Five years ago my wife and I travelled to Andalucia, Spain, for our honeymoon. We left New York City a couple, and, though we didn’t know it at the time, returned a trio.
That’s right, Felix was conceived amid days rife with hikes through the hot, dry countryside, cool rests in shadowy castles, meals of bread, cheese, and tapas, nights of wine, and mornings of cafe con leche. Appropriately enough, some days my wife ate sun-warmed figs from a tree outside of our hotel room — a fruit which ancient Europeans considered a symbol of fertility. It was an ideal trip, the best of many we’ve taken together as a couple.
Since then, our travel has been curtailed to visits with the grandparents, siblings, and the friends who’ll have us, kiddo and all. For a while, this was enough. But the bottoms of our feet itch to travel again, not to theme parks or the Jersey Shore, but to dream destinations like Rome, Paris, or Athens. And not alone, either, but as a family.
But even if we could afford the small fortune for flights and hotel rooms and the like, would we have fun traveling with a little boy? Especially one who demands a lot of attention and activity. Seeking advice, I turned to master traveller (and father) Rick Steves. On his website he writes, “Two adults with kids spend twice as much to experience about half the magic of Europe.”
Well, that’s not encouraging!
To help me figure things out, I decided to make a list of the pros and cons, which I humbly submit for your review. What do you think? To travel to Europe with four-year-old, or not to travel?