This is not going to be one of my normal articles. So I am going to give you a heads up and a warning! If you do not want to read any further than I understand…and if you are one of my regular readers (for whom I love and am so grateful to!) I am saying sorry straight up.
But I Read About CNNGO Article
I am sorry but I was reading an article from CNNGO about “Five Rules of Travelling With Kids” and all I could keep thinking about was “Are You For Real“?
Now I am not a child expert, nor am I a child behaviour expert, nor have I studied at Uni with any courses on how to travel with children, raise children or even have degrees on the subject. BUT I do have children and I do travel.
The article that I was reading was so wrong – it made out like us Parents don’t know how to travel with children, and that children should not be seen or heard – or at least so worn out during the day that travelling becomes possible. It also sounded like we should feed them on anything that is lacking in nutrients so they stay happy???
Here Is What New Life on The Road Thinks
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1. We are not experts – we are parents
2. Read this at your own risk – and make up your own mind.
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Now that the disclaimer is out of the way….lets get to what I am really wanting to say.
If you know me (from reading here, or in person) then you will know that I write from the heart, and I get really passionate about what I think!
The article in question was beyond anything that I have read before…it made it sound like travelling with Children should not be allowed? It made it sound like children were such a pain in the ass that we should never consider travelling??
So what I thought would be good – would to look at the Five Rules For Travelling With Kids from a view-point of a parent and in more depth!
Rule Number One – The Younger The Child – The Bigger The Suitcase
Well we recently went on a plane to Melbourne with our family. All of our boys carried their own Backpacks onto the plane. Actually not one of us booked any luggage – we carried in our bags what we needed. Our youngest (who is six years old) had a few more change of clothes than what our other boys had, but that is only in case he needed to change (he loves to get muddy!) Our 10-year-old carried less than our 13-year-old – as he clothes were lighter in weight.
Packing Our Kids Shoes ~
Yes they were allowed to wear shoes and pack a pair each!
Yes they do need more clothes/items when they are babies. But it doesn’t mean that we can not take our own shoes???
Yes it is good to have books to keep them happy – what ever happened to taking one book and one stuff toy? That wont take up too much room. It’s a matter of carrying what you really need – not everything including the kitchen sink!
Rule Number Two – The Younger The Child, The Harder To Get Over Jet Lag
I am actually going to leave that one alone. As we havent had to travel to a place (as yet) where our boys have To “Get Over Jet Lag”. But I will say this – what is wrong with running on the time that you are used to, for a few days until your body can get used to the time difference? I went to England when I was 18 (no I didn’t have kids back then!) and I was tired for a few days – so I drank lots of water, took lots of little sleeps, and walked for exercise to help get over it.
We let our boys sleep when they need it ~
After a fun Filled day at Dreamworld!
Coming back to Australia two months later – I was fine! As I had slept nearly all the way home on the plane and didn’t really notice the time difference.
Rule Number Three – Travel To A Destination That Serves French Fries
Oh My Gosh! Where can I start with that rule….if you read the article you will see where I am going with this rule! “French fries, nuggets, pizza and the like will save your holiday” (quoted from the article!)
Our boys have grown up with a wide variety of food! Yes we will eat Pizza when we are travelling (or at home), but we also eat healthy foods..our kids actually can’t eat french fries nor would we look for places to travel to because of the fast food. What about Healthy Eating? Surely we can travel to places where healthy food is served?
Boost Juice ~
It is possible to travel and eat healthy!
What about Restaurants that serve curries, vegetarian dishes, healthy cooking? Surely we can let our kids try the food that are in the local areas…isnt that what is travelling is all about – fitting into the area that you are visiting and trying out their food?
Rule Number Four – You can’t have too much inflight entertainment for young children
This really got my back up….so many bags for entertainment? Incase the kids get bored and all hell breaks loose? What about finding their own entertainment from their environment? Climbing a tree – picking up a stick and turning it into a game? Our kids travel and make their own fun.
Our boys make their own fun ~
Building Tree Houses with trees that were cut down!
Then the comment about drugging our kids to travel and having a bottle of whiskey for the parents???? What the hell – if we are drunk travelling then surely the air hostess (on planes) will not let us travel? What about having to drive while travelling…surely we should not be drink driving?
And if our kids are drugged than how can they get over Jet Lag, and visit the places we want to see when we get there! This can so not be a good Travelling Rule for travelling with kids – surely there are ways to travel with out drugs and alcohol? We have four of our five boys travelling with us and we have never ever had to drug any of them (nor would we want to)
Sure hope that was just a joke in the article and not part of the rules?
We like to drink – but we don’t drink while travelling! There is such a thing as enjoying each others company.
Rule Number Five – Stollers Are As Much A Bane As A Boon
Well we don’t actually travel with a Stroller anymore. But I have travelled on a plane with a car seat and pram when our third son was about 8 months old. It was fine – we got from Mackay to Sydney and I was grateful for both! I never had any issue about where I could push the pram, and both items arrived safely.
If it is that hard to travel with a pram (due to the lack of being able to push one around – from the article, not my words!!) then take a baby sling – they are so handy to use and take up such little space.
Something that also got my back up in Rule Number Five – was that kids can only walk so far, and then you end up carrying them…so you walk to where there is French Fries or stay at the Holiday Baby Pool ??? Come on this can not be for real! Surely travelling parents have worked out how to explore with little ones?
Our Boys Love Bush Walking ~
Even when Kyle was younger he could walk for ages!
We have travelled many times over the years (by car or by plane) with toddlers, and our family. Yet we have managed to see the sights of the area. We have used prams, backpacks and our little ones have enjoyed walking.
Five Rules Of Travelling :: Are You For Real?
As a Mum to five boys, and one that is travelling with four of them, I have really got a lot of questions to the writer of the article. I understand that travelling with kids is not all fun n games – there are things that do need to be planned ahead of time (well sometimes planning is not done to the last-minute!) but surely that is what travelling/being a parent is all about?
The ending of the article summed up that no-one should travel with young children – instead to wait to they are a bit older?…but surely travelling with our family is what helps to educate our family…as well as to help them grow closer together, explore to together, make memories together, live a little and shape who they are going to become.
My questions to the writer of CNNGO Five Rules of Travelling With Kids are so many…here are a few!
1. Do you get your tips from parents – where did the rules come from?
2. If there was studies done to back up the rules about travelling with kids – what ages were the children?
3. How much travelling was done with kids before the article was written?
4. Where would you recommend going to and why?
5. Have you thought about travelling lighter so that children don’t need so much Stuff to travel with?
Gosh the questions could go on and on!
I do know this – that article on CNNGO 5 Rules of travelling with Kids was not right on so many levels. We can travel with Children and have fun creating memories. If we want to go backpacking around India with Kids then while the hell not?
If we want to take them to places that are less explored, then while the hell not?
If we want to go to resorts with our children, then why the hell not?
If we want to walk with our Children, or push them in a pram, or carry them in a back pack…then why can’t we?
See this Article has really got a lot to answer for
Am I Alone With Thinking CNNGO Five Rules of Travelling With Kids :: Are Your For Real?
What Do You Think ~
Can we Travel with our kids, or should we wait to they are older and don’t need lots of luggage or drugs ??
Please Note – That this article was part of a response to the article. My thoughts are my own!
To see what other Travelling/Parents thought about this – here are more responses….
Family Bucket List – The Secret To Travelling With Children
The Nomadic Family – Worst Family Travel Advice I’ve Ever Read
Bohemian Travelrs – Debunking cnn’s rules for traveling with kids
Living outside of the Box – How Do you Travel with Chilldren?
Edventure Project – 5 Rules of Travel With Kids: A Traveling Child Responds
Have A Baby Will Travel – CNN’s Ridiculous Rules About Travel With Kids
Travel Writing Pro –Shocking Tips on Traveling with Kids That Went Unnoticed
A Kings Life – The Surprisingly Easy Truth of Traveling with Kids
Travel Experta – 5 Amazing Reasons To Travel With Your Kids
Family on Bikes – French fries and chicken nuggets are travel essentials: The worst family travel advice
Around The World In Easy Ways – More Than French Fries
Suitcases and Sippy Cups – Rules are What You Make Them: Paving Your Own Way Through Family Travel
Family Rambling – 5 Rules of Traveling With Kids
Experiential Family – Myths, NOT rules, of traveling with kids
Walkingon Travels – My Reality (Not Rules) When Traveling with Kids
Grow In Grace Life – Yes ! It is possible to travel with children of all ages
Albany Kid – Forget the Rules of Travel – Try Backpacking with Kids in Yellowstone National Park
Mo Travels – 5 Rules of Travelling With Kids Not To Follow