Travel and Kids: Adventure Travel with the Kiddos

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 | 24 comments


Some couples believe the opportunity for adventure is over once they have children. “Young children” and “adventure travel” just don’t seem to go together but we at Baby’s Own Room disagree. You can still plan an exciting adventure vacation that the whole family can enjoy.

Children are innately curious about the world around them, and can make the most of any activity. With a little preparation and forethought, you can take just about any adventure activity that interests you, and adjust it to be kid-friendly. If you’re worried about the details involved in creating your own trip, there are fantastic family adventure travel trips available through travel agents and travel/adventure companies.

Here are a few tips for successful adventure travel with young kids:

  • Do what you love! If you liked hiking, kayaking, or cross-country skiing before kids, get the kids some gear and plan adventures that involve the same activities with easier courses and shorter distances. Your kids will pick up on your genuine excitement, and will love their “grownup” gear.
  • Travel independently. Group tours can become hellish if your toddler decides to start whining or has to use the toilet every twenty minutes. Rent a camper for road trips and create your own pared-down itinerary for exploring destinations.
  • Camping can be fun, but if you want more permanent lodgings, find free-standing places like cottages or cabanas. Then you have no worries about your noisy kids bothering neighbors.
  • If you want to take longer hikes with kids under four, invest in a child carrier or jogging stroller (or both!). Your kids can wind down and catch a nap when their attention wanders or their energy lags, and you will also have storage compartments for snacks and necessities.

For your next vacation, Baby’s Own Room suggests getting the outdoors for a wild family adventure. Your children will thrive on the fresh air and exercise, and you will be sharing something you love with your family. Get out there and have some fun and enjoy a great family adventure!

What’s the dream adventure travel destination that you would like to share with the kids?

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  1. Oh, that is so cute! I’ve always been an advocate of introducing the world of adventure at a young age. In that way, children would learn more about and appreciate the world, develop their fortitude and stamina, and get into the world of outdoor sports. That is what I’m doing right now; I have made a booking for the entire family at http://www.TravelWild.com.au/ so I can introduce my little ones to the beauty of the Australian outback.

    Do you have any specific tips about adventuring in wilderness of Australia?

    • That is amazing Michael. How fun to take the family on a wild adventure thru Australia! We haven’t made it to Australia YET but its on the list. Would love to hear about your amazing adventure when you return. 🙂

  2. This is the kind of stuff I wanna do with/for my son ’cause I think he’d really enjoy getting out and seeing different things. And these tips are great. Thanks for posting them.
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    • Hi Jenny, thanks for dropping by. I’ll bet that your son would have a blast, some boys are natural adventurers aren’t they? 🙂 Glad that you enjoyed the tips!

  3. What a great way to get kids interested in the great outdoors! I think these days there is not enough emphasis on getting kids out and exploring. Sounds like a fun recipe for a family adventure!
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    • Great point Raquel! It’s so important to expose our kids to as many things as possible. The more they see, the easier it will be for them to find what they are passionate about. Love of outdoors is one. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  4. One of the best things I want to do is to spend time with my family, whatever it is. I have four kids, two early teens and two in diapers. The first 2 always wanted to go for something adventurous. I will definitely go with them when my other two have grown a bit. Love to spend time with my kids!
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    • Hi Anna, what a wonderful big family! The age difference must make for an interesting travel experience. Have fun enjoying familytime and thanks for chiming in today. 🙂

  5. I am fortunate that my husband is into exposing my kids to different situations. My son loves to explore and discover new environments.
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    • Kudos to your husband Ruth! Thanks for sharing and keep having adventurous fun. 🙂

  6. My cousins are big on hiking, and when their kids were little they did the carrier thing. It worked really well, and now all four of them love to hike, too. It is great when you can combine family time with something you really enjoy.
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    • So true Tracie! Oh and I love Sushi, I’ll have to check out your blog post. 🙂

  7. The place looks good and adventurous for kids. They would learn a lot from such trips.

    • Yes and looks like they are big on safety too. Thank for dropping by Lalitha. 🙂

  8. I love doing outdoor activities as a family. Camping is always fun, just wish we got to do it more often
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    • It’s nice to have the memories Malia. I’m with you on wishing there were more time for outings. Thanks for your comment.

  9. I love this concept; you must be such fun parents! 🙂 My husband and I don’t have kids yet, but we are constantly baffled by our friends who do have kids and never do anything fun with them. You don’t have to spend $$ to take your kids camping, hiking, etc. We have so many beautiful outdoor places in the Carolinas to have adventures; I’m really looking forward to adventuring when we have kids. 🙂
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    • You will be fun, I can tell. 🙂 That’s a great point you bring up because there are affordable options out there. You do have to hunt for them though. Thanks for dropping by Casey…

  10. I love camping, but prefer to wait a little and have a camping trip when my daughter is little bit older.
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    • I’m sure you will know what age your daughter is ready to venture out Ave. I’ll be you are having fun enjoying the baby years too. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  11. See I would love to travel and have adventures with my kids but it will have to wait till they are all adults. I am a paranoid parent and always think something bad is going to happen.. So this and the expense of taking 5 kids always puts me off.. But your tips are great and I never thought of some them..
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    • Hi Carmen and thanks for weighing in today. Nothing wrong with being cautious, keep on doing the things that you are comfortable with trying out. 5 kids, wow you ROCK! Thanks for dropping by and happy blogging. 🙂

  12. What?? Adventure is over once you have a baby??? Wayy noooo… it’s just getting started.. kids are soo much fun and you can do SOOO much with them.. loved your post, thanks for sharing.. being a Mom of 3 we are always on the go and find things to do.. kid’s don’t have to hold you back 🙂
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    • Glad to see your enthusiasm Melanie! You are wonderful to get on out there with the 3 kids in tow. Have fun and thanks for dropping by the blog. 🙂