Originally Posted by snoopy5386
I concur - if I am going to spend the $$$ and time to travel to another country, I am going to want to see and do stuff while I am there - not just visit parks, shops, playgrounds, etc for a few hours each day. We can do that at home! Or at least domestically. We're another family that is waiting until upper elementary/middle school for international travel. We'll stick to domestic stuff until then. Don't get me wrong - we travel lots - DD has been to Seattle twice, on a cruise, to Florida countless times, Texas, Virginia, Upstate NY, etc. But Europe, Asia and Australia will all have to wait for us.
We've taken DS to Paris twice, when he was 2 yo and 3 yo. Both trip were great and totally different.
The first time time, the weather was unseasonable warm and just beautiful. We spent most of our time at parks and gardens (the gardens in Paris are completely different than going to the neighborhood playground) or just strolling around the city, eating ice cream. We went to several sights that could be viewed from outside and didn't require standing in line, like the Eiffel Tower. It was different than the way we would normally visit a city, but we had a wonderful time.
The second time, DS was a little older so we decided to try visit the Louvre. It rained most of the time also, so it worked out well to be indoors. We went on free admission day so it wouldn't be a big deal if we had to leave. We got to see quite a few things before we all decided we had enough. This trip we also went all the way up the Eiffel Tower and did more "touristy" things overall.
I don't necessarily think it's that much more to travel international, at least not from the East Coast to Europe. I've paid less for my tickets to Paris than for a trip home to Texas! I think traveling, in some ways, is easier when the kids are younger. You don't have to worry about school schedules, so you can travel at non-peak times. That right there will save you a ton of money--at least half the cost of your trip, if not more.