Okay, so you’ve been bitten by the travel bug and you want to get out there, but you aren’t sure where or how to start. There are many different ways to go about this, but with kids you might want to think about doing a test run before a long trip.

What do I mean by a test run? Take a week long or long weekend trip somewhere nearby, even a driving distance away. See how they react to being somewhere new and being away from home. If they love it, great! If they freak out, you can work on helping transition to new places before the next trip. Either way, a test run can prepare you with what to expect in your family dynamic when you’re away from daily life.

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We’ve been very lucky to do small trips with Brayden since he was very young. We have driven with him to New Jersey, Maine, Cape Cod, and New York City from our home base in New Hampshire. He loves to travel and see new places, and we’ve never really dealt with home sickness with him. This was good to know before his first flight abroad.

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Look at nearby states or countries to start in that you can drive to. Look at AirB&B and other travel accommodation sites to get an idea of cost, then work on your food and spending budget. My biggest tip for when, if you are able, is to go off season. Things will be less busy, and rates are usually cheaper during less popular times of the year!

Now that your first trip is planned and you have a budget in mind, it’s time to go! Or to save up, if need be. See if there is anything around your house that you can sell and make adjustments to your at-home budget if needed. Some examples of this would be to eat out less and see which monthly extras can be cut. Put this money aside instead for your trip!

In conclusion, just start. Start your research. Start your budget. Start saving. Start traveling!

-Sarah, a Wandermom

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