There always seems to come that moment when you travel with kids that you wonder – Is it really worth it?
Are those challenges of travel with kids worth the effort?
Is it worth paying the airfares, choosing suitable family accommodation, find things to do that all the family will enjoy and selecting the right food venues?
To me this question and the challenges of travel with kids really came to the fore when we took a family holiday to Singapore back in 2011. Our son Lewis was not quite 3-years-old.
When I felt the challenges of travel with kids
I know I was probably just expecting too much of a toddler but truly he nearly had me pulling my hair out every meal time.
You see Lewis just could not sit still. He was just one of those energetic boys and still is today – though now that he is 8 he is able to do as he is told (most of the time 😉 )
But back then it was a different story.
Entering a restaurant we would be seated, provided with a baby seat, open the menu, and then it would start. Gently at first with just sugar sachets being pulled from their dispenser and spread about the table. Then menus would be snatched and the need to sit on Daddy’s lap became urgent.
Choosing a more family friendly restaurant that offered colouring made little difference. Coloured pencils would be dropped to the floor in order to get out of the chair. Up, down, up, down, up, down. And god forbid if we were seated in a booth – those couches received a good bouncing workout.
I dreaded meal time for the first few days.
After 2 days I got smarter (I think) – a time out was introduced. So now not only did I have to cope with the antics but I also I had to spend every meal out the front of the restaurant – usually just as my food had arrived, as Lewis sat in time out.
However there is a reason most parents use time out as discipline tool – it works. So within a few meals we were starting to see the benefits.
Now you would think that this would be enough for me to just wish the family holiday to Singapore away and never arrange another. But you see there are so many more wonderful things that happen as you spend your days with your child. Yes the meals were awful, but in between it was lovely.
We frolicked in our resort – The Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa‘s pool and splash park daily,
Loved catching the free transport around Sentosa Island and exploring all the fun and free things to do on Sentosa Island,
Visited the Underwater World and Dolphin Park (which closed recently in 2016),
Explored the city of Singapore,
And just enjoyed the simple things.
So whilst we had challenges in travel with kids on this family holiday (well let’s face it there are challenges in every family holiday) there were so many more wonderful moments that became lovely memories, that we still laugh about today. This is why we continue to travel with a child – we have a bank full of wonderful family moments.
Have you experienced any challenges in travel with kids?
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