My Love For Travel
Sure, I love a great hiking trip and can very much appreciate the beauty of a starry night while camping. However, on the Camping to Glamping scale, I definitely lean right. At least for the bathroom part!
I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to multiple countries (over 20) from a young age. This is a passion that has stayed with me ever since and continued in adulthood as I shared travel and living abroad experiences (3 countries including USA) with my husband.
We have done a good amount of traveling with our kids already but I am so excited that we are now entering an age group were we can start exploring further with them. I would love to give our children as many diverse experiences as possible through travel. I want to help them gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of our diverse world in terms of landscape, languages, cultures, traditions, etc. and the importance of our role in preserving, as best as we can, our fragile environment.
Kid Travel Is Unique
Kids certainly change your view and vacation needs. I have enjoyed putting together and searching for hours vacations that are better suited for each age phase as they grow.
For example, during the young toddler years, few thing beat an easy to drive to ocean location or just hanging out by a pool. Heck during this time, a trip to the grocery store alone can feel more of a vacation that having to take the 80 pound equipment needed for such little person to go anywhere only for them to tantrum and refuse to nap while outside of home! (You know it’s true, don’t give me that look!).
Soon thereafter, kids start becoming easier and easier to travel with, parents start to become alive again and options continue to expand. Hooray!
Travel with kids is really about the right experience at the right time. Blink twice and that opportunity passes by sometimes.
What Is The Travel Budget?
For context, for 2016 and 2017 we have set a maximum budget of $10k per year for a family of 4, and gain an additional $4-8k in value from points and miles, when possible. Usually we take 2 vacations per year, though we may or may not use one of those for adults only. Oops.
Depending on how our other financial goals are going this budget is going to need some adjustments as we go. This may mean getting more and more creative with how we travel. Stay tuned!