Trial and error has taught us many lessons about the dos and don’ts of traveling with children. By far the most important lesson we have learned, however, is so important, it is an actual rule in our family.
Thou shalt honor the nap.
Naps are sacred. There are lots of things we let slide when we travel. Healthy meals, nightly baths, early bedtimes, to name a few. But my smelly, pizza and McDonalds eating globe trekkers will be well rested. Other things can be sacrificed. Never the nap.
Two sleeping, and one getting there. From 1-3PM, or sometimes 2-4PM, all sightseeing comes to a halt. My kids will have at least one meltdown a day even with naps. Without naps, the possibilities are endless. Naps when traveling may not be convenient, but they are necessary when you have young children in the equation.
The biggest downfall to mandatory naps in winter in Scotland? By the time my kids wake up, the sun will have already set (3:51 today to be precise). But we’d rather explore in the dark than with overtired children.
And my little Master of the Meltdowns has finally crashed. Rick Steves is right. “Two adults with kids spend twice as much to experience about half the magic of Europe per day than they might without.” But we also get triple the adventure and triple the memories with these adorable little munchkins in tow.