Can I Travel with Kids?

Can one travel with little kids?

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“Can I travel with kids?”

You’d be amazed how often people ask this question! Of course you can travel with kids! You can travel with big kids, and you can travel with small kids. At this point, ours, both under six, have been to almost 30 countries. Jenia often quotes this dialogue from the Paris, Je T’Aime movie:

Vincent: Claire, make Gaspard a balloon, not a ball and chain.
Claire: Was I a ball and chain?
Vincent: Mon Petit Claire, You were not the ball and chain. You were the zeppelin.

Jenia took this photo of Turtle on his 1st birthday. He's been to 12 countries by then.
In this photo, Turtle is 1 year old and has already traveled to 12 countries

“I bet traveling with kids is different from traveling without them.”

Yes, traveling with kids is different, but it is not necessarily harder. Here’s why. Babies are not the least bit picky about where in the world they are, as long as their needs are being met. Turtle breastfed atop Notre Dame de Paris, for example, and he was also thrilled to spend his days napping in a carrier in Sri Lanka. As Jenia wrote several years ago, “After 8 weeks and 9 flights I came to the conclusion that traveling with a baby is no different from doing everything else with a baby. We only needed 4 things: my milk, diapers, patience, and flexibility.” Accordingly, traveling with babies can be simple. Making a few changes to routines and itineraries becomes necessary as the kids get older.

“You must have to do a lot less exploring with children traveling along with you.”

To an extent this is true. We’ve definitely reduced the scope of our sight-seeing, especially as the kids have gotten more independent, but it’s not a severe limitation. On a typical day we locate a park or playground where the kids can cut loose in addition to doing more typical tourist stuff. We also make sure we’re back to our home base at a reasonable hour. We see less, but we get to know a specific area better, so it’s a bit of a trade-off. Also, we get to explore places we won’t necessarily see otherwise, like parks, fire stations, and certain museums.

“How do you travel with kids? You’re so brave!”

No, we’re not. We’re normal parents and we have our ups and downs. The simple fact of the matter is that traveling with kids is like doing anything else with them. There are times when it’s frustrating, but so is staying at home with them. When we travel we make sure to do some preparation ahead of time for the kids, and we also keep certain routines of home in place, since this provides a sense of continuity (click to read about how we do this). More often than not, traveling with kids simply amounts to spending time with your family–albeit in different, exotic locales! And, what’s more, there are moments when traveling with the whole family is simply wonderful–everyone gasps in awe or laughs in delight at something new and unexpected.

Traveling with a baby is no different from doing everything else with a baby.


“Do your kids ever have meltdowns when you’re traveling? How do you deal with that?”

They do indeed. We deal with it like we would anywhere else. If one of them is falling apart, we let him or her get their feelings out, as long as it is safe to, and after it passes, things go on. There’s no special trick to it. Naturally, we make it clear we’re not rewarding bad behavior, so those incidents never result in them getting whatever it is they wanted. One thing that sometimes helps prevent the kids from getting upset in the first place is to talk about eventualities–for example, as we depart for a trip to the Science Museum in Hong Kong, a place Turtle has wanted to visit for a long time, we explain to him, “Sometimes tickets sell out and people can’t get inside. If we can’t get in, we will find something else to do, like go to the playground nearby.” While it doesn’t mean they won’t be let down, a simple talk like that can prevent extreme disappointment and hence tantrums. For the most part, we must say, our kids are good travelers, just as they are good kids.

Princess enjoyed Arches National Park!
Princess getting a good view of the Arches National Park

“Should I travel with kids?”

We think so! If you have the ability to, why not show them more of this big world? Let them experience how different life is in China, or the UAE, or Nepal, or wherever. Give them a glimpse into other regional lifestyles, cultures, languages, and religions.  

“Can I travel with kids? Are you sure?”

As we said above, we find traveling with kids to be like doing anything else with them. If you can look after your children, you can do it somewhere else. It’s not daunting. We definitely think that traveling with children is worthwhile. We think it can help your children develop into well-rounded human beings, and that is quite a gift to them and the rest of the world.

Can you travel with little kids? Absolutely! This is how we do it.
We travel with little kids and love you. You can, too!
Can I travel with little kids
We are often asked if it's actually possible to travel with little kids. This is what we have to say on the subject.

Read on about Traveling with Kids

While many of our posts mention kid-friendly activities, these are the posts that specifically focus on traveling with young kids.


Keeping a Routine when Traveling with Kids – how we do it

The Best Gifts for Traveling Kids – tried and true!


Budget Hong Kong with Kids – how to enjoy HK without breaking the budget or your children.

Jordan with a Toddler – camels, Jeeps, and everything in between.

Breakfast with Orangutans – our review of Breakfast with Wildlife in Singapore Zoo

Toddlers on a Speedboat – exploring the Mekong Delta from Saigon

Legoland Malaysia with Young Kids – our honest review of this attraction is our most popular post

Family Hitchhiking in Malaysia – a true story of exploring Cameron Highlands

Northern Michigan Itinerary for a Family on a Budget – exactly that

Sri Lanka with a Baby – our very first family trip (with a 2-month-old)

Barcelona with Kids – sights, food, transportation, and a free printable!

Whale Watching Tour in the San Juan Islands – a review of a day trip from Seattle



  1. Tony
    November 25, 2018

    That’s amazing. Yours must be some of the world’s most travelled children!

    1. Shon & Jenia
      November 28, 2018

      Thank you, Tony 🙂 We have been pretty lucky but I’m pretty sure there are some better traveled ones 🙂

  2. Natalie
    December 8, 2018

    Traveling with children, I think some of our most bonding time as a family have come from traveling together.
    Great perspective and I love your thoughts on meltdowns while on the road.

    1. Shon & Jenia
      December 9, 2018

      I agree, Natalie–my family also had neat traveling experiences together. Yeah, meltdowns, they happen, but they’re just part of having kids, y’know?


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