I love traveling with my kids just like all of you. But I also like traveling alone, except when I’m not getting the benefits I think I’ll get, like more sleep and exercise. I was at the Savvy Blogging Summit in Atlanta last weekend with many, many of my blogging friends, like fellow travel bloggers Lori of Expedition Mom and Sue of Field Trips with Sue.
It was a lot of fun. I even got serenaded by up-and-comer Erik DiNardo. It counts as serenading if he plays your favorite song and calls you out to make sure you’re there to hear it, right? Swoon. Seriously, he’s as nice as he is cute, so check him out (now).
So anyway, I came back from Atlanta exhausted and needed a day to recover and re-enter the world of laundry, grocery shopping and helping my kids study for tests. So here are the seven reasons why traveling alone is actually more exhausting than traveling with kids.1. You Drink Too Much. I’m not a big drinker, and never have more than one glass when I’m with my kids. Yet when you’re out with all your other mom friends without kids and curfews, then one glass quickly turns to four, which is why you end up out way past bedtime.
2. You Eat Too Much. When I’m with my kids I spend more time cutting food, wiping mouths and stemming arguments than actually eating my own food. When I’m out on my own, I get to eat the entire meal. That’s right, salad, entrée and dessert!
3. You Stay Up Too Late. Sure, traveling alone is a great opportunity to catch up on much-needed rest, but it never really works out that way. Two of the nights I was gone I was out until 1:30 am. The final night I was in Atlanta I went to bed around 11:30 pm, but then I had to wake up at 4:30 am to go to the airport.4. You Can’t Sleep Anyway. Now this one is probably a disadvantage of traveling whether you’re with or without your kids. Or maybe I just miss them so I can’t sleep, but regardless, I don’t sleep well in hotels, no matter how comfortable the bed or how far I am from the elevator. Frustrating.
5. You Don’t Exercise. Sure, I brought my running shoes, and I did put them on the first morning I was there, and I even got on the treadmill for 30 minutes. But let’s be honest, it was a pretty sad attempt. I didn’t even bother the second two mornings (see one through four above for reasons).
6. You Have to Make Conversation. If you don’t like starting up a conversation, you’re kind of forced to do so when you travel alone. You can only stare into your smartphone for so long. At least with kids there’s always a diversion, making it easy to not talk to anyone if you want.
7. You Talk Too Much. I don’t mind talking, but when I’m at home, I can’t get a word in edgewise. When I’m out on my own, I can say as much as I want. At the conference I talked and smiled for three days straight, which actually resulted in very sore cheeks and a raspy voice.
So, which do you prefer – traveling alone or traveling with your kids? I think both are definitely exhausting and fun in their own ways. Let me know in the comments section below.