As an entrepreneur and working mom, I know how hard it can be to find time for self-care and quality family time. That's why I recently decided to take a family trip to Nashville with my kids, aged 9 and 12. I also added in a pit stop in New York City, which was a lot of fun. I want to share my experience with you and some tips for approaching travel with kids in a positive way.
First and foremost, I want to acknowledge that my kids are older now, and that made travelling with them much easier. However, I know that travelling with kids of any age can be challenging. That's why it's important to have the right mindset. I went into the trip with the mindset that it was an opportunity to experience new things together as a family, and that helped me stay positive throughout.
We also made sure to build in a weekend to recover and reset after the trip. This was crucial for me as an entrepreneur, as it allowed me to recharge and come back to work with a fresh perspective. I was clear with my kids about this too, and they understood that we would have a relaxing weekend after the trip.
Another tip I have is to get your kids involved in the planning process. We let our kids choose some of the activities and destinations, and that made them more invested in the trip. We also gave them information about what to expect, which helped reduce anxiety for everyone.
If you have a spouse or other travel partners, it can be helpful to split up the planning. For example, my husband booked hotels and flights, while I booked the dog sitter. This allowed us to divide and conquer the planning process and made it less overwhelming.
It's also important to acknowledge that not everyone may want to travel with their kids, and that's okay too. There are other ways to build in relaxing time and self-care. For example, a girls' day at the spa or a weekend to reset after a trip can be just as beneficial.
In summary, travelling with kids can be a lot of fun if you approach it with the right mindset. Acknowledge the challenges, but focus on the opportunities to experience new things together as a family. Get your kids involved in the planning process, build in downtime, and consider dividing up the planning with a travel partner. And remember, if you don't want to travel with your kids or you don't have the means to do so, that's okay too. Find what works for you and prioritize self-care and family time in a way that makes you happy.
I hope my tips and experience help you approach travel with kids in a positive way and create lasting memories with your family. As always, remember that as women, we can do anything we set our minds to - even travel with kids!