My little man has been traveling since he was born! When he was 3 months old I strapped him in a Baby Bjorn and took him on an Amtrak to DC. When he was 4 months old, he took his first flight, to Maine, to meet his paternal grandma! By his first birthday he had traveled to Raleigh, the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Naples, Florida!
When we added baby girl to the mix, she completed our traveling clan!
So I don’t really stress about travel. I am a big believer in being calm, flexible and prepared. But it can be daunting for new parents to leave home with their young children. Today’s guest post talks about that very topic, how to keep family travel stress free and fun!
Keeping a Lid on It: Stress-Busting Tips for Traveling With Young Children
Last summer, our clan was so fortunate to take three weeks to head to Hawaii. My husband had a month-sabbatical and to be honest, Australia was the original destination for this adventure. Last summer, with a four and seven year old, who had never ventured further than the Caribbean, we knew it wasn’t our time to go down under.
Oh but a trip to Oz is always on my mind. And we will get there someday! I want to dip my feet in the Indian Ocean, experience the Outback and lay on the beaches of the Gold Coast. And no trip to Australia would be complete without venturing to the big cities! Since I still haven’t been, Claire (Australian native) is sharing with us her top 3 reasons to visit Melbourne with kids.
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3 Reasons to Visit Melbourne With Kids
I love me a good road trip. So far, our biggest ones as a family have been to North Carolina and the mid-coast of Maine. I think driving trips are fun and are often more affordable than flying. Today Jonathan, who blogs at Saker Racing, shares us his best hacks for an affordable road trip!
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6 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Road Trip
I love sharing my best travel tips, and I also love hearing what others find important for traveling with little ones. Today we have Kiley, who shares her best 9 tips for traveling with young kids.
Contrary to popular belief children can be the best travel buddies you will ever find. Everything is an adventure, everything is new and exciting when you’re seeing a child experience it for the first time.
Whether you are going on a big family holiday, and you know you’ll be on babysitting duties for your cousins or you’re taking your own brood away with you, these tips can make your life so much easier.
So take a deep breath and relax, after all, it’s your holiday too.
9 Tips for Traveling with Young Kids
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”
Quote by Susan Sontag, but it pretty much sums up my life! And since I have not been everywhere… yet, I am so excited to have Nancy, from Miles for Family sharing her review of Great Wolf Lodge Southern California with the Momma To Go readers!
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Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
Packing is definitely one of my least favorite parts of traveling. And these transitional (or shoulder) seasons are especially tricky! Weather might fluctuate throughout a trip, or even throughout the same day. As always its best to plan ahead, make lists, and be prepared. Today Claire Hastings, shares her best tips for Family Packing in the Transitional Season.
Transitional Season Family Packing Essentials
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For all the flying we have done, my kids have ONLY twice traveled with a layover. The first time was when little man was almost two. Our flight to Fort Myers, Florida were cancelled due to weather and we had to rebook for the next day, but stopping in Atlanta. Then last year, when we went to Hawaii, we opted to arrive on Maui which necessitated changing planes in LA. I always say I am lucky to live in New York, because you can fly direct MANY places.
So today’s guest post is about layovers with kids, and how to handle them with (or without) little ones. The writer is Alex who blogs at Inspire a Better Life. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
LAYOVERS WITH KIDS
I am so excited to be hosting our Family Travel Bloggers July collaboration- the best family beach vacations around the world. You all know I love my beach vacations – Florida, Atlantic City, Hawaii! And of course my best beach essentials! So I am super excited to be sharing anecdotes from other bloggers about their favorite sandy vacation spots!
The Best Family Beach Destinations
I am so excited to have another guest author today – Divya from Eat, Teach, Blog! I “met” Divya through a Facebook Social Media group and her site caught my eye because she often writes about travel, lives in a teeny tiny town (which I found interesting) and is like me, a former teacher. When I saw her series on a recent European River Cruise, I actually invited her to submit her story for the Momma To Go readers.
I know for me, family travel does not always mean me and my kids. As you know I went to Italy last March with a few of my favorite family members – my aunt, uncle and sister. And for some folks, friends mean family (kinda like #thegirlfriends). So whoever you hold near and dear, plan a trip, but here are some awesome tips for traveling with extended family:
Traveling with Extended Family
I am so excited to have another guest post today from Davi at Homegrown Simplicity! I want to share so many great travel tips with you all, but I can’t visit everywhere! I wish… So Davi is sharing with us her best secrets to exploring her hometown of Houston, Texas!
4 Stress-Free Ways to Explore Houston with a Toddler