Travel and Parenting: 10 lessons I learnt from parenting while travelling! 

Travel and Parenting: 10 lessons I learnt from parenting while travelling! 

We have been very lucky that in the first 18 months of our little one’s life we have been able to travel the world.  I frequently write about the reasons we love travelling with our little one but other than loving it, it has also taught us quite a lot about parenting.  

What have I learnt from Travel and parenting

1. We don’t all parent the same

The beautiful Doha skyline

Having been expat parents in Qatar and also travelling with our little one we have learnt that we all don’t parent in the same way. It’s not that any one style is correct or incorrect, they are just different traditions and advice. And there is nothing wrong with this and you should take comfort in the fact that there is no right way.

2. Children are the same everywhere

But despite the fact that we may have different thoughts and customs on parenting, all  children are the same. The world would be a happier place if we could be like children in that respect. Plonk your child in a play area anywhere, no matter if there is a language difference, they will learn to play happily together.

3. That there is an over reliance on parenting books

I think these days, we rely too much on parenting books and the advice of experts who write these so called books. Again, not everyone parents the same way, and certainly not as prescribed by a book. And that’s ok!

4. It teaches the importance of routine and flexibility

One of the things that I have learnt travelling is getting a balance between routine and flexibility in our little ones life! This is a hard act to balance whether at home or away. While we don’t want to be too rigid, so our little one is unable to cope with new surroundings and experience, you need to make sure that you give them plenty of stability and routine in their life while travelling and at home. Learn what things are most important to your little one. For us, our nightime routines are the most important thing to keep the same wherever in the world we are.

5. Kids don’t need lots of toys

I don’t know about you, but we have a toy box overflowing with toys at home. When we travel, we obviously take limited toys with us and my little one really doesn’t miss the ones we leave behind.

6. It’s not always the high tech toys that are the best

Along with limited toys, we tend to take low tech toys with us when we travel. We pack light weight, and low irritation toys (noisy electronics are a definite no-no for flights). Our little’s ones favourite toys while travelling are building blocks, sticker books and regular books. We find these hold her attention best but also we find are the most educational. We love the fact that travel is helping to instil what we hope will be a life-long love of reading.

7. Nothing teaches about diversity and acceptance better than travel

Travel can be a better teacher that I can ever be when it comes to teaching acceptance and diversity. By exposing my little one to different cultures and environments I hope she will grow up being an accepting individual.

8. Travel is a learning experience

As much as we learn when we travel, children do too! When we travel we do different activities than we do at home. We visit aquariums, museums and parks across the globe. These experiences, that we wouldn’t necessarily have at home mean she learns something new every time she travels.

9. Travel doesn’t need to be exotic

But it doesn’t always have to be exotic travel to be a great experience for children. My little one has had great adventures in far flung places such as Japan and the Maldives, but has also had a great time exploring the UK!

10. Family quality time is key

But the biggest thing that travel gives us in our parenting is quality time! And nothing about parenting is more important that spending quality time with your children!

What has travel taught you about parenting?


  1. November 13, 2017 / 8:11 am

    Great post this! You are absolutely right that travel doesn’t need to be exotic when you have very young kids!

  2. November 13, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I definitely agree. People parent differently. What works for some, may not work for others. I guess that’s when some can get really judgemental about how others do it, which is wrong!

  3. November 13, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    This is so true – the flexibility in routine is key, but something my daughter struggles with sometimes!

  4. November 13, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    How lovely that you’ve got to travel so much! Everyone does parent different and I also find that I parent different to my 2 girls as they have different needs

  5. November 13, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    ‘NOTHING TEACHES ABOUT DIVERSITY AND ACCEPTANCE BETTER THAN TRAVEL’ this is such an empowering quote and it is so true that travel is the greatest teacher! x

  6. November 13, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Great post. Travel teaches kids and parents so many life skills. And it’s all about creating that balance in life 🙂 Wishing you many more happy travels together

  7. November 13, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    I love this. Kids don’t need a lot of toys, that is so true. Every time we travel I realise the importance of that!

  8. November 14, 2017 / 9:58 am

    I haven’t travelled much with my children but I wish that I could as I believe it teaches them (and us) so much. Totally agree they don’t need stacks of toys and sometime when we are away from home my children play for hours with such simple things x

  9. November 14, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Great article. It is so true all of it. At home they have their toys and when they travel a simple plastic spoon and about bottle makes for hours of entertainment.#familytravel

  10. November 14, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    I love this. So many of these ring true with me. Children don’t need loads of toys or electronic items – our boys travelled for nine months with just cards, top trumps, chess, scrabble, uno and books on kindles, oh and a rugby and football. They used there imaginations and learned to come up with all sorts of games to play. Travel is a huge learning experience with so many benefits #familytraveltips

  11. November 15, 2017 / 6:39 am

    Some great tips lovely . We are travelling to bluestone next week- 5 hour journey ! Will definitely use some of these x

  12. November 15, 2017 / 6:51 am

    I love watching my kids play, especially in other countries. It is amazing how they bond despite any language differences

  13. November 15, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    love this, and completely agree with so many. I loved the “all children are the same” it’s so cute and I never thought of it like that before. I also agree with that traveling is a learning experience, and that it doesn’t always need to be luxury. we just stayed in a YHA a few nights ago and it was so basic but my LO loved it. #familytraveltips

  14. November 15, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Such a brilliant post. We love travelling with our kids and each time we travel we all learn something new not only about the world but about ourselves too. #familytraveltips

  15. November 16, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    Could not agree more with your takes and conclusions ! Fascinating to see with my kids the language barriers mean so little to them 😉 And that pretty much is exotic and very exciting – very refreshing to see the trips with their eyes!

  16. November 18, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Great post! I agree with everything. I didn’t start travelling with my children until they were over 10 really – but we have shared so many experiences since then! x

  17. November 18, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, she’s a doll!! Seriously, her grin, and that duck outfit had me laughing away. 😀 We didn’t start traveling internationally until my girls were older, but it’s been great. It has opened their eyes to how much more there is to the world than our little corner. It’s wonderful to given kids the opportunity to see the world through a bigger lens!

  18. November 18, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Quality family time IS key! A family holiday that is super stressful for mum and dad won’t be beneficial to the kids if they know their parents are stressed – no matter where the destination. x

  19. November 18, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    How cute is that puddlesuit!? I agree with pretty much all of what you say. I read parenting book when I was pregnant but they basicaly went out the window when my daughter (eventually) arrived 🙂

  20. November 18, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Traveling is definitely a learning experience for parents as well as kids! I love your remark about the balance between routine and flexibility. I never thought we’d be so flexible (learning to change diapers everywhere for instance ;-)) and try to stick to routine as much as possible at the same time (naptime, sleep ritual… always the same wherever we are). The most important thing we’ve learned is that travel with our son can be as easy or as hard as we ourselves make it. As long as we’re flexible and relaxed, he is too.

  21. November 23, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I totally agree- it’s funny what toys prove popular when travelling. We often pack a balloon to take for a bit of fun outside or in a hotel room. Cheap toys work wonders on a flight!

    Most of all- I love how travel enriches their lives in so many ways. #familytraveltips

  22. November 24, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    This is a lovely post. I agree that spending time together is the most important thing. I have also written in the past about my distain for parenting books, I’m glad it’s not just me that feels we should embrace our own instincts when it comes to parenting. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips.

  23. November 27, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Traveling is a truly bonding experience and I imagine your little one will have lots of fantastic memories that will keep with her for life. #familytraveltips

  24. June 1, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    This is such a great post! Totally agree…especially that they don’t need a lot of toys and I feel like when they are babies, they are easier (versus toddler age). #fearlessfamtrav

  25. September 1, 2018 / 2:55 am

    Nice post! Still relevant points even without kids!

  26. September 2, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    I don’t have kids but think this is a great post nonetheless! Travel is a great teacher! #travellinkup

  27. September 7, 2018 / 7:00 am

    I have just pinned this… we are 8 weeks in and have got as far as the Isle of Wight so agree about it not needing to be exotic! passport is on order though…

  28. September 8, 2018 / 10:53 am

    These are great lessons!! And something I’ll refer back to one day!

  29. September 15, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Great post about traveling. I agree in this article Travel teaches us many importance of routine and felxibility. It’s experience for learner.

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