Should you pack your car seat? If you are doing a variety of travel types (meaning, flying to Paris, taking a train to Rome, driving to Switzerland and flying home), rent the car seat. Just because you can bring it doesn’t mean you have to. They’re bulky and cumbersome when you’re also bringing luggage and … Continue reading Toddler Tuesday: The Great Car Seat Debate.
I believe this to be a trait that is native to the cruiser as I haven’t seen it elsewhere in our travels, but what is the deal with precisely matching your travel partner? I'm not talking “Lordy Lordy Pete is 40” themed neon orange t-shirts on a certain night, I’m talking going out and purchasing matching … Continue reading Match-Matchy Cruise Attire.
Here is a glimpse at some of the times that Henry took a little rest on a public floor. This is not a tantrum, nor is it associated with any strong emotion…just a little rest. In fact, as I write this in a cafe, there is a little girl about four laying on the ground, … Continue reading Toddler Tuesdays: Lying Down in Public.
Crowds! Rome is my all-time favourite city in the world, but it isn’t ideal with an active toddler if you're trying to see the main sights. In dense areas, strollers can be tricky because people crowd in shoulder to shoulder to get close to the attractions (we’ve also seen many a broke down stroller with … Continue reading Why We Rented a Hiking Backpack in Downtown Rome.
Did you know that most major cities offer rentals for baby items? Things like cribs, high chairs, strollers and even boxes of toys can be rented on a per diem rate. We rented a hiking backpack in three locations having it delivered to our hotel and picked up on our departure. For us, the debate … Continue reading Toddler Tuesdays: Baby Item Rentals.
Oh Germany. We’ve been a few times (four to be exact) and while it is lovely architecture, and the natural beauty is certainly there, we just didn’t seem to vibe this go-around. Travelling with kids is not without its challenges and I found Germany to be the least welcoming to children of any of the … Continue reading Country Spotlight: Germany with Kids.
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.