Now that the kids are older, traveling is easier in many ways. They pack their own suitcases and carry on bags and can be trusted to be responsible for them. They are less likely to dart into the road. Notice I said less likely because they also think they are old enough to make their own decisions about crossing against lights. They are generally good companions and they can also take pictures of you and for you so that you don't have to rely on selfies.
Of course, there are some downsides. They have well-articulated opinions about everything and will give a detailed list of reasons that their proposed plan is better than yours. They don't always find your jokes funny.
"Look kids! Big Ben, Parliament!"
"Are you going to say that every time we pass by?"
"Well, yeah. That's the joke."