I was surprised by the strange and unusual emotion I was feeling. I had just dropped off my family at the airport. This time, I was the one staying home; they were traveling. The shoe was on the other foot.
My 2-year-old granddaughter was going with her parents to France!
I was happy for them! I loved seeing their photos on the shared thread and I anxiously awaited each day’s “Trip Report.” I learned that travel with a toddler is totally different.
They were gone a month: visited Provence and then settled down for 3 weeks in a Parisian AirBnB apartment.
The Toddler’s Guide to International Travel
The fashionable toddler likes to accessorize.
A Parents’ Guide to International Travel with Toddlers
Picnic or eat at outdoor cafes.
Don’t forsake nap time.
Slow down. Don’t sightsee every day.
Forget museums and churches! Visit parks and gardens instead.
Take turns staying with the toddler while the other visits those don’t miss places of interest.
Next time: Taking a nanny (or grandma) would be a great help!
Let’s be real. Traveling with a toddler isn’t easy. There is a reason age 2 is called “The Terrible Twos.” Toddlers won’t always cooperate when it comes to walking or riding in the stroller. There are melt-downs. Temper your expectations, slow down, soak up the ambience and views, people watch – and enjoy each moment together.
One extra special benefit that comes from traveling with children is how they provide opportunities to interact and talk with locals.
My Happy American Family in Paris.
Grandma’s like showing off photos of their grandchildren!