Craig and I were once contemplating a possible year long adventure through Southeast Asia, the only problem was, our girls were 5 and 18 months old at the time. After our two week trip to Thailand, we completely scrapped the idea.

Having traveled with our kids from babies up until their teens (our oldest is now 15), we have discovered the best ages to travel with kids, as well as the worst.

The Best Age to Travel with Kids

We’ll talk about the worst age to travel a bit later. Spoiler alert, it’s toddler age! But for now, let’s talk about the best ages to travel with kids…

Babies (0-6 Months)

Typically, it’s not recommended you travel with a newborn and you should wait until their immune system is strong before you embark on a holiday, but you should consult with your doctor about making this decision.

Primary (5-10 year olds)

Primary age is that sweet spot in life when your child still has a childlike curiosity, enjoys cuddles, but also wants to gain a bit more independence. You will find less tantrums compared to toddler age, but you may find they get bored easily.

Tweens (10 – 13 year olds)

Older kids know what they are doing at this point, and you don’t have to worry about them getting into unsafe situations since they will have some self awareness and can take care of themselves.

Teenagers (13-17)

Teenagers are arguably the perfect age to travel with, since they can appreciate the life lessons that travel gives and have an interest in culture, history and art.

The Worst Age To Travel With Kids

The toddler age, in my opinion, is the worst age to travel with kids. I felt stressed, overburdened, and highly anxious. We should be travelling to experience lightness and joy, not heaviness and stress.

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