We started Kids Go Global when we were traveling footloose and fancy free, meaning with just one child. Our little family has quickly expanded, adding Anna in 2010 and now David who was born in December 2011. People ask us a lot, “Are you still going to keep traveling now that you have three?” For us the answer is a resounding “yes!” At 19 months old Anna has already been to Mexico twice and Japan once, not to mention camping trips and other overnight travels closer to home. We just wouldn’t be our family without travel.
But it would be naive to think that traveling with three will be the same as traveling with one or two. The logistics of two little ones last summer to Japan were incredibly challenging. After that trip Steve and I agreed no more trips like that (i.e. involving lots of public transportation and lots of moving around the country) until kids are old enough to help carry luggage. Also no more trips like that while pregnant. Or in the suffocating heat of summer.
As I write this David is just six weeks old so it’s too soon to be planning anything too crazy. We are headed back to the Mexican Yucatan in May, all three kids in tow. But that’s more of a “vacation” than true “travel.” That’s what we can handle right now and it fulfills our need for different scenery, different food, different weather, using our Spanish, and letting our kids experience a different culture. So we’ll take it.
I have big plans to catch up on this blog. We have lots more to say about travel in Japan with kids plus more to write about our favorite part of Mexico with kids, the Riviera Maya. Those posts will get written, more adventures will be planned. These days I’m spending a lot of time dreaming about where I want to go as soon as all three can carry their own bags. Any suggestions?