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by Wendy Perrin | June 14, 2016

Dear fellow parents: I feel your pain. Traveling with kids is one of the biggest challenges of parenthood. My kids have been to 30 countries, and if I had a nickel for every meltdown in an airport line, every toy left in a hotel room, every time Charlie took a permanent marker and made a mural out of Doug in the back seat, every time a jet-lagged child woke me up at 2 a.m. announcing “I’m tired of sleeping now!”… I’d be rich enough to hire a nanny to watch the kids while I travel alone.

But that’s not the answer. Because even though taking the kids can mean inviting chaos, it also means carving out the time and space to reconnect as a family and create priceless memories. And it’s a great way to raise global citizens.

Plus, it can be fun. Honest. In this video, I show you how. Charlie and Doug even have cameos, as they were plane-spotting in the Caribbean with me when we shot this.

doug sint maarten airplane landing

For more hard-earned family travel tips, check out my 10 Keys to a Peaceful Family Vacation. And here’s advice from children themselves—because sometimes they come up with the most kid-friendly travel solutions:

What to Know Before Booking Your Family Cruise

How to Get Your Child to Try New Foods When Traveling

How to Save Time and Tantrums in Amusement Parks

How to Keep Your Kids Happy on a Cruise

Why You Should Sleep In a Museum

How to Have a Kid-Friendly River Cruise

doug charlie sint maarten airplane landing


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  1. Allie Almario

    Great tips, Wendy. As a travel planner, I always recommend to families that they leave at least one day completely unplanned in the middle of trip. Let it be a day to sleep in late, plan spontaneous activities, go back to a spot everyone loved but didn’t get enough time at, or to lounge at the pool. The biggest mistake some families make is over planning too many days in a row, leading to cranky kids, meltdowns and expensive excursions that have to be cancelled because kids just “don’t feel like it.” Complications many parents forget? Jet lag. Exhaustion from just too many new things in an unfamiliar culture. A change in daily schedules from their familiar one at home. New people – everywhere, every day. So give everybody a break – it’ll be a welcome break during a fantastic trip.

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