Living close to family is a luxury not all of us have. It would be great if Grandma was just down the street, or your littles Aunt and Unlces were close enough to help watch the crazies when you needed a quick break and a few hours for a solo Target run where you could actually enjoy your Starbucks.
Reality is we aren’t all that close to family and travel is inevitable. There are a lot of horror stories of travels with kids but really you just have to “focus on the fun”. Shana wrote a great article for the Mom Edit with some amazing tips for travel with kids, you can read it here: https://themomedit.com/2012/05/tips-for-flying-alone-with-kids/