Thanks for hosting #fearlessfamtrav

  5. October 2, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I love traveling with kids because it brings the inner child in me out again. I love going to things like zoos and farms, things I otherwise wouldn’t think about doing if I was traveling on my own. And to see the expression on kids’ eyes is priceless! #fearlessfamtrav

    • October 2, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      You are right about watching their eyes light up. No better thing in the world

  6. October 2, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Kids are the perfect travel companions. You get to meet so many more people with your kids, locals and other tourists/travellers #fearlessfamtrav

  7. October 2, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    I agree with all of these. Kids notice the little details which helps me to slow down and enjoy them, too. #fearlessfamtrav

    • October 2, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      I surprised by how much I view things differently travelling with my little one

  8. October 2, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    This is so true! I have always loved travelling but now with my kids it has added a new dimension! #fearlessfamtrav

  9. October 2, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Yes all of your points are great! Love the slow travel. Travelling with our kids had certainly enriched our experience #fearlessfamtrav

    • October 2, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      I agree, can’t imagine travelling without our little one now 🙂

  10. October 2, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I just love how they see different things to you when you travel. They notice things you don’t and have an alternative perspective. It’s amazing to see them learn too. You definitely meet more people! My daughters are very popular in Asian countries. Thanks for hosting #fearlessfamtrav

    • October 2, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Yes my little one was very popular in the Middle East and in Japan aswell. I think its the blonde hair. I definitely notice new things now that I never saw before

  11. October 3, 2017 / 4:43 am

    These are fantastic reasons! We love how our boys don’t question what we do each day and just go along with it. Plus, when travelling, they both still nap! We LOVE the enforced siesta 😉 #fearlessfamtrav

  12. October 3, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I agree with all your points. Since having our son we have re-evaluated our holidays and gone are the days of lying on a sun lounger with a book. We’ve embraced a different kind of holiday and are much more inclined to seek out culture and new things, mainly with kids in mind. It certainly means you get to see and do things you wouldn’t have before, as you’ve pointed out! #fearlessfamtrav

    • October 3, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      To be honest I can’t think I much worse than sun lounger holidays with my little. But I know many people go this way. I find the more active we are the more she enjoys

  13. October 3, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Yes yes and yes!!! I agree with every single point you’ve made. I have absolutely loved travelling with Evie so far and I am so excited to explore more of the world with her 🙂

  14. October 3, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! We love traveling with our son 🙂 Even after 10 months of full-time travel with him we can still say that our little world traveler is the best travel companion ever! I’m not as focused anymore on seeing everything there is to see when we get to a new destination, but more interested in experiencing the local lifestyle. A new pair of eyes suddenly makes everything look new again. #Fearlesfamtrav

  15. October 4, 2017 / 5:16 am

    This is all SO true! We definitely travel slower and deeper with our kids, and find it easier to make local connections.

  16. October 4, 2017 / 9:05 am

    This is such a lovely list – and so nice to see a positive spin on it because I think usually posts on traveling with children are more focused on minimizing the challenges than the actual amazing things that can happen!

  17. October 4, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    I’m so encouraged by this perspective. I’ve always had a little fear about how our future kids might affect our travel life and style, but this puts such an positive spin on it!

  18. October 4, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I love how kids can be an icebreaker in many countries – you get to meet more people for sure! I also like taking my time in a place instead of rushing around everywhere on a busy tour. Travelling with kids is different but I wouldn’t go back! #fearlessfamtrav

  19. October 4, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Agreed with aaaall of the above! Travelling with children opens up your eyes as well as theirs, and is loads of fun. I love that photo of her with the Japanese girls!!

    • October 4, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      That photo is a common occurrence from our Japan pic lol

  20. October 4, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Great post. Our holidays are always interesting with the boys there too. They learn so much and its great seeing their faces light up #fearlessfamtrav

  21. October 6, 2017 / 2:19 am

    I am due with my first baby in November and I really hope to continue to travel! 🙂

  22. October 6, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Love this!!! Children are excellent travel companions… for all the reasons you have listed… I like the cheap bit. the shock comes when you start having to pay for them and suddenly the travel bill multiplies. Coming from #fearlessfamtrav

  23. October 10, 2017 / 11:04 am

    I can’t wait to do more travelling with my little girl now I’ve read this!

  24. October 10, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Some very good points, I love being out and about with my daughter and seeing things through her eyes, even if they are day trips.

  25. October 10, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    I’ve never really thought of it like that, but you’re so right! I love seeing things through my toddler’s eyes…so much wonder and magic 🙂

  26. October 10, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    We love travelling with our little brood. I think you see things differently when you travel with children.

  27. October 10, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I completely agree and I wish we had done more when my eldest was a baby. You experience things differently and take life slower, I love travelling with my girls

  28. October 10, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    I agree that travelling with children can be a good thing! After all you learn how to be patient and appreciate travelling in the moment x

  29. October 11, 2017 / 7:13 am

    I love the kids faces at they try new things and see things that catch their eye. It is definitely more fun travelling with kids

  30. October 11, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I totally agree, I love to visit places with my children as they often discover things I would miss and it is magical seeing things through there eyes for the first time x

  31. October 11, 2017 / 10:26 am

    I do not yet have kids but I can definitely appreciate how kids can be lovely travel companions, I do love slow paced travels so it would be perfect

  32. October 11, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I absolutely love travelling with my toddler! I just can’t get enough of watching her soak up new places & cultures 🙂 x

  33. November 6, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I love travelling with my two, they make such great travel companions. They adapt so quickly and they do definitely make me see things differently.

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