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What It’s Really Like to Travel with a Toddler


We’ve mustered up the courage to travel with Luke just recently, now that he’s about to turn two. We thought he’d be much easier now as compared to when he was still a fussy baby. But it turns out, traveling with a toddler is whole different banana! 

1. Things are all over the floor, bed and basically, wherever there’s space left!

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… and you can’t seem to find that last pair of socks so you had to unpack all the contents of your luggage on the bed. Ok maybe that last bit was just me.

2. Packing and unpacking takes twice the time and effort because he tries to “help”

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Notice the rope around his ankles. Hint: we didn’t do that.

3. Eating also takes twice the time and effort


Do you want some eggs? “No.”

Do you want some bread? “No.”

Can you please just eat something? “No.”

Anything? “No.”

Nachos? “YEAH!!!”

4. Basically, you deal with “NO!” every 5 minutes

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Let’s take a bath. “No.”

Time to get out of the bath. “No.”

Let’s go. “No.”

Ok you can stay. “No.”

5. Sometimes, you just give up and let him do whatever!

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Fine, you win. You can sit on the floor ALL DAY!

6. You also give in to cookies, just to make him sit still

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Might not be the wisest idea if he gets a sugar high, but… whatever. I just need my 5 minutes of peace!

7. You forget to take family photos (what?!), save for that one selfie!


True story. And to think I used to be on top of my blogger game.

8. He will insist on doing everything you’re doing

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He just HAS to press both the up and down buttons at the elevator.

9. Seeing him happy will make you forget all the hardships

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… or at least for a minute up until we’re back at number one!

10. You get to kiss him all you want!!!

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You deserve it!

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  • Reply
    January 17, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Awwwee, babies are somelike therapies for depression at times. Cutie Lukeyy, he is trying to be helpful at almost 2 yrs old. THOUGHTFUL AND SMART SON! Took my break (from work) for some good vibes and here I am! Worth the time always.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Maimai, thanks for spending your breaktime with me here! Hehe. Yes it’s so fun to have a baby around. It’s tiring but very worthwhile. :)

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    Daryl Cadanilla
    January 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I also love to travel soon with my kids. It really adds burden though. Haha! But No, they are not a burden to me, those things like throwing away everything they hold in their hands. Tantrums. Tsk! But I love the idea being with them. Anyway, patience is a virtue 😉

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      I feel you Daryl!! So true!! Haha. I love my son and love traveling with him but it can be a struggle to take care of all those other little details. Hehe.

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    January 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    My siblings and I are grown ups now but our mom still think it’s stressful to travel with us! HAHA. Maybe because as a mother we expect her to know everything(?) especially with the planning. But even as adults, when we make her lambing, her smile is just so priceless. 😀 BTW, Luke always looks adorable in his pictures!! <3

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 18, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      My mom used to be like that too! Haha! Continue to make lambing. She looooves it.

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    Rochelle Dianne Pentinio
    January 18, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    AHHH This is waaaaaaay to cute! What a lovely fam. ???? I so much admire your sense of fam time; excuse the mess, bc toddlers are great in making memories ????

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 18, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Rochelle, agree with you!! Nevermind the mess. The memories are priceless!!

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    Nicole Bustamante
    January 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I can relate when I babysit my nephew back then hahaha! IG: @xoxontb

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 21, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Hahaha, right??

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    Mylene Bustamante
    January 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I miss taking care of a baby.. IG: @mygretch

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    Abel Bustamante
    January 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Naiimagine ko yung sarili ko nung maliit pa ko. IG: @abmyni

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    Emilyn Cañares
    January 20, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    It ia really challenging to travel with our kids. We must have lots of patience and also energy to run after them. Ig: @gabjayjoh17

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 21, 2017 at 12:11 am

      That’s so true Emilyn!

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