Yes, it really is possible to still travel once the children come along!
My Husband and I have personally travelled to over 100 countries and taken our 15 & 13 year olds to 51 & 48 countries respectively, starting when our daughter was only 2 months old. The secret is to be really organised and we find that it is a much more successful holiday the more planning we have done before we leave home.
With family spread throughout South Australia and in New Zealand there are many visits to our respective homes. For South Australia we try and incorporate taking a different route when driving from Sydney each time to and from and in New Zealand we try to visit a different part of either the North and South Island on most visits.
Along with these annual journeys we try and do a longer overseas trip every second year to places that we still have on our wish list to visit. These trips have been anywhere from three to ten weeks in length.
Here are some of the journeys we have taken with the kids:
3 weeks: Sydney – USA (San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Chicago, New York & Dallas)-Canada (Quebec, Montreal). Child aged 3 months.
3 weeks: Sydney – South Korea (Seoul – Busan) – Japan (travelled all around). Child aged 21 months.
5 weeks: Sydney – Bangkok (Thailand)- Siem Reap (Cambodia) – United Kingdom – Italy – China (Beijing, Xian & Shanghai). Kids aged 23 months and 4 years old
3 weeks: Sydney – Vietnam (HCMC, Mekong Delta, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An) – Phnomh Penh (Cambodia) – Laos (Vientianne & Luang Prabang). Kids aged 3(almost 4) and 6 years old
4 weeks: Sydney – Tonga – Samoa & American Samoa – USA (LA, Dallas, Memphis & surrounding areas & Vegas) – Cook Islands. Kids aged 6 and 8 years old
10 weeks: Sydney – Tahiti – Bora Bora – Easter Island – Chile – Colombia – Ecuador (Galapagos Islands) – Peru – Bolivia – Paraguay – Brazil – Argentina and Uruguay. Kids aged 8 and 10
3 weeks: Sydney – Dubai – Oman – Qatar – Bahrain – Kenya – Tanzania – Zanzibar. Kids aged 10 and 12
2 weeks: Sydney – Europe (Rome, Florence Venice & Paris) – Hong Kong. Kids aged 11 and 13
6 weeks: Sydney – Mexico – Cuba – Panama – Costa Rica – Nicaragua – Honduras – El Salvador – Guatemala – Belize – USA (LA). Kids aged 11 and 13
3 weeks: Sydney – Kuala Lumpur – Brunei – Borneo – Myanmar – Thailand (Chang Mai & Phuket). Kids aged 12 and 14
In this section I hope to provide you with many tips to planning your successful family holidays.
If you have any specific questions just contact me and I will assist you in any way I can.
Happy Travels to you and your family.