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Tips for Raising a Happy Traveler

by Shelly Rivoli
A kid’s perspective on world travel from “The Balcony of Europe,” Nerja, Spain.

While gearing up for our next journey, I had to smile as I thought back on my own advice on raising a happy traveler–now that I have three–in Travels with Baby. With the exception of somehow raising one of the world’s pickiest eaters, in spite of my good intentions, I think I’ve done pretty well so far (the other two eat fearlessly, for what it’s worth).

One thing I think I’d add to the list is to also instill an early understanding that long-range travel is a privilege the vast majority of people in the world never know–and that we we should always be very grateful for the chances we have to do so.

If it gets a little quiet around here, don’t worry. I’ll just be off practicing what I preach for a while, and I can’t wait to share my adventures with you soon. Meanwhile, here is that excerpt from Travels with Baby.

Tips for Raising a Happy Traveler

1. Start traveling as soon as possible (before they know any better)–babies get used to what they get used to.
2. Discourage brand loyalty–this can help avert crises at Grandma’s house as well as in restaurants and foreign markets.
3. Encourage a palate of universally available foods–rice, yogurt, vegetables, beans, and noodles can be had in virtually any country.
4. Emphasize “routines” over “schedules.” For example, we do this and this before going to bed, regardless of the time zone.
5. Be the most enthusiastic traveler your child knows–share your excitement about where and how you will travel and your child will most likely share the joy.
6. Get a globe or put a world map on the wall and make reference to it often: when reading a story about an Emperor in China, when watching a movie about animals in the Amazon, when mentioning cousins in Indiana, and of course, when planning your next adventure.
7. Create a travel scrapbook just for your child to record his adventures, large and small. As he gets older, he can help choose the pictures and watch for special mementos along the way to add to his travel book.

Related posts and pages:
Nightfall at Nerja
Exploring the Nerja Caves of Southern Spain
Review of Carabeo 2000 vacation rental
FAQs and Popular Topics

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli
Author of Travels with Baby and the new Take-Along Travels with Baby
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All content of this blog (c) Shelly Rivoli 2007 – 2011

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Anxiety April 24, 2011 - 2:30 am

Providing fear of flying products for over five years.

eco nappies April 18, 2011 - 1:27 am

Children love playing and having fun.So, I consider that it would not be difficult to motivate them for traveling.

Shelly Rivoli April 15, 2011 - 11:20 pm

Wendy – I am laughing! I have tried always to feel "not guilty" about a completely irregular bathing routine in our family. Nice to know there is someone out there for whom the reasons are obvious! 😉

ES April 13, 2011 - 9:47 pm

Great post! Turbcast is a great app for fear of flying available at the apple store.

Ian and Wendy Sewell April 12, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Yes, yes, yes!!! Couldn't agree more! Especially #4! I would add that it helps to make sure that the routine can be followed pretty much wherever you are. For example, we never wanted a bath to be part of the bed time ritual since we can't do that on a plane and often not in a hotel, either. (Plus, showers are faster and we're lazy!) Great advice!

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