Let Hawaii Happen. It’s one of the official hashtags (#LetHawaiiHappen) of Hawaii, The Big Island, and also the perfect description of what travelling with a three-year-old really looks like. You can plan all you like, but as we have learned over the years, if you go with the flow and let the day unfold you’re in for an enjoyable ride. Take time to discover the details along the way (toddlers are the perfect guides for pointing out these overlooked wonders!) and you’ll have an even richer experience.
Fast-forward two years, and I live in a different scenario. The realities of life and financial needs call me back into the workforce. My burning desire for adventure calls me out into the mountains. And my toddler’s need for independence and understanding calls me into the most intense throes of parenting to date. Now I am simultaneously a mother, wife, and adventure-seeking individual with a need to make money in this world.
Travel with a toddler can create enough stresses on its own. We found our last trip was made easier by adjusting our travel style and bringing along items that alleviated the draining effects of caring for a busy little toddler while away from home. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it definitely highlights our favourite items.
I feared that the little one was not born to be wild and that we were imposing our way of travelling on her. As it turned out, my fear was baseless and our trip was a great experience for all three of us. I’d love to share some findings of how we approached different aspects of the trip to make it a success.