My husband and I have a serious case of wanderlust. We love to travel, explore, and experience the world.
Our love of travel is one of the biggest things we have in common. Seeing new places gives us much needed down time, as well as shared experiences; two things our lifestyle seems to lack.
One of the hardest parts of having small children (for us) is trying to satiate our need to go somewhere. Taking small kids on a trip is just as difficult as leaving them. As a result, we have traveled very little in the last two years.
A lot of people travel with a nanny who helps with the children so mom and dad can have the best of both worlds. However, the cost and awkwardness of bringing someone else along was a turnoff to us.
Instead, we asked grandma and grandpa to join us. I have this vision of my kids bonding with their grandparents while Matt and I reconnect with each other. I think it will also give us an opportunity to spend time one on one with grandparents that we don’t usually get.
I am calling this experiment an “intergenerational adventure.”
My hope is that some day we will have an opportunity to take a trip with each set of grandparents.
For our first trip, we are traveling with my husband’s parents. We are going to the Dominican Republic (next week!). Although she claims she is rusty, my mother-in-law is fluent in Spanish, so picking a Spanish speaking country was a no-brainer. We are staying at a kid-friendly resort where there will be lots of conveniences and activities to keep the kids happy.
I think staying in a VRBO would be ideal because you’d have more autonomy as a family. However, I have never been to the Dominican and the resort amenities felt more secure to me this time around.
We have booked a photographer to snap a few pictures of our little crew on the beach. We have also scheduled a dive trip for my husband and I. My son will turn two while we are there, and I have found a fun restaurant where we can celebrate. I think having a plan in place will make traveling with three generations go more smoothly.
Have you traveled with the help of grandparents or a nanny? What were your experiences like?
I believe the more you travel with kids, the easier it gets. So, although my kids may not remember this trip, I believe it will be a good foundation for future adventures. Wish us luck!