TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN
Hauling the kids along on a trip can be fun, and it doesn't have to mean
spending your entire vacation with Minnie Mouse at Disneyland or feed-
ing lambs in a children's zoo. My own children look back fondly on the
travel adventures they've had over the years, from wandering through
Roman ruins to emergency surgery in an Icelandic fishing port.
The basic rules for traveling with children are:
• Strike a balance between your wants and theirs. You want
to see the cathedral; they want to visit the playground. Make it
clear that (b) is contingent on (a), but also remember that
young children don't have unlimited attention spans. (Trans-
lation: Skip the 45-minute guided tour and explore at your
Have a touring base. If your children know there's a familiar
hotel, condo, or cottage waiting at the end of the day, they'll feel
less uprooted and edgy while sightseeing.
• Don't cram too much into your schedule. Your kids know• Know when to outsource. At some point, you'll want to park
instinctively that an exhausting pace is no guarantee of a happy
vacation. Learn from them.
your kids with a babysitter or entrust them to a resort activity
program. Don't feel guilty—just do it, even if it costs you $10 an
Don't take my word for any of this—instead, get advice from an
Travel with Kids
Teresa Plowright has hauled her children along on Tunisian rug-
buying expeditions and traveled in Nepal while pregnant. Her Web
site offers tips on everything from family ecotours in Costa Rica to
haunted houses and witches' haunts.