I travel with my kids every chance I get. And yes, I absolutely prefer to travel with them separately. I’m not shy about saying that. I don’t like the bickering and I don’t enjoy “vacations” when I feel like an on duty referee. Choosing to vacation with them individually allows me to let them take the reins, let them make choices and help them develop independence.
I infact LOVE travelling with my teen son. Here’s just a few reasons why:
- He packs & carries his own luggage.
- He takes care of all our electronics needs. He’s always got a power cord or charger handy.
- I can wander into a store, or washroom & leave him alone for a few minutes without fear that he’ll get lost or stolen.
- He’s got an appetite and will eat almost anywhere. (Ever travelled with a toddler who’s a fussy eater? It’s hell.)
- He has his own money and doesn’t ask for much. Pays for his own souvenirs & snacks.
- He’s at that stage in life where he’s connecting his education to real life. Observing & absorbing everything.
- We have intelligent, interesting conversations. A real bonus in a travel companion.
- He understands my need to write & Instagram things. I understand his need to Snapchat and source wifi.
- I believe the more places he sees as a teen, means the further he will go as an adult.
- It might just be the once-in-a-lifetime chance to create shared memories. Will we get the chance to travel when he’s 25 or 35? Probably not. So I’m sure going to enjoy this opportunity while I have it.