On the day of New Year’s Eve, it’s time to make some resolutions for 2015. I’ve got plenty to change, but let’s focus on the family travel aspects for now. Many people say that the adjustment from one to two children is harder than zero to one. For day to day living, no way. But for travel? I think I have to agree. We had no qualms about taking the first child to Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and France all before his first birthday. But with the addition of number two, everything has been much, much harder.
My 2015 New Year’s Resolutions for Family Travel
1. I will pack less. We just spent a week in Sarasota, Florida, where my parents live for the winter. And we brought a ridiculous amount of stuff. It didn’t seem that way when I was packing. It didn’t seem that way when we were down there. But it sure felt that way when we were packing up to go home. And now that we’re home again, the unpacking has been way too time consuming. I’m bringing half the amount of clothes on my next trip regardless of where it is. Well, unless it involves skiing.
2. Get the baby a passport ASAP. We got my son’s passport at six months. Now my daughter is languishing passportless at nine months. What are we going to do if she gets invited abroad at a moment’s notice? We need to get her a passport just in case.
3. We will take more day trips. We used to be awesome day trippers, visiting beautiful places like Storm King multiple times in a year. There are still lots of interesting places left to see and we’re going to tick a lot off our list in 2015!
4. We will go to Europe again this summer. I write this one with some trepidation because I’d hate to say that I’m going and then not go. We went for six summers in a row, but opted for the Outer Banks of North Carolina because we felt that the baby was too young in August (five months) for such an adventure. But there’s no reason she should be able to go this summer… My son’s first trip to Europe was at 11 months.
5. I will continue to encourage other families to travel. I love being an advocate for family travel and believe that travel can be even more fun with a family. So as I’m making a pledge to travel more, I hope you will too.
What are your travel resolutions this year?