Is traveling with a young family even a little bit relaxing? Just a little?

You have kids, you know what I am talking about.

After you spend, way too much time packing… and trying to find the perfect blend of the comforts of home, while not bringing your house with you on vacation… you get in the car, or plane or in our case a combination of driving and ferry riding and convince your children that what you are doing is adventurous and exciting and for their benefit as much as yours….

But then… your active 2 year old, misses her nap and screams like her car seat is on fire. You arrive late in the evening and your 3 month old is off his schedule and he screams like he is on fire. Then you all get to sleep… late… and because so many hotels, resorts etc, have not figured it out to make things dark in the rooms, you all wake up early and suddenly is 11:05am day 1 and you are exhausted…

So is it worth it?

Yes. I believe it is.

For starters, you are instilling the gift of travel in your children… you are teaching them that schedules and routines are comforting and relaxing, but it is great and rewarding to diverge from them… and without diverging from them, you might not experiencing the joy of surfing, snowboarding or things you have come to love. There is a reason I only find time to write when I am away from my home and things that I am “busy” doing when my children sleep – like cleaning the house and doing the laundry.  There is a reason my yoga practice advances while I am on holiday (last night, out of the blue, I pulled into Sirsasana II in my Vinyasa Flow class without ever having done it before*) The reason is traveling leaves you feeling inspired.

You are reminding your children and importantly yourself that you are not a slave to your schedule. Children, like adults can make up sleep at different times. As missing a few hours here and there of sleep is worth it for what you might experience while you are awake.

*that I can remember…

And always when you least expect it, moments like this happen:

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And this:

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And suddenly you are filled with inspiration and a zest for life, you care less about sleeping and more about living.

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