Robert Benchley said this about traveling with kids,
"In America, there are two classes of travel: First class, and with children."
Benchley correctly maintains that kids change everything. They multiply the difficulties and potential catastrophes of trips. They also, in my opinion, can add considerably to the enjoyment of a place. Seeing things through the eyes of children can totally change your understanding and appreciation of a place. So, althoug this quote seems to address the negative aspects of traveling with youngsters, I would prefer to concentrate on the more positive elements.
When we took my seven-year-old grandson to New York City this summer, he was a handful, but I wouldn’t trade the expression on his face when we went to the top of the Empire State Building for anything in the world.
I should also say that having kids on a trip significantly changes the itinerary. Parents and grandparents need to find and plan activities that they will find interesting and engaging. Most museums are definitely out, for example. But, trips like these can be so rewarding that one shouldn’t shy away from them because they may be extremely stressful.
Frommer has recently published a book, entitled, "500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up," so don’t hesitate to travel even though you have small children.