Toddlers and International Travel: The Benefits


I think its very important for the boys to travel and to do so very young because of some amazing advice I received very early on: “your kids are coming into your life you are not coming into theirs. They have to learn what your lifestyle is like.” 

I didn’t travel internationally until I was older, like in my 20s, and that’s still much earlier than most people get to experience. I was able to hear people speak different languages and do different things and that opened me up to new ways of thinking. 

They are so young but the traveling will continue and I want them to see the different cultures and taste the different foods. There are all different races living on this planet and  I think it’s important for them to see that everyone is human first. When you are young you don’t know race or the divisive things society conjures to keep people separate. The more the boys see early on the more open they will remain the rest of their lives. 

In addition to that, I really want them to experience different cultures to the point that they don’t think anything is “weird”. Honestly, I am discussing with Scott how I want them to attend a school where English is the second language in Arizona. I realize that when you open your mind to different things it really opens your mind to people and life and you become less judgmental. I want my kids to travel and I want their education to be different. The world can be so segregative. I want my kids to walk around like I know what segregation is but I’m not going to be a part of that narrative.

Have you traveled with your children internationally? If so post a comment below and tell me what you loved about it. What did they learn? Be sure to follow me on IG @SHAUNT and keep up with us as we travel around Europe on the #ShaunTTrainsEurope2 Tour! If you want to meet us in a city, click here to grab tickets!

  1. We have taken our son to Australia, Japan, San Fran, LA, NYC, Chicago, Niagara, uk, Spain and we live in France. I always am concerned about the upheaval, and the type of travel as he gets older may change, but hearing him tell stories and asking his race car for tickets when he isn’t even 3 warms me 🙂 he’s a total champ travelling, and enjoys it. And I greatly enjoy being able to afford him the experiences 🙂

  2. My oldest 3 boys have traveled internationally extensively. We lived in NYC until the 4th boy was born last year, and flights to Europe are so easy from there. My oldest is autistic and is much less rigid than other kids on the spectrum due to traveling often. He also lost his tendency towards picky eating from trying new foods. They have a basic knowledge of art, know history I didn’t learn until adulthood, have reveled in the freedom from exploring countries that are much less litigious than the US, rarely bat an eyelash at people doing unusual things, and made tons of amazing family memories! The mistake I’m finding I’ve made as a parent with older boys (12,9,5,1), is not emphasizing enough to them the grace to have with the privilege of travel. While we work hard to afford this luxury, I’m now finding myself teaching them that other people work just as hard and can’t afford it. I’m with you 100% that if you can afford to travel with kiddos, even young ones, it’s amazing. I see things differently when I travel with my kids than without them. But if you can’t, you can still enroll your kids in local classes to learn new things together and be exposed to different people and ways of life right where you are!

  3. Love this!! My son is 3.5 and he’s been to Peru, where my husband’s family is from, and on a cruise to the Caribbean. My favorite travel experience with him so far is when he started speaking Spanish AT Machu Picchu. We had been introducing him to Spanish words and he started repeating and using them as we toured the ruins. I can’t wait to continue to show him the world!

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