Travel with preschoolers can seem daunting and when your kids are small, it’s tempting to put travel plans on hold until they are older. As a brand new mom I can’t exactly say it was a pleasant experience to fly alone with a 5-week old baby (complete with having my breastmilk tested by TSA) when I hadn’t even been to grocery store with her yet. But would I do it all over again? Absolutely! I wouldn’t have missed my friend’s wedding for the world and let me tell you that I felt like such a rock star afterward that all of my new mom hesitation about get out and about with my baby vanished overnight.
One of mine and Hubs’ favorite memories came as a result of that trip too. When he picked us up at the airport upon our arrival home, Sweet T gave him the biggest, most delighted smile when she first saw his face. I wish I’d videoed it!
4 Reasons to Travel with Preschoolers
1. To Cultivate a Love of Travel – I attribute my wanderlust to my mother who made travel a priority when I was growing up. We had to pinch pennies for a lot of things, but she always made sure we budgeted for travel, even if we couldn’t go very far. Love for travel is something I’m trying to cultivate in my own children. Why? Travelers are always learning, experiencing new things, breaking out of their comfort zones, exploring and meeting new people. Sounds like a healthy way to live life to me!
2. It’s Affordable – It might be more convenient in some ways to travel with your children when they are older, but it will never be more affordable than it is now. Admission rates everywhere from theme parks to the Seven Wonders of the World will be low-cost or free when your children are little. Know what I miss most about traveling with a toddler? Free airfare for kids under 2!
3. You’ll Create Memories – Wait a minute, Jenn. My 3 year-old probably won’t remember that trip to Walt Disney World® Resort. Maybe, maybe not, but you will! Start creating travel memories with your children right from the beginning and you’ll have beautiful memories of their childhood. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time remembering much about the mundane day-to-day. I tend to remember my life in seasons or by major events good and bad. Vacations are some of the good ones! (especially when visiting Walt Disney World® Resort!)
4. To Enrich Their Minds – Your little one may not remember some of their earliest trips, but let me ask you this: do you remember what you ate for dinner on the third Thursday of April 2011? No, but did the meal still nourish you? Yes! Exploring new places will nourish your child’s quickly developing brain.
Walt Disney World® Resort is an ideal place to travel with preschoolers. Check out their tips and special offers for traveling with small children then head over to Scholastic for even more family travel tips!
Bonus benefit: Preschoolers sleep reeeeaaaally well during trips due to all the stimulation. No more fighting at nap time or bed time!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney. The opinions and text are all mine.