If you’re preparing for your trip, you’re probably following a bunch of traveling families to try to catch an iota of an idea what it’s like traveling with kids. The problem with this: those social media feeds won’t teach you a thing.
When traveling abroad, it’s important to be flexible and understand things won’t always go as planned.
“In the first few months on the road, we discovered the good, bad, and ugly sides of full-time travel. It may seem like all fun and games on our Instagram, but our life isn’t only filtered photos,” said Matt Gillespie. “Most of our time outside parenting and work isn’t sightseeing. It’s hundreds of hours researching, continuously outlining itineraries, planning transition days, and budgeting. Without constant attentiveness, we wouldn’t survive a week. We learned that bit the hard way.”
Mishaps are always going to happen when traveling, and it’s important not to take them too seriously. Just recover and move on.
Theresa remembers being separated from her daughters in Vatican City, and had to get on the phone with security to find them.
“There are many things that can happen, so you just create contingency plans to make them as painless as possible. Assume any of it can happen, visualize it, and be ready with a plan. That prevents panic when it actually does happen,” she said.