I’ve had a few people beat around the bush trying to ask me how we’ve afforded to travel so much with kids. Finances are a funny thing aren’t they, to be so private? I was raised with pretty clear financial advice: spend less than you make, save and invest the rest. So that’s my answer, … Continue reading How To: Budget for an Extended Trip.
With kids, aspects of our travel style have certainly changed. Some of the biggest differences we see with travelling with kids include: 1.) Meals. B.K. (before kids): We’d spend the morning wandering the streets looking for the best bakery we could find, grab a window seat and watch the city wake up over a coffee … Continue reading Travel Before vs. After Kids.
We hit up a lot of playgrounds, as parents that are travelling with small kids. It's free, it gets the energy out, and it's nice social time for Henry. Our part of North America that we call home typically features the same old plastic play area regardless of park, and includes a ladder to a … Continue reading Toddler Tuesday: Playgrounds of Europe.
I was worried about the ferry crossing from Italy (Bari) to Albania (Durres) because despite finding countless reviews online, it seemed that regardless of ferry line, all of them were bad and no one said why. Was it dangerous? Were these notoriously rough waters? What was the problem? I didn't see a strong alternative to getting … Continue reading GNV Review: Ferry Crossing From Italy to Albania.
Ask most people about driving in Rome and their response is that it’s “crazy." My feedback is as follows: think of every driver’s training rule you’ve heard and throw it out the window. If you can get your head around there being apparently no regulations, you’ll be fine! Examples include: 1.) If you can fit, you’re … Continue reading How To: Drive in Rome.
So! Bled! We went to Bled, Slovenia two years ago during my mat leave with Henry on a whim really. We were in Rome for six weeks, were going to nip into San Marino and as our conversations go, "You know, if we're in San Marino anyway, Slovenia is only three hours further" so what … Continue reading Country Spotlight: Slovenia with Kids. (Alternatively Titled: Drop Everything and Stay at Garden Village Bled.)
We made it to our glamping site (glamorous camping) in Slovenia after a six hour drive that turned into seven and a half because of an unexpected detour. Tom screamed for the final 50 minutes as he sat in his own poop (we couldn’t find a safe spot to pull over with the construction), and … Continue reading Road Trip Reality.