Interstate travel especially with toddlers is best by car. We have tried traveling both by public transport and recently by our own car. So, we were able to compare and decided that by car is the way to travel with our young kids. We live in Thailand, which is one vast country where states are connected by land. Traveling cross country like Malaysia, Singapore is also possible by car as these countries are connected by bridges. For archipelagic countries like the Philippines, the Bahamas, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, traveling by car can be a challenge and needs different kinds of preparation. For expatriate babies traveling overseas for the first time also entails a different preparation. Check out the link for some help on peculiar situations you might encounter.
Here are 4 reasons why traveling by car is the best if you have young kids.
You have the time on you own hand.
This is something you have no control over if you are in a public transport. Buses have designated bus stops. The length of time for the stop over is also limited. But if you are in your own car, you can stop at any gas station and Seven 11s to change nappies, stretch muscles, breathe some fresh air, or simply rest for a while. You can even stop to take a photo of great sceneries or take selfies with a marvelous sunset as a background. Sometimes you can drive a bit slow to let the kids take in the beauty of the surroundings. They would definitely love it. It is something new from what they usually see everyday. Public commute runs like hell that the surroundings outside pass by in blur.
Don’t we just love privacy. Long travels could be a bore for kids. That’s why moms have ready things like colorful, noisy toys, some tiny board games, and packed snacks. Songs are also effective distractions to make the time fly by. Now, while we are pulling all these distractions other people together with us in a public transport might find these distracting and or annoying. Although there are some understanding souls, you can’t still help seeing glares and smirks from misopedists. But traveling in your own car however, would have you think of just one thing that is to make the ride enjoyable for all. This means packing the necessary things to make the long ride comfortable. You can check my post about 11 tips to think of when traveling in a car with your children.
Sight-seeing, moving from one tourist spot to another by bus or van could get insanely tiring. Picture this, you bringing your big handbag full of necessities like nappies, milk bottles, wipes, spare outfits for everyone, and snacks; and towing your herd up and down the bus every time. This is even worst if you have to walk to a taxi stop every time you have to go to your next destination. That short walk could already be like eternity with your big bag and kids in tow. With a car, you could find a good parking space, walk around and enjoy the scenery leaving your baggage safe inside.
Before traveling to Bangkok, we compared the travel expenses. Having to pay even for the kids would mean bigger expenses on fare, than paying for the gas. So, the most economical choice for us is to travel by car.
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