Travelling with 3 kids?

posted 6 months ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

MountainAir :  Seems to me like it would be a lot harder. It will be impossible to get 5 seats together on a plane. Also unlikely with 4, but at least you can split up 2 & 2. With a 3rd kid, one parent would be stuck watching 2 kids. A standard double hotel room is perfect for 4. Add another kid and you need a suite or something with a sofa sleeper or uncomfortable rollaway. When they’re older, they’ll have their own extra luggage — even if they carry it themselves, there’s still the extra baggage fee, hassle at baggage claim, trunk room, and space needed at the hotel. At restaurants you’ll need a 6-top instead of a 4. Do you go to amusement parks? Some roller coasters & rides seat 3 together, but I think 2 or 4 is more common. Keeping an eye on 2 is nerve-wracking enough at a pool or beach, a third is one more life that’s a 3-minute diversion away from drowning. Ugh. I’m way too lazy, I would stick with 2. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ll let you know in July when we have our third! I think honestly- it’s all in your attitude. We travel- a lot- with and without our kids. So for me, adding a third was just kind of a part of our plan- and we’ll continue to fly, drive, and adventure. Probably the best/biggest things we’ve done to prepare are dust off our hiking backpack for our soon to be middle kid so I can stuff the new baby in the bijorn and our oldest can walk. We have a great double stroller with a rider board for our oldest, and finally found a car seat that will fit in our SUV for our third. Oh, and we bought one of those top of car luggage containers. Good luck! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I grew up as one of five kids. I was very fortunate to do quite a bit of traveling in my youth, as were my siblings, but I’ll be honest we did not always go as a complete family. There were trips that one parent took some kids on, if another kid had some sort of obligation (sports or other extracurricular) and wasn’t available. Other trips were aimed at the “older kids”, for example my brother and I went skiing in Colorado with my parents and the three younger kids stayed home with a sitter. Later when my bro and I were both in college, the “younger kids” who were by then in high school, went on a ski trip with my parents. Sometimes I got sent to see family members by myself or with one other sibling. Sometimes I was enrolled in trips with a group (went to France for 3 weeks in 5th grade with a program called “French back-to-back”) and none of my family came.  Things weren’t always equal, but they were fair, and we all had awesome childhoods with lots of travel opportunities. And I freaking LOVE having a big family, especially now. (I’m in the airport waiting to board a flight, just leaving Cleveland where my entire big family just met up for my grandmas 90th birthday party 🙂

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I do not have experience with traveling with three kids but my husband has two brothers and they went on family trips every year, it has even continued Now into adulthood. I think if they had really found it difficult it wouldn’t have been a tradition that they carried on or as frequently as they did. 

I dont have much input other then to share that it is possible. I think that besides the cost, it just requires more planning. You also, have to plan where you travel a little bit better to make sure that the vacation destination is fun for the whole family, since they will range in ages. I personally, feel like that would be the hardest part. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My parents had my little brother when I was 8 and my other brother was 6.  We went on fairly big trips every year.  It seemed fine.  When I got into high school, my parents would often let us older kids bring a friend with us too.  We always had fun.  The only downside was my youngest brother sometimes got carsick as a toddler on roadtrips and I remember not being a fan of that.  But otherwise we always had a blast.  I do remember my dad sitting out horseback riding once because my brother was too young.  You do have to make sure you rent a big enough vehicle etc if you are renting a car.  We still go on big family trips together every 2 years or so and I’m 34.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I think it kinda depends on how you parent and plan and your kids personality. Like, someone I know with 3 girls, between 9-13, found it difficult to travel with them, not only in terms of extra cost  and extra luggage, they wouldn’t eat most things other than fish and chip and steak and stuff like that. So when they went to Singapore and Japan, everything was centred around the kids (ie staying in the resort, Disney land, barely explored the cities). And the girls constantly argued with each other lol… but from the sounds of it they were spoiled. So I imagine if they weren’t, it’d be easier to travel with them at that age.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I have 4 kids. We go on 1-2 long vacations every year (often abroad) and probably another 2 shorter vacations. We find it easier to rent homes instead of staying at hotels, and have stayed in some amazing places. I’m planning a big trip to Alaska for next year, planning on glacier hikes and helicopter tours. Last year we were in London and ran a marathon in Dingle, Ireland. We’ve gone on road trips, camping, all-inclusive and everything in between. Yes, it’s more expensive with 6 of everything, but I can’t imagine planning the size of my family because of my travel plans.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

MountainAir :  I was super close childhood playmates with the brother who was closest in age to me.  When my younger brother was born, we thought of him more as a baby who we took care of than a peer.  We loved helping out with him when he was young.  There was a time period that was a little trickier, when he craved our attention but we were more interested in spending time with friends or dating or homework etc.  I would say maybe from when he was like 5-7 years old it was an issue. This culminated in an incident that went down in family history when he threw a giant metal Tonka truck at my other brother and his friend because they were playing a video game and ignoring him. My parents wanted us to include him in things that were not always age appropriate for him in my opinion, with mixed results.  They spoiled him a little but I think that was because he had a heart defect and needed surgery as a kid more than the age gap, but who knows. By the time he was 10 or 11 and I was in college, we were actually very close again and hung out together quite a bit.  There was a long waiting game for him to turn 21 so we could all go out to places other than Denny’s together. Once we drove to 5 different bowling alleys to find one that would let in someone under 21 on a Saturday night. We actually share the same birthday, so on his 21st and my 29th birthday he surprised me by driving in from out of state.  We are all very close now.  Not sure if any of that is useful info, lol.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

No personal experience but I follow The Bucket List Family vlogs on YoUTube and they had a third kid a year ago. Might help to watch their vlogs before and after having their third to see what changed. Of course they only show high points and don’t detail logistics but might still be helpful! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

This is a little over the top, but we have 5 kids (from our previous marriages). It can be difficult to travel with that large a group. Cost is also a factor. And now that they’re older, everyone has extra-curricular activities we have to take into account when scheduling trips. 

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