I think anyone will tell you the toddler stage of parenting isn’t easy so when we told people that we had decided to do a round the world trip with our toddler it is fair to say quite a few people thought we were crazy.
We took almost four months to travel the world with our toddler, taking in ten countries, crossing the equator twice and experiencing all the seasons on our travels. So now as we arrive back to normal life I think I am in a good position to answer the question “were we crazy to travel round the world with our toddler?”The answer of course is yes!
Obviously we must be slightly crazy to travel round the world with a toddler. Let’s face it trying to do anything with a toddler is crazy, even just little things like the weekly shop or popping out for a quick coffee is an insane idea with a toddler! But the real question we should be asking is was it worthwhile?
Again, the answer is of course yes again!
I can say that without doubt that this was one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life and one I would do again in a heartbeat (and believe me I’m trying to shoehorn another in somewhere) and here’s why!
We created memories!
From the start of our trip hiking the Great Wall of China to seeing geysers in Iceland at the end! I got to tick things off my bucket list with the best people in my life! They are memories I will always cherish! And while our little girl will never remember we will never forget!
At the same point, I got to experience things that I would never have done if I weren’t travelling with the toddler! From the zoos, Disney in three countries, the aquariums and the beautiful parks we did things that we never would have without her and we loved every second!
We got quality time as a family away from digital distractions and the everyday grind. Three and a bit months of pure family time! I feel very blessed that we got this time together!
Now I will admit, there were times that it was challenging and perhaps we didn’t do everything a place had to offer. I mean there was zero chance of experiencing the nightlife anywhere we went! But we loved and embraced the slower pace of travel!
Me time and Date time were practically non existent as our little one was too young for kids clubs and we traveled alone! So instead we embraced the nap time micro date! Whenever she napped we would find the nearest place whatever it was and had a forty minute date! From wine tasting in Monterey to a browse of a museum in Virginia or just simply having a cup of coffee together! Any parent struggling for couple time, I recommend the nap time micro date. It also made us try things we wouldn’t have done on other dates!
Now did we get everything right?
Our itinerary changed about five times as we travelled to make adjustments that we thought our little one would enjoy more! Suddenly our itinerary seemed to avoid cities and take in more national parks!
And there were places which we thought were fab but weren’t easy with a toddler (Hong Kong and Vegas I’m looking at you)! But I can’t say I regret travelling to any of our destinations, it’s just some were easier than others!
So were we crazy to travel round the world with our toddler!
Would we do it again?
In a heartbeat!
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