We published this piece in Newfoundland Quarterly’s Summer 2013 issue. NQ is a fantastic publication! We thought it would be fun to publish some excepts from our article on the Trip For Three blog.
2. You will Change How You Travel
Our initial foray into our new mode of travel forced us to rethink our previous approach. After our first family travel experience, an unmitigated success, we got bolder. We had thoroughly enjoyed the ease of an all-inclusive resort, and would recommend it as a good first step into travel with child in tow. However, it was not the kind of travel we were used to, which typically included grabbing a backpack with a rough idea of what we wanted to do, and seeing where the wind blew. Our second family trip was an Alaskan cruise, again, more cautious than normal. However, as time has gone on, we have become adventurous once again in terms of mode of travel (planes, trains, boats and automobiles all make for exciting journeys for a child) and in location (Peru, Costa Rica, Croatia, Bosnia, South Africa, Guatemala).
However, we are more careful – and smarter – than we were before we had a child. We always buy insurance, something we never bothered with before. We do make more pre-bookings than we used to. We haven’t erased all spontaneity though. In fact, in recent years, we have involved Declan in the decision-making process once on the ground in a foreign country. We will often allow him to choose a B&B or a restaurant or colour and style of our rental car.
We wonder sometimes will there be a time when our son does not want to go on trips with us, but we hope that he will see travel as our leisure time activity, something to look forward to on school breaks and holidays. We figure that adjusting our travel style to his age, and keeping in mind things that he will enjoy doing, should help us move forward as a family and enjoy trips together over the years.