I had always wanted to travel. I can remember being 12, and dreaming that my perfect life would be to get away and visit Japan, Greece, Hawaii, anywhere I could get to. I didn't come from a wealthy family. I didn't think it was something I would ever be able to do.
4 years ago, my husband and I made a huge decision. We decided that instead of traveling the world like I had always wanted, we would have kids. (Seriously the best decision I’ve ever made!) But basically thanks to television/movies and social media, we believed that we were 'ending our social lives and giving up all ability of travel'. No one travels with kids, right? You can't possibly take children on your adventures, it's too much of a burden. Everyone will hate you for bringing your kids places and they will only scream nonstop. Blah, blah, blah. I figured we went to Hawaii already for our honeymoon, we were good right?
Well lucky for me I am stubborn as all hell.
And on a side note, people can get over themselves. Children are a part of being human and people that don't want to see children should reside themselves places where children aren't allowed or just become spinsters. You don't have to have children, but sometimes you will have to deal with them. Move on. *rant over*
We had a best friend stationed in Hawaii, on Oahu, and that was our first big adventure with Oliver when he was 15 months. It was a perfect way to start! Very relaxing, loose itinerary, and a great comfortable place to stay and rest between daily adventures. Since then we've also taken them to Japan, Nashville, and several road trips to the Oregon coast and up to Bellingham, WA and Great Wolf Lodge. These were mostly places we had friends or family residing which does help a lot when traveling with little ones.
If traveling with your children is something you want to do, I have some tips to share from my own experiences.