Before kids, Greg and I were well-traveled people. After kids…… we’re still well-traveled people. 98% of our travel is with our kids. Our only trip without them, so far, was our Europe trip last summer.
Fun fact: Greg and I lived in two different cities when we were dating (I was in Houston and he was in Dallas). We would literally hop on a Southwest plane to visit each other almost every weekend. It wasn’t horribly expensive back then, and we love flying. Our absolute favorite thing to do together is travel.
We don’t ever argue or get into fights (which is strange because apparently travel stresses a lot of people out and it causes arguments). Our personalities just mesh well. Even though I am a total type B personality, I am really organized and on top of it when we travel, which makes Greg’s type A personality happy.
Once kids came around, it was important for us to not let them get in the way of doing things we love. We both agreed to not give up travel! Yes, it’s definitely more expensive to buy 4 plane tickets now, but it’s so much fun to bring our kids with us. We aren’t really into road trips (even though we’ve had our fair share of those), to be quite honest. We love jet-setting. I must also note that we are not filthy rich. Haha.
Kennedy is five, and she has been on over 30 plane rides. Caroline has been on about 15 at age two. They’ve flown to places like Boston, New Hampshire, Nashville, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Santa Fe, and New York City. This year, we’ve got a trip to Boston, Seattle and Vancouver, and a possible beach trip in the books.
It takes a lot of prep and it’s an all-hands-on-deck kind of thing, but enjoy it. We want to instill a love of travel in our children, and starting that at a young age is important to us. Kennedy is remembering the places she has been and loves any time we get on a plane. Caroline is starting to understand it more and she is loving it, as well!
It’s a great feeling to know that you can still have fun and do all the things you loved to do, even if you have kids. Sure, there aren’t as many date nights on vacation (unless their grandparents are with us!), but we can have plenty of date nights at home.
Greg and I enjoy making these memories as a family. We love looking back and talking about our favorite trips. Sure, we’d love to plan more kid-free vacations, but we’re having a heck of a lot of fun with our girls.
I’m hoping to start blogging more about our family trips. I’d love to encourage other moms out there to not be afraid of flying and traveling with your kids. More travel recaps to come, as our next family trip is next month!