The New PTA: Parental Travel Anxiety

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There are few things that I love more than travel. When I was single and even after I was married, I made every effort to see the exotic places in this world that would become infinitely more difficult to visit once I had countless diapers, a pack ‘n’ play and a rigid nap and feeding schedule to deal with.

But after the last two weeks, all I want to do is stay home, bubble wrap my kid and keep her locked in her room until after college. It’s a scary time to be a parent in this world, Boca moms. There are so many things out of our control and when traveling as a family, there are even more nerve-wracking variables. Sometimes, I feel like it’s not even worth it to leave the Boca city limits. I’ve dubbed this feeling PTA: Parental Travel Anxiety—and families have every reason to be anxious.

Less than two weeks ago, I thought Orlando was safer than safe. Now, we’re going to see families forbid their children from splashing in the shallows of manmade lakes and ban their teenagers from attending live concerts. I am headed out on a girls’ trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. As I was thinking about girlfriends to invite on the cruise, I had to eliminate every pregnant (or trying to get pregnant) lady in my life because of the threat of Zika. And don’t even get me started on the mommy guilt I have for leaving my child for seven whole days…

Will all of this mounting “PTA” prevent families from traveling around Florida? Will parents stop taking sanity-saving adult vacations? Will schools even start to consider limiting field trips to educational destinations near and far? Only time and our precautions will tell. But as my father would say every time I left our house as a teenager: Be smart. Be safe.

And hold your kids close whether you’re home in Boca Raton or on the road to your next family travel destination.