Travel: it's hard enough on your own. It's hard enough trying to keep track of your own stuff, trying to figure out how to get from A to B each day with no one else to worry about, trying to deal with the bureaucracy, with the mishaps and with the hangovers that travel inevitably entails when you only have yourself to look after.
Now, try doing it with kids. Try figuring your way through this travelling life with a few dependant companions who scream, cry, and regularly poop their pants. Try dragging unwilling passengers aboard long-haul flights. Try keeping a whole group of small, whingy people happy and healthy and well-fed while you navigate this planet of ours.
That's the challenge of travelling with children. It's one of the best, most rewarding experiences you could ever have – and yet it's also really, really hard.
On this episode of Flight of Fancy, the traveller.com.au podcast, I talk to fellow travelling parents Genevieve Quigley, editor-in-chief at Essential Kids, and Flip Byrnes, travel writer, about about packing the kids up and going travelling.
We're talking about flying with kids, driving with kids, eating, sight-seeing and just surviving with kids. They're going to tell you what to do, and they're going to tell you what not to do. And they're going to admit that sometimes, despite all your planning and hard work, it just all falls apart.
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Flight of Fancy is hosted by Ben Groundwater and produced by Annie Dang. This episode was recorded by Shannon Browning and mixed by Lap Phan.