Do not attempt to travel to a place where there isn’t kid-friendly food. This seemingly small detail is essential for a successful holiday with young children. French fries, nuggets, pizza and the like will save your holiday.
If you’re like me, your jaw is hanging down around the floor right about now. Surely, this outrageously bad family travel advice isn’t for real. I mean – nobody would seriously suggest that Micky D’s is an essential detail for successful travel for kids. Right?
Not only did somebody suggest it, but CNN did. I’m typical fairly impressed with CNN’s travel advice, but they blew it big time here.
I’m not even sure how to respond to this absurdity. To suggest that kids aren’t capable of finding food in all parts of the world is sheer craziness. I mean – there are kids living wherever you’ll travel to, right? What will those kids eat? Surely your children won’t starve to death because there is no McDonald’s around.
I would even go so far as to suggest you should travel to a place specifically because there is no McDonald’s.
Don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with McDonald’s. I’m not one of those people who feel American fast food needs to stay in America. If I enjoy Mexican and Japanese fast food in America, I see no reason why Mexicans and Japanese can’t enjoy American fast food in their own countries.
But to suggest that my child will be miserable unless he can eat French fries and chicken McNuggets is ludicrous.
According to the article, “Unless your kid has an abnormally educated palate, [you should] hold off on that culinary tour of India.”
Wrong. Plain ol’ flat out wrong.
Take your child on that culinary tour in order to develop an abnormally educated palate. How else will he cultivate it?
As I see it, the last thing I want is a child who will only eat “some fried, fast food or at the very least, a bowl of mac and cheese.”
Please chime in with your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to respond to the entire article; don’t confine yourself to just the food issue as I did. I am seriously blown away by this ghastly advice.
I’m not the only family travel blogger who was appalled by this bad advice. In fact, a whole bunch of us decided to write about our concerns. Here are their posts:
A King’s Life: The Surprisingly Easy Truth of Traveling with Kids by Sabina from A King’s Life
The “Secret” to Traveling with Children by Susan W from Family Travel Bucket List
Worst Family Travel Advice I’ve Ever Read by Gabi Klaf from The Nomadic Family
Debunking CNN’s rules for traveling with kids by Mary from Bohemian Travelers
How Do you Travel with Chilldren? by Alisa from Living Outside of the Box
5 Rules of Travel With Kids: A Traveling Child Responds by Jennifer Miller from Edventure Project
CNN’s Ridiculous Rules About Travel With Kids by Corinne from Have Baby Will Travel
Shocking Tips on Traveling with Kids That Went Unnoticed…It is Time to Demystify The Five Rules of Traveling with Kids by Claudia Looi from Travel Writing Pro
5 Amazing Reasons To Travel With Your Kids! by Marina Villatorio from Expat Mom
More Than French Fries by Lisa Shusterman from Around the World in Easy Ways
Rules are What You Make Them: Paving Your Own Way Through Family Travel by Jessica from Suitcases and Sippy Cups
Why “Easy” Travel Options Aren’t Always the Best for Kids- a Rebuttal to CNNGo “5 Rules of Traveling With Kids” by Jody Halsted from Family Rambling
CNNGo Five Rules of Travelling With Kids Are You For Real by Lisa Wood from New Life on the Road
Myths, NOT rules, of traveling with kids by Kate Rehkopf from Experiential Family
My Reality (Not Rules) When Traveling with Kids by Keryn Means from Walkingon Travels
Yes ! It is possible to travel with children of all ages by Susan from Grow in Grace Life
Forget the Rules of Travel – Try Backpacking with Kids in Yellowstone National Park by Sandra Foyt from Albany Kid
5 Rules of Traveling with kids NOT to Follow by Monique from Mo Travels