Paris With a Five Year Old

My husband is from The Netherlands, which means we have to budget in travel to Europe if we want to see his family. And because we do want to see his family, we have “vacationed” in Molenhoek, a small village just outside Nijmegen near the Dutch-German border, about once a year since Jasper moved to the U.S. back in the mid-90s. While it’s always fun to go to Holland, in many ways it’s not so different from visiting my own family in East Texas, so whenever possible we schedule side trips to bring an element of adventure to our family visit. This year, we were lucky enough to spend a week over Christmas with the Familie Smits then travel with our five-year-old daughter to Paris for New Year’s Eve. We had a blast and found Paris to be very family friendly. We just got back a week ago today, and it’s already hard to believe we actually had so many incredible experiences.

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Just Go

Traveling with children is exactly like traveling alone or with friends: it’s fun. As long as you are mentally prepared to approach your trip with a small person’s wants and needs in mind, you’ll all have a great time. Otherwise, you should probably just stay home, and how boring would that be? Truly, when fairly warned and optimally primed, kids have a remarkable ability to appreciate new people and places, and you will benefit from that openness.