International Travel With a Toddler
When we booked our trip to Iceland it seemed that everyone in our real life had 1 of 2 comments:
Wow, that’s going to be amazing. If you take the trip at Little MPB’s pace, you’ll have a great time.
Wow, you are travelling to Iceland and camping with Little MPB, at his age?! Are you crazy?!
Truthfully, we wrote off everyone who attempted to warn us. We took the approach that Little MPB is rather laid back, so he’d adapt well. We figured we’d go at Little MPB’s pace, and just make the best of it. We knew it wouldn’t be a cakewalk, but we also thought it would be totally manageable as we camped a lot last summer with Little MPB in tow and had fun even on rainy days.
But, honestly, if anyone had really told us and made us listen to them about just how hard it would be to travel internationally and camp for 8 night with a toddler, maybe we wouldn’t have been so surprised by some of thr hard moments we had. Truthfully, we saw an absolutely amazing country on virtually no sleep with a very whiny toddler (I don’t blame him – his entire life was turned upside down, I suspect he was confused and maybe even scared given that he left behind nearly all the comforts of his daily life – his home, his bed, his toys, his daycare and even his daily schedule). I firmly believe a lot of his problems were the result of the fact that he didn’t understand what a vacation is, but given his age, there was no way we could get him to understand.
All this said, I want to acknowledge that I’m so glad we went on this trip. Honestly, there were so many bright spots and happy moments, that it was absolutely worth it. And, both Mr. MPB and I agree that we will always treasure the good memories and joke about some of the not so good stuff in years to come, especially one particular photo where Mr. MPB and I are smiling from ear to ear and Little MPB’s expression is that of some sort of death scowl.
I don’t mean to complain, but I want to be honest about the trip. So, I plan to do a few posts on our lessons learned from international travel with a toddler. Basically, I’m going to dish out our travel lessons, as I share our experience.
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