Explore

Transitioning Into Parenthood Does Impact How Often You Travel

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

Share

Becoming a parent changes everything. From your daily routine to your outlook on life, children impact your thoughts and activities on a daily basis. Travel is no different. Whether it’s how often you fly or take road trips in search of new adventures, or simply how you get around your city, having children changes it all.

According to sciencedirect.com, the presence of younger children in the household is, on average, associated with relatively higher auto use, and lower levels of physically active travel (i.e., walking and bicycling) and public transit use. They go on to specify that parents of school-age (6–15 years) children, without other small (5 years or less) children, are found to engage in significantly more auto use than childless couples. So what does this mean?

RELATED: More And More People Are Choosing Travel Over Marriage, A House And Children

The likelihood of engaging in 20  minutes or more of active travel per day falls as couples transition to parenthood and drops further as small children turn school-age. As parents turn to convenience and comfort, it looks like they are missing out on outdoor exercise and adventure. 

With hectic schedules, tight budgets, and the added stress of traveling with kids, it’s no surprise that the frequency of domestic and international air travel also decreases for new parents – especially new moms. In a 2014 survey by Devries Global, statista.com reported that women without children traveled an average of 16 days domestically during the year, while women with children only traveled 10.

RELATED: 6 Airline Policies That Support The Traveling Parent

International travel was even lower. Women without children traveled ten days during the year internationally while women with children traveled only three days. That’s a 70% decrease in international travel. 

If the stress of traveling with children is holding you back, be sure to check out our article on 9 Tips For Stress-Free Air Travel With Children to help you prepare for and feel confident in booking your next vacation. 

Share
Travel Noire

Leah Freeman-Haskin

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

A Black Expat Opens Up About What It’s Like In South Korea During The Coronavirus Outbreak

A Black Expat Opens Up About What It’s Like In South Korea During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Hamid Mahdi decided to pack up his life and move to South Korea to become a guest English teacher through the Gyeonggi English Program in Korea (GEPIK). While life in South Korea has been pretty good so far, he recently found himself in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. In mid to late January, Hamid […]

DeAnna Taylor

Black Expats Open Up About Living In Asia During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Black Expats Open Up About Living In Asia During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Right now we are in the middle of a global pandemic. It is said that COVID-19 began in China and has slowly made its way around the world, most recently to the United States. It’s all we see and hear about on the news and on social media. Travel Noire had the chance to speak […]

DeAnna Taylor

Update Story: From Meeting In A Bar In Bali To Falling In Love Around The World

Update Story: From Meeting In A Bar In Bali To Falling In Love Around The World

It’s been about a year and a half since we first shared Jazz and Marc’s story. If you aren’t familiar with them, they randomly met in a bar in Bali and within 10 days realized that they wanted to travel the world together while growing their love for each other. Jazz is Jamaican-American and Marc […]

DeAnna Taylor