With kids, aspects of our travel style have certainly changed. Some of the biggest differences we see with travelling with kids include:
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 and a croissant.
A.K. (after kids): I make “breakfast included” a requirement at hotels. Henry doesn’t care about reviews on what coffee machine a local cafe uses…he wants to eat and get playing. It is so convenient to head downstairs and have an ok breakfast, buffet style (no waiting!!!!) and hit the road.
B.K.: Hotel Josef in Prague became our hotel to compare all future hotels to. It was clean, a convenient walking distance to the historic centre, fairly priced, and had a white duvet (an indication of recent updating in my opinion). Not a huge room, but comfortable for two. We’ve often said “let’s just find a Hotel Josef” when booking stays meaning, a fairly priced boutique hotel.
A.K.: Truthfully, a lot of hotels won’t take all four of us in a room for fire safety codes, so that typically has us bumped into a bigger room anyway, but a little bit of space became key when Henry got big enough to move around. The Ibis chain is good for us in that they have family suites (a queen and a pull out couch) and breakfast included for a decent price. I would 100% of the time rather stay in a lower ranking hotel in a large room than a fancy hotel in a shoe box with kids. Bonus if there is a park nearby or at least a bit of a garden for running around in as we pack up the car.
B.K.: Non-existent. We’d grab a hotel’s city centre map in the morning, draw out a walking route and just drink coffee, people watch, and eat street vendor food before conking out at night.
A.K.: Coffee is now in to-go cups, on the way to a playground typically. We are more apt to pay for excursions though, typically at our son’s request. We’ve rented bikes in Croatia and Norway, and in Montenegro chartered a speed boat for a couple hours. I would hasten to say that the boat ride in Montenegro was the best day of my life — it felt so freeing to have someone else in control, taking us around so that we could just sit back and enjoy the views; watching Henry smile with the wind in his hair was so sweet. It was the most we’ve spent on an excursion on a trip, and something we never would have done as two adults travelling without kids, but turned out to be a life highlight!
In what sort of ways have your trips changed since having kids, or have they stayed pretty much the same?