Were we crazy to travel round the world with our toddler?!

Were we crazy to travel round the world with our toddler?!

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.

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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! It is pretty crazy to go travelling the world with a toddler in tow.  But 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!

Why we loved travelling the world with a toddler in tow

We created memories!

Wandermust Family at the Great Wall of China

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!

New Experiences 

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!

Hong Kong Disneyland with toddlers - one of our favourite things from travelling the world with a toddler

Quality Family Time 

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!

Taken by wanderloud’s irezz

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?

No!

What did wrong on our round the world trip with children

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!

toddler at Muir Woods - round the world trip with children - should you do it

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!

Of course!

Would we do a round the world trip with children again?

In a heartbeat!

For some of our tried and tested tips for travelling with a toddler click here! 

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23 Comments

  1. April 17, 2018 / 11:28 am

    What an incredible family adventure and I wholeheartedly agree that it’s an epic time that you’ll never forget. So lovely to spend so much time together at that precious stage. Good luck shoehorning another one in 😉

  2. April 20, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Oh wow what an incredible family adventure and it’s amazing that you have no regrets – you’re a braver lady than me! 🙂

  3. April 20, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    NOT AT ALL!!

    Those photos and memories will last a lifetime so it’s well worth it!

  4. April 20, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Such an adventure for you all! We are currently travelling with our two young children and have found some days to be challenging, but then we find days back in the UK challenging. We love that we have been able to spend so much time together as a family and make some truly wonderful memories together. I definitely think that travelling with little ones means that we have been able to see the world in an entirely new and exciting way

    P.S. We don’t always get it right either, but that is all part of the fun!

    • April 20, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      Haha it’s not a trip if you don’t change itinerary At least five times! Where are you?

  5. April 20, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I would love to do this with my family! The memories & experiences you have created are fantastic x

  6. April 21, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    What a fantastic trip! Sounds like you had an awesome time.

  7. April 23, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Oh My Goodness! How amazing!!! I am so pleased to see someone day ‘F*** it! Let’s do what we want to do!’ and gain the best memories possible. I would love to hike the Great Wall of China 🙂

  8. May 1, 2018 / 7:42 am

    I honestly think its so important to travel with children from a young age and I admire you for that xx

  9. May 1, 2018 / 10:45 am

    This is exactly how I want to raise a family – travel is so so important and although she won’t remember she will remember experiences later on in life and be grateful that you did it!

  10. May 1, 2018 / 11:08 am

    hat’s off to you for planning such vast trip with a toddler. you deserve a thumbs up for travelling around the world with a toddler.

  11. May 1, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    First of all, I’d say you are very brave! Glad to read that despite its challenges, you still created beautiful memories! #travellinkup

  12. May 2, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Well done! You’re right, life with a toddler isn’t easy at home and at least you had two of you on hand. The family time and memories you created is so precious. I’d definitely consider doing this!

  13. May 2, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Sounds like great fun! I remember those micro dates, so important! #travellinkup

  14. May 3, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    What amazing memories you have made as a family!

  15. May 4, 2018 / 11:40 am

    What an awesome adventure! I hear about others taking a round the world trip and it sounds interesting. Would I do it? Probably not. After two weeks, I’m usually ready to be back in my own home and routine. But you never know. #travellinkup

  16. May 4, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    I love this post, I really admire you guys for what you did. I think it’s so hard but so worth it. And I am totally embracing the micro nap time date next time we travel!! 😀

  17. Paula
    March 25, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    This is super inspiring! Did either of you have remote jobs while doing this? That is what my husband and I are currently on the hunt for!

    Best,
    Paula

    • March 25, 2019 / 6:34 pm

      Hello , my husband was consulting so worked on his own timetable and I had had a remote job for a whole. We were lucky that we didn’t have to search for them as what we do is very niche! What line of work do you do?

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