So why start a travel blog?
That question gets asked to us all the time. Travel blogs are a dime a dozen. They are literally everywhere! We honestly didn’t realize how many different travel blogs there were until we really started doing our research to see what was out there. The one big thing we noticed was how the majority of travel blogs are either about an individual person traveling around the world, couples with no kids, or full time travel families. None of those categories really fit the description of our family, or even anyone we personally know at all. While being a full time travel family sounds like it would be the ultimate dream, for most people that lifestyle simply isn’t practical. And that’s what we’re all about- being practical.
With the exception of Disney world, we found very little travel blogs out there that show how to consistently travel with kids. We get told on a regular basis how brave, adventurous, or even crazy we are to try and travel with an infant or toddler. It really is quite simple though when you know what you’re doing! And that’s where we think a big part of travel blogging is limited. You always see the extravagant pictures of an individual, couple, or family who seem to have the perfect life because they have been everywhere, but you will rarely find the practical tools of how to plan your travel- which is exactly what you need when traveling with children. With children, you need more than just a list of the best things to do and places to eat in a destination. You must logistically account for all kinds of situations you might encounter and have a plan for how each one will be handled.
As you can imagine, things are quite different when you try to travel with a child. Sometimes even the thought of traveling with children is so overwhelming that most people concede trying to travel at all when their kids are young. Additionally, some people choose to travel without their kids thinking that they won’t be able to have a true vacation with them there. To each his own, and we completely understand as a parent needing a few days off where you can just relax, but traveling with your family- if you do it right– can be so rewarding when it is properly planned. Research is everything when you are traveling with little ones!
Our goal with this blog is to show you how to accomplish all of this without the overwhelming feeling that most people have when thinking about taking a big (or little) trip with their kids. We hope to equip you with the tools and confidence you need before embarking on a big adventure with your family. Before we get started, let us clear a few things up though…
We understand not wanting to spend money on a trip when your kids won’t even remember it. Honestly though, some of our favorite memories are of our little one doing things like: running around Trocadero giggling with the Eiffel Tower in the background, chasing the endless amounts of pigeons that seem to hang out next to the Duomo in Milan, smiling and laughing with the Coliseum in the background, swimming with us in Lake Zurich in Switzerland, seeing her point at the leaning Tower of Pisa like all of the infamous pictures, and going up in the Tower of London to see her looking down through the glass floors without being even the slightest bit nervous… Those might not be memories that SHE will remember, but they are memories that WE (her parents) will have engrained in our minds for the rest of our lives. Those memories are happy, sweet, and very, very real to us which makes them worth every penny, in our opinion.
At some point in their lives, our experiences will begin to create actual long-term memories for our children; however, we have no way of knowing when that moment will occur. Until then, we will continue spending our time doing the things we love together as a family because it will always stick with us as the adults. We will never forget the beauty and pure joy we feel seeing them so happy with so much history surrounding them. To us it seems funny to try to do all of these things without our family with us- it would feel incomplete. Again, we understand its not everyone’s cup of tea to travel with their kids, but it is truly a treasure and does our hearts good to see the joy on their faces.
The thing most people don’t see with travel blogging is the work that goes in behind the scenes to get that good picture or the time it takes to write the next good post. Those things will always take work, but when you add children into the picture, you’ve reached a whole new level of complicated. We think it’s important to understand up front that sometimes you just need to “roll with it.” However hard you think it would be to do these things in general, you can probably multiple that by 100 when trying to get the perfect photo of your child. For every good picture we could probably show you at least 100 that don’t look ideal. Again, so much so that we think most parents concede on this altogether, but it all depends on how much that matters to you.
What we also mean when we say to “roll with it” is that every day will not always go as planned. Every day will not be easy despite the amount of time and effort you put into trying to make it that way. You could potentially have to scratch a thing or two off of your itinerary some days because the kids just aren’t having it. You have to know that going in or we could see how it could affect your trip negatively or make you think you are never going to do this again.
They say the happiest people are ones who spend their money on memories or experiences. The older we get the more we know that to be true. The best memories we have ever had are when we get to see another part of the world with our family and can see things we have always grown up dreaming about seeing as a child-with our children. These are things that, to us, make life sweeter. It’s not always easy, every day is not always pleasant, but at the end of the day it is so, so, so worth it.
We hope that our efforts here inspire you, fill you with joy, and provide you with the practical tools, resources, and strategies to make this possible for you and your family as well. We want you to be able to experience these incredible memories of a lifetime just like we do. Please ask us any questions you have about traveling with little ones and we will do our best to answer them. We’re rooting for you!