I’ll be honest; I didn’t travel but one time in the first year of my son Jude’s life. I was the ultimate traveler before I had kids, but once he was born, I didn’t think I’d be able to afford travel anymore. But also, I was scared of traveling with him. I mean, what do you DO with all those diapers, extra clothes, car seat, stroller, etc, on a plane or in a small car? Babies need way too much stuff and I just didn’t feel like dealing with it.
But when I finally felt ready to deal with all the shit like logistics of flying with a lap child, and carrying a stroller through airport security, I knew I had to get out – and fast.
I started slow, taking him on a fun road trip up the eastern coast to Rhode Island to visit family, stopping in cities along the coast for a night or two in Connecticut and Rhode Island. It was the perfect start to my life of traveling with my kid. As he grew, I took him to places like Austin, Texas; Tampa and Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL, and Toronto, Cananda, among others. Many times, I did this by myself, figuring out logistics and trying not to make my toddler turn into an angry satan child before we landed. Other times I handled it with friends or my significant other. And now that I have baby number 2 on the way, I’ve thought a lot about how travel is going to fit into my life. And it is. I’m determined.
When I talk to friends about my experiences traveling, I can almost hear the jealousy in their voices, like I make a million dollars and have this luxurious lifestyle that I can just take my four year old anywhere. And honestly, that is far from the truth. So here are my tips to saving money so you can travel with your kids too.
Well, those are my four biggest tips to help you save money so you can travel with your little ones. If you use each of these methods in combination with each other, I know you’ll be traveling the country (and maybe even the world!) with your family sooner than you think!
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