Are you are traveler or a homebody? Do you prefer a staycation or a trip to a new country? Have kids changed our perspective?
I find myself traveling WAY more with my toddler than I ever did or wanted to before I had a baby. This is the COMPLETE opposite of what I expected. I still would not categorize myself as a globetrotter. I don’t enjoy traveling like I know some people do. And I really haven’t traveled very much. But now I kind of want to that change. I never had that urge before.
It is WAY more fun, at least for me, to explore and sightsee with my child. My toddler (almost 2 1/2) is still an unconscious learner. That means he absorbs his environment. It’s not something you can quiz him on. It just becomes a part of him. I have the amazing job of showing him new environments. That makes traveling for me pretty exciting. Where before I focused on the hassle and inconvenience associated with travel, now I think of the sights and sounds my toddler feels – the wonder and richness.
I am the first to admit that we haven’t traveled very much and I still consider myself a homebody. And yet, we HAVE visited Miami, St. Louis, Savanna, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands). Now, we’re in New York City. Where should we go next? I’m thinking Costa Rica. Then, Europe?
Do you LOVE to travel? What are your secrets for a success trip? How far would you go with your children?
Below is a bit of a collage of our exploration of NY city. A hodgepodge of what we have been up to recently. You’ll see that we visited a beautiful church near Central Park, biked across the Brooklyn Bridge, visited the fountain and carousel in Bryant Park (near Times Square and the Mid-Manhattan Library), and learned to cook and make art projects in a tiny apartment.