No, this is not a science fiction novel or an example of a witty oxymoron. There really are some perks to going on the road, the plane and on vacation with young children, says Jennifer Gargiulo. The mother of Alexander (12) and Eliot (8) and author of hilarious blog Diary of An Expat in Singapore tells suitcases&strollers how the sippy cup can sometimes be half full on family holiday (provided the kids don’t spill it first). 

1.  You get to board planes first.

2.  You rarely feel crowded on ferries. The question: "Did you remember your vomit bag?" works magic.

3.  You always eat extra food at restaurants. (Choose their dish wisely.)

4.  You have an excellent excuse to not do just about anything you don’t want to: visit archeological ruins, accept invitations from distant relatives, meet up at a faraway location or attend a conference. "I'd love to but, you know, with the kids…"

5.  You get to gauge the cleanliness of public bathrooms everywhere.

6.  You get to see cartoons in foreign languages.

7.  Occasionally, somebody takes a liking to your kids and gives them a free gift, like a glass blown horse from Murano or a Venetian mask. That's Halloween sorted.

I'm sure there are plenty of other perks I'm missing (please do add your own below) but I can't come up with anything. Seeing my brain has turned to mush from...traveling with kids.

For more reasons why you should travel with kids, see the suitcases&strollers story by Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler and the suitcases&strollers story Why Travel With Baby.  

By Jennifer Gargiulo of Diary of An Expat in Singapore; Image: Zoey Ingarfield