This is a sponsored post on behalf of Walt Disney World® Resort. . We received compensation to share why kids need travel in their lives.
Before I had kids, I didn’t think twice about traveling with kids. Even after I had kids, the idea of traveling with them while they were young seemed like something I wanted to avoid.
Then we started traveling with them and I learned why kids need to travel firsthand.
Why Kids Need Travel in Their Lives
For the past few years, we’ve been doing a lot of travel with our preschool aged kids. I’ll admit that a lot of people thought we were crazy. They thought we were wasting our money on things the kids wouldn’t remember.
We’ve been to with Walt Disney World® Resort quite a few times over the past few years. Experiencing all things Disney Parks with young kids is definitely different than when we visited for our honeymoon.
But each trip has been amazing. So when people ask us why kids should travel at a young age, I share some of our experiences.
Learning to Travel
I think everyone assumes that traveling with kids is a huge challenge. But it’s not always the case. One reason why kids need travel early on is because that’s how they learn to travel.
Both of my kids do really well with air travel and I believe that’s because they’ve been doing it for years already. Carrigan flew for the first time when she was six months old.
It was just her and me. Mom and daughter adventure. It all went off without a hitch. Sure, I had to carry a bag of baby stuff with me but I’m used to carrying a bag that is just a bit bigger to account for everything my kids need. So when it comes to how to travel with young kids, my advice is just to be a bit over-prepared.
It’s always worked well for us.
We got to explore Arkansas together on that trip. I got to show my new little girl off to many of my friends. She may not remember it, but I’m sure the photos will make her smile when she’s older. And I’ll remember it.
We’ve continued to travel with her as she’s gotten older. We might have grumbled when she turned two and needed her own plane ticket. But once we paid for it and had the extra space, we never grumbled again!
At age three, she’s well-versed in how to get through security (she listens to them more than she listens to me), picking out a treat while we wait to board, and enjoying all of the goodies I pack for her that she can explore once the plane takes off.
It actually makes it more fun to fly when I’m with her. She thinks the safety instruction manual is the best thing ever. I love listening to her explain each photo.
Walt Disney World® Resort with Young Kids
I mentioned that we’ve done a lot of travel with the kids over the past few years. It all started when Carrigan was six months old and now she’s three.
I’ll admit that most of those trips have been to Walt Disney World® Resort for a few reasons. Justin and I went for our honeymoon, so you might suspect that we’re Disney fans.
I couldn’t wait to share the magic with my kids and see it all through their eyes. So we followed our gut and our hearts, ignoring those naysayers who were worried about us spending money on adventures our kids would never remember.
We took our then six month old daughter and three year old Weston to Walt Disney World® Resort for the first time.
Carrigan slept on almost every ride. We kept score. We smiled every time she drifted off right as we got to the front of the line.
Weston rode The Barnstormer more times than we could count. Screaming and laughing the entire time. The joy on his face and the happiness of those moments are something I’ll never forget.
Even if he doesn’t remember, I will always remember.
And we took plenty of photos. So the kids will be able to recreate their memories through photos from the past few years. The years when travel has been truly magical.
Seeing places I may have already traveled with them is like seeing them again for the first time. My kids are learning about how the world works. They’re learning how to wait in line, their learning how to thank employees that help us while on our travels, they’re making new friends, and they’re trying new foods.
For people don’t get why kids need to travel, no matter how young they are, I just tell them that my kids are living.
They’re living their lives and having adventures right from the start.
They can do all of this at Walt Disney World® Resort and we can never fit in everything we want to do on one trip. So we love that they make it easy for us to see the sites of the world with our preschoolers. Everything is all in one place and they make family travel so easy and convenient!
Did you know there are 80 attractions that are great for preschoolers? Learn more about planning for pre-school kids and little ones and get the Preschool Parent’s Guide to Walt Disney World® Resort by visiting the Disney Parks website.
You can also get our tips for making your Disney Parks vacation educational to add even more value to your travel.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney. The opinions and text are all mine.