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Travel Tips

Travel Tips

A big part of our blog is travel tips.  Allow us to share:). As regular travelers, we know all about the challenges that come with traveling, especially with small children (or big children, haha). The more we travel, the more we realize being an efficient traveler is a skill. The more prepared you are for a trip and for a destination, the better experience EVERYONE will have! Knowing the most up-to-date tips will help you plan, prepare, be safe, and create your own incredible family memories!

Over our decades of traveling, we have gathered a wealth of information and hacks to make traveling more seamless and easier on you (and your wallet). So, if you want helpful tips about traveling, look no further!

How are We the Experts?

ALL of our tips come from personal experience. Experience is the best teacher. SO, be it through research, trial and error, and flat out mistakes (there have been many), we have compiled them all into little nuggets of wisdom to help you, our fellow travelers. For instance, we were stopped in Zambia by border control and realized we didn’t have the right documentation for our youngest traveler! Want to know how we got out of that pickle? Read about the documentation you need when traveling internationally with minors.

If we had had someone giving away free tips and hacks for traveling years ago, we would have saved ourselves a lot of money and a lot of stress! Just last year alone, our family took well over 300 flights combined. We are constantly learning new things, so you can expect updates and what WE learn to help make your travels more  efficient, easy, and fun!

What Kinds of Travel Do Our Trips Cover?

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Our expertise lies in family travel! While we do occasionally make small getaways for couples, girls trips or even solo trips, most of our itineraries and tips involve things to do for the whole family.

When it comes to budget, we have a balance. We love our luxurious vacations, but it’s all about having a balance with smaller and more inexpensive vacations, too. Even though flying first-class and staying in the best hotels is preferable (of course) to the smaller hotels and flying coach, having a healthy balance can give you a different perspective and also save you some money:). Each of our smaller families have a travel budget that needs to be balanced at the end of the year. We want to show you how we manage that.

What About Traveling With Kids?

 

If you’re one of those lucky families with little kids, you may think you need to wait until they are older to enjoy travel. We are here to tell you that you shouldn’t wait. Time passes too quickly and we suggest getting your treasured little ones involved. We have traveled with toddlers, children, teenagers, and even infants, and the vacations have been no less wonderful.

But the Infant or Toddler Won’t Remember It.

 

We hear this too often, “I’m going to wait until the children will remember it.” In our opinion, if that were sound thinking then we would never take our small children to a museum or read bedtime stories to them.  While an infant or small child can’t necessarily tell mom, “wow, I really liked that art museum!” Babies learn from the moment they open their eyes. We want those precious children to see sights that they wouldn’t otherwise see, and be exposed to new smells, sounds, tastes, and people. We want our children to be global citizens. Through travel at a very young age, they can learn about other cultures and gain appreciation and respect for how other people live.  Foundations for learning are being laid at a very young age.  Not all classrooms have four walls.

Traveling with Children Can Be a Challenge.

 

It’s true.  While we 100% believe that traveling with small children benefits everyone involved, it comes with  challenges. We will help in overcoming those challenges!  Kids may not have the same interest in a long walk through an art museum, for instance, or they may get tired or hungry before the adults and the jet lag can be a real struggle.

 

But, we believe it is worth it to bring your kids. Children make important connections while traveling that help form who they are and who they will be.  Traveling is so educational!

 

When it comes to keeping a child entertained on a long flight or finding things to do in cities that can be fun for the whole family, we’ve got you covered!