Among all the "typical" baby prep we've been doing, we have been reading a lot about traveling with kids. Thankfully, we live in an era where it's easier to travel with children given all the family-friendly accomodations out there. Plus, the proliferation of apartment rentals a la AirBnB make it more convenient to find affordable alternatives to hotels that provide the conveniences of home (e.g. a private kitchen). There are also many traveling families who share their experiences and recommendations online, helping to guide new parents like us. Here are a few articles & blogs on the subject that I've enjoyed so far:
- Nomadic Matt - 7 Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Family Travel
- Traveling Cauncks - Family Travel Section including 13 Tips for Successful Baby Travel
- Walking On Travels - I like her destination pages (ie Portland) and all her family travel tips.
- KidWorldCitizen.org - Activities that educate kids on various global cultures and customs.
What I love about these bloggers is their positivity and commitment to broadening horizons for their children through experience, despite the challenges they face as parents. When I think back on my childhood, some of my best memories were family trips. While all of my childhood travel was within the eastern US, (I didn't have a passport until age 19), we didn't need to go very far to have fun. We traveled locally – throughout New England - and to see family in Puerto Rico, where I spent many weeks every year. We enjoyed doing something new together, even if it was only an hour away from home.
We plan on brining our little guy along on many future adventures (hopefully near and far) and will certainly post updates and tips from our travels with him. We just can't wait to see the world through his eyes!