In honor of Mother’s Day, I asked several bloggers and business owners to share their most significant travel moments with their children, or their mom, with me. As a mom myself, travel is very important to me, and a big part of my relationship with my son. I loved reading each of their stories and seeing how travel factored into their relationships as well. I hope you enjoy these moments as much as I did!
Rash & Chalukya – Go Beyond Bounds
“We had visited the tulip gardens of Morges in Switzerland last May. Our daughter was 11 months old and had just started walking. We would not allow her out of the stroller when we were outside house but we thought tulip garden would be safest and we should give a try.
And to our surprise, she frolicked around the garden touching and staring at all the flowers. It was both our favorite and significant as we remember that trip as our daughters first outing where she explored nature on her own foot.”
Megan Leanderson – Pink to Green Blog
“As a two-time expat with a strong case of wanderlust, traveling has a strongly defined my life. My husband and I are enthusiastic about continuing to travel as we grow our family and have found it to be an enriching experience beyond measure. While logistically things get more challenging (we have a toddler, are expecting another in June and have food allergies to contend with) watching my son’s eyes light up as he experiences new places and the joy that comes from adventure has been the greatest gift to give and receive. This summer, we traveled to Montreal and my son has talked about the experience ever since. This picture is of us walking around Old Town and slowly taking in the sights. His specific memories may fad, but I’ll always remember the way he soaked up his surroundings with a twinkle in his eye, the way he danced to the french music playing on the corner and the hug he gave me that night in our hotel room saying it was his favorite day ever.”
“Traveling alone with two little ones isn’t easy. Especially when you’re flying half-way across the world. Last year my husband had a temporary assignment to Hawaii. If I wanted to join him, I had to fly out separately from the east coast with our two boys who were 3 years and 3 months old at the time. How could we NOT go to Oahu?! As the flight got closer and closer, my anxiety almost became clinical. How was I going to survive the 22 hours of flying? How was I going to hold my baby while keeping my toddler from accidentally deploying the emergency exit door? How was my 100-pound self going to get all of our luggage, two car seats, a stroller, and carry-ons all on my own? I was so close to canceling the non-refundable flights and staying home, but I eventually decided I couldn’t let my husband have those beaches all to himself. So I put on my big-girl pants. I streamlined my packing process, planned activities and snacks for our travels, loaded up the double stroller, and took full advantage of baby-wearing (details on To be a Kid Again). I was surprised to find that my boys are both GREAT travelers, and that so many complete strangers will stop and offer help when needed. I also learned that I am capable of so much more than I realized. I was truly terrified to tackle this journey without the help of my husband, but I found strength I didn’t know I had for what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime. We fell in love with the island, and without a doubt will be going on this adventure again.”
Website: To be a Kid Again
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Celine Brewer – Baby Can Travel
“In November of 2015, we took our 2.5 year old toddler and 2 month old baby to Sedona, AZ. As we had previously travelled with our daughter when she was an infant, we knew it would be pretty simple to take our 2 month old anywhere. As long as he was fed, changed and had a comfortable place to sleep he would be happy. Our toddler was another story.
It took us a while to decide where to go for this trip, because we knew we had to make it fun for our daughter as well. There was no way she would accept be dragged along sightseeing all day if it wasn’t interesting for her. We took a step back and really thought about the type of vacation that would please us, and we knew we wanted to get back to more outdoorsy, active type trips. We knew our daughter enjoyed running along the trails when we hiked back home, so we took the chance and booked a hiking trip to Sedona. Watching her hike and enjoy every moment of being in nature was so heartwarming. Sure, we didn’t do any epic hikes and we stopped a lot to play hike-and-seek or pick up rocks, but there we were, all hiking as a family. It’s in those moments that I find the absolute joy in travelling with our littles ones. It’s not always easy, but the efforts we put in pay off.”
“The most meaningful travel experience I have ever had, as a mom (because I have traveled the world before kids and that is a whole different ball of wax), was when I did it alone. I took all three, (ages six, four and two) WITH the car seat, onto an airplane by myself. It wasn’t easy, but I did it, and I felt like superwoman. It didn’t hurt that the guy next to me bought me a cocktail…”
With my son, my favorite travel memory so far was the last time we flew somewhere (Chicago) and he was sitting in his seat next to the window and just started FREAKING OUT about the plane moving. He was so excited. Then he started saying that the plane was going to do a flip.
What are some of YOUR favorite memories traveling with your mom or children?